Every now and then you have to clean out a drawer or cabinet to make room for the future. Here are some items I came across this week.
IBM Fixed Disk Organizer is a simple menu program for DOS. Using this shell, you will no longer have to repeatedly muddle through DOS commands to get to your commonly accessed applications. You can customize your menu items, and organize them in customizable categories. It also lets you set a password for menu items, and you may customize the screen colors. While there were many, many better menu programs produced for DOS, Fixed Disk Organizer was a standard IBM offering.
5 1/4″ Floppy Disks – IBM Personal Computer AT (screenshots below)
Sideways Printing software was used to print large spreadsheets in a vertical direction so that all the data would print on the paper rather than wrap around.
Sideways Printing software
WordPerfect – During the late 1980’s, WordPerfect was THE standard word processor for DOS based PCs in big business. Under DOS, it competed mostly against Wordstar. WordPerfect for Windows enjoyed some success in the early Windows environments, but was quickly displaced by Microsoft Word for Windows.
Later Windows versions were part of Corel Office, then Microsoft Office. (screenshots below).
Hercules Graphic Cards – before the days of NVIDIA (Magazine ad below)
Windows 3.1 ran on top of MS/PC-DOS. As such, a Windows 3.1 computer may either start Windows automatically when it is turned on or it will start in DOS. If it starts in DOS the user must type “WIN” at the command prompt to start Windows.
3 1/2″ diskettes – Microsoft Windows 3.1 Graphical Environment (screenshots below)
Xtree2 by Executive Systems has been around for several years. Its popularity is due in large part to the graphic display it offers of the hard disk directory and subdirectory. Unlike DOS’s “dir” command, Xtree visually distinguishes the directory, subdirectories, subdirectories, sub-subdirectories, etc. so that the user can gain a better perspective of the hundreds of files on their disk.
Xtree 2.0 from 1990. (screen shots below)
The very first CD drives on some PC’s and Mac’s had these Disc caddies that the CD was put into first then the caddie was inserted into the drive of the PC. This was an extra step and a pain in the butt, they did not last long.
“You Got Mail” – If you lived in the United States in the 1990s, you remember these. They started as 3.5-inch floppies and transitioned into CDs. And I’m not exaggerating. I got one just about every single day. You’ve got mail, indeed. Here is a tin can mailer below.
AOL CD’s mailed to you in a tin can
Microsoft MS-Dos User Guide and Reference
MS-DOS Reference Guides (Bibles) were printed on paper back in the day, paper is expensive and shipping them is too so now you have to download the PDF and print it yourself.