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Spring Cleaning …….hashtag #springcleaning

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.

IBM PC5 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.

20160525_113057Sideways 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.

20160525_112535Later Windows versions were part of Corel Office, then Microsoft Office. (screenshots below).

5x-dos-57015085390ba61da28451a13992801d-WordPerfect 5.1 - Splash 5x-dos-284f003a59458b87e1d10d24d7405d36-WordPerfect 5.1 - Files 5x-dos-a559929a888425c7cd465e0ce76fc149-WordPerfect 5.1 - Edit


The Hercules Graphics Card (HGC) was a computer graphics controller made by Hercules Computer Technology, Inc. that combined IBM’s text-only MDA display standard with a bitmapped graphics mode.

20160525_113212Hercules 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.

20160520_1049453 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.

20160610_113847Xtree 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.

20160608_105010CD Trays!


“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 7.0AOL CD’s mailed to you in a tin can


Microsoft MS-Dos User Guide and Reference
20160422_121527MS-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.

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