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I used Turbo Pascal, then Turbo Prolog. Loved Brief back then. Used dBase ][, its successors and then Paradox. It's too bad that Corel stopped supporting Paradox. For many applications it was superior to Access and certainly faster. Paradox's developers were geniuses at making important small things work -- for example, you could could copy/paste a comma-formatted number into a number field and Paradox would clean up the string and convert it to a number without choking. You could enter today's date in a date field by pressing the space bar 3x. Nice!
To be fair, nothing you've named ever got a Windows version (?), so given that nobody these days works with DOS...it's only fair they'd no longer be used.
I'm looking at my "old utils" folder (which is in OneDrive, so it gets synched automatically across all my systems)...there's plenty of utilities that go back to my DOS days, but I've probably not fired up any of them in years, even once.
The oldest file is ARJ.EXE (1993), followed by AMCAP100.EXE (1998). I actually use that one every once in a while, to test whether a webcam's drivers work. But it looks like I have none of the DOS utilities from the 80s anymore.
Dito - I was wondering if someone would mention it. I created a complete DOS windowing system using QuickC.
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Good question! I've been at this 20 years and have a few unpopular apps:
0: VB6 (I still maintain quite a few legacy applications that I started over 20 years ago)
1: MS Access (lite versions of our software still use Jet 4.0)
2: MS Photo Editor
3: Many of my own utility apps that I use every day have roots back to the early days
While I'll certainly get thrashed for still using VB6 and Access, let me just say that I can't even begin to calculate the ROI I've gotten on the $180 VS6 suite I bought at uni back in '98! There are plans to migrate it all in the next year or so when my business partner and I can reach an agreement on the target environment. I'm pushing for desktop, she is insisting on web...so probably doing web.
I think there's only one application I've used on a daily basis for about twenty years now... Winamp!
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Still use VB 6.0 on occasion for some legacy stuff for multiple phone line recordings for jails and such written more years ago than I want to think about BUT - still going. (They are still running NT server since it was the last server that supported the multi-line phone cards they use).
I remember buying MS FORTRAN, and a PL/1 compiler on floppy - both ran by swapping floppies like crazy when compiling.
Turbo Pascal 1.0 saw a LOT of use when I was contracting to the Army.
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