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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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Lotus Word Pro? (The best word processor ever created)
Sorry OG but even from it's first day Word has been better than Lotus' crap.
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Like some others I started in DOS, so nothing really would have survived to now. I also used Brief and really liked it, and of course for a long time afterwards any editor would have good Brief emulation. But eventually it faded away and I had to get used to the more common Windows schemes.
I started with C (Turbo C? Can't remember) and assembler. I remember going to the store and buying the IBM assembler package and being really excited, and get the BIOS manual with all of the BIOS code. Talk about spaghetti, I think they might have reused single bytes via jump sometimes. But 8K ain't a lot to work with.
I'm guessing I also used Turbo Pascal some as well.
I remember when I moved to OS/2. It used to drive me freaking crazy that the hard drive would start moving on its own. In DOS unless your program told the hard drive to do something it didn't do anything. I was constantly jerking around at the sound of the hard drive (and they were't quiet in those days) suddenly grinding on its own and having a moment of fear that something bad was happening.
the sound of the hard drive (and they were't quiet in those days) suddenly grinding on its own and having a moment of fear that something bad was happening
That's a nightmare I lived a couple of years ago, awakened in the middle of the night by a strange tick-tick-ticking sound coming from the home/office server. It was then that I realized it had been months since I did a complete backup. Lesson learned.
As my first work in computers was writing Excel macros (converting Lotus 123) I can safely claim Excel as a tool I still use.
I still have the installation disks (2 x 3.25") for SuperBase, no drive of course. What a magic program that was, 1 disk for the database, another for the application and you had a solution to deliver. Even made 9600 baud viable.
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