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I think there's only one application I've used on a daily basis for about twenty years now... Winamp!
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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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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Still use NE (Norton editor) for assembler stuff, mostly within DOS emulators.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
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Still use Xtree Pro - it does one particular thing well that nothing else does as easily or efficiently, so I use it for that: it allows you to compare two directory trees containing identically named files that may vary in size only and find all the larger, smaller or identical ones and manipulate the results en-mass.
Directory Opus is the nearest Windows UI equivalent I can find ( and I use that all the time ) - this is, of course, a port of the excellent Amiga program!
I have a friend who still uses Xtree Pro as his primary file manager (on Windows 10) every day.
I still use (and much prefer) Wordperfect as a word processor (first used Version 4.2 under DOS). (Word, despite millions of man years of development and billions of dollars of investment, is still an abomination of the worst kind for anything more complex than very simple documents; compared with Excel which has - with one or two blips - steadily improved over the years and is probably the most useful and used MS product I possess other than the OSs themselves.)
Although I still have a working copy of Brief, I mainly use Jetbrains products now for software dev: a great shame no one has done a Brief keyboard emulation for it though as I can still remember the keystrokes!
And of course, under linux, I still use the many of the same utilities that I started with under Microport Unix - things I learnt then still work today.
Sure I could come up with some more if I thought hard enough...
Totally agree with you on both Word and Excel - Excel is just such a brilliant spreadsheet it's hard to think of improvements (apart from replacing the damn ribbon with a working UI ... but that goes without saying).
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Brief for sure. I loved the keystroke minimalism. I added Brief key mapping to my IDE's for a long time. Never felt as comfortable, though.
I also liked 4DOS and (don't laugh!) REXX by Mansfield Software Group for complex scripting.
Hard to imagine but I once thought a 20mb HDD was such a bounty! Now, it wouldn't hold one RAW-format picture.
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