(A Javascript-enabled browser is required to email me.)


Antique software

from TBTF for 1999-08-30



August 29, 1999

In July 1999, software pioneer Dan Bricklin released a 1981 version of VisiCalc, the seminal spreadsheet he co-invented, for free download from the Web. (It's 27K!) Bricklin's action initiated an ongoing parade of releases of classic software by the luminaries of the early history of software development. Here is a summary of these releases with URLs where you can pick up these software artifacts. The most recent releases are at the top.

Below is a table listing some other depots of antique software. This listing could easily get out of hand, so I reserve the right to pull the plug on it at a later date.


Pioneers' Classic Releases
who, when
  software OS date
Ted Nelson, 8/99
  Xanadu many [C/Python] 1963-1992
 
David Dunham (thanks to Symmetry), 8/99
  Acta 1.0 Macintosh, Win 3.1 1993
 
Dave Winer (thanks to Symantec), 8/99
  ThinkTank Macintosh 1987
  MORE 1.1c Macintosh 1987
  MORE 3.0 Macintosh 1990
  MORE 3.1 Macintosh 1991
 
Dennis Ritchie, 7/99
  C compiler Unix 1972-73
 
David Intersimone, 7/99
  Turbo Pascal, Turbo C DOS 1988
 
Dan Bricklin (thanks to Lotus), 7/99
  VisiCalc DOS 1981
 


 
Other Ancient Software Archives
who
  software OS date
Jason Kottke <jason at kottke dot org>
  Old School Browsing various 1993-1995
 
Eric S. Raymond <esr at snark dot thyrsus dot com>; John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org>
  Retrocomputing Museum various 1968?-?
 
Richard L. Green <rlgreen2 at home dot com> (FAQ)
  Free Software for DOS DOS <=6.x 1984-pres.
 


[ TBTF for 1999-08-30 ]

TBTF
H
OME
CURRENT
ISSUE
TBTF
L
OG
TABLE OF
CONTENTS
TBTF
T
HREADS
SEARCH
TBTF

Copyright © 1995-2000 by Keith Dawson. Commercial use prohibited. May be excerpted, mailed, posted, or linked for non-commercial purposes.

Created 1999-09-04