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How to mass-reset the protected flag in classic MacOS

I have a library of 123k Mac (mostly System 7 and older) related files in 32k folders on a 40GiB volume on a file server running Novell Netware 3.12 from 1993 on VMware ESXi. Netware has excellent AFP ...
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What was the second platform supported by SAP?

SAP, the well-known ERP software company, started out in the 1970s, with the first version of their software running on IBM mainframes, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAP_R/2 What was unique about R/2 ...
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What was the first commercial route planning software for home computers?

Nowadays route planning applications are ubiquitous on smart phones, on embedded or dedicated devices, and on the web. With these applications, you input a destination and a starting point (or the ...
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First Macintosh word processor with a built-in outliner?

The release of Think Tank and MORE are considered major events in the early history of the Mac. But these were standalone products. Does anyone know... when MS Word added outlining capabilities? the ...
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What is the timeline of vertical cursor usage?

As there have been some questions about vertical cursors: What is the timeline of vertical cursor usage? This includes anything that is positioned between characters. It doesn't have to be a vertical ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

The Internet has existed since the 90s, but how did people get apps and games installed on their computers before that and how were they accessed and saved?
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Definitive list of music bands/groups that included computer programs on their analogue audio music physical media releases (LPs, singles)

Is there a definitive list of music pop/rock bands/groups that included computer programs as part of their physical analogue audio music releases? (vinyl LPs, EPs, singles) etc? For this to be ...
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Were any form-based applications designed for more than 80 columns?

The traditional standard display for business computers was 80 column text (with either 24 or 25 rows). Business software, roughly speaking, falls into two categories: Horizontal applications like ...
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What was the most critical supporting software for COBOL on IBM mainframes?

Over the past half-century, one of the largest trends in the computer industry has been the replacement of mainframes by microcomputers. Not total by any means – there are still many mainframes in ...
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Was Commodore 128 ever used in business environment on a mass scale?

Commodore 128 / 128D was capable of displaying 80 columns through RGBi, therefore it could compete with other business machines of the time, but was this the case? Was this line of machines ever used ...
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Name this Macintosh music application

There's an application that's been on my mind on and off for months now, I want to find clarity. Once upon a time, when MacOS was in black and white, there was a neat music composer/player ...
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Where can I find macrofun.hlp?

In the days before Visual Basic for Applications, the macro language for Microsoft Excel was called XLL. The syntax was similar to that of ordinary Excel formulas, except for two things: Macros were ...
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Source code of front-panel entered Altair 8800 programs

I'm looking for the source code of short programs for the MITS Altair 8800 (let's say < 50 instructions to make the question more specific), so they can be entered by using only the front panel. ...
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Does anybody remember a database cartridge for the Commodore 64?

Decades ago I bought a database cartridge for my C64. IIRC it was a no-name brand being sold as close-out or from a bargain bin. It may have been the slowest program I ever bought. It wasn't too ...
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