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Questions tagged [utilities]

For questions about retrocomputing hardware and software utilities.

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Where was the DOS cdd utility from?

I distinctly remember, on the computer I had in the 90's, being able to type cdd D:\bla\bla in the MS-DOS command prompt, to change both the current directory and drive (avoiding having to type D: ...
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What is the history of data compression tools on personal computers?

On UNIX, the progression of the most widespread data compression programs was as follows: (AFAIR: Pre System V) compact (suffix .C), dynamic Huffman coding (AFAIR: introduced in System V) pack (...
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Is there a KiCad library with parts used in retrocomputers?

I ran into this question a few times and couldn't find any acceptable answer: Once I was trying to reverse engineer a card that had chips like Intel's 8255 PPI, 8226 bus drivers and some other ICs. I ...
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How did Atari cassette “turbo without hardware mods” work?

There were some cassette copying programs for 8-bit Atari, that boasted saving the games in a way that would load it at up to 1800baud - versus the standard 600baud, which was a significant ...