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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

People used storage media, which they carried around to the machines they wanted to use the software on. The same way music and video were physically distributed in the late 20th century on tape and ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

People are focusing on floppies and tapes. But the question is literally tagged with floppy-disk, so pointing them out may not be that helpful. The more general answer perhaps is that you went to a ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Typed them in from magazines and books, saved them on tape or floppy. Get software by loading it from a tape or floppy borrowed from a friend/colleague/school/club and copy it to yourself. Use a ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Several ways depending on the era which you are talking about: I have some really old commercial software that came on 8" floppy disk. These are pretty rare today but were quite common in the ...
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What was the most critical supporting software for COBOL on IBM mainframes?

TL;DR: Which components or facilities were the biggest obstacle to porting typical COBOL applications? Simply that there were not many applications that made sense to be ported to (desktop) micros. ...
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What was the first commercial route planning software for home computers?

One candidate for the earliest such tool is Columbia Software's Roadsearch, a disk-based application for the Apple II and Commodore 64 that could calculate the shortest route between North American ...
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What was the second platform supported by SAP?

According to SAP’s company history page, they began supporting Siemens hardware in 1977. Siemens AG, another German company, was not considered one of “IBM and the Seven Dwarfs.” I suspect, but am ...
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What was the most critical supporting software for COBOL on IBM mainframes?

COBOL applications have not typically been ported from mainframes to micros because they rely on two features that micros typically lack. Throughput COBOL applications often need to process large ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

As far as the question is not limited to commercial software, here's an alternative view. Before the advent of the internet or any widely used long distance packed-switched networks, long distance ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

One method wasn't mentioned here: radio broadcasting. The official Czechoslovak Radio used to broadcast a special night show for computer freaks in the late eighties, and it ended with a few short ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

The internet has existed since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is a 1990s development. 'Apps' is used to refer to software obtained via curated 'Stores', like the Apple App Store and the Google Play ...
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How to mass-reset the protected flag in classic MacOS

The easiest way I've found out is to use the FileTyper package. Contained within is a tool to create a so called Autotyper. The UI presented allow to precisely specify to select only locked ("...
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Where can I find macrofun.hlp?

The help file is still available elsewhere on Microsoft’s site. The macrofun.exe file there is a self-extracting cabinet file containing macrofun.hlp, the table of contents (macrofun.cnt) and a README ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Just to toss a log on the fire. One of the more novel mechanics in terms of mass distribution was through an optical scanning device. Specifically, this was a device, about a foot long, that you ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Plenty of answers here detailing how to get your hands on some physical medium with a piece of software on it, but I don't see any of them touching on the point of how did people get apps and games ...
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Was Commodore 128 ever used in business environment on a mass scale?

Commodore 128 / 128D was capable of outupting 80 columns through RGBi, therefore it could compete with other business machines of the time, but was this the case? Not really. The C128 was introduced ...
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First Macintosh word processor with a built-in outliner?

The first available outliner for Macintosh computers before MORE would be ThinkTank by Dave Winer from 1984. The first application seen as 'a word processor' would be MindWrite, from 1986: MindWrite ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Another aspect that no one has mentioned yet is, many computers had dial-up modems that worked over telephone landlines. They worked by converting streams of data to sound, which was sent as a voice ...
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Were any form-based applications designed for more than 80 columns?

Somehow this answer is self answering, isn't it? If there are systems offering more than 80 columns, why should any developer writing for this platform ignore them? Just take a look at PCW ...
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What was the most critical supporting software for COBOL on IBM mainframes?

Different things happened. One, when mainframes were replaced, their applications were replaced with new applications written in modern languages for the new platforms. Many a IBM mainframe have been ...
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What was the second platform supported by SAP?

According to the German version of the Wikipedia page you linked to, SAP R/2 was released in 1979 and ran on "IBM's operating systems MVS and VSE as well as BS2000 from Siemens". Its ...
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Was Commodore 128 ever used in business environment on a mass scale?

Commodore released the CBM 8032 in 1980 with an 80 column screen aimed at business users so they would already be using that (or successor models) and accompanying business software well before 1985. ...
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Name this Macintosh music application

If you can get to a library or institution with JSTOR access, this link will take you to a story that probably will give you your answer. (I don't have such access myself.) The linked article is an ...
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What is the timeline of vertical cursor usage?

[Caveat, this is about the US centred mainstream development. There might have happened way more, prior or at other places and around he world (*1)] I don't have any hard point here, but I would ...
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What was the most critical supporting software for COBOL on IBM mainframes?

Not sure what you really asked. I was an IBM SE back then. Cobol is a compiled language. So you need a compiler for it. The compiler needs an operating system. The operating system needs a mainframe ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

Way back, you'd load a bootstrap loader into the computer using toggle switches on the front of the computer ). The loader would read in an inital program via paper tape, typically from the paper ...
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How did people get apps on their computer before the Internet?

There were a myriad number of ways that consumers would get software for their computers. You could buy physical media from a store, or by mail order, or by calling a toll-free number. You could ...
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Definitive list of music bands/groups that included computer programs on their analogue audio music physical media releases (LPs, singles)

Isao Tomita encoded messages in the TARBEL (actually Tarbell) cassette format on his album "The Bermuda Triangle" from 1979.
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Name this Macintosh music application

MusicWorks Hayden Software 600 Suffolk St. Lowell, Massachusetts 01853 USA $46.00 The disk opens with an icon of a "ghetto-blaster" and a files icon of a cassette; we sense we are in a fun ...
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Where can I find macrofun.hlp?

Here is the direct link to the ressource: http://download.microsoft.com/download/excel97win/utility4/1/win98/en-us/macrofun.exe It still works as of today.
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