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WordStar for CP/M was extensively configurable by directly changing specific known locations in the executable (e.g. with the DDT tool and the SAVE command built into CP/M 2.2). As far as I know, at first this was supposed to be an in-house thing only; but end users, being ingenious, figured it out anyway. It was made official in later versions, and a ...


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Sun's SunOS kernel was customizable by the user because it could be built (linked) from a number of modules including kernel modules (both binary and in compilable source form) from an ISV The user could also choose if some type of modules should be included at all in the kernel image or how many serial line devices should be supported etc. Some types of ...


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In his book The Silicon Jungle David Rothman mentions several times the term "modifying" or "customizing" a software program. Just like today, usage of generic products have always needed customisation to be used: forms in word processors, queries in DB products and so on. And then the consultant didn’t even supply instructions to operate and modify the ...


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