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The message was This program posts news to thousands of machines throughout the entire civilized world. Your message will cost the net hundreds if not thousands of dollars to send everywhere. Please be sure you know what you are doing. This message isn’t inherent to Usenet, it’s output by certain clients. It originated in rn, Larry Wall’s news ...


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It's PL/I, promoted by IBM as the successor to FORTRAN, Algol 60, and COBOL. That's actual code as far as I recall, not pseudocode. PL/I had abbreviations for keywords; "DCL" is "DECLARE". It starts off by defining a procedure (routine) named P with one parameter, named MODE, which is a Boolean variable - BIT(1), then defines a bunch of 16-bit signed ...


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Unreal Megademo, Future Crew, 1992 possibly? Certainly has all the elements you mention.


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Since the computer was a gift from your aunt, working for IBM, the screen split in four reminds me immediately of the IBM PS/1’s “4-quadrant” interface: (The screenshot above is from IBMulator, an IBM PS/1 emulator.) The programs launched don’t match your description, but perhaps the defaults can be changed — at the very least, the lower-left quadrant ...


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You can find it at https://files.scene.org/search/?q=unreal The file you want is /demos/groups/future_crew/demos/unreal11.zip - the latest version. There are many other fantastic demos worth checking out, available there as well! It is an official archive. If you like Unreal, then you'll love its sequel, Second Reality! You can also find recordings of ...


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Here's a manual for CROS and one for the C500C robot controller. It seems clear that the bytecode files are compiled from the RAPL-3 programming language (no filename extension for binaries, .r3 for source files, .v3 for "variables files". There's a manual for the language here and for the development tools, which run on Windows, here. The manual for ...


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IPSE = Integrated Project Support Environment (or Integrated Programming Support Environment ASPE = Ada Programming Support Environment FRIPSE = Formal Reasoning Integrated Programming Support Environment GRIPSE = Graphical Integrated Programming Support Environment Keep in mind, Dijkstra's rant is about the formal programming hype of the late ...


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IPSE stands for "Integrated Project Support Environment"; this was one of a series of names given to projects related to using theorm proving in software engineering. Wikipedia has a brief blurb on it, but this Chilton Computing page offers more detail and probably gives a better sense of what it is and what it does. FRIPSE and GRIPSE were related (FR ...


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There were a number of menu builders for DOS such as MenuWorks and PowerMenu. Here is a 1988 article that reviews some others.


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Was it Ulysses, Tennyson's poem from Illuminated books and manuscripts (pub. IBM Educational Systems, 1992)?


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BEAST Behavioral Events Acquisition and analysis SysTem by Windward Technology BEAST grew out of a need for computerized event recording in Ethological research in Dr. George Losey's laboratory at the Dept. of Zoology and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai'i. As it matured, more and more statistical analysis routines were ...


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I did some looking around on the internet archive, browsing through a few collections, and I ran across this variant: Rhode Island Apple Group Volume 14 - Integer Basic Games The disk contains a what could be a variation, or an ancestor (or even a descendant) of the code listed above. There are enough similarities to look suspicious, but most of these ...


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The program appears as "HELLO AUTO SELECT" in various public domain software collections that seem to derive from 1981 or earlier. This name appears in The Public Domain Exchange disk 166: "Hello and Menu" in The Best Apple Public Domain Software book from 1985, which states: The software in this book was compiled from user groups and individuals. It ...


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I think I know what software you're talking about. I picked up an IBM PC AT off of eBay about a year ago, and the hard drive worked perfectly fine. When I first booted the machine, I was greeted with a text-based menu software, looking like this (I took this photo long after I restored the computer): After a quick Google search of the company and software, ...


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DESQview By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47603601 DESQview was not a GUI - it was text-based window shell running on top of DOS and worked with "well behaved" text mode programmes. BBSs were a good example. Later versions could also switch between graphical apps but only in fullscreen mode. It could ...


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I believe the first official TUI (Text User Interface) file manager for DOS was DOS Shell, first distributed as part of MSDOS and PCDOS v4.0 (1988). Microsoft eventually dropped it from its distributions (though it would still function), probably as a small incentive to MSDOS users to add an early version of Windows instead. I believe PCDOS kept it thru its ...


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