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EvanK
June 14th, 2016, 01:07 PM
CHM contacted me. They're seeking copies (or better yet, original disks) of Lotus Developmentís Executive Briefing System for the Apple II and Prentice-Hallís VCN ExecuVision for the IBM PC.

The software is not on Bitsavers, Archive.org, etc.

Contact: dbrock@computerhistory.org

-Evan

abandonware
July 17th, 2016, 03:53 PM
Make Tried in Beta Archive? http://www.betaarchive.com/

Al Kossow
July 17th, 2016, 04:59 PM
Make Tried in Beta Archive? http://www.betaarchive.com/

Ordinary humans have no access to BA.

SomeGuy
July 17th, 2016, 05:15 PM
It doesn't matter. Neither of those contain the words "Microsoft" "Windows" "10" or "beta", so they would not have those.

But now that VCN ExecuVision is raising my interest. Supposedly the first "presentation program" for the IBM PC? When exactly was this released? Was this before 4-Point Graphics? (a 1983 IMSI drawing program with some animation and presentation abilities) and what is the criteria for "presentations"?

Have you tried eBa..... I mean Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Vcn-Execuvision-Dos-Book-Disk/dp/0139410147

Al Kossow
July 17th, 2016, 05:27 PM
Have you tried eBa..... I mean Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Vcn-Execuvision-Dos-Book-Disk/dp/0139410147

weird. $395 was the list price in 1984
I'll see if the guy that wants it is willing to pay that much

SomeGuy
July 17th, 2016, 06:23 PM
I'm not really sure how Amazon works, only used it a few times. They often show titles that are not in stock anywhere, but usually they say it is not in stock. After thinking about it, a way way while back I had tried to order a book, something to do with Visi On, from Amazon but it didn't say anything about not being available until after I made the purchase. :confused: So, I'm just saying who knows if it is really there at all.

krebizfan
July 17th, 2016, 06:42 PM
Amazon listings include a large number of stores that claim to have the product but actually don't. Typically overpriced used books where they plan on buying the book from a different seller or apologizing for no longer having it in stock. I have received a few empty envelopes from Amazon sellers that were smaller than the book that should have shipped in it.

GiGaBiTe
July 17th, 2016, 11:09 PM
weird. $395 was the list price in 1984
I'll see if the guy that wants it is willing to pay that much

Well if the guy wanted the original cost of the software adjusted for inflation, it'd be $916.36 so you're getting a deal :p

Al Kossow
July 18th, 2016, 07:43 AM
Well if the guy wanted the original cost of the software adjusted for inflation, it'd be $916.36 so you're getting a deal :p

he checked, and there is no seller associated with the listing, so he's assuming an Amazon database error

Doug G
July 18th, 2016, 04:28 PM
I regularly use Amazon Prime, and I just looked at the listing, and it said it was an Amazon Prime item sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Which to me means it's there and available.