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Thread: 8088 PC: Cool things to demonstrate the early PC XT experience and capabilities

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    hello
    Also the first "Civilization" game would run (with EGA) on ibm pc, a good one i think.
    For some reason i also liked "SideKick", and the ability to rapidly do another ting on your pc then the main application you were running at the moment
    /cimonvg

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    I'm a fan of MTCP as well. Perhaps it's not period, but it shows something useful the system can still do today (IRC client, etc)
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    I loved Ventura Publisher back in the day. It ran fine on a XT.


    Later,
    dabone

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    My Favs:

    Word Processing: Mansfield KEDIT
    Word Processing: MS Word for DOS 4.0
    Word Processing: WordPerfect 5.1
    File Manager: IBM File Command
    Utility: IBM Fixed Disk Organizer
    Utility: System Utility: SysInfo7
    Desktop: Quarterdeck DeskView 2.0
    Database: Ashton-Tate dBase III Plus
    Graphic: Harvard Graphics 2.0
    Spreadsheet: Lotus 123 2.4
    Spreadsheet: VisiCalc
    Accounting: QuickBooks Version 1.0
    Accounting: One Write Plus Money Matters
    Communications (Dial-up): QMODEM
    Communications (Dial-up): ProComm+
    Programming: Turbo Pascal 6.0 for DOS
    Productivity: Point of Sale Cash Register
    Productivity: Policies Now
    Productivity: Family Tree Maker
    Game: Jeopardy
    Game: Cyborgirl Pinball
    Accouting: Quicken QuickBooks
    Programming: Turbo Pascal
    Programming: Turbo Assembler
    Game: Space Invaders
    Game: Space Invaders 78
    Game: Monopoly
    Game: PacMan
    Music: Voyetra Sequencer Plus Pro MIDI

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    Quote Originally Posted by nc_mike View Post
    My Favs:

    Word Processing: Mansfield KEDIT
    Word Processing: MS Word for DOS 4.0
    Word Processing: WordPerfect 5.1
    File Manager: IBM File Command
    Utility: IBM Fixed Disk Organizer
    Utility: System Utility: SysInfo7
    Desktop: Quarterdeck DeskView 2.0
    Database: Ashton-Tate dBase III Plus
    Graphic: Harvard Graphics 2.0
    Spreadsheet: Lotus 123 2.4
    Spreadsheet: VisiCalc
    Accounting: QuickBooks Version 1.0
    Accounting: One Write Plus Money Matters
    Communications (Dial-up): QMODEM
    Communications (Dial-up): ProComm+
    Programming: Turbo Pascal 6.0 for DOS
    Productivity: Point of Sale Cash Register
    Productivity: Policies Now
    Productivity: Family Tree Maker
    Game: Jeopardy
    Game: Cyborgirl Pinball
    Accouting: Quicken QuickBooks
    Programming: Turbo Pascal
    Programming: Turbo Assembler
    Game: Space Invaders
    Game: Space Invaders 78
    Game: Monopoly
    Game: PacMan
    Music: Voyetra Sequencer Plus Pro MIDI

    I would say the killer app right now to do with a 8088 is to run Jim Leonard's 8088 domination demo. It's basically running color full motion video in your IBM PC. You can also get the utility and render any video with sound that you wish. I really want my own 8088 to do this.

    http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=63591

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    Thanks!
    I'm chasing many of these things down.

    Also looking for source code or binaries of short demos that could be integrated into combined presentation
    that illustrate specific capabilities.

    Anything come to mind?

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    You definitvely need "setkey.com".

    It's a little tsr gag program where smileys move on any text mode screen and eliminate all zeros. You can start several instances of setkey and there will be more and more of the smileys running arround.

    It looks like there is a virus on the PC and some antivirus tools still detect that com file as gag and want to eleminate it.

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    Are you limiting yourself to a STOCK 5150? I used to run Windows 3 on my XT w/ a NEC V20 chip. Of course I had to format the 10MB HDD, copy all the win 3 disks onto it - install and then erase the install media but it worked.... Nothing like Win 3 on 5160 running at 1024x768x16 resolution....
    Current Wish List: 1. IBM 7531 Industrial Series PC 2. NEC MultiSync XL (JC-2001) Monitor 3. MicroSolutions MatchPoint AND/OR UniDOS card 4. Compaq 14" VGA CRT Monitor (the one that came with the SystemPro). 5. Stacker HW CoProcessor Board MCA BUS. If you have any of the above for sale please PM me. Thank you!

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    Probably not in the same league, but I always liked the old Compaq MS-DOS demo.bas myself.

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    My vote goes to OrCAD, Alley Cat and not yet mentioned Norton or Volkov Commander.

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