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Last post Author Topic: What was a great program that's now been forgotten?  (Read 2667 times)

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Re: What was a great program that's now been forgotten?
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2020, 12:41 AM »
Let me dig into my archive of forgotten software setup files....

Not including the plethora of web apps that are no more, here's my contribution to the list of apps I wish never died:

  • 3M Post-It Software Notes - It was good, till it wasn't...and Notezilla is far better in most areas, but I still miss its alarm manager
  • Acoustica MP3 CD Burner - nothing I have ever tried, burned better gapless audio CD's, but most recent version doesn't work with modern burners or Windows 10
  • AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) - I think in its final days, I only was using it to talk to my daughter from another room, rather than yelling through the house
  • Ad Muncher - If only it worked as well as it used to.
  • Big Fix - Before Windows Update was automatic, this did the trick of keeping Windows 98 updated for you, as well as most software on your system. It sat in your tray and monitored Windows Update for patches and Tucows software repository for new versions of apps and compared the list to what you had installed on your system.
  • Claris EZ Business Cards - (Apple bought Claris and killed everything) I remember setting the image on a card to the desktop wallpaper file from Panorama32, and then hitting the hotkey to change the wallpaper, to print of pages & pages of gift tags. I'd still be using it, if it wasn't for the fact that it's 16-bit and won't run on Win10.
  • Copernic - both their classic web and desktop search apps. Before Google came along, their web search app was the best way to find stuff.
  • Filebox Extender - Yes, it still works, but it looks like parts of XP pasted onto Win10
  • GTalk - Another thing killed by Google
  • Juice - podcast downloader that hasn't been updated in over 10 years
  • MSN Messenger- and all the great 3rd party add-ons. I lost touch with a lot of good people that didn't move over to Skype, when Microsoft shut it down.
  • Newzie RSS reader - still available, but hasn't been updated in over 10 years.
  • Popup Cody - DC forum post notifier (still works but is abandoned)
  • PS Tray Factory- Still available and works for the most part, but it could use some updating for Win10
  • Sam Spade - Still works but could use some modernizing
  • Surfulater - It was one of the Big 3 in note taking software, currently my most recent abandonware frustration (still manually migrating data to a local installation of Wordpress)
  • Winamp - It was bought from AOL by Radionomy, and they promised to continue development, but they don't really seem that interested. A 3rd party that used to be part of the Winamp team at AOL, has taken up patching it and developing plugins to extend functionality under the name of WACUP, in the hopes of eventually releasing his own replacement.
  • WinMX - abandoned by developer a long time ago, small community of diehard users still supporting what they can, but no new client and it's dead for the most part,
  • Xteq X-Setup - this was the king of system tweakers, in it's hayday
  • Yahoo Widgets - I'm still using some of the widgets that still work. Lost the weather widget once & for all, earlier this month, unless I completely rewrite it, myself.

And games too numerous to mention.

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Re: What was a great program that's now been forgotten?
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2020, 09:10 AM »
(Anybody remember Rusty n Edies, FidoNet, and Boardwatch Magazine?)
One part of that. I ran a FidoNet BBS right up to the early 2000s -- 2:25/108 -- and may have been among the last phoneline-based systems.

One of my old USR Courier modems was repurposed as the hardware part of an automated fax system that was finally switched off for the last time less than two years ago.

[Fun fact: not sure it was much used but I used a Courier for dialin access to my work system back in the mid 1990s. Security was handled with a password provided via whatever the heck comms program I was using, after which the Courier dropped the line and dialled back the number associated with that password. Hack that! :)

Oh yes. The whatever the heck comms program was probably Telix. That was pretty awesome too.]

And I just turned 58 on Friday. Which, given the above, is suddenly starting to sound believable. :)
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Re: What was a great program that's now been forgotten?
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2020, 05:54 PM »
(Anybody remember Rusty n Edies, FidoNet, and Boardwatch Magazine?)

One part of that. I ran a FidoNet BBS right up to the early 2000s -- 2:25/108 -- and may have been among the last phoneline-based systems.

Speaking of FidoNet/BBS in general I remember...

Synchronet BBS Software a long time ago and appears it is still going pretty good.
(Has support for Telnet, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IRC, NNTP, and HTTP according to the website.)

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Re: What was a great program that's now been forgotten?
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2020, 02:29 PM »
FoxPro - The PC database to end all databases.

Ay-men to that!   I started my work life with Foxbase running on MS-DOS.  All I asked was for a weekly data dump of our COBOL financial files and I could put together reports in half a day that would take the mainframe guys 3-4 days to debug and run.

Winamp

Not forgotten by me!  Still use it almost every day.
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