- preserving software on the brink of extinction -

 

INTRODUCTION:
Welcome to the Endangered Software Archive! The purpose of this site is to preserve the following:

WANTED:
The Archive is actively seeking the following:

SUBMISSIONS:
Do you have a copy of something that should be here? E- mail Tech Knight and let him know. Please ask before sending any files through e-mail. If there is sufficient interest, an FTP site will be set up.

2004-01-01: Tech Knight thanks you for your enthusiasm, but is no longer
seeking or accepting submissions. The ESA has been closed for many years now.


Although WinImage IMZ is the preferred format of all submissions, operating systems must be in IMZ or DIM  format. This is because one cannot quickly and easily make a bootable disk from a regular zip file.

NOTICE:
Be certain that you understand and acknowledge the COPYRIGHTS
notice at the bottom of this page before downloading any software
contained in the Endangered Software Archive.

Software

Year

Description

IBM DOS 1.10

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1982 IBM DOS 1.10 is one of the oldest operating systems available for the PC; copies of it have all but disappeared.

I was able to rescue this copy from the original 5.25" 160k floppy disk. The disk is 17 years old and has no bad sectors!

The only way to use IBM DOS 1.10 is with a 5.25" drive, because it doesn't support 3.5" drives, hard drives, or even directories!

For me, the biggest highlight in this OS is a small BASIC game called DONKEY. DONKEY was written by Bill Gates and Neil Konzen, and is an excellent example of how desperate IBM was to make DOS more attractive.

Tested on:
Pentium 200MMX w/80MB RAM
Microsoft Windows 1.01



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1985 Microsoft Windows 1.01 is a classic version of the pseudo-operating system that dominates Earth. Check it out!

The files for Microsoft Windows 1.01 was made available to me by someone on IRC. I've turned them into separate WinImage-compatible disk images and put them into a single ZIP file.

Update:
This software will not run of versions of DOS after 5.x, such as Win95 DOS and Win98 DOS. Even DOS 6.x causes Windows 1.01 to generate strange garbage.

Tested on:
486DX2/66 w/16MB RAM and MS-DOS 5.0
Microsoft Windows 1.03



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1986 Microsoft Windows 1.03 is minor update to 1.01 that adds some extra hardware support.

The files for Microsoft Windows 1.03 was made available to me by someone on IRC. I've turned them into separate WinImage-compatible disk images and put them into a single ZIP file.

Tested on:
486DX2/66 w/16MB RAM and MS-DOS 5.0
Microsoft Windows 2.03

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1987 Microsoft Windows 2.03 appears to only marginally different from 1.01, sporting a higher resolution and more colourful graphics.

Unlike previous versions, this iteration of Windows will work with DOS 5.x and later.

The files for Microsoft Windows 2.03 was made available to me by someone on IRC. I've turned them into separate WinImage-compatible disk images and put them into a single ZIP file.

Tested on:
486DX2/66 w/16MB RAM and MS-DOS 6.22
CityRunner


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1995 CityRunner was written by John Isidoro for a assembly language competition. The contest was to see who could write the best game in only 4096 bytes of space.

I've been unable to find this gem anywhere on the net, and I recently recovered it from my now-working-again tape drive - so here it is!

John has this to say about CityRunner:

"Spring of 1995 is when I made it.. There was a 4k game competition on the net I think rec.games.programmer.. It was a lot of fun to write, and I think I even still have the source.. Maybe someday I'll make a CityRunner II! Anyways, one of these days I'll put up my old web page with all my demos and games on it."

Tested on:
Pentium 200MMX w/80MB RAM and Win98
Racter


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1984 Racter is an artificial intelligence simulator from 1984. Similar to Eliza, Racter will converse with the user until boredom occurs.

However, there's a twist - Racter is not quite sane! Here's what Racter has to say in his defense:

"Bob sang "The infatuation is interesting!" At all events crafty, fascinating theoreticians will ponder about black apartment or black cones. Joan crooned to Bob inside a station wagon. It now was a truck, and an infatuation in a truck is scary."

Tested on:
Pentium 200MMX w/80MB RAM and Win98

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COPYRIGHTS:
I do not claim ownership of the program(s) contained within this archive, I am merely distributing it/them with the purpose of maintaining a portion of history that deserves to be remembered. I reap no financial rewards from this venture.
Copyrights and trademarks not explicitly acknowledged are the property of their respective owners.

CityRunner is Copyright (C)1995, John Isidoro
CityRunner is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

Disk Image Archiver (DIM) is Copyright (C)1992,1993 Ray Arachelian

IBM DOS Version 1.10 is Copyright (C)1981,1982 IBM Corporation
IBM DOS is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

Microsoft Windows Version 1.01 is Copyright (C)1985 Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Windows is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

Microsoft Windows Version 1.03 is Copyright (C)1985-1986 Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Windows is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

Microsoft Windows Version 2.03 is Copyright (C)1987 Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Windows is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

Racter is Copyright (C)1984, Inrac Corporation
Racter is included as per my statement in paragraph 1 of COPYRIGHTS.

WinImage is Copyright (C)1993-1997, Gilles Vollant

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