[vcf-midatlantic] Help with installing 1980s DOS program

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon May 13 22:35:55 EDT 2019


>> It might be worth mentioning that if the user is getting this app
up-and-running in order to get access to existing files

Nope. He refuses to upgrade! He had it running for eons on XP, then that
went haywire, so he was desperate for someone to get it back running for
him.

On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:49 PM Devin Heitmueller <devin.heitmueller at gmail.com>
wrote:

> It might be worth mentioning that if the user is getting this app
> up-and-running in order to get access to existing files, there are
> tools out there which can convert Leading Edge files into more modern
> formats.
>
> At least, that's what a Google search found:
>
> http://www.classiccmp.org/pipermail/cctech/2015-March/003841.html
>
> https://sourceforge.net/p/transformenator/git/ci/master/tree/src/org/transformenator/transforms/leading_edge_rtf
>
> I would assume there's a good chance that the user isn't so much
> interested in using an ancient word processor for nostalgia, but
> rather to gain access to some old documents.
>
> Devin
>
> On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 9:43 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > >> PROMPT $P$G
> >
> > What is that part?
> >
> > On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:40 PM Ethan O'Toole <telmnstr at 757.org> wrote:
> >
> > > > Now all I need to do is edit (autoexec.bat?) with a path line, if
> fuzzy
> > > > college memory serves me correctly, in order for this to work right
> from
> > > > c:\.
> > >
> > > If dos is in C:\DOS:
> > >
> > > PATH=C:\DOS;C:\yourprogram;etc
> > > PROMPT $P$G
> > >
> > > It's amazing how much we forget about things we grew up using and
> hacking
> > > around on everyday!
> > >
> > > Apparently lawyers were big on DOS era word processors (Word Perfect)
> > > because of forms they have where they fill in items and it populates
> them
> > > or something. The same thing exists of course in modern systems but
> change
> > > is hard and not always better.
> > >
> > >                 - Ethan
> > >
>
>
>
> --
> Devin J. Heitmueller
> http://www.devinheitmueller.com
>


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