Tag: DOS

DESQview – Multitasking before there was Multitasking.

  Before there was Windows and it’s ability to emulate multitasking in a single tasking graphical environment there was DOS.  Dos did not multitask.  The minds at Quarterdeck created a solution for true multitasking in a DOS environment and called it DESQview. Wikipedia has some pretty good information on DESQview. HERE <-Clicky the link to…


C:\> DOS Stuff DOS Networking Packet Driver Hell!

One of the toughest things about using DOS is trying to establish network or internet connectivity. In a world in which we are accustomed to plug and play integration, DOS can feel like your hands are tied in every direction you reach. Especially if you need connectivity. In dos we have to use “Packet Drivers”…


Backpack CDROM Drivers for DOS and Windows 3.1x

  Working on an old laptop needed access to a CD-ROM from DOS, what to do? I have restored an old laptop to the glory of DOS and Windows 3.1. Loading DOS from Floppy was not too hard but I found soon after that the internal CD-ROM was not working after installing the generic MITSUMI…


PKLite

  Compress .exe files to save space. Back in 1991 I used a command line program called PKLITE to compress executable files and sometimes to protect code (at least at first). Memory and disk space was at a premium back then and programs were required to be small and fast. PKLITE was one way to…


Maze Wars

What else can you do with some DOS installed besides look cool and use the 3 by 5 digital index cards program? Well you could have a little fun! The game Maze Wars came out in 1992 for DOS.  There is some speculation it may also have been called War Games in a Maze. What…


3 by 5 Digital Index Cards

Circa 1985 we needed a simple way to archive and retrieve text-based information. In 1985 for simple text retrieval something a lot like the familiar card catalog did the trick. Here is 3 BY 5, the index cards of the future. Features built-in word processor, multiple file search, multiple windows and more. The Floppy Disk…


A Shell for DOS – A DOSSHELL

MS DOS 5 – DOSSHELL will Run in Dos 6.22 The summary says it all. DOSSHELL from MS DOS 5 will run in MS DOS 6.22 and Free DOS. DOSSHELL is a great way to graphically manipulate files. You can even use your mouse if you have a DOS mouse driver loaded.   You can…