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2013-07-30 11:43:19 AM
5 WordStar

I haven't used that since...yesterday. It still does things better than any other program.
 
2013-07-30 11:50:50 AM
This list sucks without Print Shop Deluxe.
 
2013-07-30 11:51:13 AM
You forgot the semi-colon.
 
2013-07-30 11:51:29 AM
I was with them up until Minecraft.  I'd offer up instead - WinAmp.  The MP3 and digital music revolution has completely changed the course of a major industry, and WinAmp was the tool that allowed most people to hear their first MP3 files.
 
2013-07-30 11:57:28 AM
i had no idea that hypercard was that influential.
 
2013-07-30 12:04:49 PM
VM/370
SideKick
QEMM/DesqView
Carbon Copy
Norton Utilities
Kermit
 
2013-07-30 12:07:55 PM
No Dave?

4.bp.blogspot.com

//go through the door
 
2013-07-30 12:12:29 PM
Lotus Notes is friggin awesome.
 
2013-07-30 12:26:18 PM
Surprised they didn't include Pong. That's the first digital game that caught on among the masses. Games now make up a huge portion of the software market.
 
2013-07-30 12:54:58 PM
HyperCard was awesome! I was in high school and it was my first experience with "visual" programming. It just made sense to me. I spent hours making presentations and games and stories that I'd share with my other Mac friends in the computer lab.

Lotus Notes. Well, I have Lotus Notes open on my other monitor here at work right now. I've gotten used to it over the past six years of working for the government. We're gearing up for a move to Outlook within the year. Everyone here is excited for Outlook, but I think they'll probably miss some things about Notes when it's gone.
 
2013-07-30 12:56:32 PM
Minecraft does not belong on this list.
 
2013-07-30 01:15:28 PM
In 1980, when I was 6 years old, my father brought home an Atari 400/800.  He sat me down in front of it and put a book on the desk, An Introduction to the Basic Programming Language.  "Learn this," he said, "and you'll never have to dig a ditch in your life."

//worked out okay
/still ended up digging a ditch or two
 
2013-07-30 01:17:09 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: VM/370
SideKick
QEMM/DesqView
Carbon Copy
Norton Utilities
Kermit


Quarterdeck was baller.  So was x-tree gold and qmodem pro.
 
2013-07-30 01:29:10 PM
What no Stevie Ray Vaughn?

THIS LIST IS BULLSHIATE!

(Wow, had to dust that one off after pulling it from storage.)
 
2013-07-30 01:32:19 PM
Whar ProcommPlus Whar

/zmodem protocol ftw
 
2013-07-30 01:36:37 PM
Minecraft?

-_- what is this?

/i don't even
 
2013-07-30 02:09:47 PM

DanZero: Whar ProcommPlus Whar

/zmodem protocol ftw


That, biatches...

And where the fark is Fast Hack'em?!
 
2013-07-30 02:13:21 PM
www.atarimania.com
 
2013-07-30 02:19:25 PM

DanZero: Whar ProcommPlus Whar

/zmodem protocol ftw


Uses this almost daily at work.
 
2013-07-30 02:20:51 PM
 
2013-07-30 02:46:24 PM
No Logo? Dunno about the rest of y'all, but that was my first experience with command-based programming. That little turtle made me who I am today.

// not named for a Renaissance painter/sculptor
 
2013-07-30 02:54:20 PM
Would've liked to have seen Wizardry on that list, but that's personal bias talking, not objective history.
 
2013-07-30 02:56:32 PM

R.A.Danny: Lotus Notes is friggin awesome.


That anyone could possibly believe that makes my head want to explode.
 
2013-07-30 03:00:39 PM
www.callapple.org
beagle.applearchives.com

Greatest Software Company EVAR
 
2013-07-30 03:01:49 PM

FlashHarry: i had no idea that hypercard was that influential.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myst
The original Macintosh version of Myst was constructed in HyperCard. Each Age was a unique HyperCard stack. Navigation was handled by the internal button system and HyperTalk scripts, with image and QuickTime movie display passed off to various plugins; essentially, Myst functions as a series of separate multimedia slides linked together by commands.
 
2013-07-30 03:02:09 PM
Is print "hello, world"; on the list?

/dnrtfa
 
2013-07-30 03:02:37 PM

meanmutton: R.A.Danny: Lotus Notes is friggin awesome.

That anyone could possibly believe that makes my head want to explode.


It's actually not that bad, people just think it is an email program and don't use 1/10th of what it can do.

It isn't a very good email program.
 
2013-07-30 03:05:52 PM
WordPerfect
Quatrro Pro
MSDOS 6.22
Netscape Navigator
 
2013-07-30 03:19:49 PM
and American's reliance on SABRE is the reason for the scheduling debacle after being acquired by United.

geez, SABRE was around forever.
 
2013-07-30 03:23:25 PM
Still River shell.
 
2013-07-30 03:26:51 PM
I did an awful lot of editing in Wordstar.  I'm surprised Qmodem/Telix/Telemate weren't on the list.  Those programs opened up a whole new world of communication.  They could have even added something like Wildcat BBS..

//Fark, I'm old...
 
2013-07-30 03:28:50 PM
List spends waaay too much time on consumer and game programs.  Yes, they had an impact, but they are the "safe" choices people have heard about.  There are far better.

It utterly fails without mention of the programs that ran on the Colossus.  (I'm not sure they had names- they were all external on punched paper tape)  Adventure influential?  Colossus had a big part in winning WWII.  Put that in your GO EAST command and smoke it.

No mentions of the original FORTRAN compiler?  Or C?  Or Smalltalk?  Or BASIC?

Next up: Stuxnet.  Scarily sophisticated computer virus/worm that's still having a major impact in foreign policy

In terms of news impact, how about the programs that ran the Apollo moon missions?

If you want game like programs, trySIMNET?  I trained on this back in Armor school at Ft. Knox- full sized tank interior mockups, each with a four man crew, fighting networked battalion-sized battles against other tanks.  Later it added in helicopters and artillery, with users from Ft. Rucker and Ft. Sill joining in

~300 vehicles playing at the same time
Fully 3-d world
In *1987*
 
2013-07-30 03:32:29 PM
No LSL????

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-30 03:55:12 PM
This article is awesome trolling.
/+1
 
2013-07-30 03:58:29 PM
List fails without Facebook Home
 
2013-07-30 03:59:35 PM
I agree with the title, BASIC should be on the list. It was the first programming language that was home based,

Someone mentioned Winamp for the digital media. I would like to add on Napster as the first real peer-to-peer file-sharing program.
 
2013-07-30 04:00:20 PM
I actually agree with most of the article, but would substitute Pagemaker for Minecraft.
 
2013-07-30 04:01:03 PM

pute kisses like a man: and American's reliance on SABRE is the reason for the scheduling debacle after being acquired by United.

geez, SABRE was around forever.


SABRE is still being used by AA ( although they are in the process of moving to NextGenSABRE).

AA and USAir are in the process of merging.

United bought Continental, not AA. United used the Apollo (now called TravelPort) res system but moved to Continental's SHARES res system.
 
2013-07-30 04:07:25 PM

metallion: I did an awful lot of editing in Wordstar.  I'm surprised Qmodem/Telix/Telemate weren't on the list.  Those programs opened up a whole new world of communication.  They could have even added something like Wildcat BBS..

//Fark, I'm old...


Trumpet Winsock allowed millions of people running Windows 95 to get on the Internet for the very first time.
 
2013-07-30 04:07:34 PM
I wonder how much money solitaire on WFW and Win95 has cost employers in lost productivity.
 
2013-07-30 04:08:12 PM

TuteTibiImperes: I was with them up until Minecraft.  I'd offer up instead - WinAmp.  The MP3 and digital music revolution has completely changed the course of a major industry, and WinAmp was the tool that allowed most people to hear their first MP3 files.


I'd agree except I think iTunes has been more influential with the general population.
 
2013-07-30 04:11:42 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I actually agree with most of the article, but would substitute Pagemaker for Minecraft.


This.  Before Pagemaker typsetting and layout was a messy, expensive process.  The idea of click and drag WYSIWYG typesetting revolutionized publishing.  Not perhaps as much as the printing press itself, but it made desktop publishing practical.

I remember when it was Aldus PageMaker.

Now I feel old.
 
2013-07-30 04:12:41 PM

TuteTibiImperes: I was with them up until Minecraft.  I'd offer up instead - WinAmp.  The MP3 and digital music revolution has completely changed the course of a major industry, and WinAmp was the tool that allowed most people to hear their first MP3 files.


This.
 
2013-07-30 04:17:52 PM

R.A.Danny: meanmutton: R.A.Danny: Lotus Notes is friggin awesome.

That anyone could possibly believe that makes my head want to explode.

It's actually not that bad, people just think it is an email program and don't use 1/10th of what it can do.

It isn't a very good email program.


So true.  E-mail was just a packaged version of cc:Mail.  But everything else it did was pretty far ahead of its time.  One company i worked at was using it as a wiki, before it was called a wiki.  Forums, knowledge base, CRM type stuff.  Very flexible.  There was a time when Notes developers could ask any price and get work.
 
2013-07-30 04:19:09 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I actually agree with most of the article, but would substitute Pagemaker for Minecraft.


No one remembers Pagemaker or Ventura Publisher.
 
2013-07-30 04:31:17 PM
images.videolan.org
/influences my pants more than any other software program
 
2013-07-30 04:31:50 PM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: List fails without Facebook Home


Or Microsoft BOB.
 
2013-07-30 04:37:49 PM
This is definitely the worst list ever.
 
2013-07-30 04:37:59 PM
Eddie Adams from Torrance:
QEMM/DesqView

No lie, I just finished a conversion for a client that was running Q&A (database/WP package) with DESQview and QEMM under MS-DOS 6.22 up until 2 months ago.  Q&A was networked across multiple workstations to a server running Novell Netware 3.11.  He's now running a package called Sesame (descended from Q&A), with Win7 workstations and server.

I built a good deal of that Q&A system's programming over the years, and as much as it took a lot of creativity to do stuff that modern software allows you to do without thinking, we never found something we couldn't do.  Dead-tree document scanning and retrieval, using softfonts to get custom imaging on printed documentation, dispatching service techs with messaging, driving telemarketing systems...

This is not a repeat from 1986.
 
2013-07-30 04:45:36 PM
Linux kernel
 
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