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2013-07-30 11:51:29 AM  
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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 03:00:39 PM  
3 votes:

Greatest Software Company EVAR
2013-07-30 09:57:17 PM  
2 votes:

Tax Boy: Company EV

The little programs they included in their ads which you could type in and run gave me my first taste of computer programming.


(one of the) Best computer magazine EVAR.
2013-07-30 04:00:20 PM  
2 votes:
I actually agree with most of the article, but would substitute Pagemaker for Minecraft.
2013-07-30 12:56:32 PM  
2 votes:
Minecraft does not belong on this list.
2013-07-30 09:24:08 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, and Lemonade Stand.  All resource management games owe a little bit to Lemonade Stand.
2013-07-30 09:19:14 PM  
1 vote:
Photoshop, Mosiac and Lotus Notes are no-brainers.  VisiCalc is a solid choice.  The rest of the list leaves something to be desired.

No Napster?  It catapulted file sharing on the internet.

No Doom?  There's a billion dollar industry built around first-person video games.

Someone mentioned PrintShopDeluxe - very influential.
2013-07-30 08:51:10 PM  
1 vote:
Netware v3.1
2013-07-30 08:34:33 PM  
1 vote:
Zork or Rogue are far more influential than Minecraft.
2013-07-30 08:19:21 PM  
1 vote:
See not sure. I have a few out there one that should be included. Oh and all games
I Robot. First use of Polygons in a game. Simulating depth
14 tomcat. Atari Never really released. First networked arcade games
Dragons Lair. First hybrid game with computer graphics overlapping video being played via laser disk
Star wars (Atari Arcade) First use of "digitized" audio
Dont remember the name but the rock band Journey game. First use of "digitized" photos
2013-07-30 06:52:23 PM  
1 vote:

ThrobblefootSpectre: Unix was the arcane realm of scientists who had access to university or corporate mainframes the budget needed to pay everything

It used to be very expensive to run UNIX in the old days.  The license to get a copy of the OS wasn't cheap, and you needed hardware that didn't become common on the desktop till the early 1990s.

BSD was free, but for a number of years was nothing more than a set of patches against the original UNIX code.  When BSD attempted to become a self-standing OS, AT&T sued them (USL v. BSDi, 1993).  Linus said he never would have created the Linux kernel if the lawsuit had never happened.

Coherent was a commercial UNIX-like OS for desktop machines, but just couldn't compete with DOS on price in the PC market.  Commodore was going to use it for its new line of 16-bit Z8000 computers, but that was ditched when they bought Amiga.

MINIX had a relatively low fee, but you can't compete with free.  That's how Linux, which was loosely derived from MINIX, went on to conquer the market.
2013-07-30 06:41:49 PM  
1 vote:
No love for Scripsit or ElectricPencil?
2013-07-30 05:10:39 PM  
1 vote:
2013-07-30 04:07:25 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:55:12 PM  
1 vote:
This article is awesome trolling.
2013-07-30 03:26:51 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:13:21 PM  
1 vote:
2013-07-30 01:36:37 PM  
1 vote:

-_- what is this?

/i don't even
2013-07-30 12:04:49 PM  
1 vote:
Carbon Copy
Norton Utilities
2013-07-30 11:43:19 AM  
1 vote:
5 WordStar

I haven't used that since...yesterday. It still does things better than any other program.
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