Recalling this post on doing actual work with an old IBM PC, I bring you mint condition blast from the past:
Yes, a ‘word processor’! The manual is from 1985 and, interestingly, has this directive:
The PC-Write distribution diskette, containing a copy of this manual, may be freely copied and shared, but printed copies of this document may not be copied in any way without permission in writing from Quicksoft. Thank you.
This was produced by a company called Quicksoft that was founded by Bob Wallace, Microsoft employee #9 and so-called “Father of Shareware” who left that company to form Quicksoft; this is one of the first shareware programs, explaining the directive above. Make sure you click the link; Bob was apparently quite a guy, sadly no longer with us. I guess he liked cats: (more…)