IT artifacts of our utility room



    It so happened that at the moment I am working in a distant Siberian town, on a huge BrAZ . I will not argue that it is better here than in Thailand or in any London, but my miracles are also enough, for example, 40 degrees of heat in the summer and stable -45 degrees of frost in the winter. The local IT department, which survived the BESMs, the buckets of alcohol allocated for their maintenance, and now is amused by eating cakes served on punch cards, which colleagues bring to their birthdays, deserves a separate story.

    Of course, the entire IT infrastructure was constantly evolving, and the plant acquired the latest software at that time in beautiful large boxes. When I first saw them, I immediately wanted to delve into them, see what's inside, it's like touching, albeit a small, but still part of the computer story. More recently, there was a chance to take their photos. If you are interested in looking at how software companies distributed their programs in the recent past and seeing with their own eyes who was the first to implement the idea of ​​server-side JavaScript, then I invite you to dig into these boxes with me.

    I admit right away, the contents of the boxes from Builder and Paradox could not be found, but at the end of the post you will find a scattering of real 5-inch floppy disks.

    So start with the first box.



    The Borland Quattro Pro 4 spreadsheet editor is a former competitor to Novell Lotus 1-2-3, which were subsequently pushed out of the Microsoft Excel market. At the moment, he moved to the office suite from Corel (yes there is one).



    The distribution was distributed on 5-inch floppy disks with which anything could happen. In order to reduce the likelihood of damage, they were placed in such a cardboard case.



    I had little doubt whether to upload this photo, but, judge for yourself, this is a license agreement from a major developer (at that time) and only 1 A4 sheet.

    The next box is Netscape Enterprise Server.



    Netscape Enterprise Server - a web server from the company, in fact, Netscape. Subsequently, became a product of Sun, which in turn opened its source codes in 2008. Only manuals remained in the box, but which ones.



    Netscape was the first to introduce the concept of Javascript applications running on the server side. This is understandable, because it was at that time (1997) that Netscape was driving the web.

    Next up is software from Microsoft.



    When I opened the box from Microsoft Word 2.0 I got the impression that they were hardly used, the kit itself and the floppy disks were so well preserved.



    Microsoft Windows 3.1 “For the first time in Russian!” Apparently had an input, there were no floppies in the kit.



    DBMS Microsoft FoxPro. Unlike Word, the contents of the box showed that they were using the system. The program manual was carefully wrapped in tracing paper, and the pages showed traces of spilled tea. Some of you know that FoxPro was quite common at the time, and in 1992 Microsoft bought the company developing this product for $ 173 million.



    Software and manuals that came with the thermal printer. Great box. An interesting fact is that the technical specifications of the printer are manually filled in the dedicated columns of the table.



    PC Everest Documentation Kit. The structure includes a small user manual with a story on how to use the mouse and keyboard, information about the motherboard, driver diskettes.



    Found a magazine on the webPC Magazine from 1989, with a description of its characteristics in an article on PCs in the lower price range. At that time, it cost $ 2,990.

    All the boxes are over. There are still a few floppy disks, one book and a device.



    The legendary vector editor Corel Draw on 14 diskettes. The external condition is good, but it is unlikely that they can be read.



    System canoe. The driver for working with the InterBase database from the old version of the BDE Engine , whose architecture in 2000 was transferred from SQL Links technology to dbExpress.



    An introduction to Microsoft Windows 95. Got into the collection just because of its Certificate of Authenticity. They just like such things - until now somewhere at home lies a licensed Windows 2000 Professional disc with a holographic sticker on the entire disc. Honorably.



    And here is the promised bunch of floppy disks. Nobody already knows what was there, but the signature scratched with a pencil suggests that some archives were stored there. Note (I swear, this is the case) there are a lot of 2HD diskettes and this is really cool - 1213952 bytes after formatting!



    Still preserved such a device - “sticker”. Served as a write protection for standard five-inch floppy disks (unused stickers on photos are on yellow paper).

    Well, dear friends, the tour has come to an end. All that could be found in a pile of our trash, I showed. I hope you were interested, and you learned something new for yourself.

    In general, as usual, put likes / dislikes, all good and Friday.

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