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#1 2012-04-22 01:25:55

bubach
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Blast from the past!

OMG, I just found one of my favourite DOS programs used as a kid.  I had even forgotten the programs name & existance until i stumbled on a screenshot showing it here:

http://vogons.zetafleet.com/files/mdmain.gif

It was called MagicDesk and was basically a program menu for DOS, where you could organize all those cool DOS games and utilities into subfolders and start them with icons in a GUI.  It had some icons to choose from but also a built-in icon editor.

I downloaded it from some old BBS FTP-archive straight away and it was so cool seing it again after like 15 years!  It's now one of my top priorities to have a clone of this going for BOS as soon as i can load user programs. tongue

Of course there's lots of other old DOS utils and semi-GUI's that could be ported/cloned, but this is both fairly simple and fairly useful for demonstrating graphics/mouse. So it should be both fun to clone and like closing the circle for me since programs like it made me want to learn programming in the first place big_smile

my own screenshot as attachments.


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#2 2012-04-23 00:44:55

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Re: Blast from the past!

screenie 2


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#3 2012-04-23 00:45:33

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Re: Blast from the past!

screenie 3


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#4 2012-04-24 22:55:05

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Re: Blast from the past!

I don't know the program, I used Dosshell in the period when my old Windows 3.11 installation decided to crap itself. I'm not that familiar with DOS shell programs, but I gave it a try to google the source code of MagicDesk. I couldn't find it, but found the source code of Access DOS Menu (@ http://sourceforge.net/projects/xxdosmenu/ ). Basically, you have three options tongue :

- Implement a DOS-stub layer (good luck with that one)
- Implement your own clone
- Build your own cross C/C++ compiler that can compile dos shell programs, like Access DOS Menu.

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#5 2012-04-25 04:03:21

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Re: Blast from the past!

Yeah that is cool!  i think that i will try to port a C compiler at some point, but to start with I have to settle with assembly source or making clones myself. smile

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#6 2012-06-10 17:06:52

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Re: Blast from the past!

Gem is a fun one I was always thinking of eventually cloning, especially after finding out it got sued by Apple.

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#7 2012-06-11 00:21:41

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Re: Blast from the past!

yeah gem would be cool mainly becasue it's so well known. I unfortunately never used it myself.

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