Favorite Computer Software?

Communicore1991

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Oct 8, 2014
Back in the day when things weren't online it seems like there was a lot more computer software available and some were memorable for different reasons. What was some of your favorite software?

For me there was one which put Christmas lights around the border of your screen and you could change the lightbulbs, the patterns of lights flashing, and even choose MIDI files to play in time with the lights. Then there was WindowsBlinds by Stardock (which apparently is still around) which let you customize your screen's title bars, start bar, icons, things like that. I remember each year changing my Windows ME and XP desktop to a Christmas themed display with blues and red and white stripes.
 

Praying Colonel

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Aug 16, 2004
There was a great golf game called Links that had a build-your-own course feature. Lots of regular users made courses that were realistic to famous courses around the world: Augusta, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, etc. It was a lot of fun to play against other users online. Unfortunately, Microsoft bought it and essentially killed it.
 
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tvguy

Question anything the facts don't support.
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How many of us had Flight Simulator and crashed into the World Trade Center........years before the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
 

Cannot_Wait_4Disney

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You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike .
You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike .
You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike .
You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike .
You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike .
 

sam_gordon

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Jun 26, 2010
There was a great golf game called Links that had a build-your-own course feature. Lots of regular users made courses that were realistic to famous courses around the world: Augusta, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, etc. It was a lot of fun to play against other users online. Unfortunately, Microsoft bought it and essentially killed it.
Looks like (with a little bit of work), you can play that again... https://www.abandonwaredos.com/abandonware-game.php?abandonware=Links:+The+Challenge+of+Golf&gid=1955

ETA: I also remember SimGolf and Roller Coaster Tycoon that I enjoyed playing.
 

sam_gordon

DIS Veteran
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Jun 26, 2010
You got my nostalgic mind going. I remember a "States and Capitals" game. It would outline a US state, you'd have to type (correctly) the name of the state and the capital. There was also a version for Europe countries.
 

luvthatduke

It's not a vacation unless it's a road trip.
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Lotus 123 and Word Perfect
I really miss Lotus!
I still have my handmade 3 ring binder w/instructions.

I was very impressed with Microsoft's multi-disc encyclopedia, Encarta

I still have mine! I have a CD binder with many program discs.
One of these days I'll have to see which ones will still work with WIN 10.
 

disneychrista

DIS Veteran
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Dec 26, 2002
My favorite computer software is iTunes. :D

Followed by MS Office (Word, Excel)

I was never really into games.
 

Kathryn Merteuil

Barden Bella
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May 11, 2012
As far as software goes, I guess iTunes (now just "Music" I believe) is what I use/have used the most recreationally.

Word is what I have used the most for school and work.

I have never been a gamer, but I remember playing something called "Wacky Wheels" back in the 90's. It was kind of a knockoff of Mario Kart. It somehow got installed on the computers in the computer lab and everybody was enjoying the heck out of it.
 

JLTraveling

DIS Veteran
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Apr 3, 2005
The Johnny Castaway screensaver. Anybody remember it? He was marooned on an island and did all sorts of silly stuff. One of the rare screensavers you could actually just sit and watch lol
 









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