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Before the Internet came into existence, PC-SIG was the best source available for obtaining the latest and greatest public domain and user-supported software. These were the days of DOS applications distributed on 5.25-inch floppy disks.

Applications are organized into the following categories of software: Artificial Intelligence, Bulletin Board Software, Business Applications, Communication, Computer Education, Databases, Desktop Managers, Education, Entertainment, Financial Applications, Games, Graphics, Home Applications, Languages, Math/Scientific/Statistics, Reference Materials, Special Applications, Spreadsheets/Templates, and Word Processors.

Utilities are grouped into the following categories: Copy/Uncopy, DOS Level, Endcode/Decode, General System, Language, Printer, Programmer, Screen.

Design: there is a brief summary of the disk's programs followed by usage information, system requirements, special program features, start-up information, user comments, suggested donation (if user-supported), and file descriptions.

This book is about Disks 1-705 and is indexed by Disk Number, by Disk Title, and by Subject.

At the time of this book's publication, the entire PC-SIG Library, 4th Edition, was available on CD-ROM for $295. An annual subscription for 3 or 4 CD-ROMS cost $495. Individual floppy disks could be purchased by number for $6 each, plus shipping and handling.

Trivia About Disk #402. The first mainframe computer virus was written for the IBM/390 (an IBM/370-based mainframe) using a program found on PC-SIG Disk #402. The virus was written by Bernd Fix. He obtained the necessary documentation for the project from the recycle bin in front of the Heidelberg University Computer Center where they discarded of all of their old mainframe manuals. Mr. Fix ended up with about 3 meters of documentation for his project. When Mr. Fix started programming the mainframe, he stumbled across The PC-SIG Library Fourth Edition (1986). Library Disk #402 contained a "Cross Assembler for the IBM 370 Version R1.1." This was exactly what Mr. Fix was looking for, namely, a PC-based IBM/370 cross assembler. It proved to be a great piece of software that handled even original IBM mainframe macros with ease. (I learned about this bit of trivia here: http://www.vx.org.ua/lib/vbf01.html.) ( )
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