TOOGAM's Software Archives

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Quick Table Of Contents

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Introduction

Welcome to TOOGAM's Software Archive.

Every piece of software on this site has been added only after a review to indicate that the software was legally distributed for free, with the software creator's blessing. A lot of the software does not have source code available (here), largely because the global “open source” effort wasn't quite as famous at the time that a lot of this software was being distributed.

This archive contains quite a bit of software for DOS (with MS-DOS being the originally intended target, although FreeDOS ought to also work very well). As time moved on, this archive added support for the Microsoft Windows operating systems that started by using an updated MS-DOS kernel (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millenium Edition which is also known as “Windows Me”), and Windows 3.x (which was designed to require older DOS versions). Then, in later years, the archive may have added some software designed for Windows XP or newer Microsoft Windows operating systems.

With the advent of Windows Vista, which was soon succeeded by the much better Windows 7, I gained a more clear realization that Microsoft really intended for people to keep using the latest Microsoft software, and Microsoft started to remove more resources that assisted people who were using older versions of Microsoft software. With that realization, I lost interest in trying as hard to keep updated versions, realizing that efforts of hyperlinking to third party resources are very likely to be useful for only temporary time periods.

Still, this site plans to continue to offer the old software that it has, and may receive a small amount of updates that provide updated pointers to some of the most useful files, such as file transfer programs supporting HTTP.

Newer documentation efforts may largely be on ][CyberPillar][, which tends to not host much executable code. Instead, it documents useful solutions, and points to online resources. (Sometimes, one of those online resources may be this site. For example, ][CyberPillar][: Operating Systems based on Microsoft code, and compatible/similar has a section about collections of DOS software (and references this site as just one of multiple options.)

(Although I'm not continuing to invest much effort in this site as time goes on, I have no regrets from spending the initial invest of time that was needed to create this archive; it has been useful to me many times. It may well have saved me more time than it has taken for me to make it.)

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Bandwidth Limits

(Some of these details are now a bit outdated, as technology has increased speed but this site stopped adding as many newer and larger files. Still, this site has been known to be hosted out of people's homes, using a home's Internet connection. As long as that happens, this site may often have much more limited bandwidth than many of the sites that are hyperlinked to.)

Please self-impose bandwidth limits from this site as appropriate, connecting to other sites and using their download URLs when possible. This website has been launched on a 256kbps symmetrical DSL line, and since moved to a 768K download but only 128K upload line, so it upload speed may be even slow than many other DSL lines. It is therefore likely to be to the public's advantage to download from other locations. Links to local download locations may be provided for purposes of backup (in case a remote website goes down and therefore no longer provides the file) and for the specific minority that would benefit from internal use due to being on the same side of the web server's internet connection as the web server.

If things get too far out of hand, bandwidth monitoring/controls may need to be implemented, possibly involving shutting down access completely to certain files (especially zip or executable files). I realize that is of little concern for someone just wishing to download one important file. I also realize that there has been some concern, especially historically (when bandwidth limits were more widespread), which caused other webmsters to dislike people downloading from their site when people aren't bothering to have the full experience of visiting that webmaster's site. For these reasons I'm not currently prohibiting any sort of downloading, but I am requesting to use other resources when possible, as the majority of the time chances are other resources will be better apt to handle the bandwidth. Besides these advantages that may be more significant for the server than they are for the average downloader, the average downloader may well find that other sites deliver files faster than this one.

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Organization of this section

In attempt to find software by function, rather than by the operating environment the software was designed for, software is now listed by type rather than by compatibility requirements. This is a change from past practices and is done due to the ability of multiple operating systems to be able to run other operating systems, and so that users of one operating system (like Windows 98 Second Edition) can see what software does exist for another operating system (like MS-DOS or Windows XP) for a greater understanding of what other operating systems support. This also means adding a new piece of software for a new operating system won't involve needing to re-create already existing sections, only to end up making brand new sections for a small selection of software and ending up with sections that seem rather bare and perhaps incomplete.

Initial effort has been to document what software exists and where it can be found. This allows for easy checking of new versions. A lot of software has been copied locally, but the web pages haven't bothered to include links to the local files. This has primarily been done so that short term efforts can be focused on getting more sections in good condition. If a visitor sees a reference to a file but it becomes unavailable on the remote site, one may wish remove the web page's filename and to search nearby directories. (Filenames locally may be renamed so that they are short and thereby more compaible with some FAT and ISO9660 file systems.)

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Favoritism of software

In general, I tend to favor free applications which are legal to distribute and use. This way one can legitimately feel comfort in easily knowing that legal rules are not being broken by the use of the software, and not having to worry about whether one has an appropriate license for each copy of the software, or if someone else might wish to cause participation in illegal piracy by copying software (with or without the permission or even knowledge of whom they are copying software from). In some cases, software with certain legal restrictions may be distributed or mentioned on this site. I try to be aware of such things, and so will attempt to point out those restrictions on this site.

I tend to like command line programs. Programs for DOS have been appealing since many DOS programs could historically be run on a wide variety of operating systems, including 32-bit GUI operating systems such as the 32-bit Microsoft Windows releases. Command line programs also will often run faster than other software and can be run using simpler hardware than many other operating systems, and programs that heavily support a command line interface are typically much easier to use to perform tasks automatically (compared to programs that require interaction with a graphical interface). Because of all of these things, chances are a lot of command line, including DOS-based, software will be made available on this page, surely to a higher degree than many other general software archives. However, this site is not meant to be DOS-specific and software for other operating systems may be found on this site.

Support for 16-bit programs (both DOS and Windows executables) has started to diminish by Microsoft's decision to not support them with versions of Windows that are designed for 64-bit platforms. Although more modern alternatives are expected to eventually be added to this archive, this archive remains a useful collection of software that works with some of the simpler platforms.

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Other Resources

Other Resources

This page is considered a sub-page underneath TOOGAM's Software section which may also have additional resources such as tutorials.

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Resources

Resources

Newer Software
A place that newer software may be placed while being evaluated or simply until it is placed elsewhere on the site in a more organized location. Links to files in here are discouraged because the files are not likely to remain in their location here for very long.
Operating Systems

Operating systems and related software such as official patches for the operating systems, and major components used by a lot of software designed for the operating systems, such as important libraries (like DirectX) and operating environments (like X-Windows GUIs).

Operating Systems are listed first because they are important to be aware of, namely since most other software gets distributed designed (by executable binary file format design, or perhaps just calls in the source codes to certain resources like drivers or APIs) for use with a specific operating system (like FreeDOS) or class of Operating Systems (like 32-bit Windows or Unix). Choosing an operating system is quite literally a starting point. In many cases, the choice of operating system may be pre-made, such as using whatever is already bundled on a device, and using the same operating system is simplest.

Most computers used by people who aren't familiar with operating systems are using some version of Microsoft Windows. Using software designed for Windows, or its precursor DOS (since Windows can run DOS programs which, like Windows programs, may have varying degrees of success), is generally the safest bet for easy success. An exception, notable due to market share, would be Apple Macintosh computers which may run programs designed for a version of MacOS.

Pre-Boot
Software which is typically used before an operating system is booted up, or installed. Boot managers, some machine emulators, and partition manipulators. Using this software is often viewed as being of a relatively advanced technical nature.
Protective Software

Virus checking can be a very positive type of software to have automatically run. Firewalls can also be beneficial. This is often a good type of software to get installed early so that protection starts sooner, although in practice some other software (such as network drivers and perhaps a file transfering program, and maybe even one or more operating system patches) may need to be installed for the protective software to be downloaded and start to work at its best, including using the latest databases and/or other software updates. On the other hand, the more stuff that gets installed before the protection software, the more opportunity there is for something bad to be installed before the protection software.

Also in this section would be software designed for working around protective software, such as password recovery software that can help in cases of lost passwords.

Drivers (and firmware?)

A driver, which would be a piece of driver software, is typically software that is designed to make some specific item work in a general way. For example, drivers issue and understand the specific device commands used by printers and mice, using whatever software language is understood by that device (which often may be fairly customized for the device and not used by other, similar devices). This allows other software, such as the graphical user interface of an operating system or a print command of a word processor, to work in common ways by using the generalized methods that are commonly provided by drivers. Many drivers are therefore largely correctly viewed as translators, translating data meant for a specific device to more generalized concepts like a mouse cursor's position. They are also often viewed viewed, quite correctly, as the software needed to make a specific thing work. (They are therefore unpleasant to not have working when they are desired.)

Drivers will therefore be specific not only to the specific device, but also to the generalized standard. For example, a third party mouse driver called CuteMouse made for DOS will handle specific types of mice, but will not support the different generalized standards used by Microsoft Windows or an Apple Macintosh operating system.

Some software called drivers are typically bundled in with operating systems, and they tend to be written specifically for use with certain targets of operating systems (moreso than other software). Still, getting add-on drivers or updated versions of drivers to work is a task often viewed as a separate task performed mostly after the initial operating system install, so they get a separate section.

Some additional software providing low-level access to hardware, such as RAM memory testing programs, may also be in this section, even if they are not commonly viewed as drivers. Firmware is essentially the same thing as a common driver with the notable characteristic of typically being designed to be both stored in and executed on the device itself.

Network Software
Once hardware is running, a top priority in software to use is often network capabilities so that other software can be downloaded from the Internet. Web browsers, file transfering programs using the SFTP protocol, and perhaps protocol drivers supporting, for example, IPX, may be found in here. Programs to transmit data over modems, serial cables/ports, and parallel ports also fit in this section.
File Archivers/Compressors
As software is often stored and/or distributed in software archives, having the proper support for such archives is often a paramount task in software collection and installation. This file includes Unzippers (including references for software from Microsoft that treats zip files like folders, for Win98/ME operating systems that did not simply include that), and free software with better compression than zip files. This also may have utilties for formats without super high compression, such as *.CAB files and disk images.
User Interface software
Alternative command prompts/shells (like 4DOS and TCMD), and interface enhancers/options setters (like TweakUI), scrollback buffer software, mouse copy-and-paste drivers for text mode interfaces (DOS, OpenBSD command line, others), video mode changing, etc.
Disk Utilities
This includes several types of disk utilities, such as binary file editors. Note that some utilities may be found in other sections on this site, such as the File Archivers/Compressors section.
Office Data programs
Includes (or will include) individual programs such as word processors, PDF file viewers, and spreadsheet software, as well as office productivity suites.
Software Development tools (like Programming Languages)
Compilers, interpretors, etc. Creators of installers.
Games and Multimedia Demos
Games are included here, including links to some quality small games. Also, support files (patches to new game versions and add-ons) are also listed here. In addition to games, multimedia demos (such as the Assembly demos from the Hornet Archive, but also ones listed by Nvidia) are covered here in the same section as they often have some of the same sorts of hardware and software requirements, and the same amount of corporate productivity value, as games.
Multimedia Software
Programs with a primary purpose of handling videos, sounds, and also images. This page may, at some time, include creation of 3-D image and animation creation.
(Multi)media (Data) Files
Multimedia (videos) and media (music, images) may be able to be found here. Some, like files designed for Flash, may even be interactive. However, if it is too interactive and entertaining for this section, a piece of software is more likely to be found in the Games and Multimedia Demos section, rather than in here.
Video Game Console softare

Video game consoles often run some specialized software designed for the propriety software environment supported by the console's manufacture. Some software, such as custom fonts, may be found here.

Another related resource of possible interest is the Games and Multimedia Demos section.