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Great Lost Software: 16 Gone But Not Forgotten

Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked
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XTree, introduced for DOS in the mid-1980s, was an early attempt to put a graphical interface on PCs. XTree presented a Windows Explorer-like view of the computer's file system and provided -- according to its manual -- "commands to access, delete, rename, view, move, list, or show any and all files within any and all directories on your floppy and hard disks." The software still has an XTree Fan Page containing the product history, tips and tricks, and so on.

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