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 Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option.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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Back in 1987, when Apple released HyperCard, it was unlike anything most people had seen. The program was based on the metaphor of a stack of index cards that could be linked to one another, giving most people their first exposure to hypertext and hotlinks. Users created every kind of stack you could think of -- step-by-step instructions, foreign-language flashcards, band names and personnel, even games. Today, people turn to the Web, which wouldn't be what it is without HyperCard.