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Databar OSCAR Commodore 64 programs

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#1 Savetz OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 12:38 PM

Here are 9 Commodore 64 programs that have been trapped in an obscure bar code format since 1983, now published for the first time.




They were released in the only issue ever published of Databar-The Monthly Bar Code Software Magazine. Users were expected to scan in the programs using a handheld reader.


We previously saved the programs from the Atari and TI 99/4A versions of the magazine. My interview with the founders of company will be published soon at ANTIC — The Atari 8-Bit Podcast.



#2 carlsson ONLINE  


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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 5:01 PM

Did they use the tagline "security by obscurity"?

#3 brain OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 7:44 PM

Wow, I hope folks didn't spend too much time on this.  I have the OSCAR reader here and the magazine and could have run the program to read them.  Never thought about it, actually.



#4 Savetz OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:50 PM

The podcast episode all about Databar OSCAR is published today.

This episode contains three interviews and took more than a year to put together, including a small team of people to recover the magazine software for three computing platforms.

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