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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.

 

https://archive.org/...arOSCARSoftware

 

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.

 

-Kevin



#2 carlsson OFFLINE  

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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.

 

Jim



#4 Savetz OFFLINE  

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Posted Yesterday, 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.
 
 
-Kevin





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