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CD-ROM Software Collection

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.

Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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CD-ROM Software Library
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http://redump.org/disc/8733/ http://redump.org/disc/8734/ http://redump.org/disc/8735/ http://redump.org/disc/8736/
Topics: Windows games, redump.org
CD-ROM Software Library
data
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www.back4allah.com
Topic: ramdan
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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AkinaNHKPB4ISO
Topic: AkinaNHKPB4ISO
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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seiko25pb11iso
Topic: seiko25pb11iso
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 05 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, freeware, shareware
CD-ROM Today Cover Discs
texts
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Imagen del CD-ROM de la revista CD-ROM Today UK edición española, nro. 17 Incluye demos varios: El gigante del pino La ratita presumida Guitar Hits Colección OLR Thinkin' Things 2 Eciclopedia Universal Black Knight
Topic: cdrom today uk 17
CD-ROM Software Library
by ATV
movies
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Coming soon
Topics: ATV, ATA, experimental video, cable access, San Francisco
CD-ROM Software Library
data
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reciver update
Topic: mf1000v133
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-Issue-4-09/release/2044999
Topic: slices
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 2010
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, shareware, demo, freeware, software, games
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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pct2014
Topic: pct2014
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc 15 / 2010
Topics: Kotimikro, pcmagazine, coverdisc, Finnish
CD-ROM Software Library
software
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Aurora Linux SPARC v2.98
CD-ROM Software Library
by ctv developer
data
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Distribuzione live installabile per videomakers ubuntu 9.10-based (karmic)
Topics: ctv, ubuntu, videomakers
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
software
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MacHome CD (May 2001)
MacAddict Coverdiscs
software
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MacAddict Handwritten 05 1999
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
software
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Windows software, magazine coverdiscs
CD-ROM Software Library
by Grupo Zeta
software
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Topics: Photography, Magazine coverdisc
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 11 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, games, software, demo, shareware
CD-ROM Software Library
audio
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Lollipop 3 (Cornelsen Software)(2001)
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 05 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, pc magazine
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Softbank Publishing
software
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Topics: Windows software, magazine coverdiscs
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Kotimikro-lehden CD 6/2011
Topics: kotimikro, coverdisc
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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AkinaNHKPB2ISO
Topic: AkinaNHKPB2ISO
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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AkinaNHKPB1ISO
Topic: AkinaNHKPB1ISO
CD-ROM Software Library
by ATV
movies
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Coming soon
Topics: ATV, ATA, experimental video, cable access, San Francisco
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc 04 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, freeware, demo, shareware
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Remote-Issue-Two/release/1205634
Topic: remote issue two
GAO Report to the Ranking Minority Member Committee on Commerce House of Representatives (July 1999)
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-4-12/release/4496474
Topic: slices
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 2010
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, Finnish, shareware, demo, freeware
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Kotimikro PC Magazine coverdisc 03 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, shareware, freeware, demo, coverdisc, software, games
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-1-12/release/3621181
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
data
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CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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vid532528
Topic: vid532528
CD-ROM Software Library
by mcseducacion.blogspot.com
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Una aplicación de dragon naturrally speaking v9 preferred en castellano
Topic: mcseapli
CD-ROM Software Library
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AkinaNHKPB3ISO
Topic: AkinaNHKPB3ISO
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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seiko25pb13iso
Topic: seiko25pb13iso
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 11 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, demo, shareware, coverdisc
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 09 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, shareware, demo
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Softbank Publishing
software
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Topics: Windows software, magazine coverdiscs
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-4-08/release/1573975
Topic: slices
Exploded CD-ROMs
by Wayzata Technology
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Data from the Trade Opportunities CD-ROM from Wayzata Technology and Alan R. Sims. Databases:    1. CANADA.CTL : The Canadian Contacts 1991 database.    2. CBD.CTL : The Commerce Business Daily August 1990 -         August 1991 database.    3. TOP.CTL : The Trade Opportunities Program July 1990 -.         September 1991 database.  
Topics: Wayzata Technology, Alan R. Sims
Bosley The World's Most Experienced Hair Restoration Expert (DVD)
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Kotimikro-lehden CD 16/2009 A Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc 16/2009
Topics: kotimikro, finnish, coverdisc
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 06 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, magazine, finnish, coverdisc, demo, shareware
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-1-08/release/1273453
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-4-06/release/860913
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
by ATV
movies
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Coming soon
Topics: ATV, ATA, experimental video, cable access, San Francisco
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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Yanik Silver's Information Marketing Players Workshop DVD 8 The invitation-only $5,000 Per Seat, Closed-Door Workshop
Topics: internet, fax marketing, dvd
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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DVD Raul Barboza
Topic: VIDEOS
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 04 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, pc, magazine, shareware, freeware, software, games
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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MOMOKO2dvd30top10
Topic: MOMOKO2dvd30top10
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 03 / 2011
Topics: kotimikro, coverdisc, games, software, demo, shareware
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-3-07/release/1074020
Topic: slices
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC Magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from 06 / 2011
Topics: Kotimikro, coverdisc, freeware, shareware, demo
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-4-11/release/3476054
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Cornelius-Five-Point-One/release/6715874
Topic: cornelius
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Bonnier Publishing
software
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Finnish PC magazine Kotimikro coverdisc from september 2011
Topics: coverdisc, kotimikro, demo, game, software, shareware
CD-ROM Software Library
data
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test for files
Topic: test
CD-ROM Software Library
by ATV
movies
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Coming soon
Topics: ATV, ATA, experimental video, cable access, San Francisco
CD-ROM Software Library
by ATV
movies
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Coming soon
Topics: ATV, ATA, experimental video, cable access, San Francisco
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-The-Electronic-Music-Magazine-Issue-3-12/release/4392127
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
movies
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http://www.discogs.com/Various-Slices-Issue-1-09/release/1695537
Topic: slices
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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Red Hat Linux 6.2
Topic: RedHat Linux 6.2 Zoot Computer Press (2000)
CD-ROM Software Library
texts
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n/a
Topic: ISO
CD-ROM Software Library
by COBA6535
texts
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COBA6535
Topic: COBA6535
ATT Yahoo High Speed Internet Backup CD Version 7.0 ATT73600554 (2008)
CD-ROM Software Library
by Kimera
data
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Ortografía Interactiva pone en manos de padres, madres y [email protected] un poderoso instrumento para lograr dentro del currículo, el dominio de conocimientos y el desarrollo de habilidades en esta disciplina. El dominio de la ortografía, indispensable para la apropiación y buen uso del idioma, es un reto para [email protected] responsables del proceso educativo y una preocupación de padres, madres y [email protected] en los países de Hispanoamérica. Las dificultades para el aprendizaje de la...
Topics: Lengua Castellana, Sexto a noveno, Ortografia
CD-ROM Software Library
software
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Aurora Linux SPARC v2.99
Chairman Opening Remarks World Tour of Mobile Games 915 1015am 03 04 03 Regency Ballroom Fairmont Hotel (2003)
Cross Media Marketing of Mobile Games 11 1130am 03 05 03 Fairmont Hotel Where in the World is LBS 1130am 1230pm
CD-ROM Software Library
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The Drug Years 2006 (All 4 Episodes Complete)
Topic: TDY
CD-ROM Software Library
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AlbaDelGiornoDopo
Topic: AlbaDelGiornoDopo
CD-ROM Software Library
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Z (Beta Version) (Virgin)