The guy produced PIXEL dos by recompiling it as a dos
program from a windows program as a demo. The demo
was so very good that I offered him $500 to do a full
dos version. He declined; said he doesn't do dos.
He had a full version at one time, destroyed it because
it was dos - not worth keeping.


On Sun, 5 Nov 2017 17:06:49 -0600 Rugxulo <> writes:
> Hi,
> On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 4:12 PM, Dale E Sterner <> 
> wrote:
> >
> > You might list dos payfor software, a link to it, price ,
> > and user rating. If people get paid there might be more
> > activity in some types of sofware. I have a dos version
> > of PIXEL, looks just like windows. My copy is crippled
> > but I'd be happy to buy a full version if it every exists.
> > Put some money into the pot and people might start
> > writing high end stuff for dos which could make dos
> > more popular.
> People won't pay. Even phone apps typically bottom out at $1 or $2
> because everyone expects them to be cheap or free. (Although most 
> apps
> aren't worth using anyways. Too buggy, too limited, not 
> well-supported
> on "older" devices.) And microtransactions (usually not necessary)
> also pollute the pool. It's like the "bad old days" when every 
> crappy
> util was shareware. We don't want to return to that. People are lazy
> and greedy. We don't want to shame those who gave away their work
> freely either. They will feel miffed if we suddenly decide to 
> endorse
> a few developers. (And let's be honest, most of us aren't exactly 
> rich
> anyways. There's only so much we can spare, and the cost of living 
> has
> gone up tremendously in recent years. Greed kills.)
> Besides, nobody has the skills (anymore). The experts who used to
> program DOS have forgotten everything or "moved on" to more modern
> systems, where they can be lazy and not worry about 8.3 or limited 
> or small stack or similar restrictions.
> It's easy to say "money fixes everything", but it doesn't. Even with
> Free tools and Free OSes and working makefiles, even then they can't
> be bothered to support DOS/DJGPP/etc. Money won't change that. (And
> don't forget that "professional" developers demand dozens of dollars
> *per hour*! So don't expect a fully-developed, brand-new compiler 
> for
> $10.)
> I'm not really trying to discourage anybody. You can *try*, but 
> don't
> get your hopes up! (And don't encourage bad behavior like 
> you-know-who
> driver dude, he's not worth one cent!).
> (Money is just trash, and time is always limited. Sorry, I'm too
> cynical, it just doesn't work. We don't need laborious restrictions,
> even if we do gain one or two utils. Is it so hard for people to use
> Free tools? Apparently hard enough!)
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