Borland Puts the “Turbo” Back In Development

Borland is bringing back the Turbo brandBorland Turbo programs:

In 1983, Borland revolutionized software development with one of the first PC development environments, Turbo Pascal®, which helped make the commercial development of PC applications possible. The new products revive the popular Turbo brand and provide users with a simple but powerful development environment that combines quick and easy learning with rapid productivity gains.

They’re making available a free version and a commercial Professional version. I’ll have to try it out.

I did most of my early programming using Turbo Pascal and Turbo C.

Utter

Utter screen-shot

Utter is a DOS program I originally wrote in 1992 or 1993, with the last version being released in 1994. It’s written in Turbo Pascal 6.0 with a lot of embedded assembly. From its readme file:

UTTER displays a quote from an ASCII text data file, called UTTER.DAT by default, which is assumed to be in the same directory as UTTER.EXE.

It was popular for awhile. Users would put it in the autoexec.bat file to see a new quote displayed whenever they booted their PC. Exciting stuff.

I released it as freeware, but I used to receive a couple of checks a year from users. The email and mailing address noted in Utter’s ZIP file are out of date, so Microsoft could still be trying to contact me. I updated the email address for the version I’m making available here.

A lot of the quotes posted on this site are from Utter’s quote file.

For the first time, I’m making available its source code! I know! The ZIP file contains the executable, quote data file, readme file, and source code. The original ZIP file is still available for download at many DOS software sites, like garbo and ftp.demon.co.uk.

NOTE: It runs fine in all versions of Windows except it doesn’t like being executed in paths that exceed 255 characters in length.

Download Utter 2.03.