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 The email and mailing address noted in Utter’s ZIP file are out of date, so Microsoft could still be trying to contact me.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.

3 Replies to “Utter”

  1. there is something very similar to this that comes with cygwin when you install the defaults. i think it’s called “quote” or something. full of chinese proverbs and all that kinda crap. THEY STOLE YOUR IDEA!

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