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DOS (Disk Operating System)

a COMPUTER program which enables a computer to record and retrieve data from a rotating magnetic or vinyl disk. The most widely-used disk operating system is MSDOS, which is used on computers that are compatible with the IBM personal computer.
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Why would anyone run DOS applications for data acquisition on a high-speed Pentium machine?
As a result, more than 570K of memory is available to each DOS application.
The result, when you run the PIF, will be a virtual machine that contains the TSR loaded for use with your DOS application, but only that virtual machine will be affected.
For example, in most cases there is no need even to switch from DOS application software to software specifically written for Unix.
Since Windows can't learn about a DOS application from the program itself, it gains this information from a Program Information File (PIF).
Storing data and utility programs in expanded memory frees the conventional memory in which DOS application programs run.
DosBox allows you to run legacy DOS applications on modern computer which often fail to run such applications.
Version 3.4 offers an enhanced installation program and sends keystrokes to DOS applications. A rewritten user's manual and help files are also included.
New features include an improved installation program; the ability to minimize the program to the system tray instead of to the taskbar; sending keystrokes to DOS applications and Citrix Windows, as well as MS Windows applications; a re-written user's manual and help files with new examples for using WinWedge Pro with the latest Windows application programs, such as the newest versions of Excel; and the ability to work with all versions of Windows, including Vista.
If you are a computer novice and you yawned, I advise you to pay attention now because partitioning gives you the option, among other things, of installing an additional operating system such as Linux or even DOS (yes, there still are some useful DOS applications around you may want to use).
The powerful, ergonomically-designed Field PC is suited to field data collection in agriculture and forestry.The Allegro, which runs Windows CE and DOS applications, is sealed to withstand temperature and moisture extremes of outdoor working environments.The unit is designed for agricultural engineers, agronomists and foresters who use mobile hand-held computers for outdoor data collection.
With a 486 processor and MS-DOS v6.22, the MX1 allows for the use of standard DOS applications and familiar programming languages such as "C++".