PC Tech Journal Disks

Over the lifetime of PC Tech Journal (1983-1989), they shared a variety of files and published source code listings. You could type the listings in by hand, or you could use their “PCTECHline” dial-up service and download them for free (aside from any long-distance phone charges).

I’m not sure if PC Tech Journal regularly (or ever) distributed their software collections on diskette, or archived them in monthly ZIP files, but obviously someone did, because you can find a bunch of ZIP archives at “THE PROGRAMMER’S CORNER: BBS ARCHIVE FROM THE PAST”.

Of particular interest is the “Best Of” collection, a diskette that we had to recreate from multiple ZIP archives. It includes this note from the magazine’s editors:

              THE BEST OF PC TECH JOURNAL DISKETTE
              ------------------------------------

This disk is a compilation of programs that have appeared in PC
Tech Journal over the years.  The diskette will spare you the
task of typing long listings from the magazine, thus leaving you
with time for more productive uses of the material published in
PC Tech Journal.

The diskette contains two subdirectories, UTILITY and HPMETRIC,
in which you will find the programs.  Each directory also
includes the file CONTENTS, which identifies each program and
provides a reference to the issue of PC Tech Journal in which it
first appeared.  The CONTENTS files are in ASCII text format
suitable for TYPEing or PRINTing.  The file WARRANTY contains the
limited warranty and copyright notice. 

Thank you for subscribing to PC Tech Journal.  We hope this
diskette and your future issues of the PC Tech Journal will be a
valuable and useful addition to your library.

Julie Anderson                          Will Fastie
Editor                                  Editorial Director

We’ve gone through those ZIP archives, filtered out the duplicates, organized them chronologically, and then put their contents onto diskette images that you can easily “Load” and “Save” in any PCjs Machine. In fact, if you click on the name of any diskette in the headings below, a machine should automatically launch with that diskette loaded in drive B.

Looking at the dates alone, you can tell that this collection is woefully incomplete, but perhaps more will surface over time. Let us know if you find more. Thanks.

[PCx86 Machine]

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1985-12)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8512   
 Directory of A:\

AUTH     PER      1034 09-23-85   2:22p
BENCHMRK LSP       640 11-26-85   4:23p
CALENDAR PAS      2931 09-19-85  12:23p
COMM     PAS      7429 10-21-85   4:58p
EXPERT   PRO      3383 12-09-85   9:25a
FIXCURS  ASM      1019 09-17-85   3:14p
LANDER   ASM      3588 09-26-85   4:15p
MLABELS  ACE       771 09-15-85   8:59p
M_AUTH   PER      1673 10-15-85   2:18p
PARSER   PRO       445 12-09-85   9:25a
       10 file(s)      22913 bytes
                      134656 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1986-03)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8603   
 Directory of A:\

DOS4AH   ASM      2856 04-11-86  10:24a
DOS4AH   COM        58 04-11-86  10:25a
DOS4BH   ASM      4129 04-11-86  10:24a
DOS4BH   COM       110 04-11-86  10:25a
DOSCOM   COM     12022 07-25-86   1:34p
DOSCOM   PAS      1248 07-25-86   1:34p
SPMMLIB  PAS      5021 07-26-86  11:46a
TJOS     ASM      4688 12-13-85   9:35a
        8 file(s)      30132 bytes
                      127488 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1986-10)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8610   
 Directory of A:\

DOTTIME  DEF       106 07-22-86   9:38p
DOTTIME  MOD      3449 07-22-86   9:56p
DRAWPOLY DEF       601 07-21-86  10:50p
DRAWPOLY MOD      1949 07-21-86  10:47p
EDITBLCK          8677 06-28-86   6:29a
EGAMAKE  BAT       795 08-15-86   3:50p
EGATEST  EXE     50080 10-01-86  10:27a
EGATEST  MOD     13694 08-15-86   3:44p
FONTBUMP DEF       327 07-21-86  10:18p
FONTBUMP MOD      4444 08-15-86   3:56p
INFO               781 08-15-86   3:58p
LOWEGA   DEF      4975 08-15-86   3:47p
LOWEGA   MOD     28255 10-01-86   2:44p
OPCODES  DEF       809 06-11-86  10:28a
OPCODES  MOD        49 06-11-86  10:17a
OTHRFONT DAT      3584 06-01-86   9:48p
PAUSES   DEF       545 07-21-86  10:51p
PAUSES   MOD      1636 07-21-86  11:15p
POINTLIB DEF       294 06-01-86  10:36a
POINTLIB MOD       350 06-01-86  10:38a
       20 file(s)     125400 bytes
                       30208 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1986-12)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8612   
 Directory of A:\

JUMPSRCH PAS      8985 10-22-86   1:45p
ROREADER PAS      2683 08-20-86   2:41p
        2 file(s)      11668 bytes
                      147968 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1987-02)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8702   
 Directory of A:\

BUSPERF  C        1078 11-25-86   1:59p
BUSPERF  EXE     62310 11-16-86   7:25p
BUSPERFX ASM      4704 12-16-86   3:09p
DELAY    C         493 12-15-86   3:58p
GETTICKS C         579 12-15-86   3:59p
MAKEFILE           466 12-15-86   3:59p
MJNZMAC  ASM       427 12-16-86  10:00a
MLOOPMAC ASM       437 12-16-86  10:02a
SETFREQ  C         475 12-16-86   4:02p
SOUND    C         465 12-15-86   4:00p
SOUND    H         192 12-15-86   4:00p
SOUNDS   C         984 12-15-86   4:01p
SOUNDS   EXE     20552 12-08-86   3:20p
SPKR     C         269 12-15-86   4:01p
SPKR     EXE      2066 12-08-86   3:20p
THERME             322 12-02-86   5:17p
THERME   C       15577 12-17-86  10:14a
THERME   DEF       322 12-02-86   1:26p
THERME   EXE      8640 12-17-86  10:16a
THERME   H         814 12-17-86  10:10a
THERME   ICO      1038 11-24-86   3:26p
THERME   RC       1528 12-17-86  10:10a
TIMER    H         331 12-15-86   4:01p
TONE     C         339 12-15-86   4:02p
TONE     EXE      6734 12-08-86   3:20p
TOOLS    INI        30 12-04-86   5:43p
       26 file(s)     131172 bytes
                       23040 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1987-06)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8706   

Directory of A:\

ASKDEMO  BAT       471 04-21-87   1:26p
ASKKEY   ASM      1813 04-21-87   1:28p
BIGARRAY F77       503 04-02-87   2:48p
BIGERROR F77       503 04-02-87   2:50p
DRAWCHAR COM     13758 03-19-87  12:59p
DRAWCHAR PAS      6925 04-23-87   1:18p
ITERATE  F77       500 04-02-87   2:50p
MINIMUM  F77        11 04-02-87   2:51p
PERFORM  F77       678 04-06-87  10:27a
README   TXT       191 06-05-87   2:20p
SYNTH1   F77       716 04-02-87   2:48p
       11 file(s)      26069 bytes

Total files listed:
       11 file(s)      26069 bytes
                      132096 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1987-07)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8707   

Directory of A:\

ATKEY    ASM     12321 05-28-87   2:01p
DSPYINFO C        1382 05-27-87   4:07p
DSPYINFO MK        377 04-06-87   1:19p
EGA_INFO C        1027 02-16-87  10:11a
ENHANKB  ASM       979 05-02-87   7:17p
GETSTATE C         433 05-27-87   4:05p
MEMCHK   C         846 05-27-87   4:05p
SETVMODE C         539 05-27-87   4:07p
TOOLS    INI        55 02-14-87   6:24a
TO_COLOR C         447 05-27-87   4:08p
TO_MONO  C         382 05-27-87   4:09p
USE_EGA  C        2009 02-16-87  10:35a
USE_EGA  MK        429 04-06-87   3:47p
       13 file(s)      21226 bytes

Total files listed:
       13 file(s)      21226 bytes
                      136192 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1987-10)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8710   

Directory of A:\

HERCDEMO C        4423 04-04-87  10:34p
HERCDEMO EXE      8250 04-04-87  10:46p
INIT     ASM      2155 04-04-87  10:44p
MEMMGR             785 03-26-87  12:00p
MEMMGR   C       18004 03-26-87  12:00p
MEMMGR   DEF       717 03-26-87  12:00p
MEMMGR   EXE      8080 07-20-87  10:28a
MEMMGR   H        1691 03-26-87  12:00p
MEMMGR   RC       3274 03-26-87  12:00p
        9 file(s)      47379 bytes
                      110080 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1987-11)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8711   
 Directory of A:\

BOX1     C        2657 09-09-87   7:55a
BOX2     C        3367 09-09-87   7:56a
BOX3     C        4091 09-09-87   7:58a
CPUTYPE  ASM      2234 09-18-87   4:22p
        4 file(s)      12349 bytes
                      146944 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-04)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8804   
 Directory of A:\

ACCURACY EXE     14288 03-23-88   4:00p
ACCURACY PAS     12983 03-23-88   4:00p
CMOS     C1       1383 02-09-88   9:35a
CRITTEST PAS      2985 03-23-88   4:00a
EXDB3    ASM      1581 01-29-88   1:12p
MORFILES ASM       831 01-29-88  12:53p
OPTZTEST LST      6264 03-23-88   4:00a
OPTZTEST PAS      2773 03-23-88   4:00p
POS_READ C1       2569 02-09-88   9:34a
SAMPUNIT PAS      2359 03-23-88   4:00a
       10 file(s)      48016 bytes
                      109568 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-05)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8805   
 Directory of A:\

8514DEMO C        6556 03-24-88  10:30a
8514DEMO EXE      8528 03-14-88   3:10p
8514TEST C       17840 03-14-88   3:31p
8514TEST EXE     25462 03-14-88   3:32p
CHARMENU C       11301 03-22-88   2:19p
CHARMENU EXE      9600 12-14-87   4:28p
CLICKMON C        2083 03-21-88  10:48a
CLICKMON EXE      3304 12-09-87   4:21p
FUNC     ASM      1298 03-15-88  10:44a
PATHNAME C         731 03-17-88  11:28a
PATHNAME EXE      7355 03-17-88  12:10p
PROGNAME ASM      1597 03-17-88   9:12a
PTRLEN   INC       528 03-13-88   7:25p
TIMEPOP  C         806 03-21-88  10:48a
TIMEPOP  EXE      3360 12-08-87  11:12p
VGALOAD  ASM     63593 03-14-88   4:28p
VGALOAD  COM      3338 03-14-88   4:30p
       17 file(s)     167280 bytes
                      144384 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-06)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8806   
 Directory of A:\

FAMDEMO  ASM      2093 04-13-88   9:30a
LANPERF  C        7331 04-28-88   8:59a
LANPERF  EXE     24568 05-20-88  10:08a
LANPERF  ZIP     24302 03-01-89   9:03p
LPTEST   ASM      7433 04-10-88   9:58p
OPTBENCH C        8965 04-25-88   4:56p
        6 file(s)      74692 bytes
                       83968 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-07)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8807   
 Directory of A:\

EDINVENT APC     16290 04-17-88   4:23p
EDINVENT API     21568 04-17-88   3:59p
EDINVENT APP     12317 04-17-88   3:59p
EDINVENT APX     20096 04-17-88   3:59p
OS2NLOK  ASM      6459 05-13-88   2:39p
OS2NLOK  DEV      1176 05-13-88   2:43p
README             147 07-27-88   9:47a
        7 file(s)      78053 bytes
                       79872 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-08)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8808   
 Directory of A:\

NBLIB    C       10493 05-25-88   2:56p
NBRECV   C        6475 05-28-88   9:19p
NBRECV   EXE     18657 05-31-88   9:58a
NBSEND   C        8611 06-02-88   2:53p
NBSEND   EXE     20567 05-31-88   9:58a
NCPLIB   C       12989 05-28-88   9:44p
NETWORK  H        6879 07-12-88   3:59p
_NETBIOS C         380 05-25-88   2:56p
_NETLOCK ASM      1639 05-25-88   2:56p
        9 file(s)      86690 bytes
                       71168 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-09)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8809   

Directory of A:\

ASKSYS   ASM      4348 09-15-88   1:46p
ASKSYS   COM      1316 07-15-88   1:37p
OS2LINK      <DIR>     07-08-17   3:53p
        3 file(s)       5664 bytes

Directory of A:\OS2LINK

.            <DIR>     07-08-17   3:53p
..           <DIR>     07-08-17   3:53p
DLLENTRY ASM       469 07-13-88   9:49a
DYNOTE   C         835 07-19-88   4:07p
DYNOTE   DEF       422 07-06-88   4:15p
DYNSCALE C        2587 07-22-88  11:25a
DYNSCALE DEF       244 07-19-88   4:02p
MKDLL    CMD       308 07-19-88   3:59p
        8 file(s)       4865 bytes

Total files listed:
       11 file(s)      10529 bytes
                      147456 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-11)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8811   

Directory of A:\

GETCRTCR ASM      1141 09-06-88  11:23a
INCSTRTA C         681 09-06-88  11:23a
SCREENOR ASM      6789 09-06-88  11:24a
SCROLLV  C         269 09-06-88  11:24a
SETCRTCR ASM       916 09-06-88  11:23a
SHOWEXE  C       17476 09-07-88  10:58a
SHOWEXE  EXE     25238 09-06-88   7:54a
SPLITSCR ASM      4038 09-06-88  11:24a
STRIPCH  C        3837 09-06-88  11:24a
VGAZOOM  ASM     14510 08-09-88   1:15p
VGAZOOM  COM      2020 12-12-88   9:24a
VGAZOOM2 ASM     15800 09-14-88   4:00p
       12 file(s)      92715 bytes
                       64512 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1988-12)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8812   

Directory of A:\

QDEMO1   C        5878 10-17-88   1:08p
QDEMO2   C        5530 10-17-88   1:08p
        2 file(s)      11408 bytes
                      148480 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (1989-01)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJ8901   

Directory of A:\

DB386    ASM      7056 11-08-88   2:19p
DB386    COM       698 11-09-88   8:47a
        2 file(s)       7754 bytes
                      152064 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (Benchmarks)

 Volume in drive A is PCTBENCH   

Directory of A:\

ALR25386 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:46a
COM286   TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:46a
COM386   TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:50a
COM38620 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:51a
COM38625 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:52a
COMP386  TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:53a
COMPIII  TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:53a
CURRENT  TIM      4096 09-19-88   9:29p
EVE38625 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:54a
HLANALYZ EXE     46796 09-09-88   5:24p
HLBENCH  EXE     35788 09-09-88   5:23p
HLBENCH  SCT      4001 09-05-88   8:25p
HLDESC   EXE     33680 09-09-88   5:23p
HLDISK   EXE     22123 09-09-88   5:23p
HLFLOAT  EXE     52396 09-09-88   5:23p
HLGRAPH  EXE     55722 09-09-88   5:24p
HLHELP   TXT      4414 09-09-88   6:10p
HLSORT   EXE     17453 09-09-88   5:24p
HLSTART  EXE     28160 09-09-88   5:24p
HLSTART  SCT      4001 09-09-88  12:09a
HLTEXT   EXE     30196 09-09-88   5:23p
HLWINDOW EXE     32448 09-09-88   5:23p
IBM50021 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:55a
IBM60041 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:56a
IBM70A21 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:56a
IBM80071 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:56a
IBM80111 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:57a
IBMAT339 TIM      4096 09-09-88  12:57a
MSHERC   COM      6749 03-07-88   5:10a
MSHERC   MSG        56 09-19-88   9:23p
PCTECH   BAT        49 09-09-88   1:00a
READ     ME       2908 09-09-88   5:35p
TJ640200 PCX      7912 09-09-88   3:30p
TJ640350 PCX     11699 09-09-88  10:09a
TJ640480 PCX     14909 09-09-88   4:36p
XREF     TXT        14 09-07-88   6:29p
       36 file(s)     472914 bytes
                      735744 bytes free

Directory of PC Tech Journal (Best Of)

 Volume in drive A is PCTJBEST   

Directory of A:\

ASKDEMO  BAT       466 11-02-87  10:47a
ASKKEY   COM        39 11-02-87  10:35a
ATBIOS   COM     13947 11-06-86   7:06p
ATPERF   EXE     95924 01-23-87   2:51p
AUTOTEST EXE     16000 07-13-84   5:48p
BUSPERF  EXE     62310 11-16-86   7:25p
COMPLEX  EXE      7066 06-30-87  12:47p
CONTENTS HPM       851 12-02-87   4:33p
CONTENTS UTL      5286 12-02-87   4:54p
CPUID    COM      2944 11-19-87   2:26p
DISKTEST EXE     15616 07-17-84  12:44p
DOWNLD   EXE      8000 06-30-87  12:48p
DUMBTERM EXE      5328 11-04-87  11:47a
EMMSTAT  EXE      1741 11-02-87  11:26a
EPSON    COM       281 11-05-87  10:40a
FIXCURS  COM        29 11-02-87   9:24a
GRAPHICS EXE      7066 06-30-87  12:48p
HPMETRIC     <DIR>     07-08-17   3:17p
KEYBECHO COM     11154 05-01-87   1:34p
KEYBINFO COM      2449 05-01-87   1:41p
MACHINE  COM       200 11-02-87  10:50a
MACRO    EXE      8430 07-02-87   4:09p
MATHCHIP COM       113 11-04-87   1:50p
MATHSWIT COM       105 11-04-87   1:53p
NDPTYPE  COM       230 11-19-87   2:08p
PAGESIZE EXE      7808 06-30-87  12:47p
PRTSC    COM       110 11-04-87   1:45p
PUSHPOP  EXE      7126 06-30-87  12:47p
README            1100 12-02-87   4:55p
RESOLUT  EXE     19864 06-30-87  12:46p
SETALARM COM       514 11-02-87   9:12a
SETKEY   COM       190 11-05-87  10:46a
SETRTC   BAT        81 10-30-87   1:29p
SUPEREN  COM       211 11-02-87  10:56a
TAD      COM       104 10-01-84  10:10a
TECHLINE           615 12-02-87   5:05p
UNDRLN   COM       132 11-09-87  10:58a
UTILITY      <DIR>     07-08-17   3:13p
VDEL     COM       404 11-05-87  11:04a
WARRANTY          1404 05-26-89   4:49p
WHERE    EXE      7552 01-01-80  12:24a
XMEM     COM      1332 10-06-85   7:36p
       42 file(s)     314122 bytes

Directory of A:\HPMETRIC

.            <DIR>     07-08-17   3:17p
..           <DIR>     07-08-17   3:17p
COMPLEX  EXE      7066 06-30-87  12:47p
CONTENTS HP        851 12-02-87   3:33p
DOWNLD   EXE      8000 06-30-87  12:48p
GRAPHICS EXE      7066 06-30-87  12:48p
MACRO    EXE      8430 07-02-87   4:09p
PAGESIZE EXE      7808 06-30-87  12:47p
PUSHPOP  EXE      7126 06-30-87  12:47p
RESOLUT  EXE     19864 06-30-87  12:46p
       10 file(s)      66211 bytes

Directory of A:\UTILITY

.            <DIR>     07-08-17   3:13p
..           <DIR>     07-08-17   3:13p
ASKDEMO  BAT       466 11-02-87   9:47a
ASKKEY   COM        39 11-02-87   9:35a
ATBIOS   COM     13947 11-06-86   6:06p
ATPERF   EXE     95924 01-23-87   1:51p
AUTOTEST EXE     16000 07-13-84   5:48p
BUSPERF  EXE     62310 11-16-86   6:25p
CONTENTS UTI      5286 12-02-87   3:54p
CPUID    COM      2944 11-19-87   1:26p
DISKTEST EXE     15616 07-17-84  12:44p
DUMBTERM EXE      5328 11-04-87  10:47a
EMMSTAT  EXE      1741 11-02-87  10:26a
EPSON    COM       281 11-05-87   9:40a
FIXCURS  COM        29 11-02-87   8:24a
KEYBECHO COM     11154 05-01-87   1:34p
KEYBINFO COM      2449 05-01-87   1:41p
MACHINE  COM       200 11-02-87   9:50a
MATHCHIP COM       113 11-04-87  12:50p
MATHSWIT COM       105 11-04-87  12:53p
NDPTYPE  COM       230 11-19-87   1:08p
PRTSC    COM       110 11-04-87  12:45p
SETALARM COM       514 11-02-87   8:12a
SETKEY   COM       190 11-05-87   9:46a
SETRTC   BAT        81 10-30-87  12:29p
SUPEREN  COM       211 11-02-87   9:56a
TAD      COM       104 10-01-84  10:10a
UNDRLN   COM       132 11-09-87   9:58a
VDEL     COM       404 11-05-87  10:04a
WHERE    EXE      7552 01-01-80  12:00a
XMEM     COM      1332 10-06-85   7:36p
       31 file(s)     244792 bytes

Total files listed:
       83 file(s)     625125 bytes
                      566272 bytes free