I have two CD roms on my desk right now which retailed for about £500 each in the early Nineties. Each one holds a year’s run of the Independent; so far as I know they are my only way of getting at very early cuttings, since the Essex Libraries database only goes back to 1996. Each disk contains a dos batch file to install the reader software (FT Profile, by Personal Library Software) onto a hard disk, whence it would interrogate the CR-rom drive (£250). The batch file won’t run under anything later than MS Dos 5.
Can anyone suggest how I might get this running under some kind of emulator? It might be possible to fake the action of the installation file and then run the search software, I suppose, if I had set up the environment variables it is looking for. hmmm. I actually need this because I have to write a speech about the future of the Anglican Communion, a subject on which I know nothing. So I thought I would go back and look at its past, and what we thought the future would turn out to be.