ABOUT US

qrcode vcardWe are small boutique IT and development shop based in Victoria, BC in Canada. We are recognized globally as expert with MS-DOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows. After hours, we play games.

583727 BC Ltd is a small business corporation we established in the tech bubble period. This is commonly done in Canada for tax purposes.

We have worked with computers since September 1970 when an IBM System 360 model 25 was all we had to learn on. Later we used an IBM System 370 model 168 which was much more powerful.

We also used CP/M microcomputers which were available in the 1970s as well. The IBM PC surfaced in 1981 and we have uses PC machines ever since.

The first game we wrote was tic-tac-toe which was written in FORTRAN IV. Later when interactive terminals became available the game was a natural as an interactive game.

We started with a small quarterly newsletter featuring chess, checkers and other games along some comments about the improvements in semiconductors. We printed the newsletter on a dot-matrix printer. Dot-matrix printers continued through to the 1990s before low cost ink-jet printers replaced them.

Due to hardship we never grew much in distribution as the 1970s stagflation was a poor time for many. Then 1981 with interest rates sky high, the situation was horrid.

Once we got a CP/M machine and BASIC we began converting code from FORTRAN to BASIC. When we got the IBM PC we expanded the BASIC software library extensively. PC BASIC was more sophisticated with the improved memory available.

We also developed several other very simple games but the most ambitious DOS game we wrote played Euchre. The game was single player only and it handled counting the tricks etc. The AI handled the other player. We uses BASIC to draw the game cards which make the game much easier to assemble.

In the mid 1980s and into the 1990s we operated a single like BBS system. Many rivals had multi-line systems. We used Fido for many years even though Opus was far more popular.

We have been awarded the Microsoft MVP four times running, starting in 2010. We are recognized global expert with the Microsoft Windows operating system. We also recognized as Guru with AMD who appreciates our expert solutions. We have also developed significant expertise with Linux.

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