Useless Utility of the Day: bclock.exe

This old DOS program has no use today. It is easy enough to run it in DOSBox of course, but why would you?

I just like the look of it.

Screen grab of BCLOCK.EXE, an almost analogue clock.

Screen grab of BCLOCK.EXE, an almost analogue clock.

 

The ‘almost analogue’ clock offers a novel way to watch time go past, with three bar charts, one for each of  hours, minutes and seconds. It comes with source code but the program needs DOS-specific files like DOS.H. So it cannot be just quickly recompiled for Linux/Windows as far as I know.

The top few lines of the C code.

The top few lines of the C code.

Finding it on the web is a bit hit-and-miss.  A bit of semi-random searching on terms like ‘BCLOCK.ZIP’ and ‘SIMTEL’ and ‘DOS CLOCKS” tends to turn it up in the archive ‘BCLOCK.ZIP‘. Something like this: http://www.filewatcher.com/m/bclock.zip.33143-0.html.  I suppose some of the files might be virus-ed, so be careful.

Recompiling for Linux, say, would be best done by a significant rewrite that uses some kind of cross platform graphics library.  My C coding is not up to that, I’ll admit, though it is a little project I have in the back of my mind.  The layout is rather amenable to sprinkling the display with vertical bars to indicate appointments or deadlines, and I can imagine it being quite a nifty little application.

Never happen.

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I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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