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The huge Borland C++ Box

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/09

I never had the box, but someone is selling the [Wayback] 10+ kg Borland C++ 3.0 box:

The 10+ kg Borland C++ 3.0 box


Edit 2022-02-04: the above went away because of link rot, so I replaced it with an version as it was copied at [Wayback/] My First Windows C++ Application in Ages: Hello World in Win32 with Visual C++ 2010 – Pete Brown’s

I did a bit of digging ([Wayback/] borland c++ box – Google Search) and found [Wayback/] Version information for older Borland/Inprise C Compilers has all the product box photos of these products:

Borland C++ 3.1 through 4.5 shipped in huge boxes, each even larger than the before it.

The box with the 1994 Borland C++ 4.5 and Database Tools supported DOS, Windows, and Win32. It had either a CD or 28 3.5″ HD diskettes.

The last version with 5.25″ diskettes was the 1991 Borland C++ 3.1: 15-5.25″ 1.2 Meg. Diskettes or 15 3.5″ 1.44MB disks.

Borland C++ 3.1 and Application Frameworks


2 Responses to “The huge Borland C++ Box”

  1. Rich Shealer said

    I received this for free as an attendee parting gift after a free Borland conference. It was my first C/C++ compiler. At the time I thought there had to be a catch but after it was over as we filed out there was one with my name on it. Back then I was able to get a lot of free software by attending introduction events. I took my dad to a Lotus event. He picked up the early 1-2-3 for Windows and I got Ami Pro for OS2. Not sure if it was the same event.

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