PIFs, or Program Information Files, define how a given MS-DOS program should be run in a multi-tasking environment, notably to avoid giving it unnecessary resources which could remain available to other programs. TopView was the originator of PIFs which were inherited and extended by DESQview and Microsoft Windows, where they are most often seen. PIF's are seldomly used today in software due to the absence of MS-DOS applications.
Within Windows, a PIF holds information about how Windows should run the application the PIF corresponds to. The instructions can include the amount of memory to use, the path to the executable file, and what type of window to use (Full screen, window, size in pixels).
US Patent Issued to Sony on Dec. 25 for "Information Processing Apparatus and Method as Well as Software Program" (Japanese Inventors)
Dec 29, 2012; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- United States Patent no. 8,341,673, issued on Dec. 25, was assigned to Sony Corp. (TokyoInformation...
Quick tips. (DOS programming tips)(includes a related article describing the hard edge testing labs) (Tech Section) (tutorial)
Oct 01, 1991; 1. QUICK FORMATTING One of DOS 5.0's neater features is the ability to quickly reformat previous formatted disks. FORMAT /Q zeros...