One of the many great discoveries I found over the Easter break when clearing out yet another unexplored cupboard was this relic from the days of the school’s former Acorns network:
For those unfamiliar with the history of computers in UK education, Acorn Computers was a UK computer manufacturer who were prominent in schools in the 80s and early 90s. Although the company itself no longer exists, their legacy lives on in several subsidiaries, most notably ARM, whose RISC CPUs are used in most modern mobile phones, including the iPhone. AUN was networking protocol which ran on Acorn’s Econet network system, and the above relic was the core software used to provide network file access.
A notable feature of the packaging of this product is show to the right: this is an image of the End User Licence Agreement (EULA) for software from Acorn Computers Limited, as printed on the outside of the box. Yes, this is the ENTIRE licence. Compare that with, say, the 14-page EULA for Windows Vista, and you can see how absurdly ridiculous the legalese has gotten on modern software.
Simpler times, my friends, simpler times.