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Cosmi Corporation
COSMI CORPORATION (COSMI), is an American computer software company based in Carson, California . CONTENTS * 1 Beginnings * 2 Software publishing * 3 Recent activity * 4 References * 5 External links BEGINNINGS Cosmi Corporation was established in 1982. The company published several titles for many Personal Computer systems such as the Atari 8-bit , Commodore 64 and IBM PC . SOFTWARE PUBLISHINGIt published many games, such as Forbidden Forest and The President Is Missing . It also published utility software including a database , word processor , spreadsheet , street maps, vacation planners, a 3D World Atlas , and other tools. RECENT ACTIVITYIn recent years, Cosmi has published shovelware sold at big box stores like Best Buy and Office Depot . They still publish utility programs, such as Perfect Website Creator
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Best Buy
BEST BUY CO., INC. is an American multinational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota , a Minneapolis suburb. Internationally, it also operates in Canada
Canada
and Mexico. It was formerly operational in China until February 2011 (when the faction was merged with Five Star) and in Europe until 2012. The company was founded by Richard M. Schulze and Gary Smoliak in 1966 as an audio specialty store. In 1983, it was renamed and rebranded with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Best Buy's subsidiaries include Geek Squad
Geek Squad
, Magnolia Audio Video, and Pacific Sales
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Big Box
A BIG-BOX STORE (also SUPERCENTER, SUPERSTORE, or MEGASTORE) is a physically large retail establishment, usually part of a chain . The term sometimes also refers, by extension, to the company that operates the store. The store may sell general dry goods , in which case it is a department store , or may be limited to a particular specialty (such establishments are often called "category killers ") or may also sell groceries, in which case some countries (mostly in Europe
Europe
) use the term hypermarket . Typical architectural characteristics include the following: * Large, free-standing, cuboid, generally single-floor structure built on a concrete slab
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Shovelware
SHOVELWARE is derogatory computer jargon for software bundles noted more for the quantity of what is included than for the quality or usefulness. The metaphor implies that the creators showed little care for the quality of the original software, as if the new compilation or version had been created by indiscriminately adding titles "by the shovel" in the same way someone would shovel bulk material into a pile. The term "shovelware" is coined by semantic analogy to phrases like shareware and freeware , which describe methods of software distribution. It first appeared in the mid-1990s when large amounts of public domain , open source and shareware demos and programs were copied onto CD-ROMs and advertised in magazines or sold at computer flea markets
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Office Depot
OFFICE DEPOT, INC. is an American office supply retailing company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
, United States
United States
of America . The company has combined annual sales of approximately $14 billion and employs about 66,000 associates with businesses in 59 countries. The company operates 2,200 retail stores, e-commerce sites and a business-to-business sales organization. The company’s portfolio of brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax
OfficeMax
, Grand "> Office Depot location in Torrance, California . Office Depot’s “Green” store in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
. Office Depot’s first (now closed) LEED CI store in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
Office Depot
Office Depot
store located in North Lauderdale , Florida
Florida

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OpenOffice.org
OPENOFFICE.ORG (OOO), commonly known as OPENOFFICE, is a discontinued open-source office suite . It was an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice , which Sun Microsystems acquired in 1999, for internal use. OpenOffice included a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base). Its default file format was the OpenDocument Format (ODF), an ISO /IEC standard, which originated with OpenOffice.org. It could also read a wide variety of other file formats, with particular attention to those from Microsoft
Microsoft
Office. Sun open-sourced the OpenOffice in July 2000 as a competitor to Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
, releasing version 1.0 on 1 May 2002
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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THQ
THQ
THQ
was an American video game developer and publisher . Founded in 1989, the company developed products for home video game consoles and handhelds , personal computers and mobile devices . Its name derived from " Toy
Toy
HeadQuarters" during its time as a toy manufacturer in the early 1990s. THQ
THQ
had offices in North America, Europe
Europe
and the Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific
region. The company published both internally created and externally licensed content in its product portfolio . THQ's internally created games included Darksiders
Darksiders
, De Blob , Destroy All Humans! , MX vs. ATV , Red Faction and Saints Row series among others
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Video Game Publisher
A VIDEO GAME PUBLISHER is a company that publishes video games that they have either developed internally or externally by a video game developer . As with book publishers or publishers of DVD
DVD
movies, video game publishers are responsible for their product's manufacturing and marketing , including market research and all aspects of advertising . They often finance the development, sometimes by paying a video game developer (the publisher calls this external development) and sometimes by paying an internal staff of developers called a studio. The large video game publishers also distribute the games they publish, while some smaller publishers instead hire distribution companies (or larger video game publishers) to distribute the games they publish
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust " Other traditional mottos * " E pluribus unum
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Spreadsheet
A SPREADSHEET is an interactive computer application for organization, analysis and storage of data in tabular form. Spreadsheets are developed as computerized simulations of paper accounting worksheets . The program operates on data entered in cells of a table. Each cell may contain either numeric or text data, or the results of formulas that automatically calculate and display a value based on the contents of other cells. A spreadsheet may also refer to one such electronic document. Spreadsheet
Spreadsheet
users can adjust any stored value and observe the effects on calculated values. This makes the spreadsheet useful for "what-if" analysis since many cases can be rapidly investigated without manual recalculation. Modern spreadsheet software can have multiple interacting sheets, and can display data either as text and numerals, or in graphical form
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Commodore 64
The COMMODORE 64, also known as the C64 or occasionally CBM 64 or VIC-64 in Sweden, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7–10. 1982). It is listed in the Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent estimates placing the number sold between 10 and 17 million units. Volume production started in early 1982, marketing in August for US$595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016). Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore PET
Commodore PET
, the C64 took its name from its 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes ) of RAM
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Atari 8-bit
The ATARI 8-BIT FAMILY is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. All of the machines in the family are technically similar and differ primarily in packaging. They are based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU running at 1.79 MHz, and were the first home computers designed with custom co-processor chips. This architecture enabled graphics and sound capabilities that were more advanced than contemporary machines like the Apple II
Apple II
or Commodore PET , and gaming on the platform was a major draw. Star Raiders is considered the platform's killer app . The original ATARI 400 and 800 models were released with a series of plug-n-play peripherals that used Atari\'s "SIO" serial bus system, an early analog of the modern USB
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Personal Computer
A PERSONAL COMPUTER (PC) is a multi-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. PCs are intended to be operated directly by an end user , rather than by a computer expert or technician. Computer
Computer
time-sharing models that were typically used with larger, more expensive minicomputer and mainframe systems, to enable them be used by many people at the same time, are not used with PCs. Early computer owners in the 1960s, invariably institutional or corporate, had to write their own programs to do any useful work with the machines. In the 2010s, personal computer users have access to a wide range of commercial software , free software ("freeware ") and free and open-source software , which are provided in ready-to-run form. Software
Software
for personal computers is typically developed and distributed independently from the hardware or OS manufacturers
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Carson, California
CARSON is a city in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County, California
California
. As of the 2010 census, Carson had a population of 91,714. Located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and approximately 14 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
. Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Los Angeles

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Word Processor
A WORD PROCESSOR is an electronic device or computer software application , that performs the task of composing, editing, formatting, and printing of documents. The word processor was a stand-alone office machine in the 1960s, combining the keyboard text-entry and printing functions of an electric typewriter , with a recording unit, either tape or floppy disk (as used by the Wang machine) with a simple dedicated computer processor for the editing of text. Although features and designs varied among manufacturers and models, and new features were added as technology advanced, word processors typically featured a monochrome display and the ability to save documents on memory cards or diskettes . Later models introduced innovations such as spell-checking programs, and improved formatting options
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