And other software that seems to be everywhere and I’ve never heard of it. What is it good at that other things are not?
Very multiplatform file transfer over unreliable serial links.
I’ve found it useful to bootstrap old hardware.
Stupid question, how do you bootstrap Kermit on old hardware?
Depends on the old hardware. If it’s a PC then chances are you can just use the floppy drive, PXE, an isa2cf adapter, and any other such means. But if all you have is a pc with dos and a serial port, there’s this: