Finance Manager 1.0, released in 1984 by Human Engineered Software (HESWARE), is an easy to use home-oriented financial program. It can create checks and keep track of multiple account balances. It appears this program was also licensed and sold under the name "Peachtree Home Accountant". There were versions for both the Apple II and IBM PC.
What the application does is fairly unremarkable. It seems like a decent simple finance program that a home user might choose to use on an IBM PC or XT.
The problem is getting it to run!
Like most programs of the era, it is copy protected. The copy protection itself seems simple enough. Just a mis-sized sector. Yet the copy protection appears to fail inside both PCE and DOSBox-TC. I was able to make a copy using as little as Copy II PC that ran on a real generic XT clone. However, the software fails to run on a 286 or later, even from the original disk.
I doubt it is a CPU timing issue, because the clone in question has a 10MHZ NEC V20. But on the other hand it does have a genuine IBM floppy controller in it. When I get a chance I'll have to pull out my Compaq Portable, although I would expect that to work. I did try it on the Columbia Data Products 1600, it seems to get passed the protection but falls down and goes boom elsewhere.
Unfortunately, like most copy protections, it doesn't give any meaningful error message. In fact it just immediately exits back to dos. So it is hard to tell just looking at it if the copy protection is really the issue, or if there is some additional compatiblity problem.
In case you don't believe me, here it is running on a real PC!