Why do torrent uploaders always create these files when Windows can't natively read them?
They're not intended for Windows users.
They're not intended for users at all.
Scene releases are intended just for the Scene, the fact that they "leak" to the rest of us mortals is just the way things are.
i can only find one on my machine and it's a simple one. can't comment on that.
you don't even have to do that.
How can you be taken seriously with a simple txt file with some simple Instructions?
Asci art and shout out to your crew means you're all about the scene and not to be fucked with.
>Usage of NFO files in publishing of warez
>The files have been explained as essentially being the press releases of the warez scene. They are commonly associated with warez groups who include them to declare credit of said release. NFO files were ubiquitous, and sometimes required, during the era of the BBS. The file was a stamp of authenticity, explicitly explaining what group released the software and described what modifications (or cracks) were applied if any. Once a software was "packaged" with an NFO and then released, it was then officially owned by that group and no other group could ethically rerelease that particular package. A typical warez NFO file was elaborate and highly decorated, and usually included a large ASCII art logo along with software release and extended warez group information. The most important information is which group, which cracker and which member actually tested and packaged. The designers of these NFO files, who worked closely or within the warez groups, frequently incorporated extended ASCII characters from the character set code page 437 in the file.
Note the last sentence. Codepage 437 is needed to display NFOs as intended (i.e. to get black blocks like in OP's picture, etc.), Notepad will display it with codepage 1250 (known as "ANSI") which has mostly different characters in the extended range (0x80-0xff).
I look back at those early days with great joy. Sadly I later realised that without cryptography, by signing and verifying, one can never be sure a release is really what the NFO file claims it to be.