A site like this can exist on interesting submissions for a little while, but community is what will give it staying power, and help it collect interesting submissions for a long time to come.
Also. Notably missing. the windows template lib (WTL) from the COM era.
> Nobody should worry about Hobbes, I've got Hobbes handled.
I had a computer with Win98ғᴇ, and getting IE 5.0/5.5 was difficult over 56k dialup when 20-something megabytes was huge and took hours. In fact IE5 was the first time I ever saw an installer exe that was just a downloader (“Active Setup”) to make the download size variable depending on selected components. I 'member exporting the downloaded files and burning a big CD with all of my favorite installers so I wouldn't have to download them all again the next time I did a clean install, which was a thing I did fairly often as a kid.
Compare some historic browser stats:
— March 1999, right at the time of IE 5.0's public release as a download or CD-ROM: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145820/http://www.websid... (IE4 56.83%, IE5 2.18%)
— April 1999, still one month before the release of Win98sᴇ: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145751/http://www.websid... (IE4 51.35%, IE5 8.96%)
— August 1999 with three months of Win98sᴇ bringing IE5 to every new PC by default: https://web.archive.org/web/20070211145548/http://www.websid... (IE4 44.73%, IE5 24.86%)
https://www.tech-insider.org/statistics/research/2000/0124.h... sez “Worldwide PC shipments surpassed 113.5 million units in 1999, an increase of 21.7 percent over 1998 shipments.”
great site. thank you for the retro tech news.
Thank you to everyone who has participated so far and helped build the site. I’m really grateful to all of you.
Let’s build a fun, supportive and retro community together.
Back in the 80's, I wanted one of these computers to write and carry around manufacturing related programs. Was too much money, so I settled on the PC-6. Pocket computer with 2K RAM, just enough!
I would have done more with the Model 100!
There is a 64 character driver floating around that I have lost track of. If you find it, it makes the display more dense, better.
when it got infected win9x and it's ilk could be beaten into removing all the virus whereas when it was replaced with win2000 and xp it required a full reinstall.
had to bring all the updates out on cd-rs but it worked great with that limitation. was so good to get that location onto broadband a few years later.
While the engineers were showing off the new PET models, John Feagans
noticed Bill Gates step up to one of the demo computers. “He was looking
over his shoulder,” recalls Seiler.
“Gates walked up to our machine and played around with it.”
What Feagans saw amazed him. Gates typed a simple command and the
screen displayed the word MICROSOFT.
“If you put WAIT 6502 and then a number, it would print MICROSOFT
that many times,” says Seiler. Gates cleared the screen and walked away,
unaware Feagans had observed his deed.
Feagans soon realized Gates had snuck an Easter egg into Commodore
BASIC. “There was another guy who did the first work on BASIC but Gates
was working on it near the end. That’s how small the company was,” says
Gates used the hidden code to fingerprint this particular version of BASIC.
“He put in something in the PET because he was real suspicious of people
like me stealing his BASIC on paper tape,” says Seiler. If someone
attempted to incorporate BASIC into a machine using Gates’ code, it would
be easy to check if the code originated with Micro-Soft.
Feagans felt perturbed because he had previously scanned through the
code searching for hidden messages and found no discernable words. “It
wasn’t in ASCII where you could see it. Gates had fiddled with a couple of
bits with the ASCII character set, so it didn’t show up when you just
looked at a raw binary dump,” says Seiler.
Feagans vowed to hunt down the hidden message and remove it from
Commodore’s code. “He was just so perturbed that he had put that in
there,” says Seiler. “Feagans is kind of a perfectionist like that.”
I personally love retro computing and have wanted something like this for a while. I hope we can build this up into a positive, fun community who love retro computing and gaming. And I appreciate everyone's efforts so far.
I've just made the source code available (see https://twostopbits.com/item?id=251) so that people can contribute directly the site. But the best contributions will be stories, votes and comments!
Thank you and best wishes.
If there is a more complete, up to date account that covers the past and the intervening time available please share.