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A relic of computing lore: the General Protection Fault

Netscape 3.04 Gold chokes on jaredwsmith.com

Netscape 3.04 Gold choking very badly on jaredwsmith.com.

Netscape Navigator Gold was the lens through which I first saw the Internet. Thanks to my Windows 3.11 VM and evolt.org’s browser archive, I can attempt to re-see the Web as if it was 1996 all over again. The results are most certainly not pretty, with an abundance of JavaScript errors and, in the case of this very site, a General Protection Fault — remember those? (Interestingly, Internet Explorer 3.01 for Windows 3.x gracefully degraded, while its Windows 95 counterpart crashes with a stack fault.)

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The Ugliest Screenshot You’ll See Today

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Windows for Workgroups 3.11, as screenshot in a VMware Fusion virtual machine.

Virtualization, clearly, is not a productivity tool in my arsenal, but it makes for some damned good nostalgia. (I’m very thankful that technology has advanced beyond Hot Dog Stand, argyle.bmp, and Program Manager, among many other things.)