Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Windows 3.1 simulated in a browser (really)

Windows 7 Hacker - Fun Hack Fully Functional Windows 3.1 Simulator In Browser

While some of you might already in the new year, let’s not forget way back in 1992, more than 20 years ago, pre Windows 95 era. The year Windows 3.1 makes to the consumer market, even though those days are in the past, people still find ways to appreciate and enjoy the classic era of computing.

Head over to http://www.michaelv.org/ to experience what you life might be like 20 years ago. (be aware the simulator runs VERY fast compare to what you might actual get out of 20 years ago)



Michaelv.org is coded in JavaScript and strict XHTML 1.0, with AJAX functionality provided through PHP. It has been tested for compatibility in Firefox and IE. Firefox 2 or 3 is highly recommended, but the site is almost entirely functional in IE 6, 7, or 8. Media Player does not work in IE as IE lacks the ability to dynamically instantiate <OBJECT>

The file system is stored in SQL and is dynamic. File creation, renaming, deletion, reading, and writing can all be accomplished in real-time and with persistent results. However, for obvious reasons, visitors are not able to make changes to the file system in any way.

The goal of this site is not to create an entirely complete mirror image of Windows 3.1, but rather keep the spirit and omit features when they are not justified by an effort to usability ratio. For example, Notepad lacks a find and replace feature because it is not worth the effort. Where features do exist, every effort is made to present them in exactly the manner that they existed in Windows 3.1.

I have also endeavored to put plenty of features in which are not readily apparent, hopefully making the site a fun and long-lasting process of experimentation and discovery. For example, try pressing the keystroke for full screen mode in MS-DOS Prompt.

[GD: These are real screenshots of it running on my Win8 notebook]




I find it funny how fast Windows 3.1 is in the simulation.

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