Old school: I work in DOS for an entire day (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Old school: I work in DOS for an entire day. “It’s the July 4 holiday weekend in the US, which means Ars staff gets a well-deserved holiday to catch up on this summer’s Steam sale (or maybe just to rest). As such, we’re resurfacing a few classics from the Ars archives, including this somewhat masochistic experiment. Back in 2014, Ars’ Editor Emeritus Sean Gallagher decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of MS-DOS’s end-of-life by working in the operating system within a modern context. It… went about as smoothly as you’d expect.”

9to5 Mac: ‘OldOS’ developer launches new website that gives classic macOS widgets a new life

9to5 Mac: ‘OldOS’ developer launches new website that gives classic macOS widgets a new life. “The same developer behind the now incredibly popular ‘OldOS’ TestFlight app for iPhone, Zane Kleinberg, is back with a new tool that lets you use classic macOS widgets through a web browser. Kleinberg explained how classic macOS widgets, first introduced in Tiger, were made entirely out of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This enabled him to revive several old Apple-designed widgets, including calculator, world clock, unit converter, stickies, and the tile puzzle.”

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. “The main reason to use this as a Windows alternative is its ease of use. It’s also free for individual users who don’t require Google Admin tools. The only difference between the home version and the two business ones is is it doesn’t come with technical support or access to Google Admin Console. Besides giving your Windows 7 PC a new lease on life, you’ll find it will make it peppier. CloudReady is much lighter on system resources than any version of Windows.”

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone (The Register)

The Register: Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone. “While booting an operating system nowadays usually sees the software loaded from disk or flash memory, some of us of a certain age recall the delights of shovelling bytes in memory via the medium of tape, such as an audio cassette sending noise into the RAM of a home computer. Tinkerer Jozef Bogin has taken things a little further by booting an elderly IBM PC from a record player.”

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how

BetaNews: Celebrate 25 years of Microsoft Windows 95 by running it on Windows 10, macOS or Linux — here’s how . “If you’re looking for a way to feel particularly old, the news that Windows 95 was released a quarter of a century ago today should do it. You can read my recollections of its launch here. If that’s not enough nostalgia for you, why not experience Microsoft’s game changing OS for yourself, by running Slack developer Felix Rieseberg’s app version.”

Digital Preservation Coalition: Starting with complexity: Archiving digital-born music compositions from Mac systems of the 80s/90s

Digital Preservation Coalition: Starting with complexity: Archiving digital-born music compositions from Mac systems of the 80s/90s. “About ten years ago, a music archive took over the private archive of a composer who had already begun composing with digital techniques in the 1980s. The result is impressive: the composer transferred his work on not less than 700 data carriers to the archive, including 660 floppy discs, 26 SyQuest carriers and a few carriers from the families of Iomega Jaz, Iomega Zip, CD-ROM and Harddisk. The composer has used Apple systems and proprietary special software (music notation and sequencing software) in his work.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10

Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10. “If you’re feeling nostalgic for 8-bit games or need to run some old software, 32-bit Windows 10 doesn’t accommodate. Old DOS programs need a little extra to run on the newer, 64-bit version of Windows. You can use vDos to help you run old DOS software if you need to, although it isn’t a suitable option for gaming. Here’s how to use it.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser

MakeUseOf: 8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser. “We all love the cutting-edge operating systems of today. But there are times when it’s fun to cast your mind back to yesteryear and relive some of the operating systems of old. And no, we’re not talking about those of you who still insist on running Windows 7, or worse, XP. If you want to emulate Windows 95, Mac OS X Lion, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Here are eight classic operating systems you can access in your browser.”

BetaNews: You can now run Windows 95 on Windows, macOS, and Linux

BetaNews: You can now run Windows 95 on Windows, macOS, and Linux. “…if you want to actually try out the original again (or for the first time if you came into Windows more recently) you can do so by installing a new app that runs on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Created by Slack developer Felix Rieseberg, it’s available in the form of an electron app. Most things work exactly as you’d expect them to, including WordPad, FreeCell, Calculator and Media Player, although you can’t currently browse the web with Internet Explorer sadly. It opens but pages don’t load.”