With the uptake of broadband internet, cloud services, and hard disks terabytes in size, the concept of placing stuff onto optical discs has become as popular as building a new coal-fired power station. Maybe Blu-ray discs are the exception given their capacity, but then again it can feel you’re the only person who does it.
Not along after posting about using PCem 11, version 12 was available for downloading literally a few days later. Due to this, I’ll briefly go over the changes before delving into setting up a virtual 386 PC with Windows 95.
Why a 386? Windows 95 required as a minimum a 386DX to run. Back in the day when a 386 was rather common, I’d only see them with 4 or 8 MB of RAM running Windows 3.1. However, in more recent times I did see someone who had a highly-spec’d multimedia 386 build with 64 MB of RAM on YouTube, and the performance of Windows 95 wasn’t that bad considering the hardware involved. This is an attempt to mimic that virtually.
As someone born in 1985, much of my pre-teen years were spent playing various games designed for DOS or Windows 95. With little pocket money, most games acquired came in the form of someone else purchasing a used PC and using several floppy disks to copy them, or demonstration versions enclosed with a magazine. Normally it wouldn’t be until Christmas or my birthday that I could go out and purchase a new game, though in hindsight really should have spent the money upgrading the hardware.
Here’s my ten games that I enjoyed and spent a large amount of time playing during the decade in no particular order.
These days you may have used a program named Speccy for checking the configuration of your computer. In the early 1990s, one could possibly run Microsoft Diagnostics (the MSD command) included with MS-DOS and checked configuration files for the same purpose.
A much lesser known utility known as Microsoft Configuration Specialist was available via online distribution.
As shown in an earlier post, eBay Purchase #9 – Microsoft BackOffice Server 2.0, is a suite of server based products to run with Windows NT. This is a rather high-level overview of setting it up, with installing Windows NT 3.51 Server and using Exchange Server 4.0 to be looked at first.
Here I’m using Oracle VirtualBox 5.1.26 on Windows 10. Initially the process is rather straight forward with installing Windows NT, though the BackOffice applications need more tinkering.
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
That was a quote from Bill Gates’ book, “The Road Ahead”, published in 1996.
I thought it was fitting for this post, after recently coming across a feature article from a magazine (PC Magazine) dating back to June 1998. Describing their predictions for computing in the years 2001 and 2010, let’s see what was accurate, delayed, and just didn’t happen.
In Part 1 of the series, I’ll be covering processors, home network devices, the TV PC, and digital video.
eBay Purchase Price: $60 AUD
Country of Origin: United States
Condition: Very Good
Long since discontinued, BackOffice was a suite of server orientated products in combination with Windows NT aimed at business. Originally released with Windows NT 3.5 Server included, the final version had Windows 2000 Server.
This particular version is 2.0 released in April 1996, and was the last to include Windows NT 3.51, just four months prior to NT 4.0. I grabbed this copy among some other newer versions of BackOffice from the same seller. The postage was pricey given their size and weight, though finding complete copies of these isn’t that easy.
My first experience of the internet arose from a newly formed internet cafe, down in the beach-side suburb of Glenelg in Adelaide. It was 1994 and I recall attempting to view as many web pages as possible given it was charged by the hour for the privilege. The cafe was using 486 PCs running Windows for Workgroups, with Netscape Navigator 2.0 as the web browser of choice. Although a number of people had connected to BBS since the 1980s, the internet in the form of the World Wide Web was still rather primitive at the time and largely mysterious.
An earlier post, Install & Configure MS-DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.1 using Oracle VirtualBox has proven to be relatively popular since it was published. The intention was to create a similar guide using VMWare’s free Workstation Player 12.5.6 but alas usability wasn’t satisfactory enough that I felt creating one was warranted. Nevertheless here’s how the installation experience went. Cue the 1978 Split Enz song ‘I See Red’.
For trialling out pcAnywhere32 with the parallel port cable, with me are two ThinkPads for the exercise. The one on the left is a Pentium II 380Z running Windows NT 4.0, and beside it is a Pentium 380D running Windows 98 SE.
For this I’ll be using the 380Z as the host, while the 380D will be the remote. Well so I thought…