What would the world be like if Windows 95 and Windows NT has been cancelled? You'd be surfing the web right now in Windows for Workgroups 3.11:
This is a companion discussion topic for the original blog entry at: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2005/09/revenge-of-codename-snowball.html
I’m surprised it renders Google that well.
Maybe, just maybe, we would be using something that wasn’t produced in Redmond. I think even the most diehard Windows fanatic would prefer a recent (from the last 5 years or so) version of Linux over WFW.
In File manager if you have a file made in eg. 2005, the file date will show as 19:5. It must be that 19 was hardcoded and ‘:’ is the ASCII char after 9, sort of the digit for ‘10’.
Back in 1989 or 1990, while working for a small engineering company I remember that we made sure that we made sure the library functions for textual date representation would be correct also for dates after 2000. I find it lacking that a company the size of Microsoft did not manage to do the same several years later.
Tut tut, Jeff, it’s “teh intarweb”. Never “the”.
“There’s a huge collection of old 16-bit Windows software on the 10 year anniversary of Windows 3.1 page. It’s a sketchy looking website, but if you follow the yahoo briefcase download instructions closely, the software is all still present and downloadable.”
No, there isn’t. I opened the page and looked, and couldn’t see a briefcase, so I did a text search on the page and it wasn’t there.
Sorry, Mark, looks like that’s a dead link now…
Holy crap that brings back some memories. I designed my first web page in Windows 3.11. It was my first windows box, and only the second computer my family had ever owned.
I remember IE for 3.11, but I much preferred netscape back then.