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PART I — Windows 95 anyone? Standalone app brings back memories of 24 Aug 1995:

See the iTWire article by Sam Varghese on 26 August 2018.

Using Javascript and other programming languages, one developer, Felix Rieseberg, has created an app that emulates Windows 95. It runs on Windows, macOS and Linux (without the consent of Microsoft, I'm sure).

He has even put the source code onto Microsoft's newly-acquired open source repository, GitHub — what a nerve!

Running Windows 95 sounds like the geeky thing to do, so now you can just download and run it.

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PART II — Windows 95 app brings nerd nostalgia to macOS, Windows and Linux:

Found by Jeff Garland in the Engadget article by Swapna Krishna, @skrishna 08.23.18 in Personal Computing.

This story seems to be spreading around all the usual Tech sites:

“Hello, memory lane.

If you're nostalgic about old tech and software, then get ready: Slack developer Felix Rieseberg has created an app that allows you to run Windows 95 on Windows, macOS and Linux (which is perhaps more practical than running it on an Apple Watch).

If you're interested in downloading it, you can grab it over at GitHub.

According to The Verge, you can easily run applications such as WordPad, MS Paint and Minesweeper within the app. Internet Explorer, sadly, doesn't work. The good news is if you're playing around and encounter problems, you can simply reset the instance and start over again.”

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If you are game enough to try it out, please let us know. :-)


How a Ghost saved the day:

I had occasion to hunt for a program written in 1980-something and I located a lucky backup DVD from 2005.

Here's what the directory list showed:

Directory of S:\

Wed 11/05 May/2005 01:29 am 1,025,833,025 050511c.gho
Wed 11/05 May/2005 03:00 am 1,349,744,607 050511e.gho

2 File(s) 2,375,577,632 bytes
0 Dir(s) 0 bytes free

But that GHO extension? A quick Google search led me to the file gurus on extensions.

“What is a GHO file?

A GHO file is a backup file created by Norton Ghost, a disk cloning and backup program. It contains a "snapshot" of a hard drive or other media device and saves data as an exact copy of the disk. GHO files are often used for creating full hard disk backups.

More Information:

Norton Ghost files can be used to restore individual files or a complete hard disk. GHO files may also be encrypted to keep backups secure.

NOTE: Norton Ghost was renamed as Ghost Solution Suite.”

It all comes back to me now — I had used the backup program Norton Ghost which was written years ago and distributed FREE. There was also a free Ghost Explorer program to look inside these backup files and extract individual files.

Here's the one I was looking for:

Sun 14/03 Mar/2004 06:41 am 6,782 #dup.c

 * Program to check file for duplicate lines.
 * Useful for finding duplicate filenames from
 * a full directory list. rpb nov 87.

/* #include <stdio.h> */

#include <curses.h> /* So getch() does not wait */

Unfortunately, these backup programs are no longer free, but thanks to DaveH, a Norton Guru on their Community Forum, here's version 2003.789 of Ghost Explorer. Sadly, there are no links to free versions of Norton Ghost itself.

So, if you have .GHO backups, you can retrieve your old files using the very easy-to-use Ghost Explorer, which may save your day.


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Bob Backstrom
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