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Jamie Zawinski, one of the developers responsibleMar 31 2008

Jamie Zawinski, one of the developers responsible for the early versions Netscape Navigator, has declared that today is Run Some Old Web Browsers Day. In celebration, he's hosting an archive of old Mosaic/Netscape broswers and rolled back the clock on the original mcom.com domain.

home.mcom.com and all URLs under it just redirected to netscape.com, then redirected a dozen more times before taking you to some AOL portal page. The old URLs that were baked into the toolbar buttons of the original web browsers didn't work any more. But now, if you fire up a copy of Mosaic Netscape 0.9, and click on the various toolbar buttons, they will work again! For example, in the old browsers, when you clicked on the "What's New" toolbar button, it went here.

home.mcom.com is now a snapshot of that web site from 21-Oct-1994.

mosaic.mcom.com is now a snapshot of that web site from July 1994. That's from just after the company was announced, but before the first browser beta was released. I think that by Oct 1994, both mosaic.mcom.com and www.mcom.com were redirects to home.mcom.com, but I can't remember any more.

Evolt also maintains an extensive archive of browsers old and new. I have a smaller archive that I put together for an episode of 0sil8 more than 10 years ago.

Surprisingly good list of the top 10 Web 2.0Sep 25 2006

Surprisingly good list of the top 10 Web 2.0 losers. It's too early to pass judgement on Netscape (the site has shot to the top of Google search results for current events keywords because of the site's high PageRank) and SixApart's inclusion is wrong. The top four spots are right on; the Odeo situation is sad (I thought they were really onto something), but Flock, Edgeio, and Squidoo seemed not quite equal to the hype right from the beginning.

When the Fortune article on the NetscapeJul 16 2005

When the Fortune article on the Netscape IPO came out, I wondered why Jamie Zawinski wasn't in it...figured it was something like this. "The article is out now, and I see my instinct was exactly correct: it's not accomplishments or culture or technology, it's just about price tags. And to this day, every time I read Mike Homer's name my stomach clenches up."

Long article from Fortune on the 10thJul 14 2005

Long article from Fortune on the 10th anniversary of Netscape's IPO. Features interviews with several of the key players.

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