Dis­cover

How to re­live old games and apps on the In­ter­net Ar­chive, the re­vamped Sur­face Pro and ran­somware ex­plained

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It’s fair to say that the In­ter­net Ar­chive (https://ar­chive.org) is one of the most im­por­tant sites on the in­ter­net. It col­lects to­gether the old and the new, gives a home to con­tent which would oth­er­wise have been re­moved from the web, and even of­fers a time warp in the form of the Way­back Ma­chine (https://ar­chive.org/ web), which lets you re­visit web­sites pre­cisely as they were on a given date. Hunt around and you can ex­plore, for ex­am­ple, a 1996 ver­sion of mi­crosoft.com, or view archived news head­lines from the likes of bbc.co.uk

new for old

The In­ter­net Ar­chive’s coolest fea­ture, if you’ve been around com­put­ing for some time, is its re­cent in­te­gra­tion of com­bined soft­ware ar­chiv­ing and emu­la­tion – ba­si­cally, this means the site is look­ing af­ter old pro­grams, and deal­ing with the process of get­ting them run­ning too. Visit https://ar­chive.org/ de­tails/soft­ware to see a broad look at its col­lec­tion which, at time of writ­ing, cov­ers some 170,000 in­di­vid­ual items, in­clud­ing games and pro­grams for clas­sic com­put­ers such as the ZX Spec­trum and Com­modore Amiga, ti­tles from the smoky ar­cades of yes­ter­year and, most in­ter­est­ingly for us, clas­sic soft­ware from the days of MS-DOS and Win­dows 3.1.

It takes some find­ing – hunt around the In­ter­net Ar­chive’s rather aw­ful in­ter­face un­til you find the MS-DOS col­lec­tion or ‘Soft­ware Li­brary: Win­dows 3.x Pro­duc­tiv­ity’, for in­stance – and you’ll see hun­dreds of bits of clas­sic share­ware and full soft­ware to try. Click one, click the green Play but­ton, and it’ll run right there in your browser. You can make any ti­tle run full screen for the full experience. Most of the In­ter­net Ar­chive’s cat­a­logue can also be down­loaded to your com­puter, so you’re not ex­plic­itly re­stricted to play­ing on­line. Grab DOSBox (www.dosbox.com) and you should be good to go.

Most of the In­ter­net Ar­chive’s cat­a­logue can also be down­loaded to your com­puter

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