Final goodbye for early web icon (Netscape)

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    BBC.

    I've been a Firefox man for many years, but before that back in the days when I was on Windows and had the choice between IE5 (I think) and Netscape, I was using Netscape 4.* and loved it.

    RIP.
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    I remember using that browser when it was still called Mosiac back in '92 or '93.

    End of an era. Ah well, technology moves onwards.
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I can still remember how excited we were watching that meteor shower. :D:D

    Ah… memories… :(
     

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  4. cheeseadiddle macrumors regular

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    Me too. Internet in a Box.
     
  5. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh the memories. You will be missed Netscape. I remember when I had to use Netscape on Windows 95 because Internet Explorer wouldn't load any pages for some reason. :p
     
  6. iGav macrumors G3

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    It all started going wrong for Netscape when they released Netscape 6. :(

    Me too. :D Back in the days when all web sites looked like this... :D
     
  7. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    I still happen across some real retro websites in the odd web search. They bring back memories :). For some odd reason they all had flashing text and were red on green or something else hideous.
     
  8. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    The BBC article says that for many it was their first webbrowser...

    It certainly was for me.

    I remember going to the first internet cafe in Cardiff when I was very young. The internet was a very very new thing then... first half of the ninties. I can always remember doing File->Open in Netscape and writing the address there. Altavista I think. Was weird.

    Although I haven't used Netscape since 4.7.x, it will be missed.

    EDIT: Found 1996 Altavista... it looked great in those days.... http://web.archive.org/web/19961022174810/http://www.altavista.com/
     
  9. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    I'll miss that meteor shower. I could watch that for many minutes while a page loaded on my iMac.
     
  10. Antares macrumors 68000

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    *Netscape Gold* Forever!

    I shall miss thee....

    I fondly remember the magical experience of using Netscape, for the first time, in 1996.
     
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    of course i remember that icon. it has its place in history though. and forever will live on as clevin's 'tar, until he changes it :p
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    First NCSA Mosaic, now Netscape. Who'll be next.. :eek: :p

    Then again, Netscape was the only software I ever used which crashed/froze every system I used it on. MacOS, NT, and AIX*. Actually quite glad to see the back of it.

    (* ok, strictly speaking it didn't freeze the system. I could have telneted in from another machine and killed the Netscape process, but still, Netscape was a pig).
     
  13. clevin macrumors G3

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    I promise I won't. :D

    GoodBye Netscape.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I, too, remember back in the day when I used Netscape 4.7.x because it was better than Internet Explorer.

    The legacy of Netscape still lives on with Mozilla (and Firefox).
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Way more exciting than Microsoft's stupid "e".
     
  16. foidulus macrumors 6502a

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    Before the "e" there was the flying windows icon, which I always seemed to like better than the e...
     
  17. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    I never really used Netscape, but I'm sad to see it go. Although Netscape 9 was essentially just a rebranded Firefox...
     
  18. Nermal Moderator

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    It looked like a rebranded Firefox and used the same engine, but there was more to it than that. I can say that because on my work system Firefox 2 would crash 2-3 times per week, and Netscape 9 has never crashed.

    Anyway, yes, I remember using Netscape 1 at school. The meteor shower hadn't yet been implemented, instead it was simply an "N" that embossed and debossed itself.
     
  19. cheeseadiddle macrumors regular

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    When I first got on the net, there were still gray web sites that were made before the browser could show color. In fact, probably half of them were gray. Anyone remember using Gopher?
     
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    AOL hopefully. Their software is outdated, to say the least, and features have always been redundant to the web, although they brought it together in a package. Now that package "destroys" the machine it's installed on.
     
  22. Marvin1379 macrumors 6502

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    Gopher and finger, too. Ahhh, the memories. :rolleyes:
     
  23. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Man I always hated Netscape. I always perferred IE.. until I realized that it sucks and switched to Safari :D
     
  24. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Haha, yeah I remember that. I don't think I used FTP all that much though.

    And the best e-mail client was Eudora :). God I can't remember when browsers started being able to show colour.

    14.4kbps modems ftw :).
     
  25. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    It was a pity, but noone used it these days... just 0.6% market share. Even Safari for windows has more than that...
     

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