Also it's fortunate that he didn't install ME, which might have destroyed the universe.
I think it's the plain blue background of Window 95 that made me jump to that idea. Windows95 base look holds up really nicely vs versions that came between 95-10.
I remember being quite disappointed when the toolbar buttons went all flat, as I felt that was offering a consistent UI (button -> 3D look) on the altar of design. But I think that came with one of the Office versions first. (QA was horrible back then, if you had a Windows applications, you had to cross-check it with every ofice/OS permutation, as both wreaked havoc on your UI dlls).
I used to love hacking about with the Win32 Apis in the old days. I wrote all sorts of neat tricks like turning the start button into a paddle for a weird desktop-based game of Breakout.
I've done a bit of fun "repurposing" of the Win32 controls too, and that is something I'd definitely love to see --- probably along with quite a few others on HN.
The game wasn't pretty though. But it was thrown together when I was at college and should have been writing course work. In fact, I'd be surprised if it would even still play on modern Windows.
I was an obsessive VB6er.
I still have an unclaimed prize ticket for winning best submission one month.
It's a pity the owner never gave the UI more love as that site had the member base long before StackExchange et al but it just failed to compete. Even now, it still looks like a 90s site and that's not even the same design it had in the 90s.
As an aside from this: what would actually be neat is having DOSBox on there, or some old console emulators + a layer for translating the sensors/inputs to controller buttons.
By the way "Optional: hot glue a motor to the watch’s crown to keep it from falling asleep." - that made my day!
Edit: it looks like even Windows 98 can use EGA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZljVxwIzTM
It's a pretty poor effort on Apple's part to have an ARMv7 CPU at 520Mhz with a PowerVR GPU be completely incapable of rendering basic animations without dropping frames, minute long startup times for some apps and general sluggishness.
Almost makes me forget the pain and misery of Windows 95.
> iOS port of the Bochs x86 emulator
From the article, it seems that to even get the emulator running on the Apple Watch was a serious problem, and I can see that. And if the article title would have reflected this, like “I got a PC emulator running on my Apple Watch and ran Windows 95 in it”, then I would have had no problem with it. As it is, it’s misleading clickbait.
The fact remains that this article describes something novel and technically difficult. If you have a better suggestion of how a Real Hacker would run Windows 95 on a watch, please tell us about it. That would be interesting.
The article does describe something novel, interesting and difficult. But not what was promised by the headline.
What is not amazing about that? So what if it's emulated? It definitely installed and ran - on his wrist!!!
I'm not normally impressed, but this is amazing!
Lots of apps in the early days of x86 Mac OSX depended on Rosetta since they were built for PPC, did that mean they weren't installed? What about Teamviewer for Linux, which depends on Wine (a Win32 API emulator)?