edit: nope. http://imgur.com/a/Jt38q not really.
edit 2: Here's a HP B-series PA-RISC from my closet running actual vintage NS-4, also no, http://i.imgur.com/tt7AYqj.png (the top window is a search for the term "cat")
Google however, almost still works http://i.imgur.com/kdTd1AU.png ... I give them an A. hn and kernel.org get a security algorithm error, reddit gets an i/o error as does craigslist and yahoo. wiki.c2.com has a perpetual spinner. netbsd here makes me sad to be such a fanboy: http://i.imgur.com/RxedDF6.png
http://gnu.org is totally acceptable, even in Netscape 3! http://i.imgur.com/RImHQjM.png
http://fsf.org errors at an appropriate place: http://i.imgur.com/g8TF8Uc.png but after that is usable.
http://berkshirehathaway.com loads perfectly and looks the same.
I'm mildly curious what would happen if you tried to build NetSurf on that thing. It compiles for AmigaOS and RISC OS...
H3:54/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6$ gmake --version
GNU Make 3.80
H3:55/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6$ /usr/local/bin/gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 3.3.1
H3:55/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6$ gmake BUILD_CC=/usr/local/bin/gcc CC=/usr/local/bin/gcc
gmake: Entering directory `/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6/libwapcaplet'
/makefiles/Makefile.tools:403: /Makefile.gcc: No such file
/makefiles/Makefile.tools:460: /Makefile.pkgconfig: No such
file or directory
Makefile:40: /Makefile.top: No such file or directory
gmake: * No rule to make target `/Makefile.top'. Stop.
gmake: Leaving directory `/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6/libwapcaplet'
gmake: * [/raid/hp/netsurf-all-3.6/inst-gtk/build-stamp]
Looks like some serious effort. To put things in context, I can't do remote X to a modern machine as in
$ DISPLAY=desktop:0 xterm&
This gives a protocol error. So instead I'm running it all through a vncserver, which uses a more legacy protocol.
I've tried things like
$ Xnest -query hp :1
but I get the classic CDE hour glass, a black screen, and nothing more.
It's honestly nice to pull this thing out of the closet just to remember how unfriendly things used to be. You type a command and realize "well gee, this thing doesn't have that. Alright, here's a more painful way..." You don't even get things like arrow keys and backspace for free. Gotta stty them.
To be completely fair, building NetSurf may simply not be possible with the toolchain the machine has - I was maybe-1/3-joking about trying it :P - but it would be an awesome challenge to see if it could be done. I suspect it may just be possible.
I emailed you.
"$ DISPLAY=desktop:0 xterm&
Ok, I'm impressed. That's the first time I've seen that.
That would explain it.
I remember tinkering with Flash back in the day, even before it was Adobe.