It being the tenth anniversary of Mozilla, Jamie "Founder of Mozilla Project" Zawinski has declared today "Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!" He's mirroring a bunch of lovely old pages from "home.mcom.com, the Internet Web Site of the Mosaic Communications Corporation" for your antique browser pleasure.
* Trivia Question #1: Do you remember why home1.mcom.com through home32.mcom.com exist?
* Trivia Question #2: Do you remember the behavioral difference the browsers exhibited when they were talking to a Netscape web server?
* Trivia Question #3: When was the <HYPE> tag implemented, and what was its origin?
* I had originally planned on re-hosting these web sites on an SGI Indy running Mosaic Netsite Commerce Server, just for maximal comedic value... and to see how long it took before someone Ã˜wned it, since there must be someone out there who still remembers how to launch an assault on Irix 5.3. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible for political reasons explained below.
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