Revisit the amazing Internet the cool kids used in 1997

Sixteen years ago, the name Netscape was becoming a household name, and if the instructional guide to getting kids online from 1997 in the video below is any indication, horizontal stripes were totally in.

If you have half an hour to spare, check out this amazingly cheesy tour of the early "cybernet," as presented by an enthusiastic and remarkably average American family complete with a Mark-Paul Gosselaar look-alike at the helm of a newly connected Compaq Pentium Pro 200 system (sweet!).

If you never recovered from the end of "The Cosby Show" in the early 1990s … Read more

Review: Browse the Internet using feature-packed Netscape X for Mac

Those Mac users who don't like using Safari may want an alternative. Netscape X for Mac is a solid option that performs well with all of the features expected of a good Web browser. The problem isn't with the program or how it works, it's actually a message from the publisher.

The browser is available fully functional for free. Netscape X for Mac downloaded quickly, but acceptance of a lengthy user agreement was required to use the application. Once the program starts, it gives the user the option to import all presets and bookmarks from their primary … Read more

The 404 1,089: Where we go the extra mile (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 show:

- Soccer to adapt goal line, ball-tracking technology.

- Friday's history lesson: AOL's longest running employee on the history of AOL chat rooms.

- British Airways will google passengers in preflight.

- Hillbilly Alabamians celebrate Fourth of July by shooting guns into air.

- Best Buy lays off 650 Geek Squad employees nationwide.

Bathroom break video: Super Moonwalking!… Read more

See where you've browsed with MozillaHistoryView

NirSoft's MozillaHistoryView reads the history DAT file in Mozilla-based Web browsers such as Firefox as well as Netscape and displays your browsing history under a wide range of useful column headings. The built-in History feature in the latest version of Firefox also displays lots of useful information, it's true. But you must have Firefox open to use it. MozillaHistoryView is a standalone tool that reads history DAT files directly, whether your browser is open or not. You can save and export the data in various ways, too. The program also gives you greater flexibility in accessing multiple browser … Read more

Lights going down on Netscape's Silicon Valley HQ


With a flick of the switch Thursday at 5 p.m, PDT, a critical chapter in Silicon Valley will finally go dark.

That's when AOL officially moves out of the legendary headquarter buildings of Netscape Communications in Mountain View, Calif.--along Ellis Street and East Middlefield Road--to new, snappier digs it is subleasing from Google in Palo Alto, Calif., on Page Mill Road.

AOL will occupy one floor in the new space, while the first floor will be dedicated to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

AOL bought Netscape in late 1998 for $4.2 billion, and had located its office where … Read more

Surf light and fast with Camino

Camino is a relatively fast and lightweight Web browser that uses the same rendering engine as Firefox, the other open-source browser from Mozilla. This Mac-only browser has long been known for its Mac-like "feel" (unlike Firefox, which is less Mac-like by design), and this last major update only reinforces that experience.

The new Gecko rendering engine (shared by Firefox 3) is arguably the most important change in Camino 2, giving it a big boost to speed and security compared with previous versions, but the browser has also added quite a few thoughtful new features. The most flashy addition … Read more

Computer speed creator

Internet Tweak aims to help users with slow computers and Internet connections. However, its complicated functionality is certain to turn more than a few users off.

The program's interface is well organized and, while the functions may be confusing, is intuitive to navigate through. By balancing the various computer sections it speeds up through six tabs, users can cycle through and make their choices by simply clicking a radio button. The Help file will most likely be a necessity unless you are well versed in computer terminology. While navigating the program is simple, actually knowing how you are tweaking … Read more

CNET News Daily Podcast: Beware URL shorteners

Today: Windows 7 news, a new venture fund from the creator of the Mosaic browser, ABC goes live on Hulu, Toyota says yes to plug-in cars, and a short conversation about URL shortening services with CNET writer Stephen Shankland.

Listen now: Download today's podcast

Today's stories:

Will Windows 7 be finalized next week?

IE market share plummeting! (Or is it?)

Marc Andreessen launches new venture fund

EMC raises bid for Data Domain

ABC content starts arriving on Hulu

Report: Toyota to mass produce plug-ins in 2012

Best Buy shifts into electric vehicles sales

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Silicon Valley fixture Mike Homer dies at 50

Former Netscape executive Mike Homer lost his battle with a rare brain disease on Sunday, reported Kara Swisher of All Things D. He was 50.

Homer suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative and fatal neurological disorder that leads to dementia (a variant is known as mad cow disease).

Among other things, Homer steered the creation of Netscape Communications' Netcenter portal until Netscape's acquisition by America Online. The Silicon Valley stalwart also worked at Apple.

Before his illness, Homer had been investing in and mentoring a series of start-ups. But he had also been focusing on philanthropy and spending time … Read more

Google gunning for IE with Chrome OEM deals

After Chrome exits beta in January, Google is planning to begin an aggressive push to boost the browser's market share.

Sundar Pichai, a Google vice president, told The Times Online that the company will explore ways to make Chrome more ubiquitous and "probably do distribution deals" with OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to get the browser onto new PCs.

Currently, Internet Explorer commands more than 70 percent of browser market share. Open source Firefox captures roughly 20 percent, with the rest going to others such as Safari, Chrome, and Opera.

OEM relationships will certainly help Chrome adoption, but … Read more