I’ve been thinking about this off and on for a while, and yesterday, while geeking out with VMWare Fusion, I decided to get it done.
I’ll back up a bit. I’ve been working to install VMWare to get an Oracle image up and running; I’ve used Virtual Box predominantly in the past because it’s free and really easy. However, this image is VMWare, leaving me no choice.
No problem, I love geeking out with software, especially when it can’t hose up my primary O/S. Once I finally get this Oracle image squared away, I’m off to find a Windows 7 beta image for giggles. I first tried VMWare Player (free) on my Dell, but it just didn’t have the muscles to run it effectively.
Oddly, increasing the memory allocation beyond the “recommended” amount of 256 MB made the image run more slowly. That’s not very intuitive to me.
Anyway, Rich recommended VMWare Fusion for the Mac, and I decided to go that route instead. Not free, but it’s performing way better. Now, if only I had a bigger hard drive. I have a problem with storage; I never think ahead and inevitably, I don’t buy enough. It’s a chronic problem. So, sometime in January, I’ll probably have to buy and install the 250 GB drive for my Macbook.
It’s early for New Year’s resolutions, but there you go. I resolve to buy the maximum storage offered for devices in 2009 and beyond.
So, while I was checking my Virtual Box images for stuff I need before deleting them to make space for the VMWare image, I decided to find the install package for Oracle PowerBrowser and install it for fun.
Yes, Oracle made a browser back in 1996, and yes, we used it internally alongside Netscape. I’ve often wondered if this brief foray into browsers was related to this gem of a story (by way of Savio Rodrigues) told in Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle, recounting the reasons why Oracle did not buy Netscape in the mid-90s.
I found the install package here by way of an old post from 2004 by Mark Rittman. Like any 32-bit application it installs easily on XP. Some sites won’t open (e.g. Twitter), some sites throw errors, but most sites load, minus images and CSS stylings.
Here’s this blog as an example.
Anyway, it’s a fun little trip down memory lane for those of us who have spent time with Oracle over the last decade and change. I think I had a PowerBrowser launch t-shirt long ago. Enjoy.