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Internet Archive Brings Old Programs Back to Life

The Internet Archive (IA) released an open beta version of JAVASCRIPT MESS (JSMESS), a flexible, JavaScript-based program that users can run from their internet browsers to access old computer programs. IA also introduced a collection of historically significant software packages on its website that is sourced from its software archives.

Instead of finding and installing the hardware to run outdated computer programs, researchers can embed JSMESS in their Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer browsers to run software from the IA’s new Historical Software Collection and from consoles and computers on the JSMESS website.

“Acquisition, for a library, is not enough—accessibility is where knowledge and lives change for the better,” Jason Scott wrote in an IA blog post. “The JSMESS interface lets users get to the software in the quickest way possible.”

JSMESS, developed by hundreds of volunteers for 15-plus years, is a nonaffiliated port of MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), a software emulator that documents hardware for vintage computers, consoles, and calculators.

Source: Internet Archive

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