Wednesday, February 24, 2016

From DOS to the golden age of Windows: The classic operating systems you can run in the browser

Travelling back in time

Those of us who grew up with computers have witnessed great change: from the hulking tower PCs of yore to the pocket-sized smartphones of today and from blinking green screen cursors to 4K graphical displays.

For those old enough to remember wrestling with a command line or battling Windows' blue screen of death, it's never been easier to relive those early memories of computing.

These virtual trips down memory lane come courtesy of emulators that run directly in the web browser: offering the chance to experience everything from the birth of personal computing in the early 1980s to the golden age of Windows in the late 1990s.


The release of the command line DOS, or Disk Operating System, coincided with the birth of personal computing and the beginning of Microsoft's rise in the world of PCs.

The OS, a rebranded clone of the CP/M operating system, was provided by Microsoft to IBM for its first PC, which released in 1981. However Microsoft retained ownership of MS-DOS, which went on to run on the myriad IBM PC clones created by rival companies.

This emulator runs IBM PC-DOS 1.00 on an IBM PC (Model 5150) with a monochrome display.

Windows 1.01

Released in 1985, Windows first incarnation was as a graphical front end for DOS.

Windows 1.0 could only support tiled windows, but had desktop features such as the MS-DOS Executive file manager, Calendar, Cardfile, Notepad, Terminal, Calculator and Clock.

This emulator is configured to run Windows 1.01 on a virtual machine with a clock speed of 4.77Mhz, 256Kb of RAM and a CGA display, using the original IBM PC Model 5160 ROM BIOS.

Windows 3.0

Launched in 1990, this was the first Windows version to achieve widespread use. Large scale interface changes saw the introduction of several Windows mainstays, including Program Manager, File Manager and Solitaire. The interface also became less painful to look at following support for 256-color VGA.

This emulator is of a 286 IBM PC compatible machine running Windows 3.0.


Introduced in 1991, this release ushered in significant changes to DOS - improving how the OS used memory. It was also the version of DOS that was integrated into OS/2 2.x and later Windows NTs.

This emulator offers a 286 IBM PC compatible machine running PC DOS 5, as well as the games Wolfenstein 3D, Monkey Island and Civilization to try.

(Mac OS) System 7

Released in 1991, System 7 was the main Macintosh operating system for six years. The OS improved on its predecessor's interface and added support for virtual memory, personal file sharing, QuickTime and QuickDraw 3D.

This emulator is running System 7.0.1 with MacPaint, MacDraw, and Kid Pix.

Windows 95

Windows 95 ushered in what would become the iconic Windows desktop, with the Start Menu as its cornerstone.

The consumer-oriented system was designed to be more user-friendly than earlier iterations, with a desktop that was easier on the eye and introduction of File Explorer, taskbar and shortcuts.

This emulator, which takes a while to start, runs Windows 95 on a virtual Compaq DeskPro 386 (16Mhz) with an IBM VGA display, 2048Kb RAM and a 20Mb Hard Disk.

Windows 98

Windows 98 offered a refinement of Windows 95 - introducing simplifications such as the Quick Launch toolbar, Active Desktop and ability to minimise a window by clicking its toolbar icon.

This Windows 98 emulator needs a browser with support for Flash and takes a while to start.

Windows ME

Roundly criticised for being buggy and crash-prone Windows Millennium Edition was quickly superseded by the superior NT-based Windows XP.

This Windows ME emulator needs a browser with support for Flash and takes a while to start.

Windows XP

One of Microsoft's most successful Windows releases ever, many people and businesses continued to use XP for more than a decade after its 2001 launch.

The XP user interface introduced an updated two-column Start menu, task-grouping support on the taskbar and the ability to lock the taskbar, among other enhancements - all presented in a new default Luna visual style

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Phil Falcone and CNBC to present at Alpha Hedge East

CNBC will be broadcasting a live interview with Phil Falcone at the IMN and FLAIA 22nd Annual Alpha Hedge in Palm Beach on February 29.

Join us as CNBC's Maneet Ahuja interviews Phil Falcone of HC2 Holdings. In addition to her work on CNBC, Maneet is the author of the book "The Alpha Masters" and Phil Falcone's investment acumen and legacy are no secret!

As an Alpha Hedge registrant, you will have the chance to be an audience member and participate in the broadcast's Q&A session. If you haven't registered yet (and I can't imagine why not) please do so now!
FLAIA members receive a 20% discount. Reference code: FLAIA

Looking forward to see you later this month!


Martin McNulty, Conference Producer, IMN                    Michael Corcelli, Chairman, FLAIA

The Alpha Hedge Conference is also hosted by Invest: Miami who invites you to attend the launch of their new publication: Invest: Miami 2016 on April 14, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami.
For more information please see our website:

Monday, February 22, 2016

What's Happening This Week: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Greater Miami and the Beaches is the perfect place to spark a new romance, rekindle an old flame or tie the knot. Take advantage of special deals at hotels, restaurants, shops, attractions and more during Miami Romance Month presented by the GMCVB and Citibank, the Official Card Sponsor of Miami Romance Month.
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In May of 1950, a police precinct was established in Miami to provide a station house for African American policemen and a courtroom for African American judges in which to adjudicate African American defendants. This building is unique as there is no other known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for Blacks. Today, the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of  the precinct and its proud Black police officers. Click here for more information.

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MIA Pays Tribute to Montford Point Marines in Honor of Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) hosted a tribute luncheon on February 16 for the three Florida residents who are surviving members of the Montford Point Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Cruise Capital of the World
Always was. Always will be.
Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Begin Service Out of PortMiami March 30, 2016
The Empress of the Seas returns to Royal Caribbean and PortMiami following a brief stint with Spanish line Pullmantur. First launched in 1990, the ship is set to undergo a major overhaul before embarking on four- and five-day cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas from PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World.

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GMCVB hosts Partnership Networking Luncheon at Coya Restaurant  
On February 11, 2016 GMCVB Partners attended the networking luncheon at Coya in Downtown Miami. Proud to plant its Latin-influenced roots into the vastly growing and diversified culture of Miami, Coya’s dishes reflect true Peruvian food while adding a contemporary twist.

It's So Miami Wedding Showcase
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 5 - 8 p.m.
Coral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33131 USA
Click here to register
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The GMCVB Miami Sports Tourism Team seeks to attract, promote and retain premier sporting events in Miami-Dade County. Here's what's new in sports for Greater Miami and the Beaches:

AC Milan Copa Americana Miami 2016 Youth Soccer Tournament - June 24-26, 2016
Talks are under way to host a 56-team youth soccer tournament and AC Milan Junior Camps in various Miami-Dade County Parks June 24-26, 2016. The tournament will be hosted by AC Milan’s Junior Program and feature U-10 through U-18 teams from all over North America, South America and the Caribbean.

Miami Begins with Me Customer Service Champion Program
Register today at our training locations in Miami and Miami Beach!
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The Latest on Miami-Dade Transit
Want to know when the next Metrorail train or bus is arriving? Well, there's an app for that! Miami-Dade Transit's MDT Tracker app allows you to get comprehensive real-time information on Transit services right from the palm of your hand. Simply select Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover and check schedules and arrival times.  By downloading the MDT Tracker, you will have the most up-to-date and accurate route and schedule information free of charge. Download the Miami-Dade Transit’s Tracker App on your iPhone or Android or visit MDT's mobile site to get started.
VIP Service
AFFORDABLE LUXURY arrived at MIA Curbside with the launch of SUPERSHUTTLE'S Mercedes Benz Black Sprinters. Travelers can enjoy VIP service at an affordable price. The premium service offers upscale, private transportation to and from the airport, business meeting, social event or around town. You can book your Sprinter at any SuperShuttle kiosk at MIA or by calling 305/871-2000.  
More Options Than Ever
No matter where you’re headed, getting around Miami and Beaches is easier than ever thanks to new and exciting transportation options. From the Citi Bike program operated by DECOBIKE to the free trolley service available in several neighborhoods, quality taxi and limousine service and the ultra-convenient Miami METROMOVER and METRORAIL including direct service to MIA—we promise you’ll get there. Miami will soon enjoy access to high speed rail thanks to the new GoBrightline train service connecting the destination with other major cities in Florida.
Digitally Dispatched Car Sharing Services
The popularity of this type of service available through mobile apps continues to grow for companies such as UBER, which is now available in 45 countries and more than 270 cities around the world. A similar service is offered by LYFT in more than 90 cities enabling passengers who need a ride to request one from drivers who have an available car.
Get a Taxi in One App
ZabCab, ZabCab Driver, and ZabCab Front Desk are companion apps for consumers, drivers and businesses. They work together to help passengers find taxis – and taxi drivers to find passengers – quickly and easily from a smartphone. They are available to download at the App Store and Google Play.

A strong CVB begins with a strong partnership base. The support of our corporate partners aids us in promoting Greater Miami and the Beaches to the world. Join us in recognizing the GMCVB's Corporate Partners who are celebrating their membership anniversary this month:

The GMCVB wishes a happy birthday to our friends and family...
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GMCVB Team members are busy selling and promoting Greater Miami and The Beaches at home and around the world. Click through to see recent photos of the GMCVB Team in action and tap on the photos for captions.
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GMCVB Employment Opportunities
• Convention Sales Manager
• Corporate Sales Associate, Partnership

Travel Updates
• New Mobile Passport Control App Launched at Miami International Airport (MIA)
• Get in the Fast Lane at MIA! TSA Pre-Check Now Available for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue

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The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship
Calle Ocho Festival
Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) HQ Hotel Referendum
Miami Open presented by Itaú
Jazz in the Gardens
Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas begins PortMiami service
9th Annual Miami International Agriculture, Horse and Cattle Show
The Great Parks Summit – The Power of Parks 2016
18th Annual Haitian Compas Festival
Carnival Vista arrives at PortMiami
WorldOutGames 2017

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GMCVB Board of Directors unanimously approved support of the March 15, 2016 City of Miami Beach Referendum Item #60 approving the city’s lease of city property for a convention headquarter hotel adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center on Monday, January 25, 2016. The proposed 100 percent privately funded 800-room headquarter hotel adjacent to the convention center is crucial to the success of the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center in attracting business and especially highly coveted citywide conventions. The GMCVB encourages voters on Miami Beach to VOTE ‘YES’ #60.
Miami Herald Public Insight Network Convention Center Hotel Survey
The Miami Herald’s Public Insight Network is currently running a survey on the Convention Center Hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity for community and industry leaders to weigh in on the matter and share specific, individual thoughts on the issue. The Network provides a way for the Herald to gauge public sentiment on the issue. Please take a few moments to provide the Herald with your thoughts – and also consider sharing this survey with your networks of supportive friends, neighbors and associates. Click here to take the survey.

Love is in the Air this February with GMCVB's Miami Romance Month
Create lasting romantic memories alongside a new romance, rekindle an old flame and even tie the knot in Miami! Indulge together & take advantage of exclusive special offers and events in one of the most beautiful and exciting destinations in the world.

First Available Visa Interview Date in São Paulo, Brazil is February 24, 2016
The average wait time in São Paulo, Brazil for a Visa interview appointment in order to visit the USA is currently 2 days. Click through to find the average wait time for Visa interviews in other top cities in Brazil.
WWE Entertainment Ranks #9, #10 and #19 in Nielsen's Cable Top 25 Ratings for the Week ending February 14, 2016
WWE's WrestleMania Week drew record-breaking crowds to Miami and Beaches in April 2012. Nielsen ratings are the audience measurement systems developed by the Nielsen Company in an effort to determine the audience size and composition of TV programming in the United States.
GMCVB and Miami-Dade County Officials Welcome Tourism Delegation from Marseille, France in Miami February 23, 2016
GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME and Miami-Dade County officials will be hosting a lunch meeting with a tourism delegation from Marseille, France on February 23, 2016 in Downtown Miami. The Bureau will be joined by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Economic Development and International Trade (EDIT) Chief Manny Gonzalez.

GMCVB President & CEO to Attend Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Sand In My Shoes Awards Dinner Honoring Patricia and Philip Frost at Jungle Island on February 24, 2016
GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME will join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to honor this year’s recipient of the Sand In My Shoes Award® on February 24, 2016 at Jungle Island. The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand In My Shoes Award® is given to outstanding community leaders who have made significant contributions to the region.
GMCVB to Open New Dade Heritage Trust Tourism Information Center and Gallery on February 25, 2016
GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME and the GMCVB Team are excited to hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Dade Heritage Trust Tourism Information Center and Gallery (190 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, FL 33131 USA) on February 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. Founded in 1972, Dade Heritage Trust is the leading preservation organization in Miami-Dade County.

GMCVB President & CEO to Attend Miami Children Museum’s 2016 “Be A Kid Again” Gala Honoring Merrett Stierheim on February 27, 2016
GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME will be among the attendees of this year’s Miami Children’s Museum “Be A Kid Again” gala honoring Merrett Stierheim on February 27, 2016 at SoHo Studios in Wynwood. This year’s theme is 1980’s and Miami Vice & Spice, based on the landmark TV Series Miami Vice. The 2016 honoree, Merrett Stierheim, served as GMCVB president & CEO from 1990 – 1996 before continuing his work as one of the community’s most dedicated public officials. For more information please click here.

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) presented by FOOD & WINE Returns February 24-28, 2016
Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) presented by FOOD & WINE will showcase some of the top food and wine experts in the world. Among the highlights of the four-day food and wine festival are wine tastings, gourmet dinners, seminars, cooking demonstrations, tributes and the Food Network Awards Show. The GMCVB will feature a branded Miami Spice section at the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village February 26-28, 2016.

GMCVB Seeks Agency Partners
The GMCVB has launched Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), seeking to identify prospective partner agencies to support the GMCVB’s marketing efforts, including an Advertising, Marketing & Digital Solutions Agency, a Web Development Agency, and a Website Advertising Sales Agency. RFQs may be viewed on this page. Intent to Respond notifications are due March 4th, and RFQ responses are due March 25th.

An Evening with Dick Tracey – Celebrating 90 Years at the Olympia Theater on February 27, 2016
In celebration of its historic 90th anniversary, the City of Miami’s historic Olympia Theater will host “An Evening with Dick Tracey” on February 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The Olympia Theater is not just a “venue” – it is the jewel of Greater Miami’s arts and entertainment facilities, affording its diverse community and its international guests a unique cultural experience that defies comparison.

The Business of Health Care: Going Global Conference – March 21, 2016
With the emergence of multinational health care service providers, biomedical and biotechnology firms, multi-country joint ventures, medical tourism and advances in technology, the business of health care has become increasingly global. This one-day conference, held at the University of Miami, will provide an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas on the globalization of health care.

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Website Traffic Spikes for January Cultural Events
Five cultural events accounted for almost 40 percent of the total number of event pages viewed in January on

LGBT Traditional + Digital Campaigns
The LGBT advertising campaign generated 9M impressions for January and February, and was featured in traditional and digital publications.

@MiamiandBeaches Participates in @VisitFL’s ‘Romantic Florida Twitter Chat With 3.6MM Reach
On February 9, 2016 the GMCVB participated in Visit Florida’s “Romantic Florida” #FLTravelChat on Twitter. The chat discussed weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways in Florida, including Miami and Beaches.

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Media Relations & Promotions
GMCVB Media Relations Hosts Los Sabores De Mexico
GMCVB Media Relations will be hosting a journalist from Los Sabores De Mexico magazine, February 24-29, 2016. While in Miami the writer will take part in activities in and surrounding the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SBWFF).

GMCVB Media Relations Sells Miami at ANATO, Colombia
GMCVB Media Relations will be traveling to Colombia February 23-26, 2015 for the 2016 ANATO (Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo) show. ANATO is a 2.5 day tradeshow for buyers and media. This specialized fair, closed to the general public, showcases exhibitors representing travel agencies, wholesalers, hotels, airlines, operators, and national and international tourism organizations, as well as other tourism suppliers, who show their best products and services.

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GMCVB Sales Heads to Tennessee for Sales Calls to Southeast Market
GMCVB Convention Sales Team is heading to Tennessee February 22-25 for sales calls with companies in Memphis and Nashville. More than 150 (record breaking attendance) AMC owners, CEOs, presidents and senior meeting planners gathered to exchange ideas, discuss industry trends and network.

GMCVB Convention Sales Sells Greater Miami at LIMRA 2016 Distribution Conference for Financial Services
GMCVB Convention Sales Team will be selling Miami and Beaches at the 2016 Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) 2016 Distribution Conference for Financial Services at the Hilton Downtown Miami, February 24-26, 2016. GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME will welcome LIMRA attendees during a GMCVB sponsored Centennial Reception celebration at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in honor of LIMRA’s 100th birthday.

GMCVB Convention Sales Sells Greater Miami at Association Management Company Institute's (AMCI) Annual Winter Meeting
GMCVB Convention Sales Team attended the AMCI Annual Winter Meeting in Anaheim California, February 10-12, 2016. 

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Multicultural Tourism & Development
New York Life Insurance Agents Host Meeting in Miami
GMCVB Multicultural Tourism & Development Vice President Connie Kinnard welcomed more than 200 agents from New York Life Insurance in Miami on February 21-24, 2016 as a part of the African American Unit for their $50 Billion Empowerment Plan Symposium.

Legacy Magazine Honors 25 Most Influential Prominent Women in Business and Leadership
Legacy Magazine coordinated a dinner celebration honoring 2015’s 25 Most Influential Prominent Women in Business and Leadership on February 13, 2016 at the Miramar Cultural Center. GMCVB Multicultural Tourism & Development Vice President Connie Kinnard was among the evening’s honorees.

3rd Annual Black History Month Heritage & Neighborhood Tour Saturday, February 27, 2016
February is Black History Month and the GMCVB is partnering with Black Archives to Host 3rd Annual Black History Month Heritage & Neighborhood Tour Saturday, February 27, 2016. Participants of the 3rd Annual Black History Month Heritage & Neighborhood Tour will have the opportunity to learn about Miami's rich heritage including historic landmarks, attractions and cultural neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County.
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GMCVB Travel Industry Sales Team Sells Greater Miami at Colombia's ANATO Show February 23-24, 2016
GMCVB Travel Industry Sales Team is getting ready to hit the road for the Miami Workshop and ANATO show in Bogota, Colombia, February 23-24, 2016. ANATO is the leading tourism event for Colombia attracting over 36,000 visitors during the three-day event.

GMCVB Travel Industry Sales Team Sells Greater Miami and Beaches at The Boston Globe Travel Show
GMCVB Travel Industry Sales Team just returned from selling Miami and Beaches at the 11th Boston Globe Travel Show, February 19-21, 2016. The Team was joined by GMCVB Partners Grand Beach Hotel Group and Nobu Eden Roc.

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Global Network News
GMCVB representatives domestically and all around the globe promote Greater Miami as the premier destination for leisure and business. Read their updates here.
• Caribbean
• Europe
• Latin America
• United States & Canada

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Actors' Playhouse: West Side Story
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FilmGate Interactive
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Carnaval Miami
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Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
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SMDCAC Black Creek Nights
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23rd Annual 9 Mile Music Festival
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Meetings & Conventions

Worldwide Business Research - 2016 Trading Strategies and Technological
Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach

IIR Telecoms & Technology, UK - 2016 IIR TP Minds
Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach

Ingersoll Rand - 2016 Ingersoll Rand Leadership Conference
InterContinental Miami

Willow Creek Association - 2016 Leaders Meeting
Trump International Beach Resort Miami

Cambridge Healthtech Institute - 2016 SCOPE Conference
Hyatt Regency Miami

Resource Information Services Inc. - 2016 Latin America Paper Package Conference
EPIC Hotel

International Fiscal Association USA Branch - 2016 Annual Conference
The Biltmore Hotel Miami - Coral Gables


Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) - NASCAR 2015
Hilton Miami Downtown


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