A search engine for Vintage Computers / Retro Computers @ActionRetro1

The modern internet is not kind to old machines, which generally cannot handle the complicated JavaScript, CSS, and encryption that modern sites have. However, they can browse basic websites just fine. So Action Retro decided to see how much of the internet they could turn into basic websites, so old machines can browse the modern internet once again!

The search functionality of FrogFind is basically a custom wrapper for DuckDuckGo search, converting the results to extremely basic HTML that old browsers can read. When clicking through to pages from search results, those pages are processed through a PHP port of Mozilla’s Readability, which is what powers Firefox’s reader mode. Then the results are further striped down to be as basic HTML as possible.

I designed FrogFind with classic Macs in mind, so I’ve been testing on my SE/30 to make sure it looks good in 1 bit color with a 512×384 resolution. Most of my testing has been on Netscape 1.1N and 2.0.2, as well as a few 68k Mac versions of iCab. FrogFind should also work great on any text-based web browser!

See more on http://frogfind.com/


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