Has is been 10 years already?
1999 doesn't seem all that long ago. It does and it doesn't I guess. When I start thinking about things like cell phones and this whole internet thing it's like an eternity passed. On the other hand, when I look at pop culture stuff like movies, music, and TV I can't tell the difference between something produced in 1999 vs. 2009. I can't even gloat "at least all those Y2K alarmists admit they were wrong now" because they've all moved on to 2012. Some things never change.
A week or two ago I upgraded to Windows 7, overall I'm very impressed with it. This of course meant several days of reinstalling applications. I just had to have Visual Studio 6 installed to fuel my Visual Basic 6 addiction. I didn't bother checking but just made the assumption that it wouldn't work as expected on Windows 7. It was extremely simple to setup a virtual machine for all my retro-programming needs plus it's an image I'll be able to easily move to future PCs.
While going through my old CDs I spotted something called "Microsoft Year 2000 Resource Center CD". If my memory isn't too bad I believe this was something given to MSDN subscribers in mid-1999, although anyone could order it for free. It contained a set of utilities to help developers check their applications for Y2K readiness. Let's take a peek at what was on there...
So what's on the CD?
This notice is so important they had to pop it up twice. It tells you to check http://microsoft.com/y2k for the latest updates. It's long gone but here's the last archived version from 1999, just days before the world ended: http://web.archive.org/web/19990508062733/microsoft.com/y2k/.
OK, so here's the part where I admit that I only wrote this article to see how Lightbox worked. It was surprisingly easy to setup and get working (after changing a few image paths). I don't think anyone will find the rest of this particularly interesting but who knows. Anyway, here's the main menu. It's a low tech application even for the time, it doesn't really need to be fancy though.