The homespun aesthetic of GeoCities belies a degree of technical complexity and interdependence that makes restoring the sites a challenge. Websites designed for older browsers and operating systems—Netscape and Internet Explorer 5; Windows 2000 and XP—won’t look right on a newer computer. Icons designed for a smaller-resolution screen shrink. Colors that were festive on an old cathode ray monitor are garish in LED. Restoring the websites requires a kind of digital forensics, replicating the conditions in which they were first viewed. And even with contemporary software, buttons, borders, and GIFs were often borrowed from other places on the web, and the original images have been deleted; broken image icons abound.