1990s Screensavers: Flocks

in #screensavers4 months ago

This module keeps the screen busy by showing flocks of different objects. You can change between dots, atoms, cameras and sperm. The objects move together as if they were a flock of birds. I think that is where it gets its name. Its pretty simple but still fun to watch.

This video is a little under thirty minutes long.

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Screen savers in the 1990s had a purpose, to stop screen burn in. Afterdark is a screen saver application released in 1989 and produced many versions of their screen saver app up through the 2000s. I will be showing off the various modules included in this thirty year old application (Version 4.0) released in 1996. Some may remember the Flying Toasters as a screen saver. Or maybe some other, but as an early Mac user myself these all bring back memories for me.

I run the screensavers on a Windows ME virtual machine, and capture the screen using OBS. Some of the screensavers crash, probably due to emulation of the virtual machine. But others run flawlessly. The computers during the days of these screen savers only had a few hundred megabytes of RAM and few hundred megahertz of processing power. Even with these constraints some amazing screensavers were designed by Berkeley Systems and Sierra.

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