1990s Screensavers: Nocturnes

in #screensavers4 months ago

This module from After Dark features a dark screen making it appear night time. Over a period of time eyes start to appear and look back in the darkness. You can select them to be colored or not to be. And also the density can be changed making the amount of eyes looking in the darkness more sparse or dense.

In this screensaver there is no audio, I added some music in the background to make uploading possible. The video is about fifteen minutes long and it cycles between many eyes of different shapes and colors.

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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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