Feeds

Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

You thought CSS was evil? Here's proof

Boost IT visibility and business value

A Washington-based coder named Bryan Braun has recreated one of the curiosities of the early PC age: animated screensavers featuring flying toasters. And the resurrection has been effected using cascading style sheets.

For the young or forgetful, the late eighties and early 90s were the time of the animated screensaver. The cathode-ray-tube monitors of the day were felt to suffer from “burn-in”, a condition that meant images displayed for thousands of hours would etch themselves in ghostly form on the screen. That shading made using early editions of Mac OS, Windows 3.x or OS/2 even more miserable than was already the case on the anaemic hardware of the day. Animated screen savers were the antidote and became a business for a software outfit called Berkeley Systems, whose After Dark screen saver compendium adorned many a PC.

Burn-in turned out to be very difficult to achieve, but for a while their animated screen savers were a thing, and clearly a thing capable of inspiring nostalgia.

Hence Braun's efforts, detailed here, which reveal that rebuilding the screensaver wasn't seem horridly complex. Braun's also offered the code for his efforts on GitHub, complete with the a nicely retro-styled menu system you can see here.

Flying Toaster screen saver rebuilt in CSS

Please stop: we'd like to butter you

A trip back to the early 90s is now therefore possible, thanks to CSS and open source code. Folks behind those efforts are doubtless thrilled they've been put to such important use. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it...
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?