Such a great idea, to turn a computer screen into a fish bowl. After Dark may have been the first to do this, but many have now made Fish screensavers since then. But theres something about the classics I like, and it was still alot of fun watching even to this day.
I record for about thirty minutes to give a long run of what all the fish can do and what kinds appear. A swimming toaster passes by near the end of the video. Seems it takes almost 30 minutes for that little easter egg to appear.
I think this module is in my top five favorite classic screensavers. Looking forward to exploring many others, maybe I can make a top 10 list at some point.
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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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