While I was in my tree stand on the first day of deer season, I was thinking about some of my old computers. While thinking about them, I got to thinking about some of the old programs I used to use and how I missed them. Somehow I got to thinking about the old After Dark screensaver program. I used to have it on my old i486 system running Windows 3.1. I also still have it on the Macintosh Classic II system I bought off of eBay many years ago. They stopped producing After Dark back on 2003 so I was curious if anyone did ports of the old screensavers. Flash forward 1 week and I finally got a chance to sit down at the computer and do said research. What I found out was that there is no port of the original After Dark software, but there are reproductions of some of the modules. (Although thru my research, I did find this REALLY cool reproduction of After Dark made for the web in CSS) I downloaded a few of the modules and some were pretty good reproductions, and some just out right sucked. The one reproduction I was hoping to find works 100% like the original — Starry Night!
This was always my favorite After Dark screensaver and the one I always had running on my Macintosh Classic II. There is something very satisfying about seeing your favorite retro screensaver running on the latest Apple hardware.
In other retro news, yesterday was Jess’s birthday and after dinner she wanted to go to Barnes & Noble to pick up a new book she has been waiting to come out. It was snowing and icing out, so she just ran into the store herself while me and the kids waited in the car. I asked her to stop over to the magazine section and see what issues of Retro Gamer they had. She texted me a picture of 3 issues they had and I told her to pick me up one that looked completely awesome. Which issue did I have her get me?
I only got to read about 4 pages of it last night but it is a fantastic read. I can’t wait to delve in and devour all of it!