In the early days of CRT monitors, we had real technical reasons requiring screensavers for our computers. Screensavers were programs that kicked in when you weren’t using the computer, in order to prevent “burn-in” of constant onscreen elements like menu bars. But what started as a pragmatic solution quickly turned to the realm of entertainment: if you’re going to display some random stuff on the screen, why not make it fun?
Here’s a roundup of some screensavers I remember from the Good Old Days of computing — the 90s — when screensavers were delightfully corny, 3D graphics meant “the future,” and flying toasters invaded our dreams. Enjoy!
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