For those of you not old enough, here are the ASCII and ANSI Wikipedia pages. Back in a day we used these for cool art, fancy user interfaces, email signatures, games and more. Have a look at some cool examples of ASCII art. Now imagine those “images” colored with the breathtaking variety of 8 colors and you’ve got yourself a true 90’s rainbow explosion.
You’d probably be surprised to learn that a lot of these have survived to modern day, and are still used in command line user interfaces.
This video made me feel very, very old. Ancient almost. I grew up with Metallica and it is shocking to realize that kids these days don’t even know the band. Apart from that, the reactions are funny. New generation …
By the way, there are more videos in that YouTube channel (see the Windows 95 for example). Radio Nostalgie … :)
The other day I was joking with a colleague of mine about how much fun it would be to do the web development in Assembly. All the usual stuff – pages would be super fast, and the whole subject makes it for some fun interview material, as the candidates mention Assembly pretty much on every CV.
And then I decided to do a quick Google search. To my (not so great) surprise I got to hilarious this Reddit thread, which, among other things, links to MiniMagAsm, a web development framework written in Assembly. It compiles into a native binary and can be executed as a CGI script.
I’m not going to use it any time soon, but I think it’s super cool, and way more than a simple “hello world” page that I was expecting to find.