Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cathode - Vintage Terminal Emulator

Disregard thirty years of technological advancement and bring yourself back to the days of 8bit computing where 64k memory was enough for everything!





Well, at least in a visual way.

Cathode satisfies our grief for nostalgia by providing a beautiful detailed emulation of old school bitmap fonts and tv/monitor behavior.


With endless customization options you can build the setup of your youth like you remember it.


Some of the features:

Beautiful Bitmaps
Choose from a handful of classic bitmap fonts, or, use a modern one already installed on your machine. Turn up the interlace for extra authenticity.

Look and Feel
Bask in the glow of over-bright phosphors that flash on and slowly fade away. Customize the screen's curvature, colors, and transparency. Slow the bit-rate to a crawl.
Wear and Tear
Watch the strange dance of beam desyncs and shifting colors. Turn up the noise, jitter, and flicker to add a realistic warmth.

Technology
Written in modern OpenGL and Cocoa for a thoroughly Mac-like experience. Most of the app's processing is done on the GPU.


Its free to use but the display quality will slowly degrade until the app is relaunched, you can disable this by buying a license for 20$.



PS:
My own Theme c128 on a 1991 lcd :3
After combining c64ish fonts with a bit higher resolution i was stunned to see that this basically resamples the nt3.51/4 save mode.

60 comments:

Christophe said...

The six pictures in the middle look amazing. Although, I'd never turn my computer into that.

Stare Dad said...

:( i miss the old days.

skinned sheep said...

haha that piggy looks sick!

G said...

aaahhh it takes me back!

Jay.CA said...

nostalgia!

Rabidmoose said...

That's some great nostalgia!

pokerblogger said...

Lol ugly old pc's! :D

ed said...

feels like im going through a time machine

schultzz said...

brings me back to the good old days of Ms-Dos.

CandleintheDark said...

Haha you had to have skills to use a computer back then

las3R said...

woah aha I haven't seen this forever, brings back memories man

Bassislv said...

nostalgia'd hard here

Baws said...

same!

Major.Mack said...

yeah, those were the good ole days. i dont miss them though ;)

Jason said...

oh man do want

EmoGoth said...

That top graphic reminds me of Cult of The Dead Cow.

dgrphx said...

moooose knuckles

Moob said...

great

Andy Khun said...

now in english please? :D

Sam said...

Lol, amazing!

Spike said...

looks cool

The Angry Lurker said...

Very retro, I like it but I don't know if i could put up with it for too long.

TreeBranchez said...

lol, why anyone would want to go back to those awful screens is beyond me... suppose some people dig that sort of thing :L

Triper said...

Old good times! it looks great! thanks for remember me this :)

~Fabi said...
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~Fabi said...

what is this i dont even

tobiasroehmer said...

oldschool soooo cool :)

chups said...

brings back memories. good times

PvtCarlin said...

This is mildly relevant to my noninterests.

Lucky13 said...

miss the simplicity of computing back in the old days
cool tech blog, *followed*

Zippy said...

Nice. Haven't used a CRT in years. Nostalgic.

Toto said...

amazing!!

http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

thenitefalls said...

man this goes way back it's awesome :D

Lenny said...

thanks for posting that!
http://le-nerd.blogspot.com/

duffboi said...

I remember those days. doh!

Devon Davidson said...

I feel so old now.

Venus said...

is like going back in time.

Mike said...

That looks so cool. It's like a mini time machine.

elexerdelex said...

OMG that brings back some memories, of when downloading a song in ONLY 10 minutes was SUPERFAST!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

LOL! I would love to use this when having a meeting with a client, just to mess with them. Screens like this make me want to bust out the breakdancing music for some reason...

Killy said...

ahahahah that's awesome

Questions said...

Wow. A terminal emulator. Who would have thought.

Malkavian said...

The MS-dos golden age, i for one dont miss it

Robert Fünf said...

haha that's awesome!

Piets said...

Sweet jebus!

Zakk said...

Thats really awesome! I wish I had one! Just being supportive :)

MAX POWER said...

"Watch the strange dance of beam desyncs and shifting colors. Turn up the noise, jitter, and flicker to add a realistic warmth."


hahahaha, ohh memories.

A Beer for the Shower said...

The nostalgia of that would be great... for a few minutes. And then I'd probably get sick of it. :)

Adventures of Life said...

talk about throwback

JFoster said...

oLD SCHOOL

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

We should have stopped at 8-bit.

W0u;d hAv3 MAd3 th15 A !0t hArd3R t0 r3aD.

Syida said...

first computer that I learn in standard 3...

Ross said...

ahaha wow classic! brings me back

Salman A said...

Wow, I love classic things like this! Thank you for sharing!

consuela bananahammoc said...

Retroooo!
x

Glovey said...

Excellent post man! Was a really interesting read! thanks for sharing!

Alphabeta said...

Haha. That's great. Retro all the way.
I love the ascii dog.

Bob lehcror said...

That's friggan awesome! Who really would want to work with it for real now though.
/me sticks with terminal

Merlyy said...

Now thats oldschool!

seamagpie said...

haha this is awesome