Haocheng (Marshall) Zhao has been working with us at ibiblio as a Student System Administrator for Project Gutenberg. Marshall is a graduate student here at UNC SILS working on his Master’s in Information Science with a focus on Data Science. Marshall is currently working on Project Gutenberg website maintenance including some database updates and bug fixes. We’re glad to have Marshall on our team.
Our ibiblio files include some of these neat VT100 animations (https://www.ibiblio.org/catalog/items/show/3566) that were made in the 1980’s and early 1990’s for the VT100 terminals . The animations were created by writing code that instructs characters to appear on the screen in a specific order and time. Nothing fancy, but fun to watch.
Assuming you don’t have a functioning VT100 terminal laying around to run these on, the next best thing is to run this in a Linux terminal using this pipe viewer , and this code:
curl -s [URL] | pv -q -L 2000
(thanks ). Replace that url with any from ibiblio’s vt100 collection here: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/multimedia/animation/vt100-animation/ . Example:
curl -s ibiblio.org/pub/multimedia/animation/vt100-animation/dont-worry.vt | pv -q -L 2000
If you don’t have a Linux terminal you can run the code in your Mac terminal, leaving off the ‘|’ and everything after. The timing will be too fast, but you can see what it does. If you have Windows you can install a Linux app from the Microsoft store to run these.
You can find more .vt animation here: http://artscene.textfiles.com/vt100/
If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands head on over to Project Gutenberg and check out these suggested plague readings. Project Gutenbuerg offers over 60,000 free e-books in various formats.
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