Sunday, June 14, 2020

VT100 Animations

Our ibiblio files include some of these neat VT100 animations (  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: .  Example:
curl -s | 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:

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