mass:werk : lounge
A Tribute to After Dark
The first and only screen-saver on the web.
Perfectly useless, perfectly nice. They are back:
The origiginal Flying Toasters are © 1990 Berkeley Systems Inc.
by Jack Eastman, Bruce Burkhalter, and Patrick Beard,
Artwork by Tomoya Ikeda.
(The real stuff to safe your screen.)
Retrochallenge 2018/04: “Refraction” for the Atari VCS (Atari 2600)
We're approaching again a device from 1977 and a MOS 6502 processor, this time, it's about the venerable VCS and racing the beam …
Related, 8-Bit Sounds: Studio2600 for the Atari VCS (Atari 2600)
I just wanted to test sounds, but it became a synthesizer… (online demo and downloads).
Retrochallenge 2017/04: Personal Computer Space Transactor 2001
After our success with the PDP-1, we try our luck with the iconic PET 2001 microcomputer (1977) and its MOS 6502 processor, in order to get a comparison …
Run a virtual PET 2001 in the browser: www.masswerk.at/pet/.
Retrochallenge 2016/10: Ironic Computer Space Simulator for the DEC PDP-1
Bringing the first arcade video game from 1971 to the early 1960s machine, which's show case program, Spacewar! , had inspired it in the first place. — PDP-1 assembler code in 2016 …
Run the program on a virtual PDP-1 in the browser: www.masswerk.at/icss/.
Retrochallenge 2016/01: Maze War for Olivetti M10 and NEC PC-8201A
Networking retro machines, exploring history, experimenting with graphics, implementing a vintage game, BASIC —
we do it all in a single project!
Yet another useless Text-To-Speech-application featuring MC meSpeak.
UX-Experiment: "The map that made a nation cry"
Explore Minard's map of Napoleon's Retreat From Moscow (The Russian Campaign 1812-1813)
as an interactive chart.
Exploring client-side speech I/O: E.L.I.Z.A. Talking
Google BBS – What Google would have looked like in the 80s.
“If Google were invented in the 80s” (YouTube).
Bing BBS – What Bing would have looked like in the 80s: Bing BBS Terminal
Google60 – Search Mad Men Style.
The prequel to "Google BBS": Google60 (mainframe style)
Explore the Gabby Ontology Operated Grader and Linguistical Extrapolator.
Google-Asteroids – Arcade Style Search.
Last addition to the Google-suite: Google-Asteroids (an info-shooter)
Score on your query! Shoot your news! A tribute to the age of video games.
The Virtual Keypunch – Make Your Personal Punch Card.
An add-on to "Google60": The Virtual Keypunch
Type and download your personal punch card.
Support for query-parameters and the IBM/360 column binary format.
The Virtual Card Reader – scan Your Virtual Punch Card.
Punched Card Typography — IBM 026, 029, 129
How text came onto punch cards: Punched Card Typography Explained
Reconstructing typography from an amazing piece of technology, the IBM code plate.
Inludes interactive infographics.
URN:RL – Time for a Proposal
urn:rl – A Proposal for Real Life Locators,
including an extension "urn:rlt" for time-stamped real life locators.
Be Informed – The ultimate visual guide to panic
If there is a bad website, be sure tor be ready: Be informed: Web Design
Unlike an explosion, a design or usability attack may
or may not be immediately obvious ...
This visual guide is also available as PDF file: Be informed: Web Design (PDF, 84 K)
Print this and fix it to your wall in a clearly visible position.
Time for Reading
Ludwig Wittgenstein's »Tractatus logico-philosophicus«
I fooled around with this amazing text some ten years ago.
(Cf: "W.III – Das Sprachspiel", a game involving a set of dominos and a copy of
Wittgenstein's tractatus; © 1990 N. Landsteiner, M. Rauchensteiner)
The online version of the »Tractatus logico-philosophicus« was originally produced as
an example for an online reading application and has been around for some years.
(There was no official link for copyright related reasons.)
Play the original Spacewar! online.
Read all about it here: Inside Spacewar!.
A software archeological approach to the first digital video game.
See The Minskytron and Other Early Graphic Demos online.
Play a reconstruction of Spacewar 3.1 online.
Play a reconstruction of Minnesota Spacewar online.
Nostalgia for algorithmic days: Algol 60 References
- Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol 60 (1963)
- Modified Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol 60 (1976)
- Algol 60 Versions of Syntax (comparative syntax listing)
- Sample Implementation and Examples
- Syntax of Algol 60 (BNF, text only)
- One step further: The syntax of SIMULA 67
Enjoy a chat with ELIZA.
implementation of Joseph Weizenbaum's famous ELIZA program. As the "ElizaBot" library
utilizes configurable data, it is also a general purpose chatbot engine.
The perfect site: http://www.superbad.com.
Netscape before Netscape (online even after Netscape): Mosaic Communications Corporation.