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#1 2014-02-07 18:27:02

0x29a
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Registered: 2012-09-28
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Old-school-retro console output - is it possible?

Hi there!

Lately I've been thinking about enhancing eye-candiness of my terminal.
I bet you can remember how futuristic computers were pictured in the 90's movies; printing one character at a time and stuff...
                                                                              __
http://youtu.be/UKe_XTHncno?t=42s              |
                                                                                 |-- //Five seconds of each should be enough
http://youtu.be/GjV6xNH6TIo?t=10m30s    __| 

Those imaginery haunted me as a kid...

I wish I could find some zsh knob / some terminal emulator settings that would allow me to slow down text output (not too much, of course) and maybe add some kind of burnout effect to all this.

While searching, I've stomped on OSX terminal emulator in openGL with fancy, useless features similar to what I'd like. But it's for OSX, and it's kinda heavy.

Any ideas appreciated.

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#2 2014-02-07 19:06:46

ondoho
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Re: Old-school-retro console output - is it possible?

#!/bin/sh
foo=$(uptime|perl -pe 's/.+up (.+)/$1/')
echo -e "$(date)\b\b\b\b\b\b\t1984, $foo"|pv -L 14 -q

courtesy of https://github.com/neeee/tools

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#3 2014-02-07 20:11:27

drcouzelis
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Re: Old-school-retro console output - is it possible?

Here is exactly what you're looking for:

Install the package "xscreensaver". Then start the "phosphor" application like this:

$ /usr/lib/xscreensaver/phosphor -scale 2 -delay 0 -program zsh

Then bask in its glory. big_smile

See "man phosphor" for more information.

Last edited by drcouzelis (2014-02-07 20:14:45)

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#4 2014-02-08 11:26:16

0x29a
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Re: Old-school-retro console output - is it possible?

Hell yeah! That's exactly what I was looking for... Sad thing is that it dont allows input in -root mode... sad

I've found another one: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/vinterm/
Too bad that those apps dont have features like xterm... This one has exactly two options to tweak ;P

Update:
On the other hand, lets look at something really futuristic:
http://www.enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/terminology
That one seems to be kinda cool. I've used it like a year ago, but it was pretty glitchy then and I ditched it. Dunno if anything has changed since.

Last edited by 0x29a (2014-02-08 11:43:20)

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#5 2014-02-08 14:54:26

mrunion
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Re: Old-school-retro console output - is it possible?

I use Terminology and have had no issues with it so far. I don't do exotic things, but it's worked for me always.


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