I actually did something today:
Made my brother a thing for Christmas, and he finally brought it back over to fit the barrels:
It is designed to hold a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (or similar SBC) so it will be able to run the original Red Alert!
Digital library catalog?
Yellow text? Shouldn’t it be green?
Leave a message on it as if were the last thing you did before you died, then wait for a vault dweller to come across it.
All the best displays were orange-yellow.
Also Oregon Trail!
Orange was pretty common too, when I was a little little kid the local library still had orange screens for the card catalog.
IIRC from years ago when this was still taught in the A+ cert (gotten in highschool before ya’ll get on me for getting a cert) it has to do with the phosperous used in the CRT. There were 3 major types, green, amber and, white. In that order too, that’s the order they were discovered/brought to market.
My first laptop had an orange phosphor display. It was a 386 the size of a modern HTPC.
I used it at IBM, since it was the only way I could do packet captures from the Token Ring network in prod.
Find a Linux box (or any other favorite Unix box) and use it as a serial terminal. Vim runs great on an orange and black screen!
Oh, and supposedly orange/amber was actually easier on the eyes under fluorescent lighting.
We had a Heathkit terminal in college. Ended up running a serial cable to a linux box and ran getty. Worked well enough. IIRC a few of the keys were in a weirder places, but it wasn’t too bad if you were happy with a command line.
When I took systems programming at RIT we had to do all of our work in a lab with orange on black terminals attached to the serial port on Solaris boxes. I don’t remember the exact model of terminal.
The EEPROM burner was the weirdest, oldest computer hardware I had to deal with in college.
I’d say this is probably the oldest, weirdest computer hardware I had to deal with in college. Still, it was fun to program 68000 assembly on the thing (although we had to actually assemble the code on a Windows 95 machine and then transfer it via serial connection to this puppy):
At RIT, the oldest nonsense I dealt with was:
At IBM, the oldest nonsense I dealt with was:
For contrast, I own tools that are older than the internet.
In fact, I’m not totally sure, but I’m pretty sure that I own (albeit only a few) tools that are older than computers in general.