The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Monday, April 13, 2015

One of the most impressive demoscene videos I've ever seen

This is simply amazing.

[Don't attempt this on an emulator. This will only work on a real, honest to God, IBM 5150 with an IBM CGA card. That shouldn't be hard to get, right?]

I'm impressed. I didn't think it was possible to get more than 16 colors from the CGA card and here is a demo showing over 1000 colors. On a stock IBM 5150 PC from 1981 (video via 8088 MPH: We Break All Your Emulators « Oldskooler Ramblings, from a discussion at Hacker News). And for those of you who are curious as to how this was done, there're indepth articles about the graphics programming (via Hacker News) and the sound programming (again, via Hacker News).

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