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Apple II screensaver for Mac OS X

Most Apple II geeks aren't shy about their passion; they wear their hearts on their sleeves, proudly displaying logos, license plates [1], and hardware [2] where friends, co-workers, and strangers can see and inquire about them.

One of my favorite ways to demonstrate my heritage has been to use an Apple II-inspired screensaver on my MacBook Pro laptop computers. Alas, when I updated to Snow Leopard a few years ago, that particular saver stopped working, and I couldn't remember where it came from to see if there was an update. But when the Apple II turned 35 earlier this week [3], Paul [4] Horowitz [5] included that same screensaver in his celebratory roundup. No wonder I couldn't find it before: it's one of 200 screensavers in a single archive [6]!

Apple II screensaver for Mac OS X

The screensaver features many customization options.

Even cooler, the package comes with a VT100 terminal [7] that emulates the display of the Apple II, "complete with screen noise, random color flickers, a permanent caps lock, and other peculiarities unique to technologies of a bygone era." I have tested the screensaver and the utility on both Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Lion (10.7), and they work great.

Apple II Lynx [8]Apple II Bits has never been more beautiful.

So what are you waiting for? Put your Apple II on your desktop for all to see [6]!

UPDATE: You can also get this screensaver from the Mac App Store [9]. Hat tip (again) to Paul Horowitz [10].