This will come as a shock to most of you, what with how cool I come off on this here blog, but I do have ever so few slightly nerdy propensities. Most of these go back to when I was a child and are the fault of my mother, who taught me to read when I was about three and got me interested in books, films, and science instead of just letting me go join the rest of the neighborhood kids in running around and pretending to kill each other.
That, indirectly, is why I bought a Star Trek-themed After Dark screensaver for my computer when I was 13 years old. It featured a whole slew of options, from animated scenes of Kirk giving orders on the bridge, to close-ups of Enterprise computer panels giving various technical information, to a cool outer space scene that you could fill with a customizable number of passing starships and nebulae. When I bought it in 1993, it was state-of-the-art. Then, I lost the serial number that had come packaged with the 3.5” disks it came on, and was unable to transfer it when I upgraded to a new computer a few years later. Talk about crushed, man.
Yesterday morning I was talking with Ashley before she left for work when somehow I got on the subject of this old screensaver. It occurred to me that something that old and out-of-date might be available for free on the internet by now. And guess what?
You got it. Star Trek: The Screensaver is mine once again, courtesy of Classic-PC-Games.com. It’s not perfect; for some reason a few of the modules don’t seem to work for me — “Final Frontier” and “Planetary Atlas,” two of the cooler options, both play as “Starry Night” for some reason. But it’s still pretty cool. And fuck, it was a free download, what more do I want?
The coolest module is the Spock screensaver. Start it up, and a little Spock appears and walks around your desktop doing various things, including mind-melding with a passing horta, and blasting huge holes in the desktop with his phaser when he gets bored. You never know where Little Spock is gonna show up!
Such a scamp.