Using a Modern Web to Recreate 1980s Horribly Slow and Loud Loading Screens

Remy Sharp at Everyman Cinema on 3rd May, 2019 · Sponsored by CSS Wizardry, Leeds International Festival, and Stac
Conference · Conference 2019 · Javascript · Web

These days people chase the dream of high performance, fast loading slick web sites. But in the 1980s computers were ugly, slow and loud: let’s make that instead!

The first generation of home computers launched a movement of developers and hackers across the world. But to start your app, you had to load a tape (a really old usb-type-thing), press play, and patiently wait for the screech of the program to load (akin to listening to a fax machine).

Why invest time in building a fast website, when we can have fun building slow old retro machines using JavaScript? The end result is a mix of Web Audio, canvas API, cameras, audio jacks, binary, typed arrays, blobs, history of computing and a lot of questionable JavaScript.