Modern computers (and TVs) have large, high-resolution screens.
But sometimes people have nostalgia for the past—perhaps yearning for Cold War-era computing, when the harsh glow of a 9-inch CRT monitor represented the pinnacle of technology (Figure 1).
Modern monitors should have an option to emulate the behavior of various old display types.
For example, a high-resolution monitor could easily pretend to be the following:
- A 1950s tube television
- The tiny black-and-white screen of the 1984 Macintosh (Figure 2)
- The monochromatic green display of the Apple // (Figure 3)
Now that a “Dark Mode” theme has been implemented by nearly every operating system vendor, the next arms race is sure to be “retro display mode” or “retro CRT filter” mode.
PROS: Gives people a greater appreciation of modern technology.
CONS: May cause eyestrain.