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Dinosaur Sightings: Star Trek - The Screen Saver

By Greg Shultz

In 1989 Berkeley Systems released its After Dark screen saver product for the Macintosh and then for Windows. If you were into computers in the Windows 3.x days, then you are no doubt familiar with their signature Flying Toasters screen saver, which featured 1940s-style chrome toasters with wings flying across the screen.

In 1992, Berkeley Systems thrilled Trekkies all over the world, myself included, by creating and releasing Star Trek: The Screen Saver. I still have the manual and original installation disks and recently installed it in a Virtual PC Windows 3.1 set up to relive the excitement of seeing my favorite screen savers.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

12 comments
trekscreensavers
trekscreensavers

Can you download these somewhere?? For use on new computers?

dr4296
dr4296

I used to absolutely LOVE that old Windows 3.1 Star Trek screen saver !! Where else can you have Spock walk across your Word document and shoot holes with a phaser into it? It was a Classic! I remember being really upset when I couldn't get it to run on Windows 95. I wish to the good Lord there was some way to make that old thing run on XP or Vista !!! -= Dave =-

slyski
slyski

I recently found my floppy with ST and ST-NG fonts and I always install them in my XP and Arch Linux. I believe I bought this at Goodwill store some time back. Would go nice with the screen saver installs. Maybe I'll be lucky and find them at a rummage sale someday.

SgtSmall
SgtSmall

You have just made me turn back to my archives and yes I still have both the ST and ST:TNG floppies. And now i am off to search for my wav files of Star trek and 2001:A Space odyssey. I remember the fun of reading Byte and signing on to bix and several late night phone calls to the US from down under to try and buy this stuff. Very pre ebay!!

linuxiac
linuxiac

Millions more, new, modern, and awesome, for X are easily found in the Desktop setup on any GNU/Linux system. But, these are modern, take advantage of highter resolution graphics, some are in 3D. http://pclinuxos.com is my favorite livecd to install in a blink, that lets you download the hundreds of new screen savers in yor favored resolution, each day! Yes, many are Hubble or NASA shots, plus, photographs, but, there are some fantastic artists renderings and works, too!

Marty-7
Marty-7

How about taking time out on Vista and doing an article on how you did your "Windows 3.1 setup"? For that matter, a couple articles on "getting those old games/screensavers to work on XP" would be fun - and I think, quite popular.

mrmiata7
mrmiata7

I also have the Star Trek screen saver, the lost in sace sdcreen saver and the star wars screen savers too... I bought the lost in space and star wars screensavers 10 years ago.

reed
reed

Opus 'n Bill Back in the Windows 3.1 days there were a bunch of screen savers. I was a big "Bloom County" comic strip fan, so when I found out that there was one with Opus the penguin and Bill the cat, I had to get it. Turns out I got more than I anticipated. Shortly after this one was released, After Dark the screen saver that had the "flying toasters" screen saver sued the makers of Opus 'n Bill. Seems one of the screensavers had Opus shooting the flying toasters out of the air! This one also had a bunch of ones poking fun at Bill Gates and Windows, and also had one that had Bill the cat in a romantic interlude with "Socks" the cat which was President Bill Clinton's cat name. I have gotten it to work on XP in windows 95 mode. Too bad screen savers aren't made with fun anymore... Reed

kpak44wh
kpak44wh

I got one of the first ones, the one on the screen, and the next generation one. I use to keep a mac with os 8 just so I could have the screensavers on it. I was such a freak about old screensavers. I think I nearly had the entire collection of afterdark for the mac, and they were better than the windows version.

JCitizen
JCitizen

This may not go for all of them; but my favorite TOS-COMP Trek screen saver works by simply creating a Plus! folder in the root directory and then activating the theme or sc-saver through the display control. As XP has been updating, I notice it works better and better. Most of these items come with a readme that explains the installation process. The old '98 theme w/screensaver, that I like best, has bridge bleeping noises, whacky computer voice comments from the original series, photon torpedo shots, and Spock&Kirk cursor motion icons.

r.kurth
r.kurth

I have,and still use as my screen saver/wallpaper changer the Babylon 5 Entertainment Facility. Although I was an original Star Trek series fan and followed the spinoff series, I'd have to say I found Bab5 far more entertaining. I don't watch network TV,and so only recently began watching "Enterprise". I'd have to put it up there with Bab 5 and the original Star Trek series. The bulk of the spinoffs have been far too PC for me.

gurugeekster
gurugeekster

I loved my Star Trek screen saver. I still have it, don't know why - just can't seem to get rid of it.