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chris/CO149 [userpic]
terminal.app abuse

Yes, I have too much time on my hands and way too many fonts on my PowerBook.

you really want graphics for this one


is that basic?


But... it's... good heavens.

The FORTRAN is one thing, but the typeface...
Y'know, though, it's not quite the same without the occasional character
hitting inbetween the lines as the ASR33 carriage mechanism just wasn't
quite as fast as the characters coming in to the tty.

The "italic" version has some characters too high and some too low and some dirty looking, like no one remembers how to service an ASR-33 anymore...

Heh. Ah, for the days when "backups" meant punching all your HP BASIC programs onto paper tape before the school district wiped the system over the summer...

I'm pretty sure it was the ASR-33, though, that you had to (have the OS) send null characters after newlines because if the line were long enough (and the carriage travel back to column 0 therefore long enough), the next character would arrive while the printhead was still on its way back, and the TTY would go ahead and strike it anyway.