Amazingly, there are adults who do not understand the term, cathode ray tube. Whenever I hear the word cathode it brings back bad memories.
I cut my computing teeth on computer terminals in college, back when cathode ray green screens were all the rage. All anyone needed to do to run something on the college mainframe was a terminal app. Here’s one that emulates the days of vintage terminals in all the glory of the era.
Terminal Emulation, Antiquated
If you’re a Mac or iPhone user who connects to a remote server using a terminal application, then you’ll appreciate the nod to the golden era of terminals and their glorious cathodes ray tubes in Cathode.
That’s right, Cathode is a terminal app for Mac and iPhone which emulates the look and feel of terminal screens of yesteryear.
That means you get terminal access in 256 colors, special bitmap fonts, warped and curved screen, animated ray tube bouncing, and all the beeps, clicks, and pops that signify you’re working on a green screen in the last century.
That’s Cathode’s claim to fame, but it’s also a fully modern Mac app citizen, fullscreen aware, a text editor or text art editor, with gestures, portrait or landscape mode on iOS devices, and still uses drag and drop, copy and paste.
I love that you can get that curved cathode ray tube look on an iPad’s screen.
As a terminal app, Cathode features live text reflow, a scroll back buffer, server bookmarks, customizable keys, and secure connections.
On your Mac Cathode looks like a window into the past.
Cathode brings back plenty of memories of using terminals in the past, but works great as a replacement for the Mac’s terminal.app. And, it runs as a terminal app on your iPhone or iPad.
Both Mac and iPhone/iPad versions are available on their respective app stores, but the developer made a try-before-you-buy demo for Mac users.