Using a modern web to recreate 1980s horribly slow and loud loading screens

These days people chase the dream of high-performance, fast-loading slick websites. But in the 1980s computers were ugly, slow and loud. 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.


Founder of ffconf, runner of jQuery for Designers

Remy is the founder and curator of ffconf, the UK based JavaScript conference. He also ran "jQuery for Designers" website, co-authored Introducing HTML5 and runs a video course on the command line. When he's not writing articles or running and speaking at conferences, he runs his own development and training company in Brighton called Left Logic. And he built these popular tools: nodemon,, inliner,,, and others!