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today i discovered the purpose of mouse pointer trails

@kinsey

they're for when computer monitors were really bad and they had passive displays that blurred like crazy

the mouse pointer trails made it more visible despite the blurring

video for source on how i learned this, with timestamp where he mentions it

youtu.be/9_wFw1O3BR8?t=687

@mdszy oh huh, now i have also learned this, Nice

@kinsey yeah i mean ngl i thought it was just novelty

but then thinking about it, not many features of old operating systems were for novelty, they almost ALWAYS had some kind of ancillary purpose

@mdszy @izaya yeah i've seen some of his stuff too and it's Pretty Heckin Neato

@brunoph i hate to be super lazy and just link to a toot but

mastodon.technology/@mdszy/103

explained, with video link to how i learned it!

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