The screen is actually too bright and too colorful to really capture. (credit: Peter Bright)
Honestly, I thought I fell into some kind of a wormhole and traveled back in time. While recently using Samsung's definitely new Galaxy TabPro S—the company's take on the Surface concept of a tablet with a keyboard cover accessory—I lost myself in a specific moment. Suddenly, I couldn't tell if it was 2016 or 1996.
Some context: Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 was released on August 24, 1996. It updated various parts of Windows 95, including Internet Explorer 3, FAT32 filesystem support, Firewire support, and DirectX 2.0a. The release also introduced support for OpenGL 3D graphics. To showcase this new capability, Microsoft offered a handful of 3D screensavers.
In those days, screensavers were an important part of the computing landscape. We all used them because we had to: burn-in was a serious problem for the then-ubiquitous cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The phosphor compounds used in CRTs lose their luminance over time. Extended displays of static images on the screen cause uneven wear of the phosphors, and this degradation can result in faint "ghost images" of degraded phosphors being permanently burned into the screen.