If you update Java on your Mac there is an experience during the install process where you end up on their website. There is a large red button that checks if you have latest Java installed. It’s a nice way to test if the install process went fine. Here is what it looks like:
Did you see it?
There is a thing of spinner beauty when the Java applet runs. Gradient BLOBS that rotate by 30 degrees in a slow fashion that exemplifies the very nature of Java itself. Here, I recreated it in Photoshop, so we all can look at it until there is a new post on this website. YAY!!
Ever wondered what the User Interface for controlling a Soyuz-TMA spaceship looks like? Thanks to Astronaut.ru you can download a training program, used by the astronauts, as a DOS executable, run it with DOSBox and try your luck. This is what it’s like:
Another screen shown running on the actual display:
If you want to dive in more, Slava Gerovitch at MIT has published an extensive set of information on the Russian space program in English, this is a good start at the computer systems by Yurii Tiapchenko. The level of knowledge that has accumulated in this is just mind boggling.