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Farout is a shareware screensaver by Mike Chaney. It produces a wide array of patterns (5.0 x 10^97 of them) and then color cycles them while generating the next.
...simply execute FAROUT from the DOS prompt and become addicted!
Although the number of possible patterns is impressive, as opposed to other similar bits of eyecandy, most of the patterns seem highly randomized and aren't all that pleasant to watch. I'd generally recommend Rave over this.
The shareware Farout, beyond v4.1, is time limited to 10 minutes.
Farout (Windows DOSBox edition):
The MS-DOS 5.1 version compatible with Windows via DOSBox.
Farout unfortunately seems buggy in the current DOSBox, or perhaps within it's own code. The ctrl-S command that should save the current pattern to a config file instead: force exits DOSBox and leaves no config file behind; or shows a prompt to specify a filename that won't accept input.
The 360x480 video mode used actually renders in DOSBox at 720x480, preserving the expected wider than tall rectangular aspect ratio. Unfortunately, the doubled pixels impact shaders/filters upscaling the image, leaving things more pixelated than with non-doubled pixels.
Wayback Machine: Mike Chaney's Homepage
Unfortunately all details of Farout or his other shareware seems to have been purged from the site before it was archived.