Years ago, screensavers served an important
purpose, by keeping an image from becoming embedded in the
screen, and ruining an expensive monitor. This was a
big deal in 1993, when a 17 inch monitor cost 1000 to
1500 U.S. dollars. The idea of a screensaver is to keep the
picture moving, and changing, to avoid burn in. Modern monitors
have overcome this threat, and screensavers have now become
entertainment. In fact some of the best, and most colorful
screensavers can actually accelerate phosphor aging because
they place so much demand on the monitor. The best screensaver
from the monitor’s point of view is one that keeps the
monitor full powered on, but blanks the screen. This kind of
screensaver ships with Windows 98, NT4, 2000, and Linux. If you
decide to go this route just make sure you disable any BIOS or
operating system power saving features, because powering down a
monitor, and then starting it up again, might be good for your
electric bill, but it is not good for your monitor.
We all know that sometimes the smart thing to
do isn’t the fun thing to do! A good 19 inch monitor can be
had for under 200 U.S. dollars, so why not throw caution to the
wind, and just enjoy screen savers.
contains six free screen savers that
I have collected over the years and will run on just
about any computer that was made in the last six years.
There are four 16 bit screen savers and two 32 bit screen
savers. All of them will run fine in any version of Windows.
Here is what you will find in the
Your computer screen underwater! The
mouse cursor turns into an small fish that swims around your
screen, which is now underwater…makes me smile.
It is fall, and soon it will be winter, and
there is nothing better then sitting in front of a roaring
fire, warming your toes, and sipping your favorite beverage, while the
wind, and the rain, blow outside. Unfortunately, your stuck in
your dorm room, or you live in downtown Manhattan, in a one room
studio that costs two grand a month, and the closest you can
get to a fireplace, is when you drive by one of those trash
cans that construction crews set on fire to keep warm. So turn
your PC into a high tech fireplace. FireLog puts a
roaring fire up on your PC screen to warm your heart on a
cold winter night …it’s a Zen thing.
Drifting Clocks ...
I have had this since the Windows 3.1
days, and I have never found anything better to replace it.
What you see is a 3D (sort of) clock that floats around the
screen, but in six different views. The time appears as a digital clock,
clock, a binary clock, a VU Meter Clock and a Gas Meter Clock
…nope I’m not kidding. There are a lot of configuration
options such as font and color as well as password protection.
Plot a course across the galaxy! Sky displays a real star map of the sky,
above your real longitude, and latitude, in real
time. Resistance is futile.
ChessMaster is from The
Software Toolworks Company
which sells the
ChessMaster game. It includes
a theme setup, but unless you REALLY like chess just install
the screen saver, and you can watch the computer replay
historical chess games in high resolution, high color, and
Impressionist Paintings ...
A beautiful collection of 40
impressionist paintings from a variety of painters including
Monet, CÚzanne and Gaugin. You can enable classical music to
play with the various paintings, and pick how the pictures
transition from one to the other. A really wonderful
collection. This is made available as freeware by Stardust
Software which sells the programming software Stardust
Screen Saver Toolkit.