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Favorite Screen Savers

I know screen savers used to be popular, or so it seemed, but now you don't hear much about them.  Does anyone still have a favorite or perhaps some of you guys make your own.  Maybe they just aren't used as much anymore?

Don
Thursday, August 12, 2004

CD-Spectrum Pro

Yeah, it doesn't sound like a screen saver.

But it is awesome. Make sure you download both the Kinemorphic and Psychedelic screen savers with it. They tie into the spectrum pro player (which otherwise has nothing on winamp) so the graphics can be tied to whatever mp3's you've most recently pirated. Really cool. Seriously.

ooooooo
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Those free screen savers they advertise on Yahoo.  I look forward to getting my credit card information lifted off my computer someday soon so I can be in those funny commercials on TV.

muppet
Thursday, August 12, 2004

My screen goes black when I'm idle.

I wouldn't mind a good screen saver, but it would have to do more than just look good. What happened to those fish tank programs where you could actually breed fish?

Or how about a screen saver that downloads a comic a day in any of a dozen or more series, heck it can be ad supported for all I care. Though, this wouldn't be popular around the office... An app that encourages you to be idle.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Ever since monitors learned how to go on standby, screen savers have seemed to me just a tad bit superfluous.

Kyralessa
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I used to love a particular screen saver capable of playing avis, even divx movies if you had the playback codec installed. It was however buggy, but I always thought that's about the least interesting thing to see on someone's pc when you walk by. I hope someone would pick up on this idea and maybe think about writing a commercial shareware with it.

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I second Kyralessa's no b.s. common sense. Save the environment!

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, August 12, 2004

+++An app that encourages you to be idle.+++

I don't need any encouragement to be idle.  Maybe somebody should develop and market Programmer Biscuits and eliminate all the management guesswork/frustration.

muppet
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Now, a full motion porn screensaver.  That I'd buy.

muppet
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I'll second that.

Hugh Flynt
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I use a custom one I wrote. It's a 3d OpenGL one that simulates gravity between particles with dynamic lighting. Pretty neat, but easy to stare at for too long. ;)
When I get around to it someday, I'll release it as freeware.

anonymous
Thursday, August 12, 2004

You'd rather have realtime gravity simulators than full motion pornography?  You've crossed the line from uber-geek to Norman Bates, man.

muppet
Thursday, August 12, 2004

My favorite was the After Dark Flying Toasters for the Mac.

Yoey
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I wrote my own screensavers. One divides the desktop up into little cubes and rotates them, and another one simulates fire. Many of the people at work use the latter one.

sid
Thursday, August 12, 2004

I like this one, it simulates an air traffic control radar: http://www.xavius.com/Radar.scr

Mr. O
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Nothing beats the good old Starfield Simulation/Flying through Space.

al
Friday, August 13, 2004

Fireflower is nice.

.
Friday, August 13, 2004

Squaredance is nice. It's an OpenGL screensaver I wrote that's inspired by SGI's "Electropaint". I must get around to releasing it some day.

Adrian
Friday, August 13, 2004

I love Ambient Flock saver - I've had it on my home system for years - small, beuatiful and free! you can get it here

http://www.inition.co.uk/inition/downloads_ambientflocksaver.htm

Ant
Friday, August 13, 2004

I read it as "Favourite Scream Saver"


Friday, August 13, 2004

Setiathome is my screen saver.  I know it isn't efficent as just running it GUI-less but I like the way it looks.

Bill Rushmore
Friday, August 13, 2004

I love the reactions you get running a "flocking fireworks" screensaver on an X-Terminal connected over shared 10Mbit Ethernet to an overpriced Sun machine. They'll love you man!

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, August 13, 2004

I use Fracture ( http://www.sticksoftware.com/software/Fracture.html ), which is a fractal-generating screen saver. While it is running, you can use keyboard commands to change the color scheme and to save the current image to disk. I have a folder that contains nothing but Fracture-generated images, and I have my machine set up to randomly choose an image from that folder and set it as the desktop background once a day.

Karl
Friday, August 13, 2004

Blank is the best. The thing I hate the most is running some long process and having the screen saver come up and suck CPU cycles from the important work. I've seem people with fancy screen savers on Servers.

Miles Archer
Friday, August 13, 2004

Oh, I wouldn't mind have the BSOD screen saver.

Miles Archer
Friday, August 13, 2004

Just got a new one last week from www.hotmatch.com , home of Matt Hotch, custom motorcycle builder.  His work is amazing.

My system shows the screensaver for like 10 minutes, then goes blank.

Clay Whipkey
Friday, August 13, 2004

Ooops.  That is http://www.hotmatchcustomcycles.com/

I didn't try the other URL, but chances are its either a dating service or something that might get me fired.  So I'm not gong to hit it at work to find out.

Clay Whipkey
Friday, August 13, 2004

Random pictures of my wife and kids from my iPhoto library.

Jim Rankin
Friday, August 13, 2004

Someone wanted the BSOD screen saver?

http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/bluescreensaver.shtml

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, August 13, 2004

"I read it as 'Favourite Scream Saver' "


John Travolta in "Blow Out."

Kyralessa
Saturday, August 14, 2004

Particle Fire:
http://www.longbowdigitalarts.com/particlefire.html

Version 2 has support for multiple monitors.

example
Saturday, August 14, 2004

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