Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nifty Screensavers: An Old Review, Micro-Reviewed

"Screensavers - Best Of"
Sven Lennartz, Smashing Magazine (October 4, 2007)

"Long, long time ago screensavers have been used to prevent the so-called screen-burn-effect — a permanent disfigurement of areas on a CRT display caused by non-moving text or graphics being displayed continuously for long periods of time. To avoid this effect, screen savers have been used to blank the screen or fill it with moving images or patterns when the computer was not in use. Today, screensavers don't serve their original purpose and are primarily used for entertainment.

"In fact, we don't need screensavers any more, however we tend to use them as eye-candy fjavascript:void(0)or our coffee breaks...."

It's a (three year old) set of reviews of screensavers, with links. The reviews start with PolarClock, Twingly, and UniqLock.

The Lemming went further down the list, and picked up a set from Really Slick Screensavers. The one from RSS (!) called "Flux" is on the Lemming's computer now.

Some of the more nifty screensavers from Really Slick Screensavers either run with glacial speed - or don't run at all - on the Lemming's machine, but some, like Flux, will. Flux tried to call home after being installed - which got the Lemming's attention. The Lemming's son, the one with A+ certification, wasn't concerned. He figures it's probably looking for updates.

Since the Lemming's malware detectors aren't concerned, either, Flux has been cleared for Internet access. And the Lemming enjoys the light show now and again.

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