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Use the old Windows XP screensavers, including Aquarium, with Windows Vista and 7

Ah, Windows Dancer, how fondly I remember thee. How you would bump, jive and gyrate across my screen! Mr Clippy was mere nothingness when compared to you. And Aquarium! A three-dimensional fish tank... on my screen! I still remember the first time I showed my mother. She actually reached out to touch the fish; I had to slap her hand to remind her that it was only an illusion. With Windows...

Security Essentials Screensaver scans for viruses while your computer is idle

Some people like to display a little eye candy while their computer idles, opting for screensavers which flip through an assortment of photos or flying toasters (for example). Some of us, however, would rather have our system doing meaningful work that we don't want going on while we're using systems. That's why a number of utility apps -- like defrag tools and antivirus programs -- have an...

Mouse Jiggler makes sure your screen saver doesn't kick in while you watch videos

It used to be that when I watched a movie with VLC, halfway through the movie the screen would suddenly black out. Too late, I would realize that the screensaver kicked in because I hadn't touched the mouse for a while. It was so irritating that I simply disabled my screen saver. I think VLC specifically addressed this issue, but I'm sure it still happens with other video players. Mouse Jiggler...

Use Wallsaver to embed a screensaver on your Mac's desktop

There's something about the idea of multiple screens surrounding me with green Matrix glyphs running down them that really appeals to me. When I'm sitting at work, I've got three screens in front of me -- one for my Windows PC, and two for my Mac laptop that is my primary machine. When I'm not using them, I use Matrix screensavers to create the Matrix effect, but if you ask me, that's not really...

DashSaver makes your Mac's Dashboard into a screensaver

The Dashboard on my Mac perplexes me. While it feels like it should be a great productivity tool, the truth is that I rarely think to open it. I have widgets for everything from weather to my calendar and todos, and even financial information. And yet, if I never look at them, what good are they? I started wondering if anyone else thought that Dashboard widgets would make a good screen saver,...

Run Mac's Flurry screensaver on your Windows PC

We've covered plenty of software that brings Mac OSX features to Windows systems, like stacks and expose. Suppose you'd like some Apple ambiance while your system is idling. DeviantArt user Ausrif has created a Windows version of the stunning Flurry screensaver. [correction] Thanks to readers who caught my oversight! The credit for this actually goes to Matt Ginzton of Maddog Software....

StatusScreenSaver - don't miss notifications while your screensaver is on

If you're like us, you go to sleep with your monitor displaying the latest trendy screensaver. And if you're like us, you unfortunately wake up about a million times a night, wondering whether you have any new email, or any new updates from your favorite blog. Status Screen Saver has got you covered. It displays handy status badges for apps like Mail, NetNewsWire and Twitterrific, so you can see...

The Time Machine Screensaver

Sure, you make fun of the chintzy Time Machine animation when you're out to sushi with your geek friends, but secretly you adore it. When the night is late, and it's just you and your Mac, you turn on Time Machine simply to gaze longingly into its starry goodness. But don't you wish that you could just get that pesky Finder window out of the way, so you could stare into the full, unadulterated...

FaaRClock 1.0: Use an analog clock as your screensaver

FaaRClock 1.0 is a program for Windows that displays a simple and very readable analog clock as your computer's screensaver. We're almost positive that this is the screensaver Flavor Flav has installed on his computer. The download and install is simple. Upon existing the installation, you'll be prompted to make FaaRClock your default screensaver. Additional settings are available in the...

InstantStorm: Convert Your Flash Movies To Screensavers

If you've ever worked with Flash, and have thought "hey, this Flash file would make a cool Screensaver," then today is your lucky day. InstantStorm is a free program that converts your flash movies into Screensavers quickly and easily. InstantStorm downloads as a small (2.7 MB) file, and the install is straightforward. When you start up InstantStorm, you have the option of creating a new project...

Chirpscreen: Windows screensaver connected to your social networks

Is your Windows screensaver getting stale? Does it consist of the same old pictures from your hard drive? Spice things up with Chirpscreen, an interactive screen saver that automatically updates with content from your Facebook and Flickr accounts, including content from your friends. Chirpscreen is the first offering from Chirp, a company whose stated goal is to tackle the problems of social...

A better way to view iCal events: a Screensaver

The one thing that drives us nuts about Apple's iCal calendaring software is its reminder system. After several revisions, iCal's reminder selections are still gumpy and time-consuming, and it's still not possible to set a default reminder timeframe, so you have to add three or four mouse clicks to every event in order to set up a reminder, each and every time. Getting timely reminders from iCal...

Google Screensaver added to Google Pack

An interesting new addition has emerged in the Google Pack. Added to the likes of Symantec's Norton Security Scan, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, Picasa, Adobe Reader, and Mozilla Firefox, comes the freshly rebuilt Google Screensaver. The Google Screensaver allows users to display photos from within your computer, or through photo sharing sites in a simple screensaver...

12 days of holiday downloads, Day 12: Mac

For our 12th day of Mac downloads, I have a very merry Mac Christmas screensaver: Skyrocket Software's Frosted. Why is it so very merry Mac? Because it features a talking snowman and talking Santa that use the the Mac's built-in Text-to-Speech interface. And best of all for Mac geeks, they use two of the most traditional Mac voices: Bruce for the Snowman, Fred for Santa. Actually, the synthesized...

12 Days of holiday downloads, Day 11: Mac (+Windows)

Today's Mac download is A Very 3D Christmas Screensaver by Rob Bennet of Useless Creations. As 3D screensavers go, this one is pretty well done. You get to watch Santa fly through the sky and hop down chimneys from a number of different angles and the OpenGL rendering is fast and smooth. The saver will play your choice of Christmas carol (from a predefined list of 50+) and counts down the second...