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Weekend Open Forum: What is your current screensaver?

By Cal Jeffrey · 66 replies
Jul 21, 2017
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  1. Some people change their screensaver more often than they change their socks. Others just set it and forget it. I fall into the later category. I will go for years without changing my screensaver.

    For example, my current laptop screensaver is a homemade version of Dexter Morgan’s from the Showtime series Dexter. I just looked on the internet for the blood spatter images that they used on the show, put them in a folder, selected it, and set the screensaver to Ken Burns. It’s exactly like it was on Dexter's lab computer. It has been that way since 2012 when I was binge watching the series on Netflix.

    My desktop is another story. I mean, I tend to set it and forget about it on the desktop, too. However, I share that computer with the rest of the family. The screensaver gets changed often, mostly by the kids, but I will change it once in a while. I usually set it to dadisms like, bouncing text that says, “Clean your room,” or “You better have done your homework.” Although I have been known to prank them with a BSOD screensaver. Right now I think its set to a slideshow of pictures of our cat (that would be the daughter's doing).

    What is your screensaver right now? How long has it been that way? Perhaps you don't even use a screensaver. If so, why not?

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  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,122   +1,209

    Screensaver?? Sacrilege.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,035   +1,444

    I haven't used a screensaver in years. All it does is gum up the works when you get back on the computer. Uses up valuable resources too.

    Now if you want to know what my Desktop is, it's a screenshot of one of my adventures in Fallout 4. :)
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  4. I haven’t used a screensaver for probably ten years or more.
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  5. Um, what's a screen saver??

    But in all seriousness, try "Wallpaper Engine". Much better than any screen saver. Live wallpaper! Like a screen saver but much better. Just be aware, it's a system resource hog. Don't use it while gaming.
  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,655   +593

    Glad to see we have screensaver snobs
    Mine is my pets names and I really like screensavers
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  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,655   +593

    What are you running a 486 with 4MB RAM?
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  8. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Evangelist Posts: 409   +115

    Not a snob about it, but I haven't used a screensaver since I installed Windows 10. Now I just set my monitor to go to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity.

    The last screensaver I did use though was a slideshow of my "pictures" folder in Windows 7.
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  9. c7p89

    c7p89 TS Member

    I'll join with the rest of the snobs because I haven't used one since windows 98. I prefer the screen to just turn off, given that I only use a laptop now saves power
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  10. Colby Deane

    Colby Deane TS Booster Posts: 27   +10

    My screen turns off in 20 minutes of no use, that's my literal screen saver.
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  11. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 347   +142

    Don't have one.
  12. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    Screensaver was developed for CRTs. Our CRTs are on the dumpsite now. They were huge heater. Don't need screensaver anymore. One of my coworker uses screensaver to show her family pictures.
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  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,761   +369

    The Psychedelic Screen Saver from Synthesoft
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  14. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,350   +865

    My screen saver is about 10 minutes, then it turns off until input :p
  15. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 522   +426

    I have not used one in years but the last one I used was the System 47, star trek LCARS screensaver.
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  16. After 15 minutes I have it set to...

    Put the monitor to sleep.
  17. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 640   +240

    Blank Screen. Many moons ago it was Johnny the Castaway.
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  18. No screensaver. My screen turns off after 15 minutes of inactivity. (Laptop 5 minutes when on battery power)

    Screensavers are a relic from the CRT monitor days when images could be burnt in on the monitor. Today they only gunk up the computer.

    Why at all have an image on the monitor when you're not using it. That's equivalent to having your tv turned on but not watching anyting..

    Imho thats just a waste of energy.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,873

    No screensaver. I don't even have my monitor or HDD set to sleep. If I want my computer off, I'll turn it off. At least that is one form of control, MS hasn't taken away from us.
  20. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,521   +2,830

    Only one computer I have a screen saver on and it's in the living room. It a virtual aquarium.
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  21. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 96   +36

    I also haven't used a screensaver in years. Last one was a slideshow of our picture folders but that was with Windows XP (before I upgraded to Windows XP 64bit) and that was like 5 operating systems ago.
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  22. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Screen goes black to save energy.

    Active screen savers are SO 20th Century ...
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  23. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 174   +89

    I just have mine turn off after about 20 mins or so, The monitor turns itself off after a time without an input signal.

    Generally speaking if the computer is on I'm using it and if I'm not using it I put it to sleep.
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  24. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 147   +35

    Black screen of nothingness.

    Years ago was using Seti or WCG but sometimes they just completely made machine unresponsive so plain good old black has the last laugh.
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  25. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Addict Posts: 164   +113

    Yeah but who saves the screensavers?

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