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Old 08-19-2019, 09:13 PM   #1
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What Is Your Favorite Screensaver?


I don't mean your favorite screensaver library (xsceensaver, kscreensaver, etc.). In that competition there is only one winner: xscreensaver. The rest are lamer derivatives.

I mean your favorite individual screensaver.

I have to confess that mine is something from the Win95 days called Kaleidescope95. It was very configurable (slices, colors, etc.), but what makes it my favorite screensaver of all time was that, if you played music, it would dance along to the audio. It was a shareware product that I paid money for and I never regretted a dime.

As for xscreensaver, for me it comes down to Crackberg and Atlantis. Star Wars comes in close behind, because you can point it to whatever feed you wish to (I usually point it to LQ).
 
Old 08-19-2019, 09:26 PM   #2
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For the very short time between the screensaver start and the monitor turn off I prefer the “flying through a star field” screensaver...but that only runs for about 5 minutes
 
Old 08-19-2019, 10:07 PM   #3
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I have been fond of Euphoria (GL) for a few years but my all-time favorite was actually way back in Win 3.11 days. My Mother-in-Law gifted me with several CDs of sample games and included was the best Kaleidoscope algorithms I have ever witnessed, before or even since. I used it on my Shop PC (Antique Furniture and Art Restoration) and many customers would stop and stare for many minutes, just mesmerized. I sincerely wish I could find those otherwise awful CDs. That screensaver was a hidden treasure.
 
Old 08-19-2019, 11:56 PM   #4
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Quote:
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I mean your favorite individual screensaver.
Not really an individual screensaver (because it gets it info from the web) but did you ever look at "electricsheep"?
Slackware has got a package for it and when present xscreensaver will use it.
From the slackdesc file for it
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Electric Sheep is an xscreensaver module that displays mpeg video of an animated fractal flame. In the background it contributes render cycles to the next animation. Periodically it uploades completed frames to the server, where they are compressed for distribution to all clients.
This program is recommended only if you have a high bandwidth connection to the internet such as DSL or cable modem.
so it delivers fractals, but all the time different ones, you can choose in xscreensaver to run it all of the time without it repeating itself.
 
Old 08-20-2019, 12:08 AM   #5
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i run a digital clock. my screen is LCD and doesn't need saved. the polarity flip-flop in the display module does all that's needed. so i can run dclock (package "dclock" in Ubuntu 18.04 repository).
 
Old 08-20-2019, 02:23 AM   #6
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This.
 
Old 08-20-2019, 09:59 PM   #7
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did you ever look at "electricsheep"
Slackware packages Electric Sheep with xscreensaver; I think that is unique to Slackware.

So, yes, I've looked at Electric Sheep. Many times.

It is quite an impressive project and it's been around for a long time.

In fact, I have a Samsung 10 tablet that I got used from a member of my LUG which I use mostly for reading ebooks in FBreader. I use Electric Sheep as the background (it's free in the Play store). It is, as I might have said in my younger days, quite trippy.

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Old 08-25-2019, 11:03 PM   #8
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xscreensaver's "Carousel"

Back when I was posting a lot of items on a "what are you listening to" page on an old web site, I was scanning the covers of the CDs I was listening to to go along with the posts. I have Carousel spinning a directory-full of those CD covers. It spawns the occasional "Oh... you like that band?" or "Oh... who's that? What are they like?"
 
Old 08-26-2019, 08:12 PM   #9
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When I decorate my computers for Christmas (these days, that's about all we decorate), I point the image screensavers, such as Carousel, at a director of Christmas themed wallpaper files I've collected of the years.

I didn't used to be a big fan of Carousel--I preferred GLSlideshow--but now that I have a couple of 23" monitors, I use Carousel more often.
 
Old 08-27-2019, 04:34 AM   #10
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Different machines use different ones.

My netbook uses Rocks because it's extremely low resource, it's from 1992 I think.

My main laptop uses Popsquares or Phospor but mostly the former. It's attractive, inoffensive and non-distracting for when it goes to screensaver in the uni library.

My desktop runs Polyhedra which I find fascinating. The only problem is when people come round they end up getting mesmerised by it and stop talking.
 
Old 08-29-2019, 07:47 PM   #11
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The green dribbly text from the Matrix!

Play Bonny!

 
Old 08-30-2019, 04:47 AM   #12
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I find the "Cubic Grid" screensaver from the xscreensaver package totally fascinating.
Very "old school", but beautiful and mesmerising.
http://dt.iki.fi/stuff/forums/cubic-grid-ss.gif

What I'm sorely missing is a configurable (meaning display some command output) marquee saver that is not ugly. Any ideas?

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Old 08-30-2019, 05:03 AM   #13
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Mine's the off switch...
 
Old 09-10-2019, 01:57 AM   #14
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I don't use screensavers but my favorite is still the Burning Bob Dobbs from Slackware.
 
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I alternate between xmatrix and glmatrix - currently using xmatrix for the retro look.
 
  


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