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We may not need screensavers these days to “save” our CRT screens from burn in; however, there are some screensavers out there that are somewhat useful. This guide attempts to provide you with a list of some of these screensavers.

Monitor Off Saver
I included this one for people who may not have a modern monitor or who may be using an older operating system. Most modern setups allow for powering off your monitor after a period of inactivity. If your PC does not do this, try using the MonitorOffSaver to replicate this power-saving feature.

Cities of Earth Screensaver

The cities of earth saver provides an educational approach to learning more about the world. Watch the screensaver as it takes you around the world and shows you basic information and location of some of the world’s biggest cities.

Download Cities of Earth Screensaver

slickr

The slickr screensaver pulls in random pictures from flickr and displays them on your screen. One thing to note is you will need an API key for flickr to pull in the pictures; however, this can be obtained here.

Download slickr Screensaver

Wikipedia Screensaver

The Wikipedia screensaver loads random pages from Wikipedia every 30 seconds or so. Features include:

  • Configurable time delay between each page load
  • Can automatically kill IE and Firefox browsers on activation
  • Can be configured to kill any other program on activation
  • Blanks the screen completely after a configurable time

If you’d like to learn a little more while your computer takes a rest, this could be a great way to fill your mind with information you probably didn’t know existed.

Download Wikipedia Screensaver

Folding@home

From the site:

Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

If you’d like to help with research and don’t mind sharing CPU (and GPU) cycles to help, then this would be a good use of your PC’s idle time.

Download Folding@home

Looking for More Screensavers?

Check out 8 more screensavers here.

Which Screensavers did I Miss?

Did I miss any screensavers you’ve found useful? Let us know about them in the comments.



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