Here you can download my first
screensaver for free. This is a sample of what should hopefully be many more to
This screen saver was created by a custom 3-D screen saver program. It will randomly display many of my images in some very interesting 3-D environments.
Please find the downloadable file on the next page by clicking the link below..
Click here to go to download my latest
Or read on to learn more about screen savers...
First of all, we need to clear up some misconceptions about the differences between screen savers and wallpapers and backgrounds.
What is a
A background, or the "wallpaper" as it is often called, is an image that you use to set up on your computer's display when you are using it. When all the programs are minimized, you have the option to display whatever image you want on the desktop of your computer's display. I often change mine regularly with one of my newest favorite images. A great Windows Internet Explorer feature is to "right-click" on any image and choose to "Set as Background" and it will immediately become your computer's background. An image to view when you're just being idle. Many people choose a favorite vacation spot. Others may choose to display a picture of their family or children, but most others usually choose to display one of my images. hee hee, just kidding.
What is a Screensaver?...
Now for the difference in the definition of a "background" or a "screensaver". Many people think that a screensaver is the image that rests on their computer screen, behind everything. That is actually what is, as I mentioned before, the "background" or "wallpaper". A screensaver is a program that changes the display when the computer is not in use.
So let me explain further;
The Damage to the
Some of you may recall the very first home video games. And if you do, you remember the game, "Pong". A tiny dot floating across the screen where the operators (players) would try to spin their controllers to move a flat line (a paddle) across the screen to block the dot before it passed beyond the "virtual" court on the TV screen, bouncing it back to their opponent. Now that was all exciting and fun back then. But after the game was displayed and left on the TV screen for long periods of time, it would actually burn a permanent image into the phosphorus display of the CRT (cathode ray tube). What that means in English is that your TV would have a permanent, residual image of the lines from the game on the screen.
The Birth of the
Many years later, as video games became more popular, then so did the need in creating some sort of fail-safe way of protecting the screen from this damaging effect. As a player continued to play some of the more advanced games, the objects would move all around the screen more and more, thus eliminating this problem. But as the gamer left the room, and the system would remain static, the constant lines would rest on the screen. As the more popular games and gaming systems came out on the market, such as the Atari 2600, they had designed a feature that would randomly change the colors of the game when nobody was playing it. This was the birth of the screen saver. After a preprogrammed amount of time of inactivity, when the game remained static, the system would default into this programmed feature, and the colors would randomly alternate, thus eliminating a constant, solid color within any part of the screen.
So breaking into the computer revolution instilled the need in providing this same necessity for saving the computer's display. One of the early programs was "After Dark" which provided a wide variety of different screensavers to choose from. Then, as the PC age boomed, more and more software came spewing from all parts of the globe. As did so many different various types of screensavers. Most were really designed to save the screen from the "wear and tear" of daily use, while others were just designed to entertain. And then some others seemed to just annoy co-workers, as their unoccupied office computers began to make pops and squeaks and blips all throughout the day.
What is a Picture
A CRT, or Cathode Ray Tube, (the conventional television screen and computer monitor) consists of a layer of tiny dots of phosphorus, of various different colors. (Usually red, blue and green) to create all the colors on the screen. Electrons are projected onto this layer in specific locations and the phosphorus dots glow. After a long period of time these dots eventually lose their quality and the picture begins to fade a little over the years. If any of these dots are constantly being bombarded more than the others, they will certainly deplete their lifespan at a more rapid pace. Thus leaving "burned" lines onto the screen. Lines that don't glow quite as bright as others. Randomly changing the colors throughout the screen keeps them glowing at random intervals, thus creating a more consistent depletion of their life span. So, although they are all depleting, they do so at a more consistent rate and obvious lines and artifacts don't show up as noticeably.
What about Flat
So now the computer and television age has had an evolution in the past few years, and the flat screen is quickly becoming the new revolution of image quality. This is a solid state device that uses less energy to produce the image, and at a much more defined picture clarity. A liquid crystal display (LCD) is the basis for their functionality. Some of the more advanced monitors and televisions are plasma screens where the display uses a gas to create the illumination. Kind of like thousands of microscopic neon lights. But although they do not use the same technology as the older CRT displays, they are still susceptible to long-term wear and eventually develop visual artifacts and defects of their own. So a screen saver is still a necessary component.
Shutting down your
Most systems now offer a shut-down or (energy-saving) feature, which I highly recommend using and setting up. This will just simply just temporarily shut off the computer's display when it is not being used.
Use a Screensaver....
But if you feel that you want to leave your display on and you don't want to wait for it to power up and down each time, then I highly suggest that you use and/or install a screensaver. Windows systems come preinstalled with a variety of screensavers that are very useful and definitely "do the trick."
But there are so many other different screen savers out there on the market. And so many others to choose from.
As I said before, I will be putting together a variety of screensavers that you will all be able to download and use. Hopefully with enough attention I will hopefully be able to make a few bucks off of this endeavor. As it will take some time to put together. And as you all know, I am a struggling artist and I can always use all the money I can come in to. So please do feel free to donate as much as possible to my cause. Well, be-"cause" I can always use the money. heh heh.
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