May 12th, 2013 Hannah
Screen savers nowadays are beneficial in the world of entertainment. Due to the increasing users who spend time looking for the most unique and creative screen savers, there are now millions of options presented to their consumption. There are screensavers that focus on movies, sports, games, and even visual expressions that never fail to entertain the users. Also, due to this demand, these are as well used as a form of advertising products and services which is usually found during meetings and presentations. On the other hand, the increase in screen saver options also goes with the increase in opportunities for programmers. These programmers are given much room to maximize their skills and creativity and earn through making more options that will interest the users. This just shows that the rise of screen savers didn’t only pave way to an additional feature for computers but more to this feature are benefits for both the maker and user.
May 12th, 2013 Hannah
Screen savers are naturally known for simply providing that motion driven display in a computer which usually involves colorful combinations and at times, pictures of one’s choice. It is most of the time neglected that actually there is this important purpose of screen savers and it is to avoid the occurrence of “burning”. This burning occurs when a computer is left on display for some time which usually results to the weakening of the screen’s resolution. This problem eventually led to the invention and use of screen savers which are believed to somehow effectively prevent the damage of the resolution and worst, the system. Through these displays, computers are left idle. There is an easy procedure on how these screen savers can be activated and it is usually recommended that these are stimulated at the most 20 minutes of its idle time and nonetheless, these are now available in different designs to still give that beautiful and appealing look for one’s computer.
May 12th, 2013 Hannah
Windows made it as well possible for users to personalize their screen savers with the use of saved pictures and videos. This can be done by first clicking on the “Start” button find at the lower left portion of the desktop. Click on the “Control Panel” option, then on “Appearance and Personalization”. The next thing to do is to choose the “Personalization” option then clicking on the “Screen saver”. From there, one can click on the “Photos” option where the user can click on “Settings” and choose the photos and videos to be used as screen saver. Click on “Save” then “Ok”. One’s personalized screen saver can then be viewed. One tip to easily make a screen saver is to save all photos and videos in just one folder. Also, in making a screen saver, one can as well make changes and adjustments on the involved settings such as that of the waiting time before the screen saver appears and how long will it last.
May 12th, 2013 Hannah
Changing one’s windows screen saver involves a very simple process that may be finished in a minute. The first thing done is to click the “Start” button which is usually found at the lower left part of the desktop. The next thing to be done is to search for the option “Control panel” then by clicking this, one will be presented with numerous options. Find and click on “Appearance and Personalization” option then click on “Personalization”. Lastly, click the “Screen Saver “option. From there, one can choose which screen saver from the list is to be used. Another way of changing the screensaver is to right click any empty point at the desktop then choosing the “Personalize” option, on can then find the setting where the screen saver can be chosen. On the other hand, it can be observed that there are minimal options of screen savers. This is why there are websites that cater to free downloads which users can make use of.
April 25th, 2013 Hannah
Microsoft is all for allowing their users to personalize screensavers. However, they’re also the first ones to tell you that downloading screensavers carry security risks since they may contain malicious software or spyware. Because of this, they have compiled a simple list of file types that users should be aware of in order to avoid downloading malware that are disguised as screensavers.
Listed below are the most common file name extensions and the type of file they carry, as listed in Microsoft’s help page:
1. .exe – executable program
2. .com – MS-DOS program
3. .pif – Shortcut to MS‑DOS program
4. .bat – Batch file
5. .scr – Screen saver file
If you find screensavers with file extensions such as the above, DO NOT download them. Make sure you always double check the extension because they can add a .jpeg or .png as part of the file name, before the actual file extension, in order to fool you into thinking that it is a simple photo file.
Keep your computer system secure by downloading screensavers the smart way.
February 23rd, 2013 Hannah
Earlier this month we discussed how screen savers can be used for other purposes aside from a pretty-looking inactive desktop. Two of the things we mentioned were screen savers as a reminder app and as a security measure.
In addition to these, screen savers can also be used for educational purposes. There are great Windows screen savers you can download that are aimed to turn even idle moments into something educational.
A good example of an educational screensaver is the Universal Tutor, which you can get for free as a trial version and for $14.95 for its full version. The Universal Tutor is really cool because it allows you to choose from a wide range of educational themes and then shows educational videos based on the chosen theme each time the computer turns idle. The educational video shown changes each day. Obviously, this is great for families with kids and people who just want to learn something new or be reminded of fun facts each day without having to really do anything.
The Universal Tutor is available for Windows 2000 and all other newer versions of the Windows OS.
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February 4th, 2013 Mish Asia
Windows has always been a popular operating system and it is known for providing user friendly features. This is why many are still patronizing it, despite the growing number of new operating systems that has been coming out.
One important but most of the time overlooked feature is the screen saver. A screen saver has been a well known area in Windows where you take time to find the right one just to feed your wants and sometimes needs. It may just be there to entertain your eyes, remind you of what to do, or be a guard to your computer.
There are hundreds even thousands of screen savers available online and you may choose depending on your preference. However, if you are after the functionality of a screen saver, it is wise to look for screen savers that will be helpful for you every day. For example you are at work and you want to be reminded of top priorities for the day, then a screen saver can be a good medium of reminder. You can also use it to guard your work space by putting a username and password. This will prevent infiltrators from getting in your personal computer. For example, in a Thai school, students know the username and password of computers, while outsiders do not. In case students go for a break or enter their Thai classes, no one can access the computer while the students are away.
January 22nd, 2013 Hannah
Last month we discussed how screensavers and passwords can be used as an added security measure for your computer. The truth though is that even if your screensaver asks for a password, it might not be too big a security barrier if you are like most people who use easy-to-remember but unsecure passwords like “1234″ or “password”.
The funny thing about passwords is that they can be tricky in that finding a good balance between a more secure but hard to memorize password and an easily hacked one is something many people struggle with. Add to this the fact that you have to memorize passwords not only for your screensaver, but for just about every online service and secure app on your computer, and it is no wonder people just give up and repeat one password for many sites.
This is perhaps why Google is suggesting that passwords should be replaced with ID rings. Of course, it will probably take a long time before security rings or something similar will be adopted, but really with passwords and screensavers no longer making the cut we need to come up with something to improve computer and Internet security.
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December 26th, 2012 Hannah
Fighting security risks on your computer does not start with your anti-virus software. Although security software is necessary, what you should realize is that the first step to data safety is by keeping your computer safe in a secure location and making sure that it is password protected.
Here’s where screensavers come in. The great thing about screensavers these days is that many come with the password protect option, which means that you don’t have to be greeted by an ugly default log in page each time you get back to your work station. More importantly, you don’t have to keep on logging out each time you turn your back to your computer because the screensaver will automatically kick in depending on your time settings. This makes things a lot more convenient and safer, since we all know how forgetful we can be.
Note though that some screensavers are not that secure and even pose security risks themselves, so make sure that you get a screensaver that offers you added security and not more risk.
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December 10th, 2012 Sherill
When you are bored with your screensavers and you want a complete change, you can search for free screensavers online. Maybe you want something that will brighten up your PC for Christmas, or maybe you want to dream of faraway places.
If it is nearing Christmas, maybe you can put a dancing Santa Claus or some good Christmas scenes that are great to watch. When spring is in the air, you can display a spring selection of pictures. Or you could get romantic and look for a Valentines screensaver. In the autumn, scare your audience with some pumpkins and Halloween images too.