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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

20 Awesome Screensavers that Make your Desktop Delightful

20 Awesome Screensavers that Make your Desktop Delightful

Screensavers were originally designed to save your monitor from screen burn in the beginning days of computers.  These days they’re used much less often, but there are still some great screensavers out there for those of us looking for something interesting to look at while our computer is locked.  Here are some of the most interesting, creative, and just plain awesome screensavers from around the web to make your desktop more delightful:

1.  NES Screensaver (Free)

This screensaver collects 60 ROMS from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Choose a title that tickles your fancy and play a quick video game while your computer takes a quick break.

2.  The Beatles – Love (Free)

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    Who doesn’t love The Beatles? Based on the Cirque Du Soleil show of the same name, this screensaver is a psychedelic throwback to the days when John Lennon was still around to remind us that all we really need in life is love.

    3.  Blue Screen of Death & System Boot Screens (Free)

    Blue Screen of Death

      For the masochists in the crowd, Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich created a screensaver based on the infamous Blue Screen of Death.  This screensaver cycles between various Blue Screen messages and Windows load screens so you can enjoy the geek version of nails on a chalkboard every time you leave your computer idle.

      4. Surveillance Cameras (Free)

      Surveillance Camera

        This screensaver is a guilty pleasure for voyeurs and privacy advocates alike. Your screen is divided into 4 sections, with each one displaying a live surveillance video feed from a selection of over 600 from around the world. Turn it on and feel like Tony Montana monitoring your Cuban cocaine palace without fear of assassination.

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        5.  HAL 9000 (Free/$5)

        There are a lot of Sci-Fi screensavers out there.  The HAL 9000 simulator, based on the supercomputer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, is easily the coolest. With multiple monitors, the experience gets even cooler. Don’t be surprised if your computer wakes up in the middle of the night to start questioning your humanity.

        6.  Game of Thrones (Free)

        Lord-Eddard-Stark-Game-of-Thrones

          Game of Thrones is one of the hottest shows out there right now. HBO’s official screensaver brings great pictures of characters and scenes from the show to your desktop. It’s a must have for any fan of the Ice and Fire series.

          7.  Sim Aquarium (Free)

          Aquarium

            It would be nice to have the guys from Tanked! create a customized aquarium in your house, but most of us can’t afford it. On top of it, there’s feeding the fish, checking the water, cleaning the tank; it’s a lot of work. Instead, download the Sim Aquarium screensaver and enjoy all the benefits with none of the work.

            8.  Zombies (Free/$9.95 to remove ads)

            Zombie Screensaver

              Every so often, we all get frustrated with our desktop. The 3D zombie screensaver comes to the rescue! Once activated, an army of zombies will crowd your desktop, destroying windows, eating icons, and causing general chaos. Take that, essay I didn’t want to finish and video game I can’t beat! 

              9.  Earth (Free)

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                You don’t even have to leave your desk to get the view astronauts spend their entire lives training to see. This 3D earth screensaver is awe inspiring.

                10.  Electric Sheep (Free)

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                  This screensaver from Electric Sheep is a bit confusing, but a lot of fun. When your desktop goes to sleep, your computer creates a “sheep” and begins communicating with other sheep to create some spectacular 3D artwork. It’s colorful, ever changing, and great for appeasing your inner Van Gogh.

                  11.  Fireplace (Free)

                  3d_fireplace_screensaver

                    One of the best parts about Christmas is the TV stations that turn their channel into a 24 hour fireplace for the family to gather around and enjoy. This screensaver recreates that magic on your desktop any time your computer goes to sleep with 4 different fireplace styles.

                    12. Wikipedia (Free)

                    Wikipedia

                      If you can’t get enough of browsing Wikipedia articles, this is the screensaver for you. Once activated, this screensaver presents a random Wikipedia article every 30 seconds or so. It’s not the prettiest screensaver out there, but it’s definitely one of the most informative.

                      13.  Don’t Touch My Computer (Free)

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                      Dont Touch My Computer 2

                        If your computer is in a public place (or you have roommates/family who snoop when you’re around), this screensaver is a great answer. An animated guard dog sits on your screen. Every time someone touches the mouse or keyboard, the dog barks and growls at the intruder to scare them away.

                        14.  Twingly (Free)

                        twingly

                          Twingly is a great screensaver for those who love to read blogs. It is a visualization of real time worldwide blogging activity. Find a blog that looks interesting to you, click, and read away.

                          15.  BOINC/SETI @ Home (Free)

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                            BOINC is a project set up by UC Berkeley that allows you to donate your computer’s processing power during idle time to contribute to curing disease, study global warming and other types of scientific research. My personal favorite is the SETI @ Home project, which gives you access to the data being collected in our search for extraterrestrial life. Very cool.

                            16.  Space Travel (Free)

                            Space Travel Screensaver 1.0

                              If you’re tired of looking at data and need more visual stimulation, The Space Travel Screensaver takes you on a visual journey from Earth to the surface of the moon through the Martian atmosphere, around Jupiter, and ending at the rings of Saturn. The trip is breathtaking and worth a look.

                              17.  Waterfall (Free)

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                              Waterfall Screensaver

                                If fire doesn’t relax you, perhaps water does. This waterfall scene creates an exotic and relaxing atmosphere for you to kick your feet up and relax without having to book a trip to an exotic locale.

                                18.  Screenstagram (Free)

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                                  Instagram addicts (90 million users strong) will love this screensaver that turns your Instagram feed into various photo presentations. If you’re a photo junkie, this is the screensaver for you.

                                  19.  Harry Potter (Free)

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                                    The Harry Potter book and movie series may be over, but that doesn’t mean it can’t live on in spirit. This screensaver shows Hogwarts in all its glory, complete with flying bats, wizards, and owls.

                                    20.  Cats (Free)

                                    Cats Screensaver

                                      Rotating pictures of adorable kittens playing, complete with music and sound effects. If you can even say the word kittens without a smile, you’re a monster!

                                      Now pull away from your computer and do something productive.

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                                      Published on October 16, 2018

                                      7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                                      7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                                      There’s nothing more fulfilling than the sense of accomplishment you get by achieving your business goals.

                                      Gone are the days when you used pen and paper to take notes and manage your work day. As millennials are relying heavily on technology to manage almost everything from finances to their personal fitness, goal tracking apps are also becoming increasingly popular.[1]

                                      In this piece, we will shed some light on 7 such goal tracking apps that you can use to streamline your operations.

                                      I have handpicked these apps from a software rating web services site Best Online Reviews. Industry experts review software on these websites and help businesses to find the right solutions to meet their various, unique business requirements.

                                      1. Aha!

                                        Aha! is a California-based roadmap software provider and offers excellent goal tracking app that lets you define goals and objectives for projects. The app also lets you list out primary tasks and allows you to focus on them.

                                        Hosted securely on the cloud, the app offers enhanced communication tools for sharing updates through emails with select colleagues or the entire organization.

                                        Aha! is available on multiple platforms such as the web, Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and starts from $59 per month per user.

                                        Available for Web

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                                        2. Asana

                                          Asana is one of the more popular project management apps available for businesses. It lets you organize all your team’s work, such as setting up and tracking goals, creating tasks, sharing files and notes, etc.

                                          Asana also allows your team to organize all their tasks and focus on urgent priorities. Moreover, the app offers a delightful user experience that makes task management simple and easy.

                                          Asana is available on multiple platforms from PCs and Mac to iOS and Android. Multi-channel adaptability makes Asana the perfect choice to track your goals anytime, from anywhere.

                                          Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                          3. Basecamp

                                            Basecamp is an excellent tool to manage all your team’s projects and keep your activities organized. It opens a new thread for every task and that task is visible by the whole team.

                                            With Basecamp, you can schedule tasks, add to-dos, discuss tasks by adding comments, add files and attachments, and much more.

                                            The app is available on both mobile and desktop platforms and costs $99 per month. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS platforms and offers excellent multi-channel access.

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                                            Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                            4. Forecast

                                              An efficient tool for successful task management, Forecast is also a popular goal tracking app. Apart from effective milestone tracking, the app also offers convenient status reporting.

                                              Forecast uses project history to let you know the status of your current work. Moreover, it uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide high-quality assistance. It is a robust app for small teams to track goals and time.

                                              Forecast is available for free and comes with Android and iOS app support. The premium version of the app starts from $19 per month per user.

                                              Available for Web

                                              5. Wrike

                                                Wrike is a cloud-based collaboration and project management app that successfully manages projects from start to finish. It lets you create tasks, track work progress and retrieve reports with ease.

                                                The app also gives real-time work updates and helps team members to understand their work priorities. A custom report builder helps you to generate in-depth reporting.

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                                                Wrike’s premium version is available from $9.80 per month per user and is available on multiple platforms.

                                                Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                                6. Todo.vu

                                                  Todo.vu is a unique platform that delivers enhanced customer relationship management (CRM), task management, time tracking, and billing functionality in a single app.

                                                  According to Capterra, it’s an ideal app for freelancers and consultants, who are looking for tools to improve efficiency and transparency.

                                                  Although the app is free to use with basic features, the premium plan starts from $5 per month per user. The app also comes with calendar sync and task reminder functionality to keep you on track, always.

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                                                  7. Flock

                                                    Looking for a tool to simplify task management? Try out Flock.

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                                                    Flock comes with enhanced goal tracking and additional features like instant messaging.

                                                    Moreover, Flock offers tons of integrations with tools such as Google, MailChimp, Jira, Dropbox, etc. It is a powerful tool that’s packed with robust features such as reminders, notes, polls and to-dos.

                                                    Even though you can use the tool for free, the paid version of Flock is available from $4.50 per month per user.

                                                    Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    Businesses need high-quality project management tools to streamline collaboration and operations. Enhanced goal tracking apps make it easy for your team to improve productivity by keeping its tasks organized.

                                                    But it’s essential that you choose an app that meets your unique business requirements. You can choose from the above-mentioned apps to streamline operations and improve the productivity of your team.

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