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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)

                          boinc seti

                            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)

                                  hogwarts

                                    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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                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                      Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                      There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                      Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                      It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                      Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                      1. OmniFocus

                                      This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                      Download it here.

                                        2. Forest

                                        Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                        Download it here.

                                          3. Things

                                          Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                          Download it here.

                                            4. 30/30

                                            Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                            , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                            Download it here.

                                              5. Any.Do

                                              A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                              Download it here.

                                                6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  7. Asana

                                                  We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                  , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                  Download it here.

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                                                    8. ToDoist

                                                    This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      9. FlowTasks

                                                      From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        10. Calendars 5

                                                        This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                          A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            12. Due

                                                            A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              13. Checkmark 2

                                                              I use this app

                                                              for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                14. TeuxDeux

                                                                Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  15. Wunderlist 

                                                                  Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                  Download it here.

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                                                                    16. Nirvana

                                                                    For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      17. Priorities

                                                                      An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                        18. Productive

                                                                        With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                          You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            20. Streaks

                                                                            This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              21. Remember The Milk

                                                                              Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                22. Day One Journal

                                                                                When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                  23. Evernote

                                                                                  Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    24. Pocket

                                                                                    You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                      25. Sync.Me

                                                                                      This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        26. Droplr

                                                                                        One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          27. Dropbox

                                                                                          Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            28. iDolly 

                                                                                            In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                            Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              29. Soulver

                                                                                              It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                30. Captio

                                                                                                A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  31. Drafts

                                                                                                  A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                    This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                                      33. Doodle

                                                                                                      This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                        I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                          A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            36. GoodReader

                                                                                                            This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                              Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                38. 1Password

                                                                                                                There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                  You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                  All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                    Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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