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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)

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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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                                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                      Joe’s Goals

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                                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                        Daytum

                                          Daytum

                                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                          Excel or Numbers

                                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                            Evernote

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                                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                              Access or Bento

                                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                Conclusion

                                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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