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    Screen saver

    I think this would be the ultimate screen-saver of all time - if it existed.

    It would obtain its data from a common source, such as http://www.wunderground.com set for one's location.

    A day like today, with light westerly winds puffing cotton-wool clouds eastwards towards Ottawa would, of course, have my screen fill up with puffy white clouds travelling from left to right.

    Tomorrow, when the icy rains come barreling down from the North, I'd expect to see raindrops scudding from top to bottom. We are to get -21c Sunday, so icicles should form, and, presumably, thaw again, drip by watery drip, come Wednesday.

    I'd not be averse to seeing light-green grassy banks at the foot of my screen in April, harvest-gold in September.

    Blizzard conditions would be snowflakes scurrying near-horizontally from Top to Bottom of my screen (assuming a Northerly blast).

    Folks in Phoenix would see only an orange band of sand across the foot of the screen, and bright blue across the top. Boring, huh?

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    Re: Screen saver

    Chris,

    Wouldn't it just be easier to just look out a window? ( not the monitor window ) <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 alt=thinks width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Screen saver

    > just look out a window?

    Nah. I spend most of my day staring at Windows98. Why'd I want to look at another one? And dirty at that too.
    Nonetheless, a good thought.

    I figured on Wunderground because on days when the weather REALLY gets me down, (Sep 15th through June 22nd) I could just kick back the chair and after one minute be staring at, oh, I dunno, Perth Western Australia, say.

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    Re: Screen saver

    Give Webshots a try. It's a great little prog that will give you a wide variety of quality photos to Download for FREE. You can pick and choose from a large assortment of topics and set it use as a desktop background and or a screensaver. Then have it cycle to new scenes as often as you like. I recommend it highly.

    Get it at WEBSHOTS

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    > wide variety of quality photos to Download for FREE

    I'll go take a look, thanks, but I already have over 3,600 wallpaper images - my boot sequence chooses one at random according to the minute and second of re-boot. The wallpaper image is used as the screen saver (3D Flying Objects), so my screensaver is random, too.

    I still think it would be the next step in Screen Savers to tie the screen saver image into a real time event - maybe the lighthouse webcam at Cape Finisterre.

    For those of us who work like Trogdolytes in basements and internal offices, it'd be appropriate to have the ocacsional check on the weather.

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    Re: Screen saver

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    For those of us who work like Trogdolytes in basements and internal offices, it'd be appropriate to have the ocacsional check on the weather
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    I can remember the A.T.&T. LongLines building and Central Office in NYC. The Whole d*** building didn't have a single window. It was like a tomb. BUT.... they DID provide weather service lights in various hallways, that showed colored lights that indicated if the outside world was sunny, raining. snowing, cold or hot.
    Wasn't that nice of them? <img src=/S/blackhole.gif border=0 alt=blackhole width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Screen saver

    Hi Chris,

    Does it have to be weather related? How about a web cam in your town that feeds into your screen saver? I'm not sure how much different that would be from just keeping your browser window open to the cam.

    And if you did have a web cam for things other than weather, would you see the charity race of plastic ducks down the canal in the spring? I was in Ottawa in spring time about 10 years ago and that was one things happening around town.

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    Re: Screen saver

    >Does it have to be weather related?

    No. I siezed on WeatherUnderground as an available real-time service that could be customised to a geographic location.

    A web-cam would be a start, but a web-cam is local. (Perhaps a vast catalogue of web-cams, each of which could be used as a local site?)

    It seems to me that screen-savers aren't required for monitor burn-out inhibition anymore. Screen-savers are status-symbols for the desk top.

    1) Why not go at least one level above the standard gyrating image and have a real-time display.
    2) Why not go at least one level above the standard static source and have a geographic-based image.

    Once a screen-saver is based on Space and Time, then it is (globally) universal.

    The advantage of a weather-based system is that you can prepare yourself, mentally, weeks in advance, for that get-away break in Hobart, or Launceston, or wherever.

    Four our purposes, the product is a screen-saver that taps into a real-time geographic data base and generates (or web-cam-obtains) an image from that space-and-time data. A live satellite view of the earth would do as well. Earth and Moon Viewer

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    Re: Screen saver

    Chris,

    As I said in my previous post, logging onto a web cam thru the browser almost accomplishes the same thing. It just the operating system "knows" that if there is no activity for x minutes to go to the "program" called a screen saver and show whatever's been chosen thru display properties. You could have your PC set to never go to the screen saver program. If so and you had your browser open to a cam URL if nothing else was happening, you'd accomplish the same. The difference is that you'd have to open the browser and get to the URL if you know nothing will be happening. With a screen saver, the operating system is providing a "service" of monitoring for activity and invoking the previously-selected image if no activity has taken place for the previously-selected threshold of x minutes.

    And you're right, you don't need the screen saver to prohibit burn in any more. It's a status thing.

    I didn't understand your comment about web cams being local; each one certainly is. The cams I've gone to are just URLs or a button on a web page for different cams. For example, the town of Red Bank, NJ (about 6 miles north of me) has a web site. One of its pages says "see what's happening in Red Bank right now". If you click on that, you're presented with a choice of "view Broad Street looking north" (cam#1) or "view Front street" (cam#2) or... Each view is a separate URL that's invoked when you click the corresponding button. Thru the correct click (URL), you view whatever/wherever you want. So just like you could know the URL's of the web cams around the world (or out of this world), if you chose your URL for your favorite cam and had a way of feeding that to the screen saver "program", you'd have what you wanted. Just like the screen saver, you could go to your display properties in Windows and, instead of choosing a static or gyrating image, you'd choose a URL. Then when your screen saver kicks in, it'd go to the URL and display whatever's being picked up by the cam at that time.

    Shouldn't be hard to do. Even could have a bunch of standard, well-known cam URLs from around the world and be allowed to pick up your own (add URLs).

    I think we're on the same wavelength. New product in the making???

    Fred

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    Re: Screen saver

    Neat idea, Chris. If you find something like this, please share it with everyone.
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    Re: Screen saver

    > I didn't understand your comment about web cams being local;

    That's because I didn't make myself clear!

    I enisaged a simple database of active outdoor web cams, each with a geographic tag (such as latitude & longitude). Entering a locality for a screen saver (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) would allow the screen saver to determine the closest geographic outdoor web cam and use that for an image source.

    Here in Toronto, centre of the known universe, we have traffic cameras on the major highways. Those would provide some view of the sky. The web cam at Cape Finisterre might be the closest web cam to any place in Portugal, but I suspect that Portugal has a crop of its own web cams.

    The screen saver could draw on a list of web cams to help the user select the web cam "most local" for their needs. Red Bank NJ even!

    > New product in the making???
    Absolutely, but more than that; it takes screen savers to the next level. If I took the time to dwell on it, there are probably alternative scenarios to web cams. I could imagine a stocks-and-bonds screen saver. Almost any real-time feed of changing data ought to be a candidate. The new screen saver would present one with areas of interest (web-cams, stock exchanges, traffic etc) and produce the image as required.

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    > If you find something like this

    I doubt that I will. Over the years I've watched screen savers. They are a basic application that budding VB writers seem to write. No harm in that.

    I suppose more than anything i wondered why someone hadn't taken advantage of the variety of real-time imagery available today that wasn't available, say, five years ago.

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    >>> For those of us who work like Trogdolytes in basements and internal offices, it'd be appropriate to have the ocacsional check on the weather

    In a workplace where there are no windows other than those supplied with PCs, most of my users have the local weather radar set as IE's home page. That way they know what to execpt as they escape.
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    Re: Screen saver

    Exactly in what way do the escapees experience the "local weather radar" as they emerge from their bunkers?

    Are they zapped by the microwaves? Do bits of it fall on their heads?

    I know you do things differently in Melbourne, but this seems exceptional...!
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    >>>do things differently in Melbourne

    Yeh, I've heard that Melbournites do things differently, but here in Cairns we just use the radar to check if it is raining or not. Sorry can't speak for the otyers. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23> <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17>
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