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    Star Alliance screen saver

    Has anyone tried this? It purports to show the positions of various flights in progress on a world map. Personally, I don't waste electricity on screen savers, but for anyone seeking extra distraction, it does look cool: http://www.staralliance.com/star_alliance/...creensaver.html

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    Jefferson

    It would be nicer if it included all flights from all airlines. I can't find EasyJet and Ryanair for the UK, or Virgin Blue from Australia, for example.

    Also, is their projection of daylight/darkness correct? I remember from the seatback screen of a Qantas jet going to Australia that the areas of light and darkness seem to have an "S"-shaped interface, not a straight line...

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    I noticed this little addition at the bottom of the download:
    "Installing the Star Alliance Screen Saver will also install the Star Alliance FlightLookup Auto Update Conduit. To learn more about the Update Conduit Click here."


    When I 'click here', this is what is says:

    "Download the Star Alliance FlightLookup Auto Update Conduit and install it on your PC. All your favorite Star Alliance Timetables will be automatically updated with the latest flight schedules, special offers and news.
    After you have installed the conduit, click on the Star Alliance Icon in the Task Bar and check the Timetables you wish to be automatically updated."

    Is that something I would want to do [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] ?

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    John,
    Just as soon as these join the star alliance (tm) I'm sure you will see them. Star seems to be growing fast and you should be seeing SAA, Adria and Croatian added soon. Squezzy-Jet may be a bit longer ... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> In any case if all airlines (over 500 with scheduled jet operations) were shown you wouldn't see anything but dots.

    If you wait long enough (i.e. in a few weeks - or change your system date) you will see the straight line change into S-shape as the seasons change. We are close to the Autumn equinox now and the areas of light/darkness should be close to a straight line.

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    Jefferson,
    I've had it running on my (office) PC (Dell laptop) for some months now. It isn't 'real-time' - i.e. shows the flights operating to schedule - which isn' the case in the real world. Assume you have tried the various options and have got the speeded up views - can you pick out the Singapore Airlines non-stops from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles? or the Air Canada non-stop from Toronto to Delhi (which actually disappears off the top of the screen).
    I to don't (didn't) like screensavers until I found this one.

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    Bowlie

    Your comment about the Equinox and the light/dark interface is very interesting! Have you ever come across an animation of this effect? My trip was in June (beginning of, one way; end of, the other) - would that have given most S-shape/least straight line?

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    ... other than watching my Starsaver for months on end? No and a quick google didn't turn up any interesting sites. End of June/December will give you the most dramatic shapes. Only 3 months to go ...

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    You could try the Earth viewer. As you said we do get more dramatic shapes the further we go from the equinox.

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    Tony

    That's exactly what I was after! The S-shapes appear in Map form (i.e. when the earth is projected onto a cylinder which touches at the equator)!

    I will keep it...

    Thanks!

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    Re: Star Alliance screen saver

    As noted below, it's more of a promo for the Star Alliance member airlines. Also, I'm not sure those airlines would like people knowing where all there planes are... could be a security concern.

    For light and dark, I like the Java applet at the "official U.S. time" site (http://nist.time.gov/timezone.cgi?Pacific/d/-8/java). During certain hours, the curve is quite dramatic.

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