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awesome screensaversThese days, it seems that one of the last things people think about when it comes to customising their computers is the screensaver. There are all sorts of options out there for both Mac and PC users — from abstract vector designs to clocks and calendars to keep your eye on the time.

Screensavers can be used in all sorts of creative and unique ways The 10 Creative Ways to Use a Screensaver The 10 Creative Ways to Use a Screensaver Read More , and if nothing else, they can brighten up your screen. We’ve put together a list of 6 screensavers that should appeal to the geek in you. There’s a little something for every type of geek, from the GTD Geek to the Trekkie in you that’s bursting to come out.

PolarClock

There are many clock screensavers out there that will basically get the job done. Design geeks will probably choose PolarClock over other screensavers any day of the week. Available in 28 languages, with a 24 hour or 12 hour clocks, and font size customization; PolarClock gives you a fun and colourful way to protect your screen, and tell the time. PolarClock is available as a free download for Mac and Windows users, and is also available as a paid iPhone app to turn your phone into a geek-chic nightstand.

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System 47

The ultimate in geekiness, System 47 was created as a homage to Star Trek and displays screens from the fictional operating system, LCARS. The screensaver comes fully equipped with images and sound effects, the latter of which can be disabled in the options.

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System 47 hasn’t been updated in quite a while, and Mac users running 10.5 or later won’t be able to install the program from the original file. Since the screensaver was abandoned by its original developer, some fans have taken it upon themselves to update it and the Mac installation file can be downloaded from Mac Update.

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Electric Sheep

No geeky list of screensavers is complete without the iconic Electric Sheep. The psychedelic screensaver certainly needs no introduction. The opensource screensaver is made up of vector art contributed by thousands of people from all over the world. If you want to get in on it it and contribute your own design, you can do so here.

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WorldClock

Another awesome clock screensaver is Simon Heys’ World Clock. Mac and PC compatible, the screensaver displays the current time and date. The screensaver is highly customisable, with the ability to alter the font, choose between a linear or rotary design, as well as several different ways to display the time and date.

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GeoCodEarth

GeoCodEarth is the ultimate screensaver for any Twitter geek. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the screensaver displays what’s being shared on Flickr, Twitter and Ffffound around the world. You can also add specific Flickr or Brightkite searches as well as any RSS feed you choose. The GeoCodEarth screensaver requires an internet connection to work.

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iTunes Album Art

For the music geek, using your album artwork as a screensaver is a pretty cool way to get a huge variety of art on your screen in one go. For Mac users, this feature comes bundled with any machine, with iTunes album artwork used as one of the native screensavers. PC users can get in on the fun with Crayon Room’s free screensaver.

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Image credit: Shutterstock

  1. Aibek
    December 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Oh yeah, it's Word Clock :-)

    thanks for heads up

  2. laboratory
    December 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Downloaded PolarClock and System47 - both work excellent on win7. Both quite interesting.

    Cheers.

  3. laboratory
    December 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Downloaded PolarClock and System47 - both work excellent on win7. Both quite interesting.

    Cheers.

  4. Aibek
    December 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

    My favorite one is World Clock!

    • Chips
      December 23, 2010 at 2:24 am

      According to their site, it's Word Clock, not World Clock or WorldClock. I like the concept - am downloading now.

      • Aibek
        December 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

        Oh yeah, it's Word Clock :-)

        thanks for heads up

  5. Saucy London
    December 21, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I love the electric sheep!

  6. Scott Draves
    December 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, this is Scott Draves, founder of the Electric Sheep. It's not made of "vector art", they are Flames (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... which is a mathematical algorithm that takes hours to render. The many thousands of users of the screensaver share the work of rendering, which saves on electricity. The designs come from a Genetic Algorithm, a form of Artificial Intelligence, combined with designs from people using the Flame algorithm. And it certainly isn't intended to be psychedelic. I consider it a form of abstract art.

  7. music-man
    December 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    It's a good idea to use a screenshot with password set when you're using a public computer.

  8. Scott Draves
    December 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hi, this is Scott Draves, founder of the Electric Sheep. It's not made of "vector art", they are Flames (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_flame), which is a mathematical algorithm that takes hours to render. The many thousands of users of the screensaver share the work of rendering, which saves on electricity. The designs come from a Genetic Algorithm, a form of Artificial Intelligence, combined with designs from people using the Flame algorithm. And it certainly isn't intended to be psychedelic. I consider it a form of abstract art.

    • nm
      December 22, 2010 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for the comment Scott. Apologies for the about calling it vector art - but whether or not it's perceived as psychedelic is certainly something that is open to each person's interpretation regardless of intentions.

  9. Steroids UK
    December 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    nice idea but many laptops have a nasty habit of sleeping when their external screen turns off even if their is stuff running.

    • Michael Dumball
      December 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

      This can be easily changed in the Windows Control Panel under Power Options.

  10. Smashbase
    December 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I usually use Fliqlo. http://www.9031.com/downloads/...

    Another interesting one is Protein Chromo. http://prote.in/chromo

  11. Smashbase
    December 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I usually use Fliqlo. http://www.9031.com/downloads/fliqlo.html

    Another interesting one is Protein Chromo. http://prote.in/chromo

  12. Louis
    December 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I support Badfiddler's comment. But it's up to the users if they want a better Earth for their offspring.

    • Izzi
      February 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Yes, because you not using a screensaver will save your offspring. How about doing something that counts? Sell your car. Buy electricity based on water/sun/wind etc. Recycle. Use a bicycle to get to work (not car/bus/train). You get it...a screensaver will not save your children. SO stop whining before you have done any of that.

  13. Peeping Tom
    December 21, 2010 at 1:28 am

    *sigh* Some, as in you, Badfiddler, are annoying.

  14. Badfiddler
    December 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Please don't use screensavers! They're a waste of electricity. Set your monitor to turn itself off, and call it a day. They may be cute, but they cost you money, add to air pollution, and some of them are just plain annoying.

    • Adrienne_baby
      January 15, 2011 at 1:11 am

      oh no. pollution! idc! screensaver's are awesome. ok badfiddler? if u have somethin against them, then y r u at this site?

    • olavinto
      February 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Yeah, this is true. But if your monitor(s) are connected with HDMI (like my two desktop monitors and HTPC TV) then it doesn't work. Not supported with HDMI. Althought I usually turn them off when I don't use them (especially the TV).

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