<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/screen.jpg” />These 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, 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.
There are many clock screensavers out there that will basically get the job done. Design geeks will probably chooseover 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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