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B. Articles

1. SCREEN SAVERS: CHEAPER THAN THERAPY

(San Jose Mercury News - Computing - Sunday, April 28, 1996)
   BY NOAH MATTHEWS
   Knight-Ridder News Service


We used to tell ourselves that screen savers protected
our monitor screens. Now we tell ourselves that they 
protect our work from prying eyes. But we know that what
they really protect is our individuality.

On bad days, they are sanity savers.

Let the computer sit idle for a few minutes, and the
screen saver engineers your escape to fishing streams
or outer space or the whirling joys of a child's
kaleidoscope.  And anyone who passes by pauses to 
admire your getaway.

Some of the niftiest ones come in shareware packages.
Get the ones reviewed in this column and you'll have 
dozens - and programs to manage their use as well.
All require MS Windows, and all are easy to set up in
Windows 95.

SAVERVISOR: Mark Qian wrote this program to manage
all the features of screen savers and Windows wallpaper. 
It lets you launch a screen saver with a single click 
of the right mouse button on an area of the screen that
you have specified. It lets you specify which screen 
saver to launch at a specified hour through a week.
It can switch your screen savers at random or on a 
schedule you set. It provides similar control for 
wallpaper. You'll find Savervisor in Mercury Center
on America Online or as SAVERV.ZIP on computer bulletin
boards or the Internet.

Other excellent programs for managing screen savers are
Anyscr (ANYSCR.ZIP) and CT HotSot (HOTSPT18.ZIP).

AMAZING: That's the name Qian gives to a series
of spectacular animated screen savers that exploit your 
system's Super VGA with 256 colors and its sound card. 
A good sample of Qian's work is in the set he calls
Amazing Seasons. Birds sing and glide over rivers and
forests. Clouds float among mountains.  But until you
register the screen savers, you'll also get an annoying
reminder to do so. The Qian screen savers also allow visitors
to leave messages, and they will launch other programs
at times you specify.  For Amazing Seasons, look for
AZ_SN47.ZIP.

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2. Computer News


April 19, 1996

Reviews of shareware programs

These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers. The programs are available from bulletin boards and America Online (keyword Mercury). Users try them, then pay a fee to register if they decide to use them regularly.

By Noah Matthews

Knight-Ridder Newspapers

We used to tell ourselves that screen savers protected our monitor screens. Now we tell ourselves that they protect our work from prying eyes. But we know that what they really protect is our individuality.

On bad days, they are sanity savers.

Let the computer sit idle for a few minutes, and the screen saver engineers your escape to fishing streams or outer space or the whirling joys of a child's kaleidoscope. And anyone who passes by pauses to admire your getaway.

Some of the niftiest ones come in shareware packages. Get the ones reviewed in this column and you'll have dozens - and programs to manage their use as well. All require MS Windows, and all are easy to set up in Windows 95.

SAVERVISOR - Mark Qian wrote this program to manage all the features of screen savers and Windows wallpaper. It lets you launch a screen saver with a single click of the right mouse button on an area of the screen that you have specified. It lets you specify what screen saver to launch at a specified hour through a week. It lets you switch all your screen savers at random or on a schedule you set. It provides similar control for wallpaper. You'll find Savervisor in Mercury Center on America Online or as SAVERV.ZIP on computer bulletin boards or the Internet.

Other excellent programs for managing screen savers are AnyScr (ANYSCR.ZIP) and CT HotSpot (HOTSPT18.ZIP).

AMAZING - That's the name Qian gives to a series of spectacular animated screen savers that exploit your system's Super VGA with 256 colors and its sound card. A good sample of Qian's work is in the set he calls Amazing Seasons. Birds sing and glide over rivers and forests. Clouds float among the mountains. But until you register the screen savers, you'll also get an annoying reminder to do so. The Qian screen savers also allow visitors to leave messages, and they will launch other programs at times you specify. For Amazing Seasons, look for AZ-SN47.ZIP.

EZSAVER - This one lets you make your own images twirl, spin and skate across whatever background color you choose. It works in either Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. Registration brings expanded capabilities and the right to create and sell or give away all the screen savers you wish. EZSAVER.ZIP.

FISHING SCREENSAVER - This puts a series of restful fishing scenes on the screen. A memo feature lets visitors arrange fishing dates or leave less important messages while you're away from your desk. You can read and print the messages on your return. FISHSV17.ZIP.

KALEIDOSCOPE - This comes in two versions. KALEID31.ZIP is for Windows 3.1. KALEID95.ZIP is a 32-bit version for Windows 95. Both put stunning patterns on the screen when Windows dozes. The Windows 95 kaleidoscope moves at dizzying speed.

NEW FRONTIERS - Outer space is the theme in this package, which includes five space photos as a sample of what you can get if you buy a CD-ROM that has 400 shots of planets, comets, galaxies, moon walks and other wonders. (NEWFRNTR.ZIP.) Outer space is also the theme for Mark Qian's Space Explorer (SPACE50.ZIP), which turns your screen into a spaceship window through which you can see planets and comets fly by.

SQUIRMY DOTS - Inner space is the theme of this one, in which dots twinkle endlessly ``to stimulate inner peace'' - or at least the relaxed feeling one gets on a starry night. Inner peace comes at a price, though. You'll need at least one megabyte of video ram on a 256-color video card. And a fast Pentium helps. SQUIRM55.ZIP.

CORPORATE LOGO - If a piece of the executive suite is your goal, this may be the screen saver for you. Demonstrate company loyalty by displaying the corporate logo, if it's available in a BMP file, when on a coffee break. SSCORP40.ZIP.

THE LIGHTS GO DOWN - Complete with password and randomizer, this collection of 20 or so screen savers works best - as do many of the programs reviewed here - with Super VGA and sound card. LIGHT221.ZIP.

RANDOM THOUGHTS - More than 200 quotations scroll randomly across your screen so you can share the wisdom and folly of politicians, entertainers, philosophers, politicians, generals and athletes. Register the program and you'll get five times as many quotations. RT- 01V10.ZIP.

SILENT PARTNER - Elaborate in conception but simple to use, this program protects you against accidental deletion of files by mirroring them when you're away from your work station (SPBCK250.ZIP).

FREEWARE - Some screen-saver programs don't ask for registration fees. One brand-new one is PCLOCK, which displays an old-fashioned analog clock and a monthly calendar (PCLOCK10.ZIP). Another, which you'll find as DESTINY.ZIP, displays what appear to be flying red-and-white yo-yos.

MACINTOSH SCREEN SAVERS

FOCUS COMATOSE (Mac, System 7) - This commercial-quality program not only saves your screen, it will spin down your hard disk and blacken your monitor, which saves electricity. If you have a fax modem, your Mac wakes up to take a call, then goes back to sleep. While you're away, you're assured that only the right password will wake your Mac up again. Should run on any Mac, from a Plus on up. One of the best shareware programs I've seen recently. Look for version 4.0.2 or higher.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS (Mac, System 7) - We're rushing the season a bit with this one, which includes a screen saver for Valentine's Day, and background music.

SCREEN DAEMON (Mac) - A little program that dims your screen when you tell it to.

TWILIGHT SCREEN SAVER (Mac, System 7) - Set the brightness (or dimness) you want.

STAR DRIVE (Mac, System 7) - Play synthesized music with your star show.

DARK SIDE OF THE MAC (System 7) - This one has been around for a few years, but holds up well. The faders are After Dark quality.

FISH! (Mac, System 7) - Little fishies swim across your screen. For nostalgia buffs.

(For copies of all the Noah's Screen Savers for IBM-compatibles, send $20, plus tax for Californians; for the Mac screen savers, send $15, plus tax, to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, CA 90807. Credit cards: (800) 395-7797. Fax (310) 426-0110. E-mail: noahshare(at)aol.com)

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(c) 1996, Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Distributed by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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