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Flurry a lightweight screensaver

I do not really enjoy screensavers on my computer because I tend to prefer to turn off the monitor if I take a longer break. Another reason is that I did not find a good looking lightweight screensaver that I could install on the desktop PC to make it worth my while. As you may know already, screensavers are not really saving the screen anymore on modern displays, which reduces their purpose to a purely aesthetic one. I discovered the screensaver Flurry on the excellent Donation Coder forum, which is a nice place to hang out and find new cool stuff for your computer.

They have a big thread running at the moment discussing small, cool and lightweight screensavers and Flurry was mentioned in that thread among others. Flurry is only 57K in size, probably the smallest screensaver ever. Windows users simply double-click the .src file and setup Flurry by pressing the settings button.

Flurry is also available for Mac here and I suppose it offers the same feature set as the Windows version. I will still stick with my initial stance and turn of the monitor automatically if the computer has been idle for more than 10 minutes, everyone else who is using screensavers should definitely try out Flurry. Take a look at the screenshot below to get an impression of how the screensaver could look like on your system.

flurry screensaver

The version of Flurry offered by the developer has not been updated since 2003, and it appears as if it is no longer compatible with recent versions of the Windows operating system. An attempt to install the screensaver under Windows 7 64-bit did not work out, as it was not listed under screensavers after execution. A more recent version of the screensaver is linked from the original project website, but it is currently not available for testing.





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    Comments

    1. Brown Baron said on July 21, 2007 at 8:02 pm
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      I usually just turn the monitor off too. I rarely use screensavers since most of what I’ve seen aren’t really appealing. This screensaver looks interesting though. I think I’ll give it a try, thanks.

    2. Ryan Wagner said on July 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm
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      I can’t remember the last time I used a screensaver. I always have my monitor shutoff after 15 minutes instead because at least that actually saves power.

    3. Mitch said on May 13, 2013 at 12:39 am
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      Screen Savers are usually a waste of power…

      Anyways, I am an experienced software engineer who just so happened to have created the *ACTUAL* worlds smallest screen saver (in C).

      I was actually a little offended by the “this might be the smallest” comment!

      My Screen Saver is only 2.5KB and is 3D!

      Runs even on 16 bit systems, and MS-DOS!

      (A modified version even works on my Nintendo DS)!

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 13, 2013 at 1:55 am
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        Mitch in 2007 it may have been the smallest. I agree though that yours is a lot smaller in size. Well done.

    4. Mitch said on May 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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      Thanks :) I realize this was a long time back (though I missed that when I posted).

      I just wish more people knew about my cool Screen Saver!
      It’s actually really cool, it shows a rotating block in 3D!

      It’s not complicated though, it’s the simplest thing I have ever made with OpenGL!

      Not a lot of action though, because it’s only 2.5KB…
      Thanks for the fast reply!, I didn’t know you would so quickly! :)

      Sorry if I ever sounded mean…

      You can see my screen saver if you would like…
      Get it here http://www.2shared.com/file/yZagsKbe/Saver.html ! (Source included)

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