Cool Nerdy Screensavers

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 5, 2008
Updated • Dec 19, 2012

I almost decided to create a top x list of the nerdiest screensavers on the planet but decided against it. You get a simple list of some of the nerdiest screensavers around, many compatible to Windows PCs and Macs.

Screensavers nowadays are more for showing off than to really save the computer screen. Many users prefer to turn off the computer monitor whenever they will leave the workspace for a longer period of time.

Still, if you like screensavers you might fall in love with the ones listed below. If you got or know of an extraordinarily cool nerdy screenshot let me know in the comments.

TwittEarth (Windows XP, Mac coming soon)

A Twitter world map mashup. The screensaver is displaying Twitter messages of random Twitter users in their correct location on the world map. Each user is displayed as a avatar on the world map which gets crowded pretty fast.

Mapped Up (Windows, Mac OS X)

Unfortunately dead since 2006 a screensaver at least what's the latest blog post dating back to Aug 18, 2006 suggests. The screensaver is displaying a world map RSS feeds mashup that is showing updated news in the world. The original website allowed for customization for registered users. Registration is unfortunately not enabled anymore. The default news on the other hand are still displayed fine in the screensaver.

You can use the mouse to hover an entry to read the title. Clicking on a title will load the news item in the default web browser.

Twingly Screensaver

A visualization of the state of the blogosphere according to Twingly. If that does not sound nerdy enough I do not know what does. Twingly is a blog search engine. The screensaver displays updated blog posts in real time. It comes with an interactive mode which gives the user more control over the items and enough time to actually read what it happening.

System 47 (Windows, Mac OS X)

It is pretty common knowledge that Star Trek fans are some of the nerdiest humans in this planet. System 47 should be the best possible screensaver for their computer systems. It comes with sounds and all kind of schematics that they will surely love.

Cities of Earth

Geography seems to be another favorite topic among nerds. The Cities of Earth screensaver displays a wonderful rotating real time image of earth. It highlights cities on the planet and provides basic information such as names and the population count.


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  1. Sean said on March 20, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I did the Star Trek one — really cool!

  2. David said on December 6, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Really Slick screensavers has mostly goofy ones, but the Skyrocket one is awesome. Useful for the New Year and July 4.

    Some of the BOINC screensavers are “interesting.” The SETI one is “unique,” but I am sure that there are better ones on BOINC that are better. BOINC itself is a program that helps the knowledge of man by giving unused resources from home users. To learn more about it and see screenshots of the screensavers, go to the website. Someone else could probably do a better job explaining the BOINC mission than me.

  3. Jojo said on December 6, 2008 at 1:32 am

    There’s a great photo blog here that you can grab photo’s from:

  4. Martin said on December 5, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Looking at the article again I realize that I picked four screensavers of five depicting earth…

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