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moby1
Aug 26, 2002, 01:05 AM
andrewz posted the coolest OS X hack to date on /www.macosxhints.com.

Here it is (works in Jaguar only);

Go to System Preferences, Screen Effects. Select a cool screen saver like "Flurry".

Open Terminal.

Paste this command as a single line, without the newline;

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &

Now, when your done gasping, go show this to your PC friends...

To shut it off, enter the following in Terminal;

ps -ax | grep ScreenSaver

Then type in;

kill ****

Where **** is the number you got from the above command.

To make this easier, use an alias;

alias wow '/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &'

Notice the single quotes. Now go to Terminal and just type;

wow

WOW, eh.

moby1
Aug 26, 2002, 01:08 AM
This should've gone in another forum...must sleep.

MacMaster
Aug 26, 2002, 01:28 AM
Originally posted by moby1

Then type in;

kill ****

Where **** is the number you got from the above command.

What were the words?:p

[edit: Whoops!:rolleyes: Now I get you. Man, I need sleep!:p]

Nipsy
Aug 26, 2002, 01:30 AM
Do not try this on a busy/older system.

This (while kinda cool) brought my G4 733 to a standstill, and took 11 minutes to kill (I had 30 or so apps open at the time).

moby1
Aug 26, 2002, 01:42 AM
Yeah, although the effect runs fine on my Ti 800, when I put iTunes in front, my Ti started to heat up after a couple minutes.

Looks very cool with a clear Terminal window : )

Try -foreground (instead of -background), very wierd...

moby1
Aug 26, 2002, 01:43 AM
How do I make alias's permanent?

MacMaster
Aug 26, 2002, 02:10 AM
Originally posted by moby1
How do I make alias's permanent?
What do you mean?

sparkleytone
Aug 26, 2002, 03:39 PM
im guessing this makes your desktop the screensaver?

pretty cool i guess, if you have QE enabled.

krossfyter
Aug 26, 2002, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by sparkleytone
im guessing this makes your desktop the screensaver?

pretty cool i guess, if you have QE enabled.


well if thats true it doesn sound that cool. what so big about this hack?

bousozoku
Aug 26, 2002, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by moby1
How do I make alias's permanent?

You would need to add them to a .profile file although various things such as the file name may depend on the shell you're using.