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cb911
Aug 30, 2002, 01:14 AM
I JUST got a e-mail from the osxfaq.com site & it had the best 'mod' for any OS ever!!! :D

well, here's the whole e-mail:

'Dr. Mac's OS X Tip-of-the-Day

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August 29, 2002

By Bob LeVitus

Dr. Mac - Run ScreenSavers right on your Desktop!

OK. Today's JWOT (Jag-Wire-Only-Tip) comes by way of one of my (other)
favorite OS X sites, none other than Mac OS X Hints. It's not exactly useful
but it's quite cool... to run your screen saver modules right on the
desktop. That's right... with just one command you can have StonerView,
Bumps, or my personal favorite, Marine Aquarium, running behind your windows
when your Mac is awake... It's strange but true.

All it takes is typing this command at the prompt (in Terminal, natch):

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

Be sure to remove any line breaks or spaces that may have crept in due to
email or web formatting when you copy and paste the command.

As soon as you press Return/Enter, whatever screensaver is selected in the
Screen Effects (its new name) System Preference pane now appears as the
desktop picture/pattern, behind your windows and icons! But it's ALIVE!

To end it all, just type Control-C (in Terminal) - (Or kill the PID).

Even on my dual gigahertz box it wasn't what you'd call blazing fast, but
it's interesting and certainly useable (if you must) with at least some
screen saver modules. Give it a try... it's kind of cool.

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i did it & it's awesome. i've got the IX Xirtam (Matrix) screensaver as a wallpaper!!! :D:D:D:D:D:Dno amount of smilies could describe how happy i am right now!!:D

only thing is that i can't get it to stop through Terminal, but it goes back to normal when i restart.

Rower_CPU
Aug 30, 2002, 01:20 AM
Very cool. It showed up in the forum a couple days ago...:D

bidge
Aug 30, 2002, 01:31 AM
If you want to stop it you can type just type kill and the process number

Can't remember how to find the process numbers though

It is something like ax -ps

cb911
Aug 30, 2002, 02:27 AM
could i find the process number in Process Viewer?

and Rower_CPU, you mean it showed up in the MacRumors forum a couple of days ago? huh? i never saw it here...

robbieduncan
Aug 30, 2002, 02:57 AM
Originally posted by bidge
If you want to stop it you can type just type kill and the process number

Can't remember how to find the process numbers though

It is something like ax -ps

ps is the command you want. if you type man ps you will find the switches you want. ps -ax show all processes (a) including the ones without controlling terminals (x).

cb911
Aug 30, 2002, 07:19 AM
you can go to Process Viewer & lookup the process 'screensaverengine' and then get info on that process & the process ID.

the other way is in Terminal after the command to start the screensaver has been run it will show the process ID.

so now i know how to stop & start the screensaver wallpaper, which is good because i just found out that you can't eject or insert CD's if the screensaver is running.

i LOVE this screen saver wallpaper thing. now that i have my matrix screensaver all i need to do i find a Matrix font & then change the system fonts.... he he.:D :D

mnkeybsness
Aug 30, 2002, 08:57 AM
what a bunch of crap...there have been porgrams that do this...but what is the point...it just seems kind of stupid to me...and why waste your cpu usage?

8thDegreeSavage
Aug 30, 2002, 09:48 AM
Originally posted by mnkeybsness
what a bunch of crap...there have been porgrams that do this...but what is the point...it just seems kind of stupid to me...and why waste your cpu usage?



dude you obviously dont smoke weed....



WEEEEEE....i have an aquarium on my desktop!.....this kicks bottom!

Rower_CPU
Aug 30, 2002, 10:08 AM
Originally posted by cb911
could i find the process number in Process Viewer?

and Rower_CPU, you mean it showed up in the MacRumors forum a couple of days ago? huh? i never saw it here...

Posted 8/25:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?threadid=10253

mdman
Aug 30, 2002, 07:42 PM
I found also if you highlight the text in terminal and drag it to your desktop (creating a text clipping), the next time you want to do this, all you have to do is drop the text clipping onto terminal and it puts the command in, no fuss no muss.

I also made a clipping of the ps - ax | grep screensaver so I can find the process and kill it.

On my ibook 600mhz, it was a bit slow using the flurry screen saver.

cb911
Aug 30, 2002, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU


Posted 8/25:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?threadid=10253

oh well... no wonder i didn't see it. who's going to waste their time looking at a thread that just says 'wow'. how is anyone supposed to know what it's about?

anyway, it's even better if you use the iX Screen Effects 'matrix' screensaver. you can get it from http://www.illuminex.com/software/index.html

now i've still got to find a Matrix font, then i can use Tinker tool to get even closer to genuine 'Matrixness'.:D

Rower_CPU
Aug 30, 2002, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by cb911
oh well... no wonder i didn't see it. who's going to waste their time looking at a thread that just says 'wow'. how is anyone supposed to know what it's about?

anyway, it's even better if you use the iX Screen Effects 'matrix' screensaver. you can get it from http://www.illuminex.com/software/index.html

now i've still got to find a Matrix font, then i can use Tinker tool to get even closer to genuine 'Matrixness'.:D

Sounds cool. Post some screenshots. :)

cb911
Aug 30, 2002, 08:51 PM
ok, and i'll try to do better. i'll post a movie!! but first, can someone help me to find a 'Matrix' font? i'm looking, but not too much luck yet...:rolleyes:

cb911
Sep 1, 2002, 12:46 AM
i really need a Matrix font so i can have total Matrixness on my Mac.

come on, someone has to know where i can get a Matrix font? or someone has to have it? you've got to help me out, just put it up on iDisk or something.;) :D

irmongoose
Sep 1, 2002, 01:38 AM
just get "Cool Desktop". Pathetic name, but works well, without the GUI, and you can have it startup at login time.

http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=16021&db=mac

use the alternate link.


And... here is a screenshot with the Aquarium screensaver... awesome stuff!!




irmongoose

daijones
Sep 1, 2002, 02:08 AM
The easiest way to control the background screensaver effect is to get a copy of FackBore Effects from version tracker: it installs a system preference that lets you turn it on and off.

D

cb911
Sep 1, 2002, 02:34 AM
i don't mind having to use the Terminal, in fact i'm starting to get the hang of it and i'm actually starting to like using it.:p :D

i've still got a heap of screensavers that i want to try out, but for the moment i have an even bigger problem. i NEED the Matrix font, so i can change my system font to the Matrix one.

come on, i'm begging now! someone has to have it! or at least know where i can get it... please!!:( :rolleyes: :o

mdman
Sep 1, 2002, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by irmongoose

And... here is a screenshot with the Aquarium screensaver... awesome stuff!!


irmongoose [/B]


I've never seen that aquarium screensaver, where can I find that?


Cheers,


MDMAN

cb911
Sep 2, 2002, 06:19 AM
forget the aquarium screensaver, i NEED the Matrix font!! and i need it urgently!! someone has to help me!!! :eek:*eyebrow twitches*:eek:



i think you can get the aquarium screensaver form versiontracker.com, but it's only the demo, you'll have to register to have full functionality.


but don't forget about the Matrix font!! ;) *involuntary winking*;) :eek:
i really need it!! :eek: ;) :p

irmongoose
Sep 2, 2002, 07:16 AM
Originally posted by cb911
forget the aquarium screensaver, i NEED the Matrix font!! and i need it urgently!! someone has to help me!!! :eek:*eyebrow twitches*:eek:



i think you can get the aquarium screensaver form versiontracker.com, but it's only the demo, you'll have to register to have full functionality.


but don't forget about the Matrix font!! ;) *involuntary winking*;) :eek:
i really need it!! :eek: ;) :p

DUDE! You are not the only person in the world, aight? If no one knows where to get that font, they wont post. It's that simple. Did you try any mac font sites??



BTW, you can get the aquarium screensaver from versiontracker.com, it's called Marine Aquarium.





irmongoose

benjaminpg
Sep 2, 2002, 10:16 AM
Originally posted by mdman
I found also if you highlight the text in terminal and drag it to your desktop (creating a text clipping), the next time you want to do this, all you have to do is drop the text clipping onto terminal and it puts the command in, no fuss no muss.

I also made a clipping of the ps - ax | grep screensaver so I can find the process and kill it.

On my ibook 600mhz, it was a bit slow using the flurry screen saver.

In addition, if you drag any file(except a text clipping) into the terminal, it copies its path to the command line. This is very useful for performing commands on files, instead of having to type the whole path out.

saint
Sep 2, 2002, 10:26 AM
cb911, there are 2 matrix fonts. This one is called OCR-A:

http://homepage.mac.com/timapple/OCRA.gif

and this one, used in the title etc:

http://homepage.mac.com/timapple/comixx2.jpg
The problem with this one, however, is that it only works for capital letters.

I have both of these fonts. Download them from here (http://www.apartment26.com/miscfiles/apt26fonts.ZIP) and here (http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/redir.pl/fonts/matrix.zip) respectively.


saint

cb911
Sep 2, 2002, 04:54 PM
thanks saint.i'll check them out, but i gotta go to college now...:rolleyes: