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1 Software / Finished Programs / SOLVED: webcam activity detection on: December 27, 2010, 11:59:59 AM
I had an idea that would sort of add on to the functionality of the Noise program. The idea is to tie in to a webcam via usb (or ip?) and have it keep the screen active so that the screensaver doesn't start up when there is movement or if the screensaver is running, it would stop when a user enters the area.
It would be useful to have a grid that is selectable so that you can easily ignore parts of the webcam area that are expected to be in motion or don't matter. (ie If there's a window in the viewing area) Also, adjustable sensitivity.....
2 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Request: Transparent Screensaver on: December 21, 2010, 10:18:30 AM
I thought about that..... and I don't think it will.
I'm thinking (hoping) that even subtle changes on LCDs are enough to keep them from getting burned in. I'm hoping that having a white line get replaced by a gray line would refresh the pixels on the screen just enough to keep it from getting stuck.
Unfortunately, to find out, the test takes a long time to run. It usually takes 3-6 months before you see any real effect.
3 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Request: Transparent Screensaver on: December 21, 2010, 09:57:46 AM
Interesting idea, but that wouldn't really work for what I need it for.... the screen content needs to be very viewable at all times and having it scroll like that would break up the data, obfuscating the information.

BTW, WOT doesn't like the first link rsteward posted.
4 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Request: Transparent Screensaver on: December 20, 2010, 10:15:13 AM
oh, and I just noticed the vertical shifting part.... that's a really good idea. Cool!
5 Software / Finished Programs / Re: Request: Transparent Screensaver on: December 20, 2010, 10:01:15 AM
Thanks for tackling this for me! It's a good start! Thmbsup
Multi-monitor capability is a must for me because all of the computers here are 2+ monitor configurations.
I think the inverse band is pretty good, but it's moving too fast on my system and is really choppy. Is there a way to modify the speed and width of it?
Also, if there could be a way to dim the screen such as in the dimsaver screensaver (allowing realtime updates), I think that might be just as good as doing a whole shot and inverting it.
As far as how realtime the data must be.... I would be okay with less than 2-5 seconds of delay.
6 Software / Finished Programs / DONE: Transparent Screensaver on: December 07, 2010, 12:14:35 PM
I mentioned this idea a while ago in another part of the forum, but am wondering if I put it in the wrong section.

The idea is to have a screensaver that refreshes the pixels on the screen but keeps updating the current data on the screen.
The DimScreen screensaver does this when the screen is dimmed. It continues to update information on the screen until the selected screensaver kicks in (which I can tell it to do after three hours). But that's only half of what I want.....

Could a new program be made (or a version update to DimScreen) that dims the screen (or not), continuously updates information displayed on the screen, and moves some pixels around to keep them from getting stuck? I think an inverse vertical line of 1-10 pixels could move from left to right would do the trick, or maybe bouncing bubbles like the screensaver in vista and win7.

I know some people say that LCD monitors don't suffer from burn in, but I see it happen all the time. I work at a water/wastewater treatment plant and the screens have to be on 24x7 and they display the same header and footer on the screen for months at a time, which get stuck in place even on the best of monitors.

If someone could help me out with this, that would be great. Thanks. :)
7 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: DONE: DimSaver, a better PowerDimmer screensaver alternative on: December 07, 2010, 11:49:09 AM
So, what's up with the 1px white lines on the edges of the screen?
Also, I can't run the screensaver if it is in the D:\Windows\System32 directory on Windows 7 64bit. If I try to run it or configure it, it pops up an error message that says "EXE corrupted". But I can copy that same file out of the system32 directory to C:\ and run it just fine.....
8 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver on: December 06, 2010, 01:49:57 PM
Just visiting this site again and noticed that the dimsaver.scr program sort of does what I'm looking for. It dims the screen, while still allowing updates through and then runs another screensaver after an amount of time. I can set the timeout to 3-4 hours and dim the screen to 200 and it might be alright. Is it possible to add a moving object to the dim saver? How about a 10 pixel inverse vertical line 100% screen height that moves left to right during the dim state?
9 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver on: May 03, 2010, 10:53:57 AM
That's an even better idea than I had thought of. Maybe have a 50 pixel inverse-color square scroll around the screen to freshen things up a bit. It probably wouldn't even need a timeout. Something that small could always be running with no interference to the operator.
10 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver on: April 23, 2010, 06:49:32 PM
Just checking in on this topic.... Any start on it yet?
11 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver on: February 04, 2010, 10:23:39 AM
Yes, there was a screensaver with Win98 Plus that had the swirling effect (also a black hole, bump, dent, etc.), but it didn't update the screen with current information, only a screenshot from the beginning.
12 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Live Screensaver on: February 02, 2010, 05:55:57 PM
Wow, I'm surprised how fast you guys replied!
My application is full-screen only, so moving a window is not an option. Perhaps doing a screen shot every 5-10 seconds and shrinking it by 5-50 pixels and making the image move around on the screen? Very subtle, but may do the trick.
Or even something like the Bubbles screensaver on Vista, but having the background continue to update...... The only problem with that is the corners would not be affected.
13 Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Live Screensaver on: February 02, 2010, 05:15:02 PM
Where I work, we usually have the screens on the same information for very long periods of time. I used to think that screen burn-in was impossible on an LCD, but we have several monitors that have semi-permanent burn-in because of our needs. (to clear the burn-in, you have to unplug the monitor for a few days). Normally, you would just set a screensaver to turn on after a half-hour or something, but our needs demand that the information on the screens be visible at all times. I've seen some screensavers that take a snapshot of the screen and move that around or run swirling graphical somethings all around. That is a step in the right direction, but I need the information to continue to update itself at least every 5-10 seconds.
I'm wondering if anyone wants to try to tackle this for me. At this point, I'm not exactly sure what such a screensaver would look like, but maybe someone else will have an idea. I'll be thinking about it a little more over the next few days and edit this post or reply if I think of something.

14 Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: separate user profiles on: January 21, 2010, 05:40:16 PM
Just downloaded the new update (1.19.62) and it seems to be working fine with the multiple profiles. I've been swamped at work the last few weeks and am sorry I haven't gotten to that donation yet. I will try to have it to you by next week.

Also, a note about the gridmove.exe.ini path, on Vista and Server 2008, the path is "C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\DonationCoder\GridMove\", or "%AppData%\DomationCoder\GridMove\".
15 Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: separate user profiles on: January 11, 2010, 10:35:39 AM
Sweet. Thanks for doing that. smiley
I check it out and work on getting that donation approved.
16 Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: separate user profiles on: December 11, 2009, 03:51:30 PM
How's school going? Still looking forward to an update with profile compatibility. smiley
(And still willing to give a good size donation)
17 Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: separate user profiles on: September 09, 2009, 04:36:34 PM
I look forward to the update and you can look forward to a nice little donation when it is ready. smiley
18 Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / separate user profiles on: September 04, 2009, 03:52:16 PM
I love the concept of GridMove, seems to work good and I have a suggestion that would pretty much guarantee I would use it permanently.
There needs to be a way to tie it to different profiles. I use terminal services at work and some users have one screen, some have two or three screens. Each of the users should be able to change the settings in gridmove to their own preference. But the way it is now, if one user changes settings, everyone else gets hosed.
I think the ini file should just be moved from the program files directory into each user's application settings directory and it would take care of it.
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