I love the motion screensavers that my Apple TV presents, slow-moving and mesmerising videos of spectacular world scenes. Whether it is the rolling aerial video of Central Park in New York City, the underwater setting of the Big Eye Trevally off Borneo, or the flyover through the Waimmanu Valley in Hawaii, the videos are just magnificent.
These screensaver videos have become a highlight in the house, and I am happy to let the screensaver display for hours on end as a photo frame feature in the home.
Screensavers were originally designed to protect screens from phosphor burn-in on CRT and plasma screens. As modern screens are now less susceptible to these issues, screensavers currently serve a different purpose.
The After Dark screensaver on the Apple Macintosh and Windows had the "flying toasters", the first screensaver to entertain the user. Since then, the screensaver has become a creative outlet for computer programmers.
Computer monitors today don't need a screensaver. If you wish to secure your computer and save electricity, then a monitor can be easily locked and powered down after only a few minutes.
With the dramatic improvement in the quality and resolution of images, the screensaver has become the main show, and it can entertain me for hours.