software to blank a display for security or to prevent hardware problems while system input is idle

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Display won't follow sleep settings, uses disabled screensaver instead

I've been on the Yosemite beta for some time and moved into the final version a few days ago, but I noticed only as of just this morning that my screen was on with a screen saver running. I have ...
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How can I stop my MacBook Pro from automatically sleeping when I lock the screen?

Whenever I lock my screen (via either the lock icon -> Lock screen or by using the Control+shift+eject key combination), my screen immediately turns off (not showing the screen saver), and the system ...
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How to change the the screensaver using terminal (without using Preference Panel)?

I would like to change the screensaver "Flurry" by the Ken Burns without using the Preference panel, directly using terminal or command.
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Screensaver settings spontaneously revert

I have my screen saver set to display images from a folder in my ~/Pictures directory, and the "Shuffle slide order" box is checked. In Yosemite, I find that occasionally one or both of those settings ...
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Since upgrading to Yosemite, why is the screensaver unresponsive for a few random seconds after it starts?

Since I've upgraded to 10.10 (from 10.8), the screensaver is now unresponsive for some random seconds (~1 to 10) after it starts. This is very annoying, since I like to have a short "screensaver: ...
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How to disable screensaver in Yosemite

I'm running Yosemite on a Mac mini (Mid 2011) and I use Synergy in client mode on this machine. The screensaver setting is disabled ("Start after" is set to "Never") and display is set to sleep after ...
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Transparent locked screen

On my iMac, I keep a lot of supervision windows (displaying alarms and trends). These windows lead to priviledged access to very sensitive equipments. I would like to protect this iMac from any ...
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Can I run top as screensaver?

My employer has recently issued me a MacBook Pro to play with. I have a lot of Linux experience, but I was struck by how nice the terminal looks on the Mac in full screen mode, especially when running ...
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Set a screensaver as a background for Desktop?

I have a really nice Matrix inspired screensaver. I would like to have the moving screensaver to be placed as my Desktop background image. How can I set my screensaver as a background image for the ...
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Yosemite Login screen ignoring login after Screen Saver

This is regarding a: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) 2 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 I have a managed, admin, remote account on the Mac. This is the only account on the Mac. The ...
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On Yosemite, screensaver displays photo but no place to type password to unlock screensaver

I upgraded to Yosemite several days ago. Today, my screensaver kicked in while I was displaying a webex session in chrome. I cannot get the screensaver to let me back in. If I press a key, the ...
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Ethernet connection turns off when my Mac idles

I often leave my Mac for some time to do assorted tasks. When I return and log into the screensaver, I can't visit my homepage, Google, because the Ethernet connection has disconnected, requiring a ...
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OS X Mavericks screensaver changes pictures too quickly: How do I slow it down?

My screensaver pictures have quotes and sayings and the three or so seconds of transition between pictures that is built into the OS X Mavericks is far too short a duration to read the quotes and ...
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screensaver two monitors two images

I'd like to display a different image on each of my two monitors as the screensaver. The "Classic" screensaver almost does this, but it always mirrors the same image to both monitors. A way to ...
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screensaver that takes a screenshot

I'd like to make my screensaver look just like an unlocked desktop. The idea would be to take a screenshot just before activating the screensaver, and use that screenshot in the screensaver. Has ...
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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Why is the “Word of the Day” screensaver giving me false information?

I'm using the "Word of the Day" screensaver under OSX 10.8. It says "Press the D key to see more.", however hitting the D, or any other key, instead brings up the password screen used to terminate ...
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iTunes Artwork screensaver disappears on mouse move

The iTunes Artwork screensaver lets me choose an album to play from my library, but the moment I start moving the mouse the screensaver disappears (after a second or two) making it impossible for me ...
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Screensaver prefs window too small on 10.8

After installing XScreenSaver on a system running OS X 10.8.2 (12C60), I couldn't help but notice that the "Desktop & Screen Saver" preferences applet shows only a tiny portion of the list at a ...
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Disable screensaver password requirement from command line

I am trying to enable and disable the screensaver password requirement from the command line. defaults read com.apple.screensaver shows a variable askForPassword set to either 0 or 1, depending on ...
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Disable screen saver on OS X 10.9

When I set my screen saver "start after" value, it resets within a few hours. I have not yet determined what event causes it to reset, but it does not require rebooting to occur. Apple customer ...
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While Screensaver is on, login window keeps appearing. How can I prevent this?

I have a desktop with two computers. On one side I have a Windows PC, and on the other side is a Macbook running OS X Mavericks that is plugged into a Thunderbolt display. I use a wireless keyboard ...
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Where does Screensaver store images?

I have only used iPhoto a couple of times by accident (preferring one of the many alternatives). Each time, I carefully removed those images from iPhoto to the iPhoto trashcan and then emptied the ...
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Find lost photos that show in screen saver

Wonderful older photos that aren't in my library show up on my screen saver. I would love to be able to get to them! I currently use 10.9.3, but this has been happening for a long time.
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Activating screen saver from AppleScript in Mountain Lion

I had a script that I used to use to activate my screen saver, and it no longer works in Mountain Lion. It was a shell script that called an AppleScript script: #!/bin/bash osascript ...
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How can I launch screensaver with a keyboard shortcut?

I've looked around but can't seem to find any good answers. Would appreciate any pointers.
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iMac screen won't turn back on after a sleep session in Windows 8.1

I do a lot of hardware programming, and some of the chips I write applications for don't have IDEs and/or compilers that are compatible with anything other than windows, so I do use Windows quite ...
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Toggling screensaver password with script

I am using a rather old application called Proximity to trigger applescripts when my phone goes in and out of bluetooth range of my mac. Along with other tasks, I want to secure my laptop when the ...
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Can't select an iCloud Photo Stream for Screen Saver

I used to choose an iCloud Photo Stream of mine for my screen saver. But now, when I go to my screen saver settings, there is no option to choose an iCloud Photo Stream, but only Apple's default ...
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Making Screen Saver Images full screen

I set up the screen saver to a folder containing some of my photos. How do I get the screen saver in Mavericks to display them full screen?
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Why am frequently asked for access to my Keychain?

Since using Migration Assistant to move from an old iMac (2009) to a new MacBook Pro, I find that I'm repeatedly asked for access to my Keychain. Prior to moving to the new machine, once I unlocked my ...
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How to export/save a Processing (.pde) as a screensaver on OS X?

I wrote a little app in Processing that does a little animation and I really want to set that as my screensaver. I've exported it as a .app, but have no clue how to make the OS launch that app instead ...
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Can I have a screensaver use all monitors as one?

I can have screensavers show on all my monitors, but I would like one that would use all screens as if they were one big monitor (so the animation would flow from one to the other). e.g. something ...
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How do I change askForPasswordDelay from the command line? dwrite alone doesn't work

I normally run my Mac with a very long password delay on the screensaver. Sometimes, though, I want to reduce the delay to just 1-2 seconds. This command is supposed to reduce the time for the delay ...
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Open picture currently displayed in Screen Saver?

TL;DR In iTunes, you can press Command-L (Controls/Go to Current Song) to see what is playing. Is there a similar function to Go To Current Photo (in iPhoto) when I see a picture in the screen ...
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How to use iSight webcam without activating the green light?

Recently a the Dutch government advised to put a tape on your webcam to prevent hackers from taking pictures and video using your device (news article in Dutch). The build in iSight camera in Apple ...
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Full screen application causes screen saver to not start (Lion)

When I am in a Full Screen application mode, the screen saver doesn't start. So I have to shift to another screen that doesn't show a full screen app. There the screen saver starts! This naturally ...
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Screensaver after morning wake

I would like the screen saver (which shows family photos) to launch each morning when the computer wakes in the morning. I used the Energy Saver option to sleep the computer each night and to wake it ...
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iOS (iPad / iPhone) “screen burn”

My device isn't broken. I confirmed this on many iPad 2 and iPad 3 I have access to, both with iOS 6 and 7. But I can't reproduce it at will. There is something that triggers it. And then it becomes ...
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Where is the default Mac screen saver location?

Where is the directory to the default screen savers on Max OS X Lion?
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Deleted photos continue appearing in screensaver

I use one of OS X's built-in photo screensavers and point it to my Dropbox folder so that photos I add to Dropbox automatically appear. However, I've noticed that photos I've deleted from Dropbox ...
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How can I install a new dictionary on OS X for use with the “Word of the Day” screensaver?

The reason is trivial: I am a fan of the "Word of the Day" screen saver and I would like to add dictionaries for languages other than English and Japanese (these are the two that I can select now in ...
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Terminal output as a screensaver?

I want people to keep an eye on a script running in terminal whilst I'm away from my desk, but I don't trust them access to my machine. Is there a way to show the terminal console as a screensaver, ...
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Video screensaver in mountain lion

Can I somehow have a video loop as a screensaver in mountain lion? I remember the Save Hollywood app that worked for leopard, but nothing since then. Is there any way?
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32-bit only screen savers in Mountain Lion?

Is it possible to run 32-bit only screen savers in Mountain Lion? Just opening /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app in 32-bit mode doesn't run ...
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How do I build and export .saver file in Xcode?

I'm a n00b to say the least when it comes to XCODE, Obj-C, and OpenGL. But i've managed to successfully modify and build an existing open source screensaver project. How do I export the product to an ...
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Change the Screen Saver “Start After” options in Mountain Lion

In Mountain Lion, I'd like to remove some options in the screen saver timing. I'd like to remove the "Never" option and some of the longer options for all accounts on the system. Essentially I'd like ...
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OSX Screensaver photo repeat problem

I have an iMac running OSX 10.8.4 and I have a large collection of photos (10,000+) that I want displayed during the screensaver. I would like to see a uniform distribution of all photos. However, I ...
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How can I record a video of my screen, without any noticeable compression?

So I have a client who wanted us to design them a screensaver... In PowerPoint... "The client's always right!" I have created it and need to record the animated output into a .mov file, for import ...
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System very slow while and after login

I'm using OS X 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini with 2.3 GHz Core i5 and 8 GB RAM. For security reason I have to lock my computer to screensaver while I leave my seat for a while. I set it up so that password ...