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

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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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How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?

How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?
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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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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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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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How can I set the Mac OS X screensaver when not logged in?

When logged in to my user account, the screensaver selected in System Preferences is used. However, when on the login screen before logging in or using fast user switching a different screensaver is ...
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Is it possible to show a screensaver on a secondary monitor while using the primary monitor?

I have an iMac with a large format display set up as a secondary monitor that we use as a television for watching movies. When I am just using the iMac, I would like for the secondary display to ...
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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 to turn off Mountain Lion's screensaver's password requirement?

I have the current version Mountain Lion and set the Screensaver to 30 minutes, but since I am the only person that have access to this computer, I would like to turn the password off, but there seems ...
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Prevent users from unchecking “require password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver”

I've recently been given the task of securing a small network. One of the things we want to have happen is to have the computers lock down after a period of inactivity. The easy thing for this, of ...
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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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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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Sleeping screen (Cinema Display) keeps waking up. How can I make it sleep until mouse is moved?

I have my Mac Pro (Cyrus) configured not to fall asleep completely but to let the screen sleep when not used for half an hour. I also use the keyboard shortcut for forcing the display to sleep. ...
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How can I show the login window after a period of inactivity?

How can I make my Mac display the login screen (as though I'd selected "Login window" from the fast user switching menu) after the session has been idle for a certain time? I can make it log out ...
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Screensaver changes images too quickly – is there a way to adjust it?

I like to display my own images using the Mac OS X screensaver, but it seems that Mountain Lion has shortened the duration for which each image is displayed. The duration is too short for my tastes – ...
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10.7.3 - Screensaver turns on while I'm in the middle of typing/mouse activity

Has anyone seen this? Let's say I set my screen saver to activate after 5 minutes. Well I can be typing and using the mouse almost continuously for a period of time (5 minutes? I'm not exactly ...
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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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Make RSS screensaver show more articles?

I have an RSS screensaver, but at the moment it only displays a few articles and then loops. Is there a way to make it display more articles?
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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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iTunes-cover screensaver not showing

Today I tried to use the iTunes-cover screensaver (for the first time), but my screen (and the preview area in the system preferences) simply stays black, nothing else happens. Has anybody ...
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Why when I wake my new iMac from Sleep, I have to scrape away a layer of screensaver or Lion linen to log in?

I have a strange problem. I am very good with Macs and all Apple products, but this one has me stumped. I have a new (4 months old) 27" iMac (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5) with Lion 10.7.2 and it works ...
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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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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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Is there a configurable “word-of-the-day”-screensaver/ -widget

I am looking for a "word-of-the-day" screensaver or dashboard widget where I can configure (e.g. in a text file) that "words" to be displayed?
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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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Where is the “Computer Name” screensaver stored in Mac OS X?

I've looked in: System/Library/Screen Savers Library/Screen Savers ~/Library/Screen Savers I wish to explore the package contents for a personal project I'm working on. I've done iOS apps in the ...
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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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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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Why do some of my programs get terminated when the screensaver runs?

I have Mac with OS X 10.6.6 running. When the screensaver gets started and runs for a few minutes (10 or 15?) Thunderbind, Firefox and a few other programs gets terminated because OS X seems to want ...
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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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System 7: How to unlock screensaver?

I own a vintage "LC II" (a.k.a. "Macintosh Performa 400") with System 7.x installed years ago. Unfortunately I'm not able to log in anymore, because after the initial boot the screensaver fires up and ...
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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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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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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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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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Activating Mountain Lion screen saver from Applescript, part 2

This example was shown earlier: tell application "System Events" set ss to screen saver "Random" start ss end tell Is there an incantation instead of "Random" to display a slideshow from ...
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Screensaver in Lion

I like to use events and albums from iPhoto as my screensavers. Lately, only some events and albums show up when I go into preferences>screensavers. If I go out and come back in, most will then show, ...
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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 to install a .qtz screensaver in Lion?

What are the instructions to install a .qtz screensaver in Lion?
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Why is the screen saver not kicking in?

I have a Mac mini running 10.6.7. I have set the screen saver to be automatically activated after 15 minutes, and the session to be locked a while after that. But sometimes, the screen saver stops ...
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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 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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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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Why does Mountain Lion keep using the wrong screen saver?

I have my screen saver set to Arabesque. If I move my mouse down to the Screen Saver hot corner, I get Arabesque. If I sit and wait for the screen saver to start automatically, I get Arabesque. But ...
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Can I lock my screen with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I'm running OS X 10.7.3 Currently I've found what looks like 2 possible solutions: Hot corner(s) setup in the "Desktop & ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...