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Background Screen Saver

Here is a fun tip that I found over at macresearch.org.



  • Make sure you have a cool screen saver set (such as the RSS visualizer)
  • Open Terminal (found in Applications/Utilities)
  • Type the following:
     /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine-background
  • Look at your Desktop.
  • To stop the whole thing and return your desktop to normal, bring the terminal window forward and press Control-C (or Command-.)

[Update: If you fear Terminal and the command line, check out bgscreensaver.]