No Operating System

Written by Paul Siegel

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Of course, this tremendous reliability comes at price. Why does repparttar operating system have millions of lines of code? To increase repparttar 107850 flexibility ofrepparttar 107851 computer. This is why such computers are called general purpose computers. Withoutrepparttar 107852 O.S.,repparttar 107853 computer loses this flexibility and becomes one that is tailored for a given purpose.

Producing many tailored non-O.S. computers is now worthwhile in order to achieve greater reliability.

It seems to me that this new technology is better than it appears to be at first blush. It may even be used to make general purpose computers more resistant to viruses. If a non-O.S. computer were used as an input-output device for a conventional O.S. computer, it could kill viruses before they reachrepparttar 107854 conventional computer.

I believe that non-O.S. computers have a great future!

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Windows Screensavers Explained

Written by Roman Kramar

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First, as you already know, screensavers are launched automatically byrepparttar operating system.

TIP: Be careful if you use CD-Burning devices regularly and your system is configured to launch screensaver after some period of inactivity. Some screensavers produce very sophisticated effects but forrepparttar 107849 price of intensive CPU load. If you leave your computer while CD-Burning software is working, screensaver will be launched. This can sometimes lead torepparttar 107850 CD-RW disks burned improperly.

During their installation process screensavers are copied torepparttar 107851 system directory (years ago users had even to copy screensavers by themselves). Once they are there, Windows finds them and puts inrepparttar 107852 list of available screensavers. You can see this list inrepparttar 107853 Display Properties dialog. But how doesrepparttar 107854 system know thatrepparttar 107855 program in its system directory is a screensaver? The answer is simple. Any screensaver program has a name ending with ".SCR" extension, while a typical program has an ".EXE" extension atrepparttar 107856 end. This isrepparttar 107857 first difference.

Second, almost every screensaver has a bunch of settings allowing you to change its appearance in many ways. This isn't a much difference because many typical programs have options and settings too. The difference lies inrepparttar 107858 way user invokes configuration dialogs. Windows providesrepparttar 107859 only way to do it. It'srepparttar 107860 Display Properties dialog mentioned above. Other programs usually have their own buttons or menus to do that. Why are we talking about it? It's simple. The whole process means thatrepparttar 107861 system has a way to communicate with screensavers: to launch them, preview and configure on your demand while other typical programs don't have it. Usually they are simply launched and that's all. This isrepparttar 107862 second difference.

So what? How can we use it to our own advantage? Imagine yourself downloading a new screensaver, running it and finding it rather amazing. The screensaver can be so amazing and entertaining, that you would like to show it running on your screen torepparttar 107863 friend of yours. But wait. How do you do that? What if your system is configured to launchrepparttar 107864 screensaver after 5 minutes of inactivity only? Or after 10 minutes or even more? Will you wait for this eternity? You can say that there is always a way to launchrepparttar 107865 screensaver fromrepparttar 107866 Dialog Properties. But in order to do that you should launchrepparttar 107867 dialog, findrepparttar 107868 Screen Savers tab and clickrepparttar 107869 Preview button. Quite a lot of things to do. And if you are willing to demonstrate two or even more screensaversrepparttar 107870 things get complicated even more. And what ifrepparttar 107871 screensaver you've found looks best whenrepparttar 107872 whole desktop wallpaper is seen onrepparttar 107873 screen? The Display Properties dialog will simply destroy this unique beauty you were willing to share.

Now imagine that double-clicking an icon on your desktop could do all this. Simple action, no unnecessary dialogs. Sure, some preparation steps are needed. But they are done once. After that you can enjoy launching screensavers using icons as many times as you wish. Is it worth doing? Try it,repparttar 107874 result can be very effective. Once you managerepparttar 107875 process, you can proudly call yourself a "Professional Screensavers User". If you likerepparttar 107876 idea then there'srepparttar 107877 way to achieve it:

1) Use Windows explorer to navigate to your system directory. Usually it is C:Windows or C:WindowsSystem if you are using Windows 95/98/Me. If you are using Windows NT/2000/XP, then you should look in C:WINNT or C:WINNTSystem32.

2) Look throughrepparttar 107878 list of programs there. It can be quite large, but you can easily findrepparttar 107879 name ofrepparttar 107880 screensaver you are looking for. Alternatively you can userepparttar 107881 "Find Files or Folders" facility.

3) Once you've found it, userepparttar 107882 right mouse button to dragrepparttar 107883 file ontorepparttar 107884 desktop. After releasingrepparttar 107885 mouse select "Create Shortcut Here" fromrepparttar 107886 popup menu. The icon forrepparttar 107887 screensaver should appear on your desktop.

Now you can launchrepparttar 107888 screensaver at any time. Simply double-clickrepparttar 107889 created icon. Enjoy! I will be glad if you feel a bit more control overrepparttar 107890 system.

About the author. Roman Kramar Roman Kramar is a software developer who enjoys writing screensavers as his time permits. Visit his site at to find out more about screensavers and his work.

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