On April 15, 2011, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:
This poll question arose out of a photo gallery produced by our Windows expert, Greg Shultz: "Flying Toasters - A Look Back at After Dark for Windows 1.0."
Once upon a time, we all put great time and effort into acquiring and displaying a screen saver we could be proud of, but with the advent of power-consumption options and LCD displays, the screen saver has lost much of its appeal. At least that is the premise I was investigating with the poll.
The poll responses show that there is no majority consensus on the venerable screen saver. Some still love the screen saver concept, some are apathetic, and some prefer the power settings approach. No matter where you stand on the spectrum of choices, you have lots of company.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.