I was recently digging through my old floppy disk collection and stumbled across a pair of disks titled Microsoft Scenes Sierra Club Nature Collection. I then remembered that back in 1994, Microsoft Home released a set of seven or so Microsoft Scenes screensaver and wallpaper programs of which this themed collection of 40 Sierra Club photographs was a part.
As such, I fired up my Windows 3.1 virtual machine and installed it. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and relive the Microsoft Scenes Sierra Club Nature Collection.
(You’ll have to pardon this grainy image, I no longer have the box and had to make due with a scan from an old Microsoft Home catalog.)
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If you like the sorts of images in MS Scenes, I would recommend downloading one of the samplers from Second Nature, which includes an executable. They come out with new samplers every quarter or so, and you can also create your own "collections" from your personal JPEG images. Of course, if you choose to you can buy one or more of their numerous collections, some of which are available in HD resolution. Purchases help to support the Nature Conservancy.
The current higher screen resolutions can display wonderful stuff and there are photographers out there making images available. This guy did some of the images on the Vista desktop, and offers some more that Microsoft didn't ship: http://hamaddarwish.com/wp/windows-vista/
What I really miss is my Marvel Superheros Screensavers that I used to have back in the Flying Toaster Era :-)
As wallpaper I prefer pictures from where I have been my self. Screen saver as blank or black, or in special situation transperent - find it on techrepublic - for lookin at logfiles or messages. /Robert
I still run MS Scenes on the XP laptop I use every day - it's so easy with it to organise different photo collections in any location using the scenes.ini file (remember those?), and it doesn't mind if collections happen to be inaccessible. The only problem with it is that it won't automatically resize photos to screens larger than 1024x768, so they have to be resized manually before loading them into a collection. I haven't tried it yet on my W7 notebook, but I'm not hopeful. How about a W7 makeover of Scenes, MS? - I'd buy it!
Ha ha! The Sierra Club website recommends that you don't use a screensaver at all. Just set your computer to go to blank and that will save power and keep your computer more 'green.' http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2009/06/green-your-computer-use-screen-savers.html
In windows 7 there are lots of options; as I'm sure you know, you can downoad lots of nice themes directly from the display applet for free. It will even cycle your wallpaper if you use one of those themes. I too like to use my own pictures. Then there is the slide show screen saver, again something I'm sure you all know about. However, if I point my wallpaper to a folder of my pics and select multiple images, it does not cycle through them. Either I am doing something wrong or something is missing, perhaps the pictures need to be included in a theme...