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I'm not a big fan of holiday-themed screensavers, and as a native Californian, snow is more of a theory than actual weather. Snowfall manages to be one of my favorites year-round, however. Choose the density and speed of the snowflakes, then simply enjoy the intricate 3-D snowfall indoors. It's not real snow, but it sure beats having to dig your car out of the driveway every morning.
4. RSS Visualizer
Eye-candy it's not, but Apple's RSS screensaver is actually extremely useful for news junkies. Apple limits you to a single source plucked from your Safari feeds; if you're handy with Yahoo Pipes or any number of other roll-your-own feed options, it's simple to create a meta-feed from several sources. Can also be handy for stalking your favorite web-lebrity via Twitter.
Face it: You've got gigs of photos just sitting there on your drive. If you're like most people, you never actually look at any of them. Apple's got an elegant solution to help you enjoy your photos already baked-in to the OS. The iPhoto screensaver will cycle through your entire library, or a specific album. A little time spent organizing your great shots will pay off in a "free" digital photo frame chock full of great shots.
For whatever reason, the image of flying toasters is one that resonates with nearly every Mac user. They've even been cemented into pop culture, serving as the logo for the nightclub on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Unfortunately, Infinisys- the owner of Flying Toasters- hasn't seen fit to transition these iconic appliances to Intel Macs. Luckily, there's an Intel-ready freeware clone of the Flying Toasters screensaver available.
Back when I used an LC II, I thought Lunatic Fringe was like Asteroids on steroids. Looking back, it was more like Asteroids on half a Red Bull and a pack of Skittles. Still, the game was (and is) the most fun you could have with a screensaver. Like many of the classic screensavers of yore, Lunatic Fringe isn't available for modern Macs, but if you've got an old copy laying around (or are sufficiently adept navigating eBay or certain dark corners of the Internet), an emulator is available to turn your new Mac into a Motorola Mac circa 1992 for some space warfare.
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Ray Aguilera enjoys bacon, Wham! records, and long walks on the beach.