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8.20. Screen Effects

In previous versions of Mac OS X, this panel was called Screen Saver. Why did Apple change the name? Very simple: This feature doesn't actually save your screen. In fact, flat-panel screens can't burn in at all, and even traditional CRT screens wouldn't burn an image into the screen unless you left them on continuously—unused, with the same image on the screen—for two straight years. It's just not going to happen.

No, screen savers are mostly about entertainment, pure and simple—and Mac OS X's built-in screen saver is certainly entertaining.


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