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Desktop Screensaver in Mac OS X
by rob

Did you know that you can have your animated screen saver running all the time on your desktop? Open your Terminal application. Type the following all on one line, with no spaces after the / characters:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework
/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS
/ScreenSaverEngine -background&

You should now have your screen saver running on your desktop. Cool huh? Type 'exit' to be able to close Terminal without stopping the screen saver.

To stop the screen saver desktop, go back to Terminal and enter the following:

killall -m "ScreenSaver"

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