Heya all good people.
Let’s start this week on the right foot with something to light up our live. Maybe not all of us didn’t knew about the posibility to have animated desktop on our PC (Windows Vista and Windows 7 only). First time came with Windows Vista and the utility was named DreamScene and it was available only for those with Vista Ultimate Edition. More details on the related Microsoft page – About Windows DreamScene.
What is DreamScene? Mainly it’s a continous loop of a video, that keeps playing on and on, with no big impact on system’s resources. The video has a mpeg or wmv extension and has no sound at all. Can’t be fastforwarding. Why I’ve “mainly it’s a continous loop of a video”? Because once downloaded the program to be installed normally accept only DreamScene video, downloadable for free from various sites listed below. But here comes the trick, you can set as background your own favourite video by changing only the extensions. I’ve tried with an “.avi” video, changing the extension to “.wmv”
Ok, but what’s the use of having an animated video as background when all your work is covering it up? Well, an honest answer I can’t give you…but it’s cool and has the “wow” factor in front of your friends.
Here’s a video of what you’ll see:

Ok, now let’s get to the links.
The first one is of the place from which I’ve downloaded the program – it’s free, works on both 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can download the program from www.dreamsceneseven.com. They have a gallery with interesting animated backgrounds, the meteorite is my favourite, and the butterflies also are nice.
The second one is of a site with a larger gallery, with a user uploaded gallery, an 3d animated backgrounds gallery (you can use it with cyan-red glasses) and windows 7 themes. Here’s the link www.dreamscene.org. From this site, unlikely the other site, your animated background will be downloaded as an archive, not directly the file, so you must have an archive extractor like WinRAR or 7-zip.
One thing I should mention is that it might not work on Windows 7 Started Edition due to the block of changing background – at least this is happening on netbooks that I’ve seen.
I hope that you’ll find this useful and I wish you all a very good week.

My previous three posts:
Hitchhiker on the net: The Pyramids at 360° as panorama
New category: Hitchhiker on the net and The pyramids of Giza virtual tour
How it sounds? What’s that?! – Macaulay Library

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