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Missing Children Screensaver

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/09/screensaver.kids/index.html

If you love kids and want a practical screensaver, you might want to check out the Missing Children Screensaver to help find missing kids. I think it’s pretty cool that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has come up with a modern version of milk carton ads. Plus, instead of getting one photo per carton, the screensaver displays a continual slideshow of missing kids.

Score another point for the power of the internet.

<rant>It would be nice if online news organizations like cnn.com would link to the web sites that they write about. Sometimes I don’t even see the url in the articles. This one had the url at the end of the article, but it’s not hyperlinked. Whatever their reasons are, it’s user unfriendly.</rant>

Missing Children Screensaver

Tip: Activating Google Screensaver with Keyboard Shortcut

I’m all about keyboard shortcuts. Particularly since my main computer at home is a laptop, the less I have to move the cursor, the better.

I installed Google Screensaver on my work laptop also. The thing was that the usual keyboard shortcut that I usually use to lock the screen, ctrl-alt-delete, did not immediately activate the screensaver. I decided to try to take advantage of the custom keyboard shortcuts we can assign to shortcuts.

In the Start Menu, navigate to “Run Google Photos Screensaver” shortcut and right-click on the icon. Select Properties. Enter a key you want to use for Shortcut key. At first, I chose S for Screensaver, but then switched to L because my Ubuntu machine used ctrl-alt-l to lock the computer. I figured it would be easier to have the same shortcut.

My Photo Feed for Google Photos Screensaver

Yesterday, I found out in a Coppermine forum thread called RSS feed of pics for Google Screensaver that Google Photos Screensaver can show photos from a feed. This appealed to me because I currently use a photo screensaver but it is limited to files on the hard drive. By having a feed from my gallery, I can have more flexibility and variety without duplication of files, particularly when I want to use a photo screensaver on more than one computer.

The hard part was finding a mod or plugin for Coppermine that would generate an RSS feed. I found one called Easy RSS feed but it wasn’t compatible with the screensaver application. After seeing how sample photo feeds were coded, I tweaked the rss.php code so it now works with Google Screensaver.

If you’re using Google Photos Screensaver and would like to get my photos, here are the feeds:

Most viewed

Last viewed

Stanford @Night

Stanford @Dusk

There a lot of other possible feeds but these are the ones that are likely to show the better photos.