Performance Snake Screen Saver for Windows NT
Last Updated: 12/1/2001 -
Anthony Anderberg -
- Once upon the time I had the opportunity to administer Novell Netware
servers. In addition to being really fast they had a really cool screen
saver that could be started on the console. In Netware 3.x the
"Netware Snake" was actually part of monitor.nlm, which displayed
many bits of useful information. The screen saver was really just a snake
that made its way across the screen, bouncing off the sides as it went.
The cool part was that the length of the snake changed with the server load,
as the load grew so did the snake. Newer versions of Netware still have the
snake, multiprocessor machines can even have multiple snakes, each
a different color. I always liked being able to tell how busy
the server was at a glance and missed the snake screen saver when I
started working with Microsoft Windows NT servers. I wrote this simple
screen saver to fill the void in my life.
- My CPU monitoring code is based on
CPUMON by Pieter Philippaerts.
- Features and user settings
- Screen Captures: Properties Screen, screen 1, screen 2, screen 3
- Works on Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.
- Snake length changes based on total CPU or memory usage.
- Screen saver will optionally display the actual level.
- Snake color can be changed.
- Downloading and Installing
- The Performance Snake Saver will not run on Windows95, 98, or Millennium.
In addition to the program you may need to put msvbvm60.dll in your system32
directory. (which is probably c:\winnt\system32\)
- If you like you can also take a look at the source code, just remember
where it came from. :-)
- Similar Screen Savers
- Other people have developed similar screen savers, here are two that reproduce
the look and feel of the Netware Snake more closely than my program.
- NWSnake by Steven R. Rittmeyer - Length does not vary with system load
- NWSnake by Terry Yapt - Works with up to 4 processors
- Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
- Feel free to download and use this software as you wish.
This software has been tested, but I am not responsible for
anything that occurs to your computer.
- Use at your own risk, yada, yada, yada.