Here's my latest blog post... I'm saying 'post' instead of 'article' because this is more of a showcase than a tutorial. Code is provided as usual so the learning process is on your side at your will and your pace :)
What the screensaver actually dipslays is shown above (Earth plugin required). The screensaver is continually fetching the latest North American Tweets containing the #Google Hashtag from Twitter and displays them. Pretty nice!
How it works
Well the title says "Google Earth Screensaver" but the screensaver portion of the demo can actually display any web page:
The screensaver is actually a big browser window that navigates to an URL (specified in the configuration file). That's it, it is pretty simple! For this demo, I used the Google Earth plugin in the web page to add to the coolness factor ;) But you can use the screensaver right away with any web page you like.
You can download each files separately: the screensaver itself, and the web page used for this demo.
|screensaver.htm||Google Earth Page||6.58 KB||download|
|license.txt||WebSaver license||723 bytes||download|
|WebSaver.zip||WebSaver ScreenSaver||6.06 KB||download|
|(copy the .scr and the .config files in Windows System32 directory)|
|WebSaverSrc.zip||MS Visual C# 2010 Express Sources||20.6 KB||download|
was written by Chandler Evans, an Eighth Grader in Franklin TN, with his grandfather, to help other students and young people expand and enrich their knowledge about our Earth and Universe. The book encourages you to organize your scattered information into a cosmic world view. You are also urged to prepare to change your world view in accordance with your best new information. The author suggests that you join the Google Earth Society and teach others how Google and other Internet programs can be used for educational purposes.
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