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 Are your screen savers KILLING YOUR SCREEN?

"For a screen saver to be effective for an LCD, it must shut off the backlight on the screen. For most modern Macs, this means that the screen blankers control panel included in OS X is 100% worthless until some brilliant programmer decides to make a screen saver that turns off the backlight instead of merely blacking out the pixels. It must be shut off when not in use or you can kiss your cold cathode backlight goodbye within somewhere on average of between one and three years if your computer is constantly on and never allowed to sleep. Of course some people will get four years of abusive use, and some will only get 9 months. "

 (Submitted by Noel Wed May 5, 2004 )


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