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Use Google Chrome as a Screensaver

You can use Google Chrome‘s –kiosk mode to create a full-screen screensaver of sorts. This might be good if you have a webpage or intranet page you’d like to display. Here’s how I did it for a windows computer: Create a file such as c:\screensaver.bat and add the following code. Replace with your location of chrome.exe @echo off taskkill /im chrome.exe start /wait “” “C:\Documents and Settings\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –kiosk http://www.mysite.com rem ## run any command here you’d like after the “screensaver” finishes ## Next, set that to run as a scheduled task after the computer has been idle for 5 minutes (or however long you choose). You can then listen with jQuery / javascript to close the page when the mouse moves. Here is code that closes the page when the mouse moves more than 20 pixels. You could also bind it to a keyboard event. <html> <head> <script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js”></script> </head> <body> <h1>hello</h1> <div id=”log”></div> <script type=”text/javascript”> var startx = ”; var starty = ”; jQuery(‘html’).bind(‘mousemove’,function(event){ if(startx == ”){ startx = event.pageX; starty = event.pageY; }else { deltax = Math.abs(event.pageX – startx); deltay = Math.abs(event.pageY – starty); var msg = ”; msg += “distance x “; msg += deltax; msg += “distance y “; msg += deltay; $(“#log”).html(“<div>” + msg + “</div>”); if(deltax > 20 || deltay > 20){ closeWindow(); } } }); function closeWindow(){ setTimeout(function(){ window.open(”, ‘_self’, ”); window.close(); },1000); } </script> </body> </html>

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