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Old 08-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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What's the point of the Kindle's screensaver if it DIDN'T change for over 24 hours?

What's the point of the Kindle's screensaver if it DIDN'T change for over 24 hours?

NO, I did not stare at my Kindle for 24 hours just to see if the screensaver changed.

I just left it on the desk with my webcam pointed at it. The webcam has a function that takes time-lapse video. (1 frame every second) I started it yesterday around noon. I just watched the video in fast-forward mode and the video and the Kindle'sscreen showed the exact same screensaver for more than 24 hours.... This can't be right.... how often should the screensaver change?

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Old 08-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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The screensaver is not needed to "save" the screen. It is used on EInk readers as an indication that the device is in a low power sleep mode. So what you saw is normal.

The screen draws no power, except when it changes. This can be disconcerting. I know I was confused the first time one of my ebook readers ran out of power, since the screen was still displaying an image.
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It doesn't change until you turn it back on (wake it from sleep) and then set it aside to sleep again.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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This can't be right.... how often should the screensaver change?
It will change every never.

Next time just ask first. Fast-forwarding through 24 hours of video of the same still picture sounds soooo tedious.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #5
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It will change every never.

Next time just ask first. Fast-forwarding through 24 hours of video of the same still picture sounds soooo tedious.
It is really amazing
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:39 AM   #7
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:53 AM   #8
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It's not really a screensaver literally, like the old ones meant to prevent burn in.

It's really more of a power saver - the kindle goes to sleep. That screen is just a way of letting people know it's asleep, so they don't call up Amazon and complain about it not flipping pages anymore (if they just froze it where you stopped reading)
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:54 AM   #9
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:11 PM   #10
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This is my first post, but here's a fact, the e-ink particles are a janus particle composed of negatively charged black plastic on one side and positively charged white plastic on the other (each bead is thus a dipole) kept between two plates as a matrix, applied voltage aligns the black side or the white side.

The point is there is no screen burn in so its a "screensaver" in name only; as the e-ink is really an electrophoretic display:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:52 PM   #11
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This is an old debate, some conspiracy theorists think amazon added it purely to get people talking online about kindle hats off to you for actually time lapsing it lol, how creepy would it have been if on one frame screen changed to "look behind you" ahem.. think its mainly just a common sense thing, like hmm, say if they left the book onscreen then powered down rest of system, alot of people might think kindle is brocken since when they hit next page button / type on keyb nothing will happen hehe. Similar but not to such an extent as that, if they just left the screen clear, alot of people might think kindle was actually dead And ofcos it stops people from just being plain old nosey, picking up kindle and reading page your on , if the screensaver has changed.. someone has been snooping :P
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My old reader has a sleeping cat on it when it goes to sleep. I rather have that then the ugly dead people. lol
I rather like having pictures of famous authors on it.

But I agree that Amazon should allow us to put our own pictures on the Kindle, but it's in keeping with the "controlling the user-experience" idea. Steve Jobs must be proud.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:47 AM   #13
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