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Hotel Gadget (screensaver)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (3.57 MB)
MD5: 6781abdfd14b42e8d83b2f0fe88c82de
For Mac OS X
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In a waking-dream, you wander the corridors and rooms of a fantasy hotel. The screensaver takes you from room to room, each room has a title and is unique (millions of possible combinations at random) provoking thought, while the Hotel Manager occasionally has something to say. Wonderful artwork, and this Japanese authors' website is still active hosting over a dozen concept-art projects. ( The author seems to utilize mainly Apple computers!

Suppose you have a painting of a pipe before your eyes. Asked to title the work, what words would be your choice? The painter named Rene Magritte painted "This is not a pipe." below the pipe...

The contradiction came to me as a great shock when I first saw the painting. I felt the pipe and the words cancel each other into nothingness while the painting remained the same. Magritte was among a group of artists called surrealists. Surrealism is a cultural movement that arose in the early 1920s, marked by Andre Breton's Surrealist Manifesto. It is believed to have been greatly influenced by the psychologist Sigmund Freud, who was much talked about in those days.

The surrealists mostly worked with unconscious processes, such as dreams and games and used such techniques as automatism and collage. Many of their works leave us unsure whether we can dismiss them as unreal. The theme of this work, Hotel Gadget, is " meaning. " I would like to see here wheter a random combination of a picture and words could produce any meaning and, if ever, what it might be.

. . . -- from the authors' website in 2017

It says Hotel Gadget was first released 2003.11 (v1.0.0) and that the project was converted to the Quartz Composer format in 2007.1

1st download is v1.0.2 made in 2004 for PowerPC. It requests you register it as shareware, I have no code, but I suspect the new version might be freeware. Hotel Gadget screensaver (v1.0.2) is highly useable without registering. The hotel's General Manager speaks occassionally but not exclusively about getting a registration code, then after about 360 rooms are visited registration exclusively will be mentioned between every set of 3 rooms. It can be reset to the initial demo mode by editing the Library/Preferences/ file named "fuzu_gad...plist" using Property List Editor and then changing the "counter" to "1" or "0" - its current room number. Or just erase this .plist file and everything reverts to default settings including room counter = zero. Technically a very big negative number can be entered into "counter" to stave off the shareware notice for years to come. Cool

It's confusing in the saver's "Options..." pane, how to adjust the frequency at which the General Manager talks. The choices are Every Day, Often (default), Weekly, and Never. A day here isn't realtime, a day refers to your visit to one room. So Every-Day has GM in between every room, Often has GM between every 3 rooms, and Weekly makes the Manager speak in between every 7 rooms visited.

Architecture: PPC

This is v1.0.2


SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2017, August 29 - 2:47am

Just confirmed Gadget v1.0.2 works in Jaguar OSX 10.2, nicely works in Jaguar 10.2 thru Leopard 10.5.8 and maybe 10.1 or less who knows. One glitch is it's imperfect with some odd screen resolutions and very glitched when in Portrait aspect ratio Y>X.

Both v2.1 and v2.1.1 print "2.1" when they're run, and it's as if the filename is all that holds the full version #. v2+ requires OSX 10.4 Tiger or later...

v1 & v2 are quite different and I'm leaning on v1 as the better for retro, happy to have begun this page in the garden. I'm learning a lot about software I've had for yrs by >uploading< in the garden.

I think I saw that "burn+melt" saver too. It wouldnt surprise me if the snowman screen-destroyer was named "Frosty", i write of it in past tense for it's been long ago scrubbed already. Ridiculous, how that screen stayed brightest white 4ever during saver mode. The small Frosty, the only thing that moved (slowly and often reversing direction) was mostly white too! I'm cleaning out my savers folders now and I want to erase about half because I dislike them so.

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by jonnyboy - 2017, August 28 - 5:46pm

I found 2.1.1 at the author's website as you stated - I overlooked it the first time, and mistakenly concluded it was gone (hence my request)

That said, in my zeal to locate it, I exhumed 2.1 (via Wayback Machine) - I don't know how much it differs from 2.1.1

MacTouch's picture
by MacTouch - 2017, August 28 - 5:41pm

I remember about a screensaver where the screen melt on the bottom of it. I can't remember the name of this one, but I found that cool... Cool

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by SkyCapt - 2017, August 28 - 4:45pm

@MacTouch, i'm unsure what you mean. Seems you're asking for specifics about the bright-white "screen-destroyer" I mentioned. There's a lot of holiday theme "savers" that use too much white, which hurts a CRT rather than help it. The worst one I had in mind was like one of those "useless creations" which drew a solid white screen as a snowfield and had a tiny Snowman pacing around it.


Futurismo's other project named "Full Color Bossa" composes another beautiful Mac screensaver, see his website title up here in this page description, for its download. "FCB" knows the names of about 800 colors, in dozens of languages, it displays them randomly a little like Hotel Gadget does with rooms.

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by MacTouch - 2017, August 28 - 3:53pm

Hi SkyCapt

Unlike those Christmassy themed screen-destroyers having bright white "fields of snow"

Have u this one, perhaps ?

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2017, August 28 - 11:55am

Absolutely correct, SkyCapt! We don't put items here that are on an author website unless they are 10+ years old.

SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2017, August 28 - 6:28am

(i'm not mrdav however...)
I think v2.1.1 is the current Free version up on the authors site. When it comes to the latest ver of something that is still supported, I'm sure the author will appreciate user 'hits' to their site, rather than this so-called abandonware site taking those hits away. Just a thought...

jonnyboy's picture
by jonnyboy - 2017, August 28 - 4:47am

MrDav: could you upload 2.1.1 here? I scrounged and could only find 2.1

SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2017, August 27 - 11:50pm

and Hotel Gadget is an effective screen-saver, in the traditional (crt) hardware sense, mostly dark and in motion. Unlike those Christmassy themed screen-destroyers having bright white "fields of snow" Facepalm

MacTouch's picture
by MacTouch - 2017, August 27 - 5:54pm


It's a funny code ===> Hello, my imagination Big smile

SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2017, August 27 - 5:59am

The reg-code works. I'm unable to try new downloads on my Mac for a few days, but I can download the latest Mac version from author's site (onto my alien phone) without getting any cost notification, and I see no means to register (at least) this one product... however I will be checking if author still sells this .saver or nots.

This has been my favorite saver forever (I have real dreams like this!), too bad I didn't feel pressured enough to have payed already...

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by mrdav - 2017, August 27 - 5:20am

NOIT-ANIG-AMIY-MOLL-EH is supposed to be a serial number for version 1.0.2. I have not tried it. If the new version (2.1.1) is not freeware, I will remove the serial number, on the assumption that registration of 1.0.2 might still be possible.

EDIT: I have tried version 2.1.1 and it looks free to me.