In their office, they mounted a plasma TV facing the courtyard. The TV displays a slideshow of pictures they took of their work. Concerned with the energy efficiency of their display they had TrailsWeb write a screensaver that turns off the computer and TV each night at 7:00PM and automatically start back up again each morning at 7:00AM.
With a few hurdles to overcome, we were able to supply an application which uses DirectX to efficiently fade the images on the screen and simultaneously automate the computer's power state. Using a technology called ACPI, the screensaver shuts the computer down at night, with the TV shutting down when the signal disappears, and schedules the computer's restart the following morning. When the timer goes off, the computer boots back up and the screensaver resumes fading images of their landscapes for interested onlookers to see.