FactsOfIsrael.com Screensaver - User's Manual
This page contains the FactsOfIsrael.com
screen saver User's Manual which is the official and complete guide to the
Please note that some of the options outlined below
will only work if you have purchased the full version of the screen
saver. If your trial version has expired, please purchase a
license by clicking
here - you'll be helping FactsOfIsrael.com in its support of the
State of Israel.
Our screen saver will display a different fact of
Israel every few moments when your computer goes into screen saving
mode. The application can also run in stanalone mode (like any other
program). It is an interactive application that gives you full control
over its options. As most screen savers do, it will fill your whole
screen and automatically resize itself to your screen resolution.
Here's a screenshot of the screensaver:
Every time a new fact appears, an accompanying image will show up in Section A. The order
in which the images and facts show up are completely random and most of the time
there's no link between the image and the fact.
Under the image, one sentence will give a brief overview of what the image is all about as show
The heart of the FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver
is section B - the facts. 399 facts were compiled including facts
about the history, geography, demography, economy, and agriculture
of Israel and the Middle East.
The facts are not shown in any particular order and are not linked
to the images displayed in Section A. The screen saver will simply
randomly pick one fact out of its pool of 399 possible facts and display
it for a few moments.
If one of the facts captures your interest, or if you doubt the authenticity of the fact,
I strongly encourage you to do more research on your own. The
books section of
FactsOfIsrael.com has reviews of books available for anyone that wishes to know more about
Israel and the Middle East.
If a fact and/or an image show up and you feel
you don't have time to read the fact, you may at any time click on
the 'Pause' button. Only the facts and images will pause, while the
background music (if turned on) and the digital clock will continue.
At this point, the text "Paused" will appear to the right of the fact
number, and sections A and B will stay paused until you click on "Next"
or "Pause" again.
Furthermore, you may also skip to the next fact and image by clicking on the "Next" button.
After registering the full version of the FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver, you will
have the option of turning on the background music.
Over 50 Jewish and Israeli melodies are included, and songs are played randomly. The
music control allows you to skip to the next melody, stop the music or re-start it.
If you wish to close the screen saver, simply click
on the 'Close' button on the right of the screen. Please note that
if your screen saver is password protected, you will have to enter
The FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver has a few parameters that you may change. You may access
the settings screen in the following way:
- Click on Start / Program Files / FactsOfIsrael.com-ScreenSaver / Configuration. The
screen saver tab should show up (there are other ways of accessing the same screen, for example - right click on your desktop
and choose 'Properties', and then click on the Screen Saver tab. Or click on Start / Settings
/ Control Panel, and then click on Display. Then click on the
Screen Saver tab)
The FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver should be automatically selected, but if it isn't, simply
choose "FactsOfIsrael-ScreenSaver" from the dropdown. You should then see the following
Click on the "Settings" button and you will see the following:
The default display delay between facts is 10 seconds. You may change this delay and
set it to 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 seconds. Click 'OK' to save your changes or 'Cancel'
to ignore them.
The FactsOfIsrael.com supports systems that are setup with multiple monitors. If
you check the "Expand screen saver to multiple monitors", the screen saver will
automatically resize itself over all monitors configured on your system. For
more information on multiple monitors,
(if you have Windows 98) or
(if you have Windows XP).
Please note that most of the above functions are only available if you have purchased
the full version of the FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver.
If you are running the trial version, some of the options will be
disabled. After the trial period is over, or at any given time, you
may click on the 'Register' button. This button is available both
on the settings screen and on the screen saver itself. Once you click
on 'Register' you will see the following:
After you install the trial version, you have 30
days to check out the images, facts, and some of the functions of
the screen saver. After the trial period, the screensaver will still
work, but a few promotional messages will be displayed between facts.
To disable the promotional messages and gain access to all features,
simply register your copy.
The 'Continue Unregistered' button allows someone in the trial period to continue trying the FactsOfIsrael.com
screen saver without purchasing a license.
When you click on the 'Order-Online' button, your preferred browser will open and you'll
be taken to
this page. You may then purchase the full version of the FactsOfIsrael.com
screen saver and all of the functions above will work. Please note that one license corresponds
to one computer - if you'd like to have the registered versions at home and at work,
you must purchase two licenses.
Once you have purchased a license for the screen
saver online, you will receive an email with the Unlock Code. Please
make a note of the Registration Number (at the top right in red),
you'll need it to receive the Unlock Code. Please note that registrations
are processed in batches and that it may take up to 72 hours for the
Unlock Code to be sent (it'll generally take just a couple of hours).
Using the email you received, enter your Unlock Code and Username in the appropriate
text boxes. Then click 'Register',
and you should receive a message confirming that you have just registered the full version.
Please note that FactsOfIsrael.com is not affiliated with any government, company, or
institution. This is simply a personal attempt to give information on Israel and the
For the above reason I cannot possibly help everybody with installation issues, support
questions, etc... Please make sure you download and install the trial version of the
FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver and that it works to your satisfaction before you purchase
Support will definitely be given to those that purchase a license, including the handling
of the Unlock Code, the registration process and more.
The FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver and its accompanying site www.FactsOfIsrael.com,
cover the basic facts on the State of Israel and the Middle
East. This includes maps, the history of the region, statistics,
Although this screen saver covers facts, FactsOfIsrael.com is subjective. It is
point on view on how and which information should be presented. I tried to make
this site concise and to the point,
similar to an "Israel for dummies" book if such a book existed. I built this site from
what I knew on Israel and the Middle East and from additional research, but please
let me know
if you feel any of the facts listed here are incorrect.
Please note that FactsOfIsrael.com is not affiliated with any government, company,
or institution. This is simply my personal attempt to give information on Israel
and the Middle East.
My name is David
Melle and I decided to create this screen saver and its accompanying
site after realizing that although many people are passionate about
the Israeli/Palestinian/Arab conflict, many are also clueless about
the history, stats, and even the basic facts on Israel and the Middle
I lived in Israel for 10 years, from 1987 to 1997. In December of
1997 I moved to San Francisco, CA, home of the San
Francisco 49ers, Giants,
and where hundreds of technology companies innovate every day in the
I made many friends: bright, educated, and simply fun people to be
with. My problem, and the reason for this site to exist, is that a
few times I ran into some folks who hated Israel with a passion. They
fully supported the Palestinian/Arab cause no matter what happened
in the past or in the present, and some didn't even acknowledge the
right for the State of Israel and its people to exist!
I entered into many arguments with my friends, and after much fear,
anger and anxiety, I realized that some didn't know anything about
the conflict. They had seen a few headlines that mentioned the occupied
territories or the settlements, or they had been reading an anti-Israeli
magazine such as "The
Economist", and now they felt that they were experts on the issue,
and the world would be a better place without the State of Israel
If you hate Israel so much that the above lines already made you angry,
stop here - you are probably not interested in facts and you'll dismiss
this screensaver and the Web Site as Israeli fascist propaganda anyway.
But if you are looking for some basic facts on Israel and the Middle
East, continue on.
Please note that the amount of information on the State of Israel
and the Middle East is enormous. There are many sites out there and
dozens of books that will go into far more details than what you'll
find in the FactsOfIsrael.com screen saver or in the site.
I took my best shot at presenting what I felt was important and relevant
for someone that wishes to better understand the conflict. These Web
site's pages are made of facts: facts about the State of Israel, facts
about people and armies, facts about the borders and the political
structure of the Middle East.
On the Web site, whenever I could, I linked back to a site or book
that would confirm the fact. That said, the mere fact that I am choosing
what facts are outlined make this site and its content extremely personal.
Thank you for taking the time to check out the screen saver or the
Web site, and let's hope for better days with peace for Israel and
Version 1.1, first official release: April 2002
Version 1.5, UI update and 200 additional facts: October 2002