How does it work?
"The Bank of Time" screensaver records
the amount of time your computer is idling and uploads this time to
"The Bank of Time" web site where it is recorded in the
Growth Tables. This time is used to grow a plant on
your desktop by downloading time lapse recorded images. When each
plant has completed its growth cycle you can chose a new plant until
there are none left.
I've installed "The Bank of Time"
but my plant doesn't seem to be growing. And I can't see my entry
in the Idleness Growth Tables. What am I doing wrong?
"The Bank of Time" will update the plant image from the internet to
keep pace with the growth of your idle time savings. The more time
you save the faster the image will update. But waiting for your investment
to mature takes patience so you will have to save an hour or so of
idle time for each update.
Also "The Bank of Time" can only upload and download its
data when the screensaver is running and you are online. If you are
online but the screensaver is not running, or the screensaver is running
but you are not online then it cannot update.
REMEMBER - don't expect your plant to grow
immediately. If you save your idle time patiently then you will be
I am connected to the internet but it does not
seem to be downloading any images.
On some systems "The Bank of Time"
cannot detect you are connected unless you perform some internet activity
first, like surfing a web site.
If you are connected through a local area network then
there may be software like a Firewall that could restrict the screensaver.
Check with your network administrator.
Another possible reason is simply if there is a lot of traffic on
the web site it may time out.
My screensaver is not growing over the desktop
like in your illustration but replacing it.
To grow over your desktop your display needs
to be in 32-bit colour or "millions" mode.
How many plants are there to grow?
Who knows? New plant stocks are always being
Do I need a fast computer to run this?
No. The screensaver will run on practically
any Windows PC with an internet connection. A computer with
a full colour display will be ideal.
Will it run on all Windows and Mac operating
Well, not quite. Unfortunately there is no native version for Mac OSX.
Windows XP will run if you have the latest Service Pack installed.
Do I need to be permanently connected to the
No. The screensaver will upload your timings
and download your plant images whenever it is running and it detects
you are connected (usually when the screensaver is first launched).
If it cannot upload or download it will just wait until later. Or
you can connect to the internet and launch the screensaver to force
it to update. You can also cancel an internet operation without losing
There is also an offline version which does not need an internet connection but will not upload your timings to the web site tables.
Is it secure?
"The Bank of Time" screensaver uploads
only the screensaver idle time and the user information you typed
in at installation to identify who you are and no other information.
This information is used only by "The Bank of Time" web
site and are not passed on to any third party or used in any other
way. The downloaded files are also completely safe because none of
the data files are programs that could contain viruses.
How much does it cost?
"The Bank of Time" is a service which
is completely free
What do I do now?
Go straight to the downloads
page to get your copy of "The Bank of Time" screensaver
and start saving. It's that simple..