Q: Why does Holding Pattern need to make a TCP/IP request? It's triggering my ZoneAlarm program, and people are posting that it's spyware or adware!
A: Holding Pattern was developed as with ScreenTime for Flash (a cross-platform screen saver development tool - http://www.screentime.com). For some reason, the screen saver as developed for the PC makes occasional TCP/IP requests, which trigger ZoneAlarm. I tested Holding Pattern with ZoneAlarm, and discovered that all the requests being made are "loopback requests", in other words, the TCP/IP connection request is to the user's own computer: 127.0.0.1 (with various port numbers). The screen saver is NOT TRANSMITTING DATA over the network, but is for some reason trying to connect as a loopback.
Here is a quick explanation of 127.0.0.1 as a loopback address:
Holding Pattern was not developed to be spyware, adware, or to be anything but a free screen saver for your enjoyment. ZoneAlarm exists in part, to help detect such annoyances as spyware, which are sometimes hidden in harmless-seeming PC downloads. Please be assured that Holding Pattern does not transmit any of your personal data over the Internet, nor does it download anything to your computer. I am working with our development software's technical support to remove the problem entirely from future versions of the software, so users can enjoy it without any ZoneAlarm messages.
Q: How do I uninstall the screen saver?
A: For Windows computers:
For Mac OS X:
Q: What about audio?
A: Idle Time is developing a special collectible edition of Holding Pattern which will feature a hand-made artisanal package, an information map of the screen saver (revealing all its secrets!), and yes, a version of the screen saver with original audio.
The sale price of the limited collectible edition will go directly toward the development of future non-commercial freeware cinematic screen savers. This is an experiment with a "gift economy" supported by collectors, rather than an honor-system shareware economy. Drop us a line (Click the contact link below) if you'd like to be notified when the special edition is available.
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