Originally posted by iamatiger
... stored in a cookie ... When the RHP screensaver wakes up it looks in the cookie folder
That would be interesting, but one factor militating against that exact
scenario is that this site is very browser-independent. That's a GOOD
thing as it makes it easy for everyone to use their own preferences for hardware and software. Cookies are a W3C standard, but their implementation is not, i.e., cookies are stored very differently by different browsers on different OSs. MS Internet Exploder does store its cookies as files, but most other browsers that I know about do not. Furthermore, most browsers (and all good ones) do not allow you to save arbitrary files other than as downloads.
The result is that (even assuming that the screensaver is for MS Windows only) this implementation is not terribly portable or robust. Several other people have suggested that the screensaver contact the RHP servers to obtain FENs, which could be arranged, but it would certainly involve both additional network traffic an, more importantly, additional load on the RHP servers. I'm not (yet) convinced that this would be a good thing, but Russ would have a better idea of how much additional load would be tolerable. My guess is that the network traffic would not be a problem, in fact, it would be less than we use when we refresh just to see if we have any games waiting.
I'm not sure that querying the server in a screensaver is a good idea though.
It might be interesting to analyze. IMHO, the worst problem with that is that screensavers generally run when nobody is watching them so having your screensaver tell you that you have moves to make is probably not the optimum use of RHP's servers.