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Journal FortKnox's Journal: Desktop Background Picture 43

I am having deja vue, I think. Hasn't someone already posted a JE to link to what your background desktop pic is?
If not, lets start up the linkage!
What is on the background of your machine (if its multiple, put up multiple links).
And make sure we put in whether its ok for work.

For the record, my work and server desktop pic is a high resolution enlarged picture of the Cassini's photo of "New Years Io".
My windows machine has a picture of Joey on it, and the screensaver is pictures from his birth (mostly people holding him).
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  • Remarkable picture. I think my desktop's about to change.
    • ah, Nasa, the government organization devoted to making desktop wallpaper for geeks around the world.
      • And they do it so well =]

        But seriously, what's the point of sending up a probe with cameras if not for people to see them on a level beyond that of a press release? (Yes, I know the answer, but it's a rhetorical question damnit!)

    • I always enjoyed pics from the nasa sites (used to have the horseshoe nebula picture from the hubble). Mostly because people would ask me "who drew that?" And I'd get the opportunity to explain how it was real, and what it was. This new one, though, is just a tremendous picture, that is also a good demonstration of the size of Jupiter (the space between Io and Jupiter in that picture is the diameter of Jupiter X2, and Io is the size of our moon).
      Oh, and the question I get is "what's that supposed to be?" It isn't supposed to be anything, its a REAL photograph of Io with Jupiter in the background.
  • nothing fancy for me. i got the plain light blue that Win2k comes with, but I've changed the admin's color to a bright red as a reminder not to do anything when logged on as root.

    for the linux box, that futuristic city drawing that comes with RH73 (sorry, no link available). But like my Win2k box, root has bright red.
  • It is William Blake's "Satan Inflicts Boils on Job" [] from his series of Biblical paintings [] (you know, the ones that the painting from The Red Dragon was taken). Of course I did some Photoshoping on it: copy all, paste layer, equalize, burn overlay filter. Now it has some neon hallucination bent [].

    I like his work. Very Breugel/Bosch-esque.
  • I'm covered in Propaganda. In fact I use OSX's "change desktop every N X" feature to see lots of them. Quite spiffy.
    • I use a lot of them, in both MacOS and Linux. My primary box at work is generally running OS 9 with the Onyx theme from Kaleidoscope and Steam-Powered-Cowboy-3 [].

      On my TiBook, with its more cluttered screen, I tend to use solid colors, dark gray or blue.

      I used to do some R-rated pictures but as I went to link some from Freshmeat, I notice they have my real name and work email address on them! No, I don't think I need to call attention to those. I'm planning to put up an anonymous Geocities page sometime to distribute a bunch of backgrounds I've made (Jun Kusunagi, Lacey Duvall, etc.) that are nice but don't fit my now-married persona. ;-)

      Oh, and sometimes I still use Alan Cox's tile from when had their "Three questions and a tile" column. That definitely dates me...

  • ...check out this [] thread at You'll see more desktops than you'll ever want to see in your life.

    I keep a picture of Spiderman on my desktop. Constantly.
  • It's one of my favorites, especially because it made me realize that the darkest place I've ever lived is Atlanta.

    Earth At Night []

    • Yeah, I love that picture. A lot. There's a digital picture that someone did - a sort of cover of that. It's even more awesome than the original, and it, along with a few other things from the same site ( are my wallpapers right now. You have to check this out: res2k21152.shtml
      • I'll second anything from digital blasphemy. Some of the stuff is so good I've considered a subscription.

        Usually I just use them for XDM login backgrounds. For my actually desktop wallpaper, I use a solid color. I'm not able to see the desktop often enough to bother. When I do look at something on the desktop, I like to be able to use/see it, so many of the uber-cool themes/patterns are not good.
  • I am currently using (at work and home) Nasa's picture of the earth at night. I would link, don't remember where it is though. Anyhow, for me it's just a little friendly reminder that there are a lot of people out there with problems bigger than mine.

    Now, because I type to fast, I have to wait. Yeehaa
  • I have an assortment of my favorite Penny Arcade [] strips that get posted. Right now it's this one [].
  • The Pens' 2002-2003 Schedule. [] (To find it in that rat's nest of frames, click Multimedia, Downloads, Wallpapers.)
  • I use the same wallpaper in different colour variations on different computers. It is the iMac girl []
    • Shere-khan (Windows 2000/Linux with WindowMaker). Under Windows I use the "Blueberry", on WindowMaker the "Bondi Blue"
    • Baloo (dead now - used Windows 2000). It was the "Lime" version.
    • Raksha (Windows 2000) Has no wallpaper... That's my dad's computer and I only use it in extreme situations
    • Mowgly - OpenBSD server... doesn't even run X.
    • Akela (windows 2000/Linux), it is the Tangeline version. Linux has a stock wallpaper of KDE.
    • Bagheera running Linux/WindowMaker it is "Bondi Blue"
    • Hathi (Mac OS X) has the Bondi Blue version.
    • At work I use different ones: ranging from a pic of my own Audi TT (can put this one on my server if people want), to a collage of different Audi TT pictures, over the iMac girl to finally Devil Zoe [] from Sluggy Freelance. I also had a lot of Asian bikini pictures, but my boss told me to remove them. I also used several pictures from Astronomy pic of the day []
    • When I log in as Administrator/root on my home machines the background is just a text saying "I said let there be light, and it was light: I turned on my computer screen". Very useful to immediately identify that I'm logged in as admin!
    Hope this was about what you expected.
  • Thats right, that marvel of a machine, the Transistor Bass 303.
    I have somebody's eBay pic:
    white-blue background, with the TeeBee sitting on some styrofoam (also looks white blue) and its got 4 shots from different angles...

    When I get a chance I'll put it on my web site.

  • I have a couple of CDs of Olivia DeBerandinis artwork that I purchased years ago, back when I still ran Windows 3.1 and CD-ROMs were still a big deal. I cycle through the 100+ pics as the mood takes me.

    Current one is 'Devil Food' - yum! :)

    Sadly the CDs are no longer available, but you can get posters, cards, books, calendars and other goodies at the eOlivia [] store.
  • ...changes every (/me checks my cronjobs...) 15 minutes (occasionally more frequently since I've bound a key combo to my background rotation script). Most of them are self-made, in the GIMP (perusing them will see that I am not a GIMP expert by any means...). The majority are not work safe or borderline, but you can browse what's in the pool (and a lot that aren't, but used to be) on my server [].

  • And yes, the lines are supposed to be rough. And they are not supposed to be pretty. It's not like I spend my time looking at my desktop anyway. At least they are unique. Unless some of you decide to use them. ;-)
    The pictures are:
    Home desktop []
    Work desktop []
    Laptop []
  • i switch between quite a few, but right now i am using This one [] and sometimes i use That one []
  • I like to stick with landscapes when comes to wallpaper selection. Some of my favorites include this one [] and this one as well [], and this is good too [].
  • a boring, plain black. I used to have random pics from various NASA sites, but I have so much junk on my desktop that I couldn't see much of the pics anyway.
  • But, I've been using this [] for more than a week.
  • On my mac I just use one of the default ones. On my Linux box I use this picture [] I shot to test my digital camera. (268k 1600x1200 Jpeg)
  • The Bowler Hat with the Roasted Chicken under it.

    Alton's Site []
    Sean D.
  • I usually grab one of the Chickenhead desktop pictures []. Some of them are quite funny.
  • My work and home computers all have the same background...

    Solid Black...I can't seem to ever pick one I like and black makes it easy to see everything on the desktop.

  • At work I use the w2k default blue. It's much easier to use PC Anywhere over dialup when there is no background to draw everytime you close a window.
    At home I use this [] picture I took of the new business building they've built at Case Western Reserve University.
    You can see it from farther away in these other [] pictures.
  • I have webshots running, and my desktop changes every 15 minutes.

    So it could be anything from a comic strip, a peice of anime, some beautiful woman, or band pics.

  • my mac is set to pick any one of a full set of tarot card scans (both normal and reversed) each time i start my machine. is this possible on windows?
  • I took this picture [] a couple of weeks ago, it ended up as my background picture. Check out the rest of the page for more of the same !
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII wallpaper. []

    (I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of a Lancer Evo VIII [] in Jan/Feb).
  • I decided a while ago that I would create a greyscale theme, and took a picture of my cat, Stefano, and converted it to greyscale []. I'm thinking of finding a cuter version of the murrie-small.jpg in that same dir... as she is our new kitty [], and deserves to be on a desktop somewhere, too.

    Feel free to take one of the cute kitty pictures of Miss Murrie... or of the cookies [] I made a while ago, and could share only digitally with a friend of mine...

  • I always have killer matching desktops. I don't have a screenshot of my matching screensaver though.

    Currently I'm running a self-made Azumanga Daioh theme. I've got a screenshot that is close enough to what I'm running now here [].

    When I get a new computer in February probably I'll make a new bad-ass metroid/samus theme. Then I'll run this computer as Mandrake/FreeDOS with multiple KDE 3 wallpapers rotating.

"No matter where you go, there you are..." -- Buckaroo Banzai