50 year old infographic shows NASA’s first manned forray into space

Loving the way today's NASA image of the day looks on my desktop.

NASA’s Image of the Day Gallery provided this cool infographic showing Alan Shepard’s brief flight into space — America’s first.

It appeared magically on my desktop courtesy of John’s Background Switcher — a cool windows desktop wallpaper application that manages and displays many image sources.

Cool Desktop: Spectrum of a Tree

My wife has been using this image as a desktop background for about a year now, but recently I took a good look at it.

Initially I thought this was simply a photo of a tree in silhouette, sliced, colourized and laid out as you see it.

But on closer inspection, it seems that these are shots of the tree, at various times and seasons, with different coloured sky in the background. The website doesn’t really have detail on how the image was created.

The photographer also created Spectrum of the Sky — but I like the Tree better.

A collection of my desktop images

Recently I’ve been reorganizing my image libraries, and came across a few that I’ve used as desktop images.

I don’t claim to have shot all these, just modified them from their original size to fit my desktop.

Rather than having them all over the blog, I’ve built a page to host them

So if you’re interested in seeing some images I’ve been using to d├ęcorate my desktop, then click on through.

3 windows applications improve your desktop’s appearance

Lately I’ve been trying to keep my windows desktop icon and clutter free. In my case, this has meant that I’ve been saving less to my desktop (my default save-to location) and more to working directories. And, since a cluttered desktop reflects a cluttered mind, I like to think of this as a bit of personal mental-floss. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.


Atlantis on the Sun – Desktop Image

I felt the need for a new desktop image for my computers, now that the Apollo 11 excitement has died down, and I was tiring of my Apollo 8 Earthrise image.

I found this neat shot of Atlantis transiting the Sun, by Thierry Legault. The following sizes at the NASA site:

And my crops adjusted to fit my desktop sizes:
1280×1024 (crop)
1680×1050 (crop)

Thierry Legault