Story Behind the Famous Windows XP Wallpaper!

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Windows-XP-Bliss-Hill-Sonoma-Charles-O-Rear-15976588.php

I have read various iterations of this story over the years, and it is still a great read when it resurfaces :grinning:

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That’s a blast from the past. I think in 95 I had a 386(Mhz) computer, then later a 686 on Windows 98 and in 2000 it was like Wow! you can get a Ghz processor and Window XP… :grinning:

Who remembers, Alta Vista and Ask Jeeves?

I miss my tower’s turbo button.

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I’ve heard the birds chirp the windows xp sound on that hill

Ah the cacophony

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Do you remember mouses/ mice with the rubber balls that you could unscrew from the bottom, I used to throw the rubber ball at my brother… :grin:

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Yes to everything you all have mentioned here! A few more:

  1. Mice with cords
  2. USB speakers
  3. Turbo buttons
  4. Pentium II, Pentium MMX, Pentium Pro, Pentium III
  5. Windows NT
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I really don’t have much memory of the turbo button, but looking at images it does bring up a vague memory of what i think was indeed a turbo button that I ignored. It sounds so very spinal tap “this goes to 11”

Next gen machines should have not one, but 2 turbo buttons. :rocket:

I still use a mouse and keyboard with a cord (who can be bothered with batteries :grin:) and I still have USB speakers. And my internet is CAT6 to the modem… :grin:

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same, but when the world wireless system comes on-line we can untether ourselves. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Tesla_Broadcast_Tower_1904.jpeg

Charles O’Rear was the photographer who took this extraordinary pic. A pic which we know as Bliss, with his camera and while he was going to visit his girlfriend in 1996, from his RZ67 camera. The hill is situated in Sonoma country, California. But sad these hills does not look like it was before.