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The story of the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ desktop theme—and what…

Editor’s Take note: PCWorld at first published this story in 2014. This calendar year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of Charles O’Rear’s iconic picture in 1996, which turned the basis of the Home windows XP desktop wallpaper. The vineyards are nonetheless there right now.

It is not much too much-fetched to believe that a billion folks have viewed the “Bliss” image that defines the desktop see of Windows XP, the seminal OS that Microsoft is retiring Tuesday. But you’d barely see the real-earth “Bliss” scene if you stepped out of your vehicle and gazed at it these days.

Driving any where in California’s wine state can be treacherous. Roads curve again and forth, well, drunkenly. Bicyclists are common, and the up coming bend could conceal an entrance to one particular of Napa’s greatest wineries, a tour team jaywalking across the highway, or even a pair on horseback, checking out the area.

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