Hello, and welcome to a “special edition” wallpaper photopost. Well, maybe not all that special, but I have provided for you several “pre-cut” copies of this nice Hawaiian scene, suitable for immediate placement as your desktop background. And I’ve included a few dual-monitor versions and dual-monitor tips. So strap in and hold on.
I took this picture earlier in the year at Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in Hawaii. Here is the original image at 2816 x 2112. I’m using cropped/resized versions as my background both at home and at work right now. I think it makes a splendiferous wallpaper and I hope you like it also.
Important Note: The photo now belongs to our free culture and is shared with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Readers of this blog are of course capable of creating their own custom-fitted wallpaper, but for this special edition wallpaper post I decided to provide the most popular monitor resolution sizes as reported by Google Analytics for this site over the past thirty days:
(The numbers in parentheses are the percentages of Moving to Freedom visitors using each resolution.)
It’s probably not necessary to tell you that you just need to click on the link for a particular resolution size and then right-click on the resulting image and select “Set As Desktop Background,” or some similar menu option in your operating system and web browser.
If it was necessary to tell you that, then there’d be a good chance that you wouldn’t know what resolution you’re running at, so this whole thing would already be too confusing. If so, never mind. You’re not dumb. You just have more important things to worry about. And I’m probably doing an extremely poor job of explaining things. So it’s not you. It’s me.
For dual monitor users, again you’re probably sophisticated enough to figure things out on your own, but I’ll provide a couple that I’ve already modified for myself, and mention something about how Windows handles wallpapers. Here are the images:
Both at work and at home, I have two Dell 19″ flat-panel monitors that run at a max resolution of 1280 x 1024. The nice thing about these monitors is that you can rotate them. At home I have both monitors rotated to 1024 x 1280, for a combined resolution of 2048 x 1280. The video setup in GNU/Linux isn’t totally intuitive, but it works out easily enough to use a 2048 x 1280 graphic to cover both displays.
At work I have to use Windows. It took a while to figure out how to get different images on each screen, or extend a single image over both screens, with the “figuring out” meaning that I happened to read this post from Raymond Chen: How do I put a different wallpaper on each monitor? It explains things very nicely, so I won’t get into details much myself, but the main thing is that you need to get the concept of tiling, and the tiling starts in the upper left corner of your primary monitor.
I have an L-shaped configuration at work. My primary monitor is on the right and is horizontal at 1280 x 1024. The second monitor is vertical at 1024 x 1280, so that the overall background size is 2304 x 1280. (Which includes a dead zone in the lower-right, shown below.) If my primary monitor was on the left, I could use the middle 2304 x 1280 image above, set it to be tiled, and be done. But instead, I have to use the “flip-flopped” version to accommodate the placement of the monitors. Not a big deal once you know about it — it just takes some fiddling around with your picture. (To have two different pictures, you need to stitch them together into one big image.) Here’s what I get in the end for Pu’uhonua o Honaunau:
(With the way things are going at my job, with any luck they’ll just take away the option of setting our own wallpaper, along with most other computer autonomy, and then I won’t have to worry about it anymore. Can you say, “Empowered?” Maybe I just need a Place of Refuge…)
Finally, If you’re running dual 1280 x 1024 monitors, both of them horizontal, then I’m afraid I don’t have a readymade wallpaper for you. I tried a few 2560 x 1024 cuts and wasn’t satisfied with my options for including both trees and water, so I’ll leave it to you.