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How to Create Your Own iPhone or Desktop Wallpaper

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I don’t know if you remember the Spirograph toy or not. It had these little plastic gears that you stuck a pencil inside of. Then you created different patterns on your paper by moving the gear around with the pencil. The patterns varied depending on the size and shape of the little gear. Come on – I know you remember it!

I have a website for you where you can create similar things on your own, to use for things like your wallpaper! Myoats is simple to use, and allows you to create any number of very cool looking pictures.

Myoats is a community where people create designs using an online drawing application. These designs can be rated, downloaded, and archived. The Most Liked designs are rewarded by being featured on the home page.

Once I created my design, I could save the picture as it was, or export it in one of several different ways. I could even change my design, to change the number of sides it has or change the pencil size. I can increase the line size, the intensity and even the opacity! There are honestly no limits to what you can create on Myoats, other than the limitations within your own creativity.

Check it out, and create something awesome for yourself. Don’t be boring and use the same old wallpaper everyone else has. Make something that is uniquely yours… and then be sure to upload it to your Geeks account to show off!

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How to Create a Seamless Tile Background Image

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Sure, you can take a small picture and turn it into a tiled background for a web page or your desktop. It’s not difficult to do. What is difficult, though, is creating a background that is seamless out of that small image. Not every image will work for this. It can be really tough to create something that flows together and looks right.

I have a tool for you that works from within your web browser. You can use it to create some kind of seamless image to use wherever you may need it. Repper is really easy to use. Just press “Start tool now”. It will give you a basic image by default. While you’re moving the skin around, it will show you a live, dynamic preview of what you’re doing. It’s the easiest tool I’ve ever seen that will help you accomplish your goal.

I’ve seen plenty of tools over the years that will help you do this. They’re expensive, and hard to figure out. Not only is this easy – it’s also free! Repper is a free-to-use pattern creator that turns your images into eye-catching designs. You can start playing right away: just upload an image and start dragging!

You can use Repper to create unique background patterns for your social profiles or your personal webpage. Or use it for posters or business cards, to design textile patterns or whatever you can think of; your imagination is your only limit!

Make sure you send me your cool ideas and websites! How else can I share them with the rest of the World?

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How Much RAM Does Your Computer Have?

I remember the days of having only 256MB of RAM, do you? Now that I have several GB of RAM, it’s hard to think back and understand how I managed to function in those days. How did I make anything work? How did I get anything accomplished? How much RAM do you have these days?

2Gb on desktop and also on laptop. – Kol Tregaskes

2GB on desktop, 2GB on both laptops, with dedicated memory for the video cards – SoN9ne

2GB on my home PC and my work laptop. – Alex Scoble CISSP

3GB – Chris W

2GB on my laptop, soon to be upgraded to 4. – Stupid Blogger (aka Tina)

Just 1GB at home but 4GB at work! – orionstarr

8GB on desktop. 4GB on laptop. – Jeff Douglass

2GB – Jason Shultz

512MB – directeur

6G on the Mac Pro, 4G on the Dell laptop. – Joey Gibson

Remember the old days when having 500megs was a big deal! – orionstarr

1GB on my laptop, 4GB on my workstation, 2GB on our media center. – Akiva Moskovitz

my laptop has 4GB ram, 320GB HD. My phone has 8GB flash. my first computer had 4MB ram, 35MB HD. – Chris Hollander

ugh as i have groused before my laptop at work has 500 megs of ram and it is almost physically painful – Marco (aureliusmaximus)

10GB in my Mac Pro, 4GB in my MacBook Pro, 2GB in the MacBook Air – Andru Edwards

2Gb in my 4 year old laptop… – Ricardo Vidal

4GB on MBP, 2GB on my work Dell lappy – saeba

1gb desktop – Nick Munson

500megs was a big deal? I am probably from stone age, KB was for that time. I bet someone has used Byte. – Yu-Jie Lin

2GB laptop and 4GB on desktop – Leandro Ardissone

4gb, but vista only reads 3.5 gb – americanm

2 GB on my laptop and 4GB on my workstation – Saad Kamal

2 Gb, running Vista Business Edition – Alexandre Micaelo

4 gb – RAPatton

4gb laptop – Erik S

15 quadrillion hexamegapetabytes. – Tad, Fool

The correct answer is: never enough. – Mack D. Male

4GB – on a 24" Aluminium iMac – robert sørensen

Tad, you are truly hardcore. 😉 – Kol Tregaskes

4GB Mac Pro, 2gb Macbook Pro – Duncan Riley

4GB in the desktop, 2GB in work-issued Dell Latitude D830 – Mike The SysAdmin

Is there even such a thing as “enough” or “too much” when it comes to RAM?

Do You Make Your Own Desktop and iPhone Wallpapers?

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I’ve talked about Desktoptopia before. It runs in the background, and downloads different backgrounds to your desktop. I usually always have it running. Now remember, a wallpaper is not a screensaver. I’ve found a neat website, though, for creating your own wallpapers. Striped Backgrounds is a free service that allows you to create your own striped backgrounds.

Striped Backgrounds is insanely easy and fun to use. Use the ‘Randomize!’ button to have the site choose colors for you. Or, click on the “color picker” button, and choose your own. You decide what color your stripes should be, and in what order. When you’re happy with what you’ve created, just choose your screen resolution, and click the “Download” button. The picture will open in a new window or tab full-size, and you will then just save it to your computer. Poof! You now have your own customized, striped background.

The nice thing is that they also have an iPhone section. Create striped backgrounds for your iPhone with ease. There are a couple of Google ads on there, but they’re unobtrusive. They don’t bother me at all.

This site is easy, free and functional. Be sure to check it out, and then show me your cool new background.


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Do You Measure Your Desktop with Ruler Software?

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Since I stream my life while in the office, I get people who ask the same questions every day. One of them is usually “how big are your monitors, anyway?”. I thought I’d answer that question once and for all, using a measuring tape. I think this is going to take awhile, so you should probably get a cup of coffee while I measure. Isn’t there an easier way? Thankfully, there is Rulers. Rulers is free software that works on both Mac and PC.

Rulers allows you to create a set of rulers on your whole screen. Many common graphic editors allow the rulers on their working areas only. Using the guidelines enables you to measure and position objects with precision. It’s incredibly useful in many fields, such as computer graphics, desktop publishing and web design. Rulers can also be used to select a screen area and take a screenshot that is automatically saved to desktop, or copied to system clipboard.

The main features include:

  • #Unlimited rulers creation
  • Multiple units of measurement
  • Multi monitor support
  • Take a screenshot of selected area or whole screen
  • Magnifier
  • Color picker

If you know of other cool cross-platform software, let me hear from you… especially if it’s free. And don’t worry, I survived cutting my thumb.


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Where do you Download Desktop Wallpaper?

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Every single day in the chat room, someone asks me where I get my wallpaper from. Sometimes I make them myself, using Oxidizer. Sometimes I download them from somewhere. But my friend Andy Stanberry reminded me about using DestopTopia.

Desktoptopia is a FREE desktop background manager that automatically loads and displays designer desktops on your monitor, as often as you wish. Loving the current desktop? Can’t stop staring at it? Just click Pause in the menubar, and stare all you want. You can also go back, or to the next desktop right from the menubar. Setting how often your desktop changes is just as simple. You can rate desktops anytime from the menubar. You can also subscribe to categories like Photography, Illustration, Typography, Architecture, Graphic Design, 3D, and Abstract. Or you can mix it up with a little from all the categories.

Got two monitors? We’re so jealous. But, Desktoptopia has got you covered. You can decide how you want Desktoptopia to work with your multiple-monitor set up. You can have twice the love and duplicate the desktop on both monitors, only show desktops on one (whichever one you want), or show different desktops on each monitor. Quick, what’s your monitor resolution? Yeah, we don’t know ours either. Desktoptopia will automatically detect your resolution and deliver you the appropriately sized desktop, so your desktops always look their best.

Desktoptopia delivers the most beautiful and inspiring desktops around from our ever-growing collection. But that’s only half the story. They keep our desktops usable, so you can actually find stuff on your desktop.


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How and Where do you Save Files?

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Where do you save your files? Do you have any particular folder on your computer? Or… are you one of those people who forgets to save their work? The bottom line is, I want to know how and where you save files. I have a top five here from Nick, to give you some tips on where and how to save your files.

Tip 1 Always finish a file you save with 001 at the end of the file name. Then, when you make any changes, save the next version as

002, and so on. This way, you create a revisioning system in case anything ever happens and you need to revert.

Tip 2 Always save your file in the right folder, especially if you’re working on a specific project. Save all work related to this in one particular folder, and even use SubFolders. You can also use a desktop search tool, such as Copernic Desktop Search.

Tip 3 No matter what you’re doing, save often. For faster saving, use CTRL + S to save your files.

Tip 4 Back up important files. Copy them onto an external hard drive, flash drive, or an external website.

Tip 5 Always save to the correct file type. For example, with a simple Photoshop file, save it as a .jpg or .png. Keep in mind what you’ll be using the file for in the future when you choose your file extension.


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Yule Log: Fire Video Screen Saver for your Desktop or iPod

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There’s nothing like a crackling fire to warm you inside and out during the holiday season. And now… you can even have that “fire” on your desktop.

At iYule.tv, you can purchase 30-minutes of crackling fire and a beautiful original score by Geoff Smith formated for wide or standard screen portable players, your computer or Apple TV. This was filmed in high definition, and can come with or without music.

This is a collaborative effort between Geoff, Paul Cullgian, and Cali and Neal. The cost for the Yule Log is anywhere from $5.00 to $10.00, depending on what you need. Why should you pay for this? Well, a portion of the proceeds is going to charity. ‘Tis the Season for giving, after all. In Cali’s own words:

This is something we’ve worked on nights and weekends for almost a month and we hope it’s something that will warm your heart and bring smiles to the faces of friends you share it with.

If you’re giving someone an iPod that plays video this year, load it up with the iYule Log.

If you’re taking that special someone in your life out for a nice holiday dinner, load iYule Log on your iPod and put it on the table for a touch of whimsical romance.

Proceeds will be split by the producers and a percentage will go to three of our favorite charities. Geoff chose the Songs of Love Foundation, a charity that provides personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children and young adults. Paul has chosen LitLiberation, the largest online literacy experiment in history. Neal and I have chosen Heifer International, a non-profit that helps families in poverty by giving them valuable live animals to provide eggs, milk and farming help.

The video we’ve produced is a cozy multi-sensory experience that pulls me into the romantic essence of a fireplace, every time I turn it on to watch.

You can also get the cool Christmas clock wallpaper you see on my other desktop, for free!

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Christmas Wallpaper

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Ahhhh… the holiday season is upon us, whether you’re ready for it or not! We spend a lot of time, money and effort decorating our homes. Regardless of which holiday you may celebrate… I want to know how you deck your desktop!

I get almost all of my desktop wallpaper from Flickr. Flickr is just amazing. There are now over 2 billion images there from people all over the world. Some of these images come from professionals, and many of them come from everyday users like you and me!

If you want to find some great holiday wallpaper, it’s easy with Flickr. Simply do a keyword search for your favorite holiday term(s). You’ll get literally hundreds of matches to choose from. Flickr pictures make excellent quality wallpaper, as well.

If you’d like to send your holiday photos to my digital photo frame, you can upload them to Flickr, and tag them with chrisframe. I am subscribed to an RSS Feed that will automatically download them to my frame.

What do you do to decorate your home, and deck your desktop? Let’s hear from all of you out there!

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Changing Your Desktop Wallpaper is Easy!

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Chances are, you have a picture on your monitor screen behind your icons. This is called your desktop, and the picture is your wallpaper. It’s exceedingly easy to change this picture, and I’m going to show you how.

Let’s say you’re surfing the Internet, and come across a picture that is funny or beautiful. You’d love to look at this picture all the time! Well, you can! Simply right click the picture in Windows, and choose “Set as Background”. Voila. That picture is now on your desktop. In Safari for OS X, right click the picture and choose “Use image as desktop picture”.

Oh, wait. You say you don’t have a right mouse button on your Mac? You don’t need one. Simply hold down the Ctrl key and click your mouse button. This does the same thing as a right click on a standard Windows mouse.

Some people may want to choose to use a picture already on their computer, and switch to it as their background. On Windows, you can right click on your desktop, choose Properties, and then click on the “Desktop” tab. You can now browse to any picture on your computer, and set it as your background. On a Mac, go to your System Preferences, and click on the Desktop and Screensaver button. From there, choose “Desktop”. You can now browse any of the pre-installed pictures from Apple to use, or browse to your own picture to set as the background.

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