Blast from the Past of the Moment
July 9, 2005
"Pierre A. von Kaenel" writes:Amusement of the Moment
> "Simplify, simplify, simplify" - Thoreau
Shouldn't that be just "Simplify"?
Yesterday a co-worker pointed out that, with Windows XP at least, you can set the wallpaper to an animated GIF and it will indeed animate. I don't know how long Windows has been doing this. (For some reason it doesn't work if you just right click on a web image and hit use as wallpaper, my usual method.)
Of course, a stretched or tiled animated image can be VERY annoying, and will use up like at least 1/3 of your processor. Still it can be amusing in small doses. Here's the technique:
- Find a suitable image. For something neat but discrete I'd suggest my own small gif cinema. For big fun, the previously kisrael'd b3ta dicussion has a bunch of cool ones.
- Right click on the animation and "Save Image As..." to someplace convenient on your local drive.
- Right click on a blank part of the desktop, hit "Properties" and go to the "Desktop" tab.
- "Browse" to the image and select it. Make sure to select "Tiled" "Centered" or "Stretched" along with the correct color. (white works well with most of those b3ta animations)