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Keeping it invisible

I must admit, I found a new, totally useless and completely fun way to waste time. It's called transparent screen or invisible desktop, and it's catching on across the computing world.

All it takes is a computer that lets the operator set the picture on the desktop - the one that shows when no programs are running (check), a way to take and load a digital picture on the computer (check) and a messy desk (a big old checkeroo there).

The simple explanation is that when finished the computer screen will look like a window to what sits at the back of your desk. It becomes transparent - well, sort of.

What I did was move my monitor off to the side, and sat in my chair like I usually do. Then I took a picture of my desk, what usually is behind my monitor.

After taking the picture, I moved my monitor back in place and loaded the picture onto the computer, making any adjustments that I needed to make. Then I saved the picture and placed it as the background on my desktop.

For those of you trying at home, if you get the angles and light correct, it really does look like you can see straight through your monitor. All the icons and smaller windows that are open look like they are floating on thin air.

The cool thing about this is that I did it as a joke on everyone's computer in the office. Some, unfortunately, thought it was a kind of commentary on their job performance.

Take for instance our office manager Janet. She thought whoever did it was saying she had nothing better to do all day than stare out the window into the parking lot.

I just thought it would be funny if she walked in, sat down and was startled by the fact that she could "see through" her computer monitor.

I must just have a strange sense of humor though, because she didn't think it was quite as funny as I did. Oh well. I'll just limit my jokes to my computer from now on.

For anyone interested in the emerging art form of the invisible desktop, check it out on the internet. There are a ton of people who have submitted pictures of their computer screens that really look awesome.

This website has the most pictures, not to mention the best ones on the net: http://www.flickr.com/photos/w00kie/sets/180637

Some people even have several transparent monitor pictures displayed as they move their laptops around the room. All I can say is these people must have a lot more free time on their hands than I do.

Once is enough for me, but it was definitely worth a try.



Web posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005











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