Wikipedia for Your Desktop

Here’s something I did not know about the wonderful Wikipedia. I might be talking about something that is as old as last years news. But it is news to me.

Wikipedia as you may or may not know is a top source of reliable information and facts, a free on-line encyclopedia. But did you know that they also have a category entitled: Wikipedia featured desktop backgrounds? Well they do and while not the definitive source of desktop backgrounds, they are fairly good and one or two might be your taste and it is cool that it is Wikipedia.

For the pictures to get into this catagory they have to have three qualities:

  1. Wikipedia Featured Pictures or Commons Featured Pictures
  2. They are big enough to be used as wallpaper
  3. They have an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 5:4

There are currently 96 files listed for use. Covering all tastes and genres there are some interesting science based ones and arty type ones for those inclined. Something for everyone.

By the way something else I noticed is that Wikipedia has cracked the 1 million dollar mark and some in their fund-raising! Amazing.

Wikipedia 1 million

 

Wikipedia Featured Desktop Backgrounds Screenshot

Huge Free Wallpaper Resource

I don’t know about you guys but I have had some real trouble in the past finding wallpaper for my desktop. One thing is that a lot of sites that offer wallpaper are full of spyware, pop-ups or some other nasty crap. Not only that there is usually not that much on offer and what there is of it is rubbish. InterfaceLIFT is totally different and I was surprised at the offerings and what they cover.

Interface lift offers hundreds of wallpapers for download. In addition to this they offer a huge range of resolutions to suit. From an average of 320 X 240 right up to 2560 X 1600. Not all images offer the same resolutions or the range but it looks like there is something for everyone and purpose. They also range from nice pleasant landscape pictures to futuristic and Photoshop’ed images. Nice. Looks like most, if not all wallpapers are free.

I was impressed at the extra offerings that I found as well. There are icons, themes plus a developers section. Some of the developers tools are not free.

The most amazing thing is that there is stuff for Mac, Windows, Linux and Mac! There is an especially nice selection of Mac icons. The name definately fits this site, check out InterfaceLIFT to give the view from your desktop a refreshing new look. Just one tip: Careful with the embeded ads that appear in the list of available downloads, not a nice way to place ads but they are fairly obvious. The only critism I would have on an otherwise nice resource.

InterfaceLIFT Screenshot