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The man who took the iconic Windows XP wallpaper photo has bitter regrets
FOX News ^ | 3-27-14 | Tero Kuittinen

Posted on 03/29/2014 1:12:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Lush green hills under a cobalt blue sky with precisely the right amount of fluffy clouds floating about. Who hasn’t been lost in reverie staring at the default Windows XP wallpaper, dreaming of Middle Earth or maybe a weekend in Cork County?

Yet that shot of a bucolic paradise has turned into a very personal nightmare for Charles O’Lear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft.

O’Lear took a one-time payment for the photo rather than trying to negotiate a license fee. Even a tiny fee per Windows XP license would have yielded him a hefty payday over the years.

Surprisingly enough, the photograph was actually taken on the side of a highway in Sonoma, California, rather than Ireland or New Zealand. According to a somewhat hazy estimate by The Sydney Morning Herald, a billion people have viewed the scene since Microsoft bought it.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: california; charlesolear; licensefee; microsoft; sonoma; wallpaper; windowsxp; xp
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To: smokingfrog

2 posted on 03/29/2014 1:13:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

I HAVE stared at it and I DID think it was Ireland


3 posted on 03/29/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Even a tiny fee per Windows XP license would have yielded him a hefty payday over the years. “

They would have never agreed to any per license fee, they would have simply used a different picture.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 1:14:33 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: smokingfrog
I've been thinking of licensing my posts here on FR.I figure that even at $0.0001 per viewing of my posts will net me dozens of dollars over the next 50 years.I'll be contacting Jim Robinson soon with my demands.
5 posted on 03/29/2014 1:16:27 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: smokingfrog

Here it is later on:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/Bliss_%28location%29.jpg


6 posted on 03/29/2014 1:26:34 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Freeper pay per click


7 posted on 03/29/2014 1:27:43 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Riley

Planted with grapes?


8 posted on 03/29/2014 1:28:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

One bad business deal? No loss incurred? Get over it!


9 posted on 03/29/2014 1:30:20 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: smokingfrog

Somehow I always thought that photo looked really gay, like at any minute Twinky winky the Teletubby will start prancing around on the hill.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 1:32:09 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Republican has "I can" at the end. Democrat has "rat". Any questions?)
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To: smokingfrog

Right country for it. Been over Highway 12 a million times, guess I don’t have that photographer’s eye or the business sense to sell the view to the whole of planet earth.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 1:32:10 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: smokingfrog

I thought it was from TeleTubbies


12 posted on 03/29/2014 1:33:17 PM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Mount Athos
They would have never agreed to any per license fee, they would have simply used a different picture.

Yup, this is not a case of loosing a winning lottery ticket.

Pretty nature pictures are a dime a dozen.

Instead of griping about "lost" money, he should be enjoying whatever publicity he can get from his picture being selected to advance his name brand.

No he looks like just a whiner.

13 posted on 03/29/2014 1:36:42 PM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: csmusaret

TeleTubbies was one of the creepiest things I’ve seen
anywhere.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 1:37:19 PM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: smokingfrog

You got paid, whinger.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 1:38:16 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: smokingfrog

Hmmmm. That photo always reminded me of the drive north to Boulder, Co.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 1:43:51 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: smokingfrog

I can’t even sell my witty FR posts 3 for a quarter.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 1:44:26 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: smokingfrog
Always thought that was a great picture, very relaxing to look at.

Wallpaper on my old computer.

The guy got a few bucks off of Bill Gates inc., that's more than most of us will ever do, he should just shut up and enjoy :)

19 posted on 03/29/2014 1:46:34 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Mount Athos

Exactly. I’m tired of this argument. The guy who designed the Rolling Stones logo mopes over the same thing.

You get paid well for your work—and whatever level you agree to is being paid well—and you should honor your contract.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 1:46:35 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Gay State Conservative

At a penny for your thoughts, you are probably seriously overcharging.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 1:51:30 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: The Cajun
What has been seen cannot be unseen!


22 posted on 03/29/2014 1:51:32 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: knarf

No stone walls. :-)


23 posted on 03/29/2014 1:52:19 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

LOL you made my day. As a photographer there is nothing I want to look at in that photo. it is dismissible. Seeing anyone roll down the hill would have been great. I don’t even want to know what is on the other side of the hill and I have a thing like that about hills and mountains. In fact Albert Bierstadt is my desktop artist. Now in his paintings I can get lost.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 1:53:43 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: smokingfrog

I always found that photo to be vaguely depressing.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 1:55:12 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: smokingfrog

Still the best Microsoft OS.


26 posted on 03/29/2014 1:59:04 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: smokingfrog
No one figured it out yet...

It's THE GRASSY KNOLL!!!

27 posted on 03/29/2014 1:59:13 PM PDT by whodathunkit
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To: markoman

28 posted on 03/29/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: thecodont

I had it on my computer for years. Not sure I really ever looked at it. It was the right amount of bland to keep the icons from getting lost.

My perfect desktop was a photo I took with a river and mountain with just a bit of light coming from behind the mountain at sunrise. A third of the screen was pretty dark for the icons, and then the shades of grey got lighter moving up and to the right. Enough in there to look at and explore, but the icons popped out as well.


29 posted on 03/29/2014 2:02:44 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: smokingfrog

did he pay the land owner a use fee? I think not.....


30 posted on 03/29/2014 2:07:14 PM PDT by GotMojo
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To: smokingfrog

LOL!


31 posted on 03/29/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Mount Athos
I don't care for a busy background, myself.

Solid, warm colors allow me to id the pc (yeah, KVM with 3/4 ports connected...), and quickly find what I need.

Getting rid of the standard issue wallpaper is one of the first things I do.

YMMV.

32 posted on 03/29/2014 2:10:14 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Mount Athos

i thought sol immediately - this guy needs to move on in life

For the kind of money he is THINKING that he would have gotten, Microsft would have used a different picture.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 2:11:14 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Same w the guy who did Sgt Peppers cover.


34 posted on 03/29/2014 2:11:47 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: smokingfrog

I am shocked!

It NEVER occurred to me that it was a real photograph.

I figured since it’s in a computer, it has to be a computer generated image. Not a plane or contrail in sight, it couldn’t possibly be a real photo.


35 posted on 03/29/2014 2:13:06 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: InvisibleChurch
Same w the guy who did Sgt Peppers cover.

I wonder if he got a cut from the various parodies of the cover, like this one...


36 posted on 03/29/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: deoetdoctrinae
LOL, good one, ya gots to like Mr. Bean!

Just got my new Win 8.1 machine in 3 days ago, have lightening bolts as my screen saver.
Kind of the mood I was in trying to adjust to the new OS :)

37 posted on 03/29/2014 2:16:30 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: smokingfrog

Oh goodie! And the cows came home too!


38 posted on 03/29/2014 2:17:04 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Mount Athos
They would have never agreed to any per license fee, they would have simply used a different picture.

Correct. If he spends more than a minute thinking he got ripped off he's an idiot.

39 posted on 03/29/2014 2:17:05 PM PDT by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: KevinB

You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.


40 posted on 03/29/2014 2:17:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: huldah1776

Thanks for the tip. Now I know a little about Mr. Albert Bierstadt and the Rocky Mountain School of Luminism. Even Bierstadt couldn’t make a living solely based on being a painter except for a few years. He was also a teacher. Of course this was shortly before the Civil War, and who knows how the economy was back then if you weren’t part of a big farming family.


41 posted on 03/29/2014 2:19:15 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: smokingfrog

It’s a boring pic. I always thought it was a CGI creation.


42 posted on 03/29/2014 2:19:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: smokingfrog

I was expecting Teletubbies to crest the hill at any moment.

Tinky Winky

Dipsy

La La

Po


43 posted on 03/29/2014 2:21:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: smokingfrog

Telly Tubbies ???


44 posted on 03/29/2014 2:24:20 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: smokingfrog

The Pink Floyd “Flying Pig” screensaver has a similar look.


45 posted on 03/29/2014 2:33:02 PM PDT by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: smokingfrog

Why would M$ agree to pay a licensing fee for a photo? They could have gotten a million others just like it.


46 posted on 03/29/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: smokingfrog

First thing people did was replace it with a picture of their dog or cat or Baywatch babes or whatever.


47 posted on 03/29/2014 2:50:03 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: ClaytonP
Instead of griping about "lost" money, he should be enjoying whatever publicity he can get from his picture being selected to advance his name brand.

Yes. Then I thought, maybe this is part of the effort.

48 posted on 03/29/2014 2:56:22 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Sorry, GSC. Jim's FR User Agreement says he has a claim on half your income. You DID read the agreement before clicking "Register," didn't you?
49 posted on 03/29/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Calvin Locke

Me, too. Very first thing I do is set up a light blue or light turquoise desktop. Then, on Win 7, I get rid of the damned Aeropeek.


50 posted on 03/29/2014 3:19:05 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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