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ATPM 8.01
January 2002




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Montréal and Hawai'i


The pictures were taken by Daniel Chvatik in Montréal, Canada, on a short trip this December. They were taken with a Canon PowerShot S300 and post-processed with Cameraid 1.2 and iView MediaPro. The ghost-like appearance of two of the images comes from using the flash at night while it is snowing. Enjoy!


Contributing Editor Christopher Turner provides this photos from a November trip to Hawai’i. The pictures were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 950 at a resolution of 1600x1200 and resized in GraphicConverter to 1024x768 for use as desktop pictures.

Pearl Harbor

arizona_flag.jpg—Before the Arizona Memorial was constructed, the US Navy marked the Arizona’s grave with a simple flagpole, from which Old Glory still flies today.

arizona_memorial.jpg—The Memorial stands over the Arizona’s final resting place, where more than 1,100 sailors are entombed.

arizona_missouri.jpg—Symbols of the beginning and the end of World War II for America; the Arizona Memorial, and the USS Missouri, upon which the Japanese surrendered in August, 1945.

arizona_shrine.jpg—All who perished on the Arizona are listed here.

nimitz01.jpg—Modern American sea power is reflected in the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz.

nimitz02.jpg, nimitz03.jpg, nimitz04.jpg—The Nimitz is a floating city, where more than 5,000 sailors live and work while at sea.

shrine_flag.jpg—Old Glory stands ever proud in the Arizona Memorial shrine.

Place of Refuge

Located on the southern Kona coast, of the big island of Hawai’i, is Pu’uhonua o Honaunau, known as the Place of Refuge. This was the site of one royal residence of the King of Kona, preserved to show aspects of traditional Hawai’ian life.

por01.jpg—The Hale o Keawe temple.

por02.jpg—The coconut palm grove of the Royal Grounds.

por03.jpg—Palm trees are not native to Hawai’i, but were brought by the Polynesians who settled the islands.

por04.jpg, por05.jpg—The ocean view from the Hale o Keawe temple.

por06.jpg, por07.jpg—Postcard material for sure; and more beautiful in person than this image can do justice.

por08.jpg—Golden sky as the sun sets.

honu01.jpg—The green sea turtle is called honu by the Hawai’ians; they are an endangered species, and taking photographs is as close as one is allowed to get to them.

honu02.jpg—There is nothing wrong with this turtle, nor any of the others one may find on Hawai’i’s beaches. They simply chose to beach themselves from time to time to rest and get some sun.

Previous Months’ Desktop Pictures

Pictures from previous months are listed in the desktop pictures archives.

Downloading all the Pictures at Once

iCab and Interarchy (formerly Anarchie) can download an entire set of desktop pictures at once. In iCab, use the Download command to download “Get all files in same path.” In Interarchy, use HTTP Mirror feature.

Contributing Your Own Desktop Pictures

If you have a picture, whether a small series or just one fabulous or funny shot, feel free to send it to and we’ll publish it in next month’s issue. Have a regular print but no scanner? Don’t worry. E-mail us, and we tell you where to send it so we can scan it for you. Note that we cannot return the original print, so send us a copy.

Placing Desktop Pictures

Mac OS X

Switch to the Finder. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Finder” menu. Click on the “Select Picture…” button on the right. In the Open Panel, select the desktop picture you want to use. The panel defaults to your “~/Library/Desktop Pictures” folder. Close the “Finder Preferences” window when you are done.

You can also use the pictures with Mac OS X’s built-in screen saver. Choose “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu. Click the screen saver button. Then click on Custom Slide Show in the list of screen savers. If you put the ATPM pictures in your Pictures folder, you’re all set. Otherwise, click Configure to tell the screen saver which pictures to use.

Mac OS 8.5-9.x

Go to the Appearance control panel. Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the window. Press the “Place Picture…” button in the bottom right corner, then select the desired image. By default, it will show you the images in the “Desktop Pictures” subfolder of your “Appearance” folder in the System Folder, however you can select images from anywhere on your hard disk.

After you select the desired image file and press “Choose,” a preview will appear in the Appearance window. The “Position Automatically” selection is usually fine. You can play with the settings to see if you like the others better. You will see the result in the little preview screen.

Once you are satisfied with the selection, click on “Set Desktop” in the lower right corner of the window. That’s it! Should you ever want to get rid of it, just go to the desktop settings again and press “Remove Picture.”

Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1

Go to the “Desktop Patterns” control panel. Click on “Desktop Pictures” in the list on the left of the window, and follow steps similar to the ones above.

Random Desktop Pictures

If you drag a folder of pictures onto the miniature desktop in the Appearance or Desktop Pictures control panel, your Mac will choose one from the folder at random when it starts up.


An alternative to Mac OS’s Appearance control panel is Pierce Software’s DeskPicture, reviewed in issue 5.10 and available for download.


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