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Computer manufacturers never go much beyond some too-pretty wallpaper screens featuring their own logos or views that you don't want to see every day anyway. The notable exception was the default Windows XP screen, which was at least relaxing to look at and didn't make any overt attempt to remind you that you couldn't afford a Mac. But until recently Windows has still been shipped with the tiny tiled images that shipped more than ten years ago, and all this encourages people to go look elsewhere for a bit of desktop eye candy.

There are thousands of sites out there offering free desktop wallpapers, but most simply copy the same old collections round and round in a never-ending circle of banner ads and popups and fake anti-virus alerts and Congratulations that You Really ARE the 10,000th Visitor. This one is different, and better, and with Firefox and Adblock Plus running, I didn't see a single ad here.

Surprisingly, given the claim of more than 10,000 images here, I would estimate that more than 90% of the ones I viewed were new to me. And that included the 3D range, which on most sites is prone to repeating some very common selections, and even the Girls section, the first couple of hundred images I felt obliged to view for review purposes.

Although most wallpapers anywhere are suited for all, no such site is going to be entirely family-friendly and some parental caution is advised in certain areas. Especially the Anime section, which if you don't know anything about the genre, might surprise you with its many typical cartoon depictions of Japanese schoolgirls. Students in Japanese comics tend to be considerably less warmly attired than here in the west and are inexplicably clumsy, needing to bend over to pick up their dropped books far more than you'd think. It's a Japanese thing, and don't ask me to explain any further because I don't think I can, not here.

Obviously the Girls section is off-limits for kids to a very large extent, with many images that would be Not Safe For Work in most American workplaces, many more in some workplaces, a few in a few workplaces but none which would raise as much as an eyebrow in the local repair shop or garage. There's no Men section, a sign that sexual equality in the workplace has some distance to go even in these politically correct times.

Otherwise there's a lot to choose from here, and the only reason I knocked a point off was the way in which images are delivered. Although most if not all are offered at a range of sizes, previewing anything beyond thumbnail size requires downloading the largest possible file of the set. This is fine on a faster machine and connection, but really unnecessary when you just want a look, not necessarily a save, and not at that size. And if you spend a great deal of time here, you might want to clear out your temporary internet files to recover some space.

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