Windows Vista's Obsession With Nature? (in Off-topic)


MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 6 2007 10:48 PM EST

I installed some stuff and now I am emulating the GUI for Windows Vista. It's really an improvement visually from Windows XP. One thing that I did find odd now was how like 300% of the wallpapers included were pictures of leaves and nature in general. I don't have a problem with it, I even kinda like it, I was just wondering why Microsoft's new sexy lovechild is turning au natural. Is it trying to appeal to hippies by associating megacorporations with the beauty of nature? Also, big kudos to the Nature screensaver. That thing is AMAZING. I spent like 15 minutes just staring at it. It fully emulates the awesomeness and zenness of water going down a stream.

QBOddBird February 6 2007 10:53 PM EST

Or maybe they just like nature and find it beautiful?

MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 6 2007 10:55 PM EST

Oh, and I wasn't being sarcastic about the Nature screensaver. I even uploaded a picture of it.



The water's moving as leaves drop and float down the stream. The camera goes exploring down the stream and rotates slowly to look at both banks. Really, really cool.

MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 6 2007 10:58 PM EST

OB, why would they have a sudden change of heart though? In their previous OSes they didn't seem to be too concerned about it. Now, all Vista wallpaper packs have 2 types of wallpapers... abstract shapes and colors, and close-up of plants, especially leaves.

RedWolf February 6 2007 11:04 PM EST

I have that screen saver on my computer, I have Windows XP Media Center Edition

MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 6 2007 11:38 PM EST

I don't remember have been right about anything for a long while now.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] February 7 2007 12:16 AM EST

Kinda looks like crap though, the transfer from water and land i mean

MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 7 2007 4:08 AM EST

It looks like crap as a still. When it's actually moving though, it's a lot better.

Flamey February 7 2007 4:55 AM EST

that screen saver looks as if it takes more resources than just leaving your desktop as is.

muon [The Winds Of Fate] February 7 2007 9:47 AM EST

The nature thing... well, I don't know if anyone remembers this, but digital interfaces went through a huge "organics" phase about 12-16 months ago... I remember every second GTK/Metacity and KDE theme being based around browns and greens, matched with "Leaf and Droplet" wallpapers and soft curves.

Muted artificial tones and vibrant natural tones was the name of the game for a while.

Strange, I agree, that Vista (the glass/tech look, what with alpha compositing and all) would include a bunch of backgrounds/screensavers that hail to an old trend, but meh.

And, of course, it could be completely unrelated ;-)

MissingNo [Battle Royale] February 7 2007 5:57 PM EST

I couldn't help it. I had to post a screenshot of my desktop.

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