A good desktop image is hard to find. Microsoft did very well with the default pretty "Bliss" Windows XP desktop, but that was years ago. The site where the photo was taken? It's not quite as pretty as it once was. The above photo is a composite of the original desktop and a shot taken ten years later, but what does the area look like today? JW Van Wessel went to the trouble of tracking down the area where the shot was taken (it's in a vineyard in Sonoma Valley, California, if you were curious) and checked the site out using Google Maps to get an exact fix on where the shot was taken.You can check it out yourself using Google Maps at co-ordinates: 38.248966, -122.410269. [JW Van Wessel via TheNextWeb]
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