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This is the OFFICIAL FAQ for the USENET newsgroup:

alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper.
(Last update: 02.18.2008)
(Web links checked & updated)

1. What is alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper?
1.1 What is the FAQ for and why am I reading it?
1.2 Is there a website for
alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper?
1.3 So, basically all you people do is post
pictures to this NG?
1.4 Trolls and Trolling
1.4.1 What are they and how to deal with them
1.4.2 How to use the Kill-File
1.5 Common TLAs and how to look cool.

2. Questions You Might Have
2.1 What is appropriate fare here?
2.1.1 OK, what ISN'T appropriate fare?
2.1.1.1 But..but..I don't think that nudity should
be allowed here!
2.1.2 Why aren't there more tiled backgrounds here?
2.2 Is there a posting convention for the NG?
2.3 What is an Index and should I be posting them?
2.4 What is a Flood and should I avoid Flooding?
2.5 How do you combine multi-part messages?
2.6 Concerning Screen Captures of Desktops?
2.7 Where can I find a good free server?
2.8 What does "CSV" mean and what is a .csv file?
2.9 What is "a.b.p.u.," "a.b.p.w.discussion," and
"a.b.p.w.duplicates"?
2.10 What is yEnc? (Links updated 02.18.2008)
2.11 What is the Walrus, or What is the Weekly
Wallpaper Contest?

3. Sites of Interest
3.1 Can I view this newsgroup on the web?

4. Software
4.1 Creation?
4.2 Display
4.2.1 Desktop Display
4.2.2 Picture Viewers
4.3 Auto-Posters
4.4 Auto Grabbers

5. Anything else?

6. Amendments, History, Notes





1. What is alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper?
First of all, welcome aboard the good ship ABPW! This
group is basically a binaries forum for the posting of
interesting images that can be used as desktop
wallpapers. Here you will find artistic and open-minded
(well, FTMP) folks who share high-resolution images that
they have created or found on the Internet. Most of
these images will comply to the 800x600, 1024x768,
1280x1024, or 1600x1200 resolution sets. OK, hold on to
your hat for this little tidbit of wonderfulness, but
those just happen to be the same exact resolutions that
are used by most modern OS' GUIs! Occasionally you will
see postings of tiled backgrounds, but this has
decreased steadily in recent times.

1.1 What is the FAQ for and why am I reading it?
This document is a list of the "Frequently Asked
Questions." Most seasoned Usenetters know that if there
is a query rolling around in your mind, it's probably
been on the mind of someone else at one point or
another. In an ideal Usenet world, all newbies would
consult the FAQ before posting a question, answer,
retort or rant. But it is not a perfect world, so please
feel free to direct all inquiries to this document. Do
you have any comments on this document? Suggestions? Or
do you just need to let off some steam? Then please
post to the A.P.B.W newsgroup with the Subject [APBW FAQ
Question]. And JDa, Jer or any one of a number of
knowledgeable people will try and answer your question.
Finally, to answer your question as to why you are
reading it, the answer is simple: You are seeking
answers to your important questions. You are one of
those kids that sat at the front and paid attention in
class. You wish to succeed and take it upon your self to
be well informed so you will have the upper hand at all
times. You, my friend, are smarter than the average
bear.

1.2 Is there a companion website for
alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper? (*12/19/2005)
No. Shamari from Illuminatedesigns.net had maintained a
beautiful web site, but in Dec of 2005 closed the site
down.

1.3 So basically all you people do here is post pictures,
right?
For the most part, yes. As this is a binaries group,
technically all that should be posted here is binaries.
However a little discussion (or flamewar) pops up
occasionally, and is encouraged! Well, the discussion
part is encouraged. The flamewars, well, that is not
encouraged and is a very good way to get yourself into
everyone's killfiles. If you like a particular
wallpaper, be sure to drop a little message to the
creator. We all like receiving a little praise for
something we have put a little time into creating.

1.4 Trolls and Trolling (*12/14/2005)
Quick! Hide your virgins and your livestock! The trolls
are loose! We all know what trolls are in the
storybooks. They are vile, disgusting creatures that
live under bridges and in caves, eat livestock and
terrorize the good people of the town. Usenet trolls are
pretty much the same beast with the exception that they
normally live in their mother's basement and eat
Cheeto's. Seriously though, Usenet exists for
discussion.

As for the people you don't like, we are only there to
post images, discuss once in a while, and fan the flames
occasionally to get the discussions started up. If you
really can't stand someone, your best bet would be to
just add him/her to your killfile and just ignore them.
Pitching a fit and demanding that someone answer for
their transgressions or leave the group is like pouring
kerosene on a fire. It doesn't stop the flames from
burning.

1.4.1 Trolls: What They Are and How To Deal With Them
Trolls are the most common species of usenet vermin.
Every group has to deal with them, and ABPW is no
exception. "Well, again, what is a troll", you ask. OK,
OK, I was just getting to that. Simply put, a troll is
someone who posts inflammatory messages to a group in
order to get a response to satisfy their unending need
for attention, to upset the general population of a
group, or to start an argument (called a flamewar). The
basest and most inept of these creatures will post
something like "hey! All you people suck!"
Unfortunately, they will almost always find some sap
willing to respond to these childish antics. This causes
the troll to feel vindicated for their actions and can
lead them to post again in an attempt to cause more
strife. Responding to a troll's antagonizing is commonly
referred to as 'feeding the trolls'. Please remember
that Usenet trolls are like bears at the zoo. Please
don't feed the trolls, and they usually won't attack
you. Responding to such stupidity only serves to breed
more stupidity.

Sometimes, however, a troll will post a message to the
group that may make a lot of sense. He may make valid
points. You may even agree with them. But please
remember that ABPW is all about wallpaper and wallpaper
related topics only! Subjects such as politics,
religion, race, etc. are normally off-topic for this
group. There are many other groups that are a far better
choice for engaging in such conversations. That is not
to mean that off-topic discussions cannot take place.
Threads such as "Where ya'll from?" or "What do you do
for a living?" or 'Do you like cheese?' are fun and
should be encouraged. Topics such as "Screw the French"
or "Bush is an asshole" are definitely off-topic and
unwanted inflammatory posts, and should be ignored as
such. By ignoring a troll, you show them to be the fools
they are, and take away their power to disrupt the
group. Even more, you can add the offending poster to
your killfile (also called plonk) and never be bothered
by them again.

1.4.2 How to Use The Killfile
One of the handiest features ever included in most all
newsreader programs is the killfile, sometimes referred
to as the plonk file or bozo-bin. The killfile is a
filter for a list of topics, keywords, and posters that
will blocked from downloading to your reader so you will
not have to view them. For example, say you don't want
to see any wallpapers with nudity in them. Just add the
words 'nude,' 'nudity,' and 'adult' to your killfile and
your client will automatically block you from viewing
any articles that have those keywords in the headers. It
is for this reason that most everyone who posts walls
with adult content in them will use at least one of
these words in the subject of the post (well, just about
everyone will. There are mistakes made sometimes, and
then there are the folks who aren't as bright as you are
and didn't read the FAQ). Anyone who neglects to label
such material is usually reminded of the proper group
etiquette by more than one person.

Below are simple instructions on how to use the killfile
in the most common newsreaders:

Microsoft Outlook Express
Highlight a message (even if you haven't downloaded the
body this can be done) from the offensive poster and
then:

Message | Block Sender

you'll see a popup telling you it's been done and asking
if you want to remove all posts from that user: Y/N ..
select 'Y' and poof .. all posts from the offender
disappear ..
click 'no' and you can still see what you've previously
downloaded

This process means you don't see anything from those on
the block sender list at all. You can choose to block
either email or news messages or both.

To remove go to Tools | Message Rules on the list shown
find the address you want to remove the blocking for,
highlight and click 'Remove'.

X-News
When reading an article, press 'k' to add the poster to
the plonk file. You'll be asked for an expiry period. By
default, the expiry is set to 100 - meaning after 100
days, the name will be automatically removed. It's a
good idea to specify an expiry period (remember, the
more entries in the plonk file, the longer it takes
the program to process it). If you really want the name
to stay permanently, set expiry period to zero. You
cannot use regular expressions, so the poster's name and
email must match exactly (except for case). Also, it is
global (you cannot filter by groups). You can bring up
the plonk file viewer with Ctrl+k. You can then add,
remove, or edit entries. To delete, press the Del. To
edit a name or email, right click on it.

Microplanet Gravity 2.60 (build 2060)
The killfile is called the Bozo Bin and it's fairly easy
to use. One just right clicks on an article and chooses
"Add author to Bozo Bin" from the menu. You can change
how long to ignore bozos by going to the menu bar and
choosing Tools -> Bozo Bin

Agent
The killfile is pretty simple. Right click the message,
then select Filters, then Add Kill Filter. You can then
edit the criteria for subject line, Authors name, number
of lines in the message, etc. It has a pretty advanced
killfile scripting language but for just a simple bozo
bin style kill, the above is all you need.

If your particular program is not listed here, then be
sure to check its documentation to learn how to use this
tool that makes an Usenet existence so much more
pleasurable.

1.5 Common TLAs, or How To Look Cool in Eight Characters
or Less
So, you wanna look like you've been scurrying around
Usenet for years, huh? Well, the first step is you got
to learn the lingo. You gotta talk like a netizen. You
should use TLAs and emoticons whenever possible. "What's
a TLA," you ask. It's a Three Letter Acronym. Yes, yes,
yes I realize that some of these have more than 3
letters, but you know, we can't all be rocket surgeons
like you, now can we?

AFAIK: as far as I know
IIRC: if I recall correctly
ROTFLMAO: rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
LOL: laughing out loud
NG: newsgroup
RL, IRL: real life, in real life
NP: now playing (often seen at the end of a message)
OS: operating system
GUI: graphic user interface
BTW: by the way
TBH: to be honest
RTFF: read the fine/fecking FAQ
FTMP: for the most part
TIA: thanks in advance
REQ: request
VBG: very big grin
IMO: in my opinion
IMHO: in my honest/humble opinion
JIG: jer is godlike, heh, j/k
J/K: just kidding
YMMV: your mileage may vary


2. Questions You Might Have
Well, here it is, finally! The section you have all been
waiting for. Prepare to stand in awe!

2.1 What is Appropriate Fare Here?
Ah, yes, the age-old question that has haunted mankind
for ages, or well, at lest about the last 20 or so
years. it's also a question not easily answered as it is
always being debated here in the group. Although the
issue will probably never be solved to everyone's
satisfaction, we have come to a reasonable compromise
that most agree to abide by. Basically, any picture you
find or create that you are willing to use as a
wallpaper on your computer, and is sized appropriately
to accommodate a common resolution of a an OS's GUI
(remember those? 800x600, 1024x768, 1600x 1200, etc) is
fine to be posted here. Some folks like POV, Poser and
Bryce-styled renders.

Some folks prefer stylized, hand-worked pieces. Still,
others prefer photos of nature, the human form (nude or
otherwise), animals, space, and so on. The point is, it
doesn't matter what your wall's subject matter is, as
long as it is something that you would use as a
wallpaper, and corresponds with the correct sizes, it is
welcome.

2.1.1 OK, what ISN'T appropriate fare?
A while ago some posters voiced their opinion that some
of the posted content was objectionable. Namely, nudity
has been an issue. While most people would agree that
households with children shouldn't have to worry about
whether the kids are going to be exposed to porn in an
otherwise family-themed group, we all know there are far
worse places in the alt.binaries hierarchy for them to
see. What has been proposed and accepted is that nudity
will be allowed, however all posts that contain nudity
or adult themes are required to have a <nudity> or
<adult> tag in the subject line. This way all parties
are happy. Those that wish to, eh, broaden their
horizons, are not unduly restricted, while those who do
not wish to view such images are forewarned of
objectionable content. It is also a fairly simple matter
to configure your software to automatically block any
headers containing these tags and the files will not be
downloaded to your newsreader.

Please remember though that Usenet is freely accessed by
all sorts of people and is totally unregulated. This FAQ
is only a listing of the accepted etiquette for THIS
GROUP ONLY. It is by no means the "law." If you are a
parent or a person of sensitive constitution, then it is
your responsibility to regulate what you or your
children see. It is not up to the posters to regulate
content. To put this in the simplest of terms: IF YOU
DON'T WANT TO SEE IT, DON'T DOWNLOAD IT.

To recap, as long as objectionable content is properly
tagged, nothing is off limits. However, I would like to
take a moment to say that some content, namely child
pornography, while not implicitly restricted by this
FAQ, is illegal in every part of the world, and is not
considered acceptable content. Also, I assure you anyone
posting such content WILL be reported to their NSP and
to Interpol. So if that is your game, it is best to just
keep on traveling.

2.1.1.1 But..but..I don't think that nudity should be
allowed here!
Well, we are truly sorry to hear that. This is first and
foremost a forum for the display of artistic works.
Whether you approve or not, nudity has always been a
common theme in art. See the works of any classical
artist for reference. For a more concrete rebuttal,
reference the alt.config archives:
alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper: forum for posting
wallpaper images.

Notice that nudity isn't prohibited? This isn't to say
that your voice hasn't been heard. See Sec. 2.1.1's
explanation of the <nudity> tag.

2.1.2 Why aren't there more tiled backgrounds here?
No one is really sure. We are all for tiled backgrounds.
It has been noted though that as machines become more
advanced graphically, the web and user preferences have
been steadily moving away from tessellated backgrounds
and more towards solid backgrounds with more flamboyant
content. But are tiles welcome in this group? ABSOLUTELY!

2.2 IS there a posting convention for this NG?
Unlike other NG's, the point of this one isn't to make
the image as small as possible for quick downloads. Here
we're more concerned with image quality. This directly
translates into large files. Naturally, posting a 250k
.jpg is going to make far more sense than sending the
same image as a 3meg .bmp, but both file types are
routinely seen here (though .bmp files are frowned
upon). Also, all adult images should be labeled as such.
In general, keeping your multipart messages to as few
parts as possible (difficult with some software, I know)
would be helpful.

A meaningful subject is always a good idea. The main
area of contention concerns "what exactly constitutes a
wallpaper?". To be exact, a "wallpaper" is any image
that conforms to the following;

The image you post should either:

a) completely fill a computer screen for one of our
currently defined screen reolutions and aspect
ratios,
OR
b) match side to side and top to bottom so that when
tiled for a desktop it creates a seamless pattern
(AKA a tile).

The idea is that whatever image you post should
completely fill the computer screen. Basically, that is
what sets us apart from any other binary image
newsgroup. It also gives us the canvas upon which we can
express our art. See "Addendum #1 Common Display
Resolutions", for the current sizes available. This
table and its information, is ever evolving and
represents only the most popular sizes at the time of
this update.

2.3. What is an index and should I be posting them?
An index is a picture file that shows thumbnail sized
images of the graphic files that you will be posting. A
few people haven't had the chance or availability to
upgrade to a faster connection and are still limited to
a 56k, 33.6k or even slower Internet connections. Now,
in a perfect world all wallpapers would be perfect
pictures. Since we live in reality, many people make
index files of the walls that they post so people with
slower download connections don't have to click on every
post to see if they want to save it. They can download
the index, check the thumbnails, and then download only
the files they want. Some people say if you're going to
post more than ten walls at the same time, you need to
make an index and post that along with them. Some people
say 5, 15, 25, etc. Use your own judgment. You don't
really have to post any index at all, although they're
usually very helpful and people generally tend to check
what you've posted more often if you include an index.
Indexes or indices are pretty easy to make, just about
any image viewer or paint program can do so. Most, if
not all, of the image viewing programs listed in section
4.2.2 of this document have various ways of making index
files and they can be saved in any of the graphic file
formats, .jpg being most popular.

2.4. What is a Flood and should I avoid Flooding?
A Flood is a large posting of more than 50 posts. Since
bandwidth can be limited in Usenet, flooding in
newsgroups with a lot of traffic means that the servers
release the posts sooner. Servers hold messages for a
limited amount of time. The more messages that are sent
to the server, the sooner it will drop previous
messages. A while back the subject of flooding was
discussed and voted on by the group. The result of this
discussion and vote was an agreement that any post
consisting of more than 50 files was considered a flood,
and highly frowned upon. Flooding is the quickest way to
get killfiled by a number of members in the group, and
is also the cause of most of the nastiest flamewars in
the group. When you have a lot of walls that you'd like
to share, it's understandable that you'd want to post
them all as soon as you can, but try to keep in mind it
will knock other posts off the server before some people
can view them. Etiquette says to try limiting your
posting so that the majority of visitors to the ng can
view all messages. If you just really have an itch to
post more than 50 walls today, post them in
alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper.duplicates. Flooding is
not considered bad form in that group, and most everyone
who participates in abp.wallpaper frequents that group
as well.

2.5. How do you combine multi-part messages?
Large binaries need to be split up into multiple, linked
parts for posting. The fractions at the end of the
message's subject line indicate the part number. For
instance, 2/3 is part 2 of a 3-part file. You need all 3
parts available on your server to successfully download
the file. Picture binary files are NORMALLY single-part,
thus they all should say (1/1). (Note: Many automatic
picture-downloading newsreaders need this [1/1] in each
message header in order for them to recognize it as a
picture post and download it.) They will not download a
multi-part file. To see the pic, you have to make your
news-reading program combine the parts and decode them
together. Different newsreaders do this in different
ways.

MS Outlook Express
Highlight each part (by clicking on each one while
holding down the "Control" key)
Right click on any one of the highlighted posts
Click on "Combine and Decode" from the menu, put them in
the order they are to be combined in (OE normally does
that for you) and then click "OK."

Netscape
You will have to select all the parts (shift-click or
ctrl-click) and then save them all on your HD as one
.uue file, for example: "wallpaper1.uue."
When saving, be sure to select "plain text" and not
"html." Then launch WinZip and open the .uue file,
WinZip will merge and decode it.

Agent (or FreeAgent)
Agent will automatically merge all the parts; you just
have to be sure you have downloaded all the parts.

Xnews
Multi-part files are shown as one file, with a light
blue icon, with the number of parts shown in the "lines"
column. Simply click ONCE on the file name then press
the SPACE bar to add it to the "queue"
In the taskbar at the bottom, you will see an icon that
looks like a blue Rubik's Cube (actually it's the
Windows Registry icon, being given a new purpose in
life)
Click on that to combine and decode.
It's also the best way to batch-download any amount of
files, multi- part, single-part, or mixed batch. Simply
hold down the SPACE bar to add any files to the queue.

If you use a different newsreader, check that programs
Help file for assistance.

2.6. Concerning Screen Captures of Desktops
A while back, many people had been posting screen
captures of their desktops. The history of this
phenomenon is a simple bandwagon effect. Back in April
'01 the group was experiencing a period of light
activity (only between 30 and 100 posts a day!). To
encourage more posting, a common and respected poster,
Leppod, started posting the wallpaper he had set on his
desktop for any given day. His idea was an instant hit
and at least doubled the activity within the group.
After about a week, the one and only Jeepjer got it into
his head that a screen capture of his whole desktop
(including icons, taskbar, etc.) would be kinda neat to
show people. Many got a lil' frustrated when they wanted
the wallpaper behind the icons and the poster hadn't
posted it. It got to the point that with every post of a
desktop capture there was a request for the actual
wallpaper. So, if you are going to do this, it is
advisable to post the screen capture of the desktop and
then make a separate post of the wallpaper itself. This
will cut down on the inevitable request for the wall
"without all the icons." Screen captures of your desktop
tell very interesting tale and it's cool to see how
other people configure and personalize they own
machines, but include the wallpaper in a separate post
so it can be used sans your icons.

2.7. Where can I find a good free server?
http://www.newzbot.com/ (Who's computer is this?) - NewzBot! Public USENET
Resources for the Masses
Funny that the easiest to use also turns out to be the
best there is on the web. Most free (public) news server
search sites require you to become a "member" so they
can justify their site by selling the list of their
"members" to spammers. This one doesn't. You don't have
to become a "member", it's very easy to use, provides
all sorts of info on each server, and has good basic
Usenet info sources to boot. Take my advice; use this
site to find yourself a free news server.

2.8. What does "CSV" mean and what is a .csv file?
CSV stands for Comma Separated Value. This is a
delimited database file in a format that is easily
opened with any text editor or spreadsheet program. CSV
files are created by Scanners to give collectors more
information about the images, and to aid them in
completing the collection. CSV files can be used by
another program to check your collection, and tell you
what files are missing or corrupt (e.g. The! Checker,
Hunter).
FIRST, a CSV file is a list of all the files
in a collection.
SECOND, it gives a file size for each image.
THIRD, it gives a description of each image. Before
long names were possible, it was often hard to tell
who was in the picture without opening it. Even after
opening it, you might ask yourself "who's perfect ass
is that?" A CSV overcomes this problem.

Good programs used to create .csv files and to check
.csv files against your collections are:
PicCheck (aka The!Checker):
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/vhorch/piccheck.htm (Who's computer is this?)
and
http://mitglied.lycos.de/vhorch/piccheck.htm (Who's computer is this?)

You could also check these csv information sites:

http://members.shaw.ca/archies-place/csv_files.htm (Who's computer is this?)

http://members.shaw.ca/archies-place/checker.htm (Who's computer is this?)

http://members.shaw.ca/archies-place/links.htm (Who's computer is this?)

Thanks to Sj and zAlien for the .csv info.

2.9. Why do people keep talking about "a.b.p.u" and
"wallpaper.duplicates" and "wallpaper.discussions"?
Good question, I'm glad you asked. "a.b.p.u" is the
alt.binaries.pictures.utilities newsgroup. It was a dead
group for about a year and a half before we started
using it. It was originally intended for the posting of
image and graphics programs, but no one had posted
anything to it for a very long time. In October 2001
a.b.p.w had high posting traffic (600 posts per day on
average) and we like to repost everything we've done for
the year at about that time. Reposting everyone's
wallpapers would have made a very busy newsgroup
completely chaotic and creating a new group is so
excruciatingly hard it can take years off your life. So,
instead of trying to create a repost group, we decided
to find a dead group that was carried by most servers
and ISP's. a.b.p.u turned out to be such a group and was
located near a.b.p.w in the hierarchy tree. It seemed
like a terrible waste to have a group close to ours but
that no one ever posted to. That's like having an
overcrowded office with a huge, empty storage room. So,
now we use it for reposts, usually of numerous files.

Since that time, however we have formed a sister group
called alt.binaries.pictures.wallpaper.duplicates that
is designed to be the place where we do our reposts, and
a new but growing group, abpw.discussions is becoming
the place where we hold extended conversations (aside
from the occasional flame war or the weekly walrus
threads) about a.b.p.w. (Note: Kingfisher has written
and maintains the FAQ for abpw.discussion. He posts it
regularly in that group. Please refer to that document
for any questions you may have about the discussion
group.) The utilities group these days has reverted back
to its original intention and is used to post tools that
we find helpful in making our masterpieces, such as
filters, brushes, helper files/apps, and even some
educational files. a.b.p.w is not the only group that
uses it for that purpose. Many people from
alt.binaries.amp also use it frequently. a.b.p.u is
relatively spam free so DO NOT CROSS-POST TO A.B.P.U
because cross-posting attracts spammers.

If your news provider does not carry the discussion or
duplicates groups, request them to do so! That is the
only way for these groups to grow and to help expand the
abp.wallpaper universe!


2.10. What is yEnc? (Links updated 02.18.2008)
yEnc is a new NNTP (that's news messages for the
low-tech among us) messaging code that is making its
bid to replace UUencode and MIME coding. Any encoding of
binary files that can be used on USENET will result in
an overhead, or bloat of the filesize. The overhead for
UU and MIME is relatively fixed at 37-40%, the overhead
for yEnc is variable, but typically just 3-5%. Of course
nothing comes for free, the major drawback to yEnc is
that it's not reliable for email messages (and hence
moderated binary groups) and the fact that it is new and
thus not yet supported internally by all newsreaders (OE
and Netscape for example). Will it survive? Who knows,
consult your old Magic 8-Ball, but many people are using
it. Many of the major league newsreaders (MS Outlook
Express, Netscape, etc.) do not yet support it. But,
many others do support it. (Agent 1.91-3.0, Newsbin Pro
4 beta – 5.0, etc.). If you want to download and view
yEnc encoded messages, but don't have a newsreader that
supports it (like Outlook or Netscape), you have to
download and install a decoding program. One is called
yProxy and is an easy to use, free program available at

http://www.brawnylads.com/software/. (Who's computer is this?) (BAD LINK)
Takes you to ifirefly and its for profit "yProxy Pro"
http://www.yproxy.com/ (Who's computer is this?) This is *Not* free.

Another is yEnc32 available at http://www.yenc32.com (Who's computer is this?)

There are probably others and you can find them by going
to www.google.com and searching for "yEnc"; I'm sure
you'll get plenty of options. Note: If you are going to
post using yEnc, please mention it in the subject line.

Here are some links to yEnc info sites:

yEnc.org http://www.yenc.org/ (Who's computer is this?)
(Last updates: 28.03.2003)

WiNews Yenc http://www.winews.net/yenc/ (Who's computer is this?)
(/yenc/ was not found)

Easy News Yenc http://www.easynews.com/yenc/ydec.htm (Who's computer is this?)

Problems with Yenc
www.faerber.muc.de/temp/20020304-yenc-harmful.html

yEnc Basic FAQ http://www.ozinsight.com/yencfaq.html (Who's computer is this?)
Yenc32 http://www.yenc32.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

2.11. What is the Walrus? or What is the Weekly Wallpaper
Contest
This is a wallpaper/graphics contest that is hosted by
a.b.p.w. The Weekly Wallpaper Contest actually has its
own FAQ which is posted during the week. Please refer to
that FAQ for any, and all, questions pertaining to the
Weekly Wallpaper Contest and to find out what a Walrus
is. All Walrus submissions are now being archived at:
http://www.weeklywalrus.com/. (Who's computer is this?) Updates have been
discontinued until further notice. A New Walrus site
setup as a temporary messure: (http://ww-wallpaper.org (Who's computer is this?) )

3. Sites of interest (* 12/19/2005)

The following sites may also be of interest:

All the USENET News readers you could want!
http://www.freewareweb.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?Category=News+Readers&sb=0 (Who's computer is this?)
&so=descend

http://www.smr-usenet.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.webshots.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.digitalblasphemy.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.desktopgirls.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.sheilsoft.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.scantips.com (Who's computer is this?) - scanning tips
http://www.hebus.com/ (Who's computer is this?) - Wallpaper HQ over 30,000
wallpapers online
http://www.ekholbrook.com (Who's computer is this?)
http://www.wincustomize.com (Who's computer is this?)

3.1. Can I view this newsgroup on the web?
http://www.usenet-access.com/ (Who's computer is this?) - a pay service that
replaced the now defunct newsgroups.com free site.
http://www.pictureview.com (Who's computer is this?) - it's a pay service that has
been in operation for some time.
http://www.NewsVoyeur.com (Who's computer is this?) - it's brand new and I have no
info available for it yet.

Text messages can be viewed on
http://groups.google.com/, (Who's computer is this?) who has acquired Deja News'
library and news servers, but Google does not offer
viewing of picture files or any other binaries
downloading from any ng. Any suggestions, other info or
new finds would be greatly appreciated by posted to the
ng with the subject reading "ATTN: ABPW maint - new info
for 'Questions You Might Have' document."

Suggestions anyone?

4. Software
Two types - stuff to create 'em & stuff to display 'em!

4.1. Creation
As mentioned earlier, quite a few programs routinely
make their rounds here:

*(New link as of: 2-14.2008)
Curious Labs Poser (http://graphics.smithmicro.com/ (Who's computer is this?) )
*(New link as of: 2-14.2008)
DAZ Bryce
(http://www.daz3d.com/i.x/software/bryce/-/55index.php (Who's computer is this?) )

Adobe® Photoshop®
(http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/main.html (Who's computer is this?) )
Adobe® Illustrator®
(http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/main.html (Who's computer is this?) )
POV-Ray (http://www.povray.org/ (Who's computer is this?) )
JASC PaintShop Pro (http://www.corel.com/ (Who's computer is this?) )

*(New link as of: 2-14.2008)
Vue Esprit (http://graphics.smithmicro.com/go/vue_hpl (Who's computer is this?) )

4.2. Display

4.2.1 Desktop Display

WallMaster2.0b. (Freeware}:
http://www.tropicalwares.com/wallmast.html (Who's computer is this?)
WallMaster. (Commercial version)
http://www.tropicalwares.com/wallpro.html (Who's computer is this?)

WallPaper Changer.
(Freeware}: http://www.wallpaperchanger.de (Who's computer is this?)

Desktop Architect
(Freeware}: http://www.desktoparchitect.com (Who's computer is this?)

Wall2Wall (Freeware}:
http://www.sheilsoft.com/software/w2w.htm (Who's computer is this?)

Panorama32. (Freeware}: http://www.ivory.org (Who's computer is this?)
Now defaults to:
http://www.ivory.org/oldwebsite/Default.htm (Who's computer is this?)

MS Wallpaper Powertoy for XP (Freeware}:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/ (Who's computer is this?)

Chowny's Wallpaper Changer
(Freeware}: Designed by apb.wallpaper's very
own Chowny!
http://www.wallpaper-world.net/Changer2.htm (Who's computer is this?)

4.2.2. Picture Viewers

General pic viewers are always good to have, these are
the most popular and most are freeware or shareware.

IrfanView (Jer's personal fav) is hands down the best
image-viewing program available. It is also the best and
easiest to use for making indexes!
http://www.irfanview.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

ACDsee at:
http://www.acdsystems.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

Thumbs Plus
http://www.cerious.com/thumbnails.shtml (Who's computer is this?)

Compupic
http://www.photodex.com/products/compupic/ (Who's computer is this?)

4.3. Auto-Posters
PowerPost 2000 is pretty much the most popular out
there, easy to use and free to download. Find it at:
http://www.cosmicwolf.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

(Note: as of this writing, the cosmicwolf website is
down and under construction. However, if you ask nicely
in either abp.wallpaper, abpu, or the discussion group
there is usually someone who can post a copy of it for
you.)

(*12/14/2005)
If you know of any other software that should be
included in this FAQ, please post your suggestion to the
group and if will be looked at and added to this FAQ.

4.4 Auto Grabbers
An auto grabber is a program, which downloads multiple
posts from a newsgroup automatically. I only really know
of one, Power Grab 2002, which is pretty powerful and
easy to use. You can also download this program from:
http://www.cosmicwolf.com/ (Who's computer is this?)

If you know of any others, please let me know and I'll
add them to this FAQ.

5. Anything else?
Not really. Enjoy the NG! Any suggestions, information,
corrections? As of 12/19/2005, if you have any
suggestions or corrections for this document, please
post your inquiry to the group with the Subject header
of (ABPW Suggestions).


6. Amendments, History, Notes
Quite a bit of this document has been amended since its
original drafting. section 2.3 was added as a suggestion
for indexing. Sections 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8 and 2.10 were
added because people keep asking those questions.
Section 2.6 was added when that became popular (just for
the halibut). Section 2.9 was added when we started
doing our overflow reposting into that group in October
of 2001. Section 2.11 was added after the fourth week of
the Weekly Wallpaper Contest (9/27/2002). Section 3.0 -
Common Posters has been amended to reflect those who
currently take a large part in the ng. Those who were
previously listed were removed by Critter due to their
disappearance and new additions placed there by Jer (aka
- Jeepjerultra). History – section 3.0 has been removed
from this FAQ and has been replaced by a document of its
own – the Wallpaper Binaries I.D. List. Scarecrow did
the initial formatting and aesthetics update.

Critter, the original maintainer of this document,
disappeared and Heretic took over the reins of the FAQ.
The original was posted on Critter's site and then on
Heretic's, both which are now defunct. Critter created
it with suggestions from those present at the time and
it now continues with suggestions made in the present
group. Critter wrote it to be loose and more of a
guideline than as hard and fast rules. It continues to
mirror the relaxed, easy-going nature of the group.

Note from Shamari [09.10.05]: After realizing that the
FAQ had gone seriously out of date, Jer asked for a
volunteer to help update the document so I've gone
through and updated the out of date information,
removing non-working links and information that no
longer applies or has changed. Section 3.0 was put back
in at some time after Heretic's note but now is Sites of
Interest. Section 1.1.1 was removed by me due to
redundancy. The Wallpaper Binaries ID List is a stand
alone document and is housed, along with the FAQ, on the
abpw website (No longer available). As of this writing,
the FAQ maintainer is serinbellum and together (seri,
Jer, and myself) will try to keep this FAQ as clean and
up to date as we are able.

Note from seri [09.23.05]: Under the guidance of Jer and
Shamari, I undertook the monstrous task of essentially
rewriting the FAQ. Most of the information stayed the
same. All I did was bring the document a wee bit into
the present time. Shamari made sure all the links were
valid and Jer assisted with formatting and questions on
history and group precedents. Major changes to the
document were as follows:

*sec 1.2 was changed to reflect the new home on the web
for this document and all other group info

*sec 1.4.2 info was added and updated for various
programs on usage of killfiles

*sec 2.1-2.1.1 were rewritten to reflect that all images
are fair game as long as they conform to the wallpaper
criteria and are properly tagged if required. We are
here to create and share, not censor

*sec 2.4 was rewritten to reflect the limit of 50 files
per day as a guideline for flooding

*the order of sec.'s 2.4 and 2.5 were switched so to
have the parts on indexes and flooding together as they
tend to run hand in hand

*sec 2.9 was rewritten to include info about the
duplicates and discussion groups

*sec 4 all subsections had extraneous text removed and
links updated so that the section would be easier to
navigate

*all references to Heretic's contact info for updates
were removed and changed to reflect seri's info as the
FAQ maintainer.

After the disappearance of Critter and Heretic, Jer
diligently and faithfully maintained the FAQ until the
summer of aught-four ('04) when he asked for a volunteer
to take over the reins as RL obligations did not afford
him the time to do so. I volunteered for the task and
posted the existing document bi-weekly until Jan '05
when RL had also sidetracked me from the duties. JDa
was kind enough to step in during this time period to
post the FAQ regularly in my absence, and to him I am
grateful for the assistance.

seri came back from the abyss of Real Life to resume my
duties as the FAQ maintainer and will post it again,
bi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, and update it from
time to time as is warranted.

*(12/12/2005) references to seri are in the process of
being removed. seri has decided to step down and the FAQ
poster/maintainer.

As of 12/12/2005, seri has decided to pass on the rains,
and once again JDa has stepped in to post the group FAQ
to the list! Per JDa the group FAQ should be posted at
or around the same time as the Walrus Contest FAQ.

*(12/19/2005) references to Shamari and her Web site are
in the process of being removed. Shamari has decided to
step down as the FAQ Web site maintainer.

As of 12/19/2005, if you have any suggestions or
corrections for this document, please post your inquiry
to the group with the Subject header of (ABPW
Suggestions).

On 07/10/2006, KimberzWolf (aka Wolf), started a
discussion to include wide screen format monitors to be
added to section 2.2 of this FAQ. The discussion was
seconded by st serinbellus and positive responses from
le Revenant, JDa, Lyndia, and Tikitom. Replacement
wording, to rewrite the portions of Section 2.2 to
include all possible screen aspect ratios, that was
briefly in the thread started by KimberzWolf. Added
changes were made and radified with no objection, and
added on 08/02/2006.

Thank you.

Last update: 02.14.2008
(All Web Links checked for correctness)

-----------------------------------------------

Addendum #1 Common Display Resolutions Table

Common Display Resolutions
Computer Graphics Full Screen Resolutions

Computer Standard Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio Pixels

MOS Technology VIC-II multicolor,
IBM PCjr 16-color 160 x 200
4:5 32,000

TMS9918, ZX Spectrum 256 x 192
4:3 49,152

CGA 4-color, Atari ST 16 color, 320 x 200
8:5 64,000

MOS Technology VIC-II HiRes,
Original Amiga OCS NTSC LowRes

QVGA 320 x 240
4:3 76,800

Original Amiga OCS PAL LowRes 320 x 256
5:4 76,800

Apple Macintosh Black & white
Macintosh (9") 512 x 342
3:2 175,104

Macintosh LC (12")/Macintosh Color
Classic 512 x 384
4:3 196,608

Atari ST 4 color, Color Graphics
Adapter(CGA) mono, 640 x 200
16:5 128,000

Original Amiga OCS NTSC HiRes

Original Amiga OCS PAL HiRes 640 x 256
5:2 163,840

Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) 640 x 350
64:35 (approx. 9:5) 224,000

Atari ST mono, Original Amiga
OCS NTSC interlaced 640 x 400
8:5 256,000

VGA and Multicolor_Graphics_Adapter
(MCGA) 640 x 480
4:3 307,200

Amiga OCS PAL interlaced 640 x 512
5:4 327,680

Hercules Graphics Card (HGC) 720 x 348
60:29 (approx. 2:1) 250,560

Monochrome Display Adapter (MDA) 720 x 350
72:35 (approx. 2:1) 252,000

Apple Lisa 720 x 360
2:1 259,200

WGA 800 x 480
5:3 384,000

SVGA 800 x 600
4:3 480,000

XGA 1024 x 768
4:3 786,432

NeXTcube 1120 x 832
35:26 (approx. 4:3) 931,840

XGA+ 1152 x 864
4:3 995,328

SXGA 1280 x 1024
5:4 1,310,720

WXGA 1366 x 768
16:9 1,049,088

WSXGA Wide XGA+ or WXGA+ 1440 x 900
16:10
1,296,000

SXGA+ 1400 x 1050
4:3 1,470,000

WSXGA 1600 x 1024
25:16 1,638,400

WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050
16:10 1,764,000

UXGA 1600 x 1200
4:3 1,920,000

WUXGA 1920 x 1200
16:10 2,304,000

QXGA 2048 x 1536
4:3 3,145,728

WQXGA 2560 x 1600
16:10 4,096,000

QSXGA 2560 x 2048
5:4 5,242,880

WQSXGA 3200 x 2048
25:16 6,553,600

QUXGA 3200 x 2400
4:3 7,680,000

WQUXGA 3840 x 2400
16:10 9,216,000

HSXGA 5120 x 4096
5:4 20,971,520

WHSXGA 6400 x 4096
25:16 26,214,400

HUXGA 6400 x 4800
4:3 30,720,000

WHUXGA 7680 x 4800
16:10 36,864,000


--Additional Graphics Resolutions -

TV/HiDef TV Monitor Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio Pixels

1080 native resolution 1920 x 1080
16:9 2,073,600

720p 1280 x 720
16:9 921,600

? 1920 x 1200
16:10 2,304,000

480p 640 x 480
4:3 307,200



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