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So, first off, a little about me: I live in the UK, I’m from Guildford in Surrey, and currently live near Liverpool with my wife and one and a half year old son, both of whom are amazing. I work in Chester as a Web Developer, which is great fun, challenging and rewarding. For those of you who are interested my language of choice is C# and I do a lot of SQL and ASP.NET.

My commute is an hour and a half each way and I get most of my writing done on the train, so as to not miss out on time with the family. I have recently bought a Samsung Series 9 laptop which is an awesome bit of kit and allows me to work on the train without having to carry a heavy laptop around. Due to using a laptop a lot of the time, and being a developer at work, I love keyboard shortcuts over mouse use as I find it faster, especially when I’m on the laptop.

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It’s no secret that Windows doesn’t always get the best reputation when it comes to design and beauty; in fact many go as far as to say that Windows is an ugly operating system. While there certainly are aspects of the platform that aren’t the prettiest to look at, we have seen that there definitely are some beautiful Windows apps out there, and the interfaces themselves are not the only showcases of beauty on Windows.

This list of application icons shows that designers do take care when designing for both the Windows desktop OS and the Windows Phone 7 app icons.

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Everyone likes to stamp their own mark on their computer, and many people spend hours on end tweaking settings and using customization tools. But one of the quickest and easiest ways to change the look of Windows is to simply change your desktop background.

You could use a photo that you’ve taken yourself, but if you find that your photography skills are not quite up to scratch, there is a plethora of sites from which you can download all manner of wallpapers. Below you’ll find 50 of the best images we’ve managed to find – some are provided at various resolutions while others are only available in one size. Either way you should be able to find something to adorn your desktop.

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I have a confession to make: I never really gave Microsoft Paint a chance. When I first started out as a web developer, I thought I needed the best of the best and got a copy of Photoshop 7. When I did try to go back to it on machines where it was the only option, it seemed trivial and lacking. I did realize I didn’t always need Photoshop though, and gave some other image editors a whirl. In this roundup, let’s take a loot at some alternatives to Paint for both image creation and photo editing/touch-ups.

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