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		<sup>7:48<abbr>pm</abbr> • 2009</sup>
		<abbr title="September">Sep</abbr> 5
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<h1>“Are You Ready?”</h1>
<p>
	<strong>Because despite being so obvious,</strong> apparently nobody has thought to do it properly, so I’ve
	created a simple Commodore 64 boot screen wallpaper in a plethora of screen sizes:
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<img src="/blog/are_you_ready/coverflow.jpg" alt="Coverflow view of C64 wallpapers" width="600" height="305" />
<ul>
	<li>480×272—Playstation Portable (PSP)</li>
	<li>800×480—WGA—Netbook 7″</li>
	<li>1024×600—Netbook 9″—2 versions</li>
	<li>1024×768—XGA</li>
	<li>1280×800—WXGA—2 versions</li>
	<li>1280×1024—SXGA—2 versions</li>
	<li>1440×900—WXGA—2 versions</li>
	<li>1440×960—PowerBook G4—2 versions</li>
	<li>1600×1200—UXGA—3 versions</li>
	<li>1680×1050—WSXGA—2 versions</li>
	<li>1080p</li>
	<li>1920×1200—WUGXA—2 versions</li>
	<li>
		<p>2560×1600—30″ Apple Cinema Display—3 versions</p>
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<p>
	I have <em>not</em> just taken a screenshot and then resized it to each dimension; to keep the chunky pixels
	perfectly square and even, and avoid aliasing I have instead doubled, tripled, quadrupled
	<abbr title="et cetera">&amp;c.</abbr> the size of the dark blue screen area and filled the border space in to fit
	the screen size. This way, the C64’s pixels stay perfect and crisp regardless of your resolution. As multiples of
	the 320×200 screen vary in how they fit into various resolutions some wallpapers are provided in two or three
	different versions that use different sized pixels.
	<br /><br />
	Secondly every wallpaper is also offered in two different palettes:
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<img src="/blog/are_you_ready/palettes.png" alt="The Timmermann and VICE palettes side by side" width="600" height="200" />
<p>
	The Timmermann palette (left) is based on <ins>very</ins> complex mathematic analysis of the real C64 hardware as
	documented in “<a href="http://pepto.de/projects/colorvic/" rel="external">All you ever wanted to know about the
	colors of the Commodore 64</a>”. This gives an accurate representation of the colours of a C64 as they would be
	seen on a 1980’s <abbr title="telly">TV</abbr>. The <abbr>VICE</abbr> palette (right) is from the
	<a href="http://viceteam.org/" rel="external"><abbr>VICE</abbr> emulator</a> and strikes a balance of accuracy and
	brightness for modern screens.
	<br /><br />
	Many of the sizes are also offered in Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac types, which are different as follows:
</p>
<dl>
	<dt>“WinXP” types</dt>
	<dd>
		The image is centred based on a 30<abbr title=" pixel">px</abbr> Task Bar being at the bottom of the
		screen. This means that the light blue space at the top of the screen and above the Task Bar is even. This
		also applies to Windows Vista
	</dd>
	<dt>“Win7” types</dt>
	<dd>
		The image is centred based on a 40<abbr title=" pixel">px</abbr> Task Bar being at the bottom of the
		screen.
	</dd>
	<dt>Mac types</dt>
	<dd>
		The image is bumped down 22 pixels from the top to account for the global menu bar.
	</dd>
</dl>

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<p>
	<strong>Any suggestions</strong> you have for additions to the package are welcome. (Should I do avatars?)<br />
	<small>“C64” and “Commodore 64” are the property of Commodore, whoever owns them these days.</small>
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