Dell XPS 18 Review | My New “Ridiculous” Computer

“I just bought a new computer”. Normally this is something someone will post to FB, grab a few likes and move on, however the computer I recently purchased is pretty unique, so I thought I would share it in a more detailed post.

I recently picked up the Dell XPS 18, an 18-inch All-in-One / tablet. You read that right. It’s essentially an 18-inch tablet. Except, well, it’s not.

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Bing Desktop | Automatically Refresh Your Desktop Wallpaper

If you are like me, you likely spend the majority of your day on a computer. Why not make that screen you stare at all day a little easier to look at?

I used to periodically change my desktop wallpaper manually, until I discovered Bing Desktop. Bing Desktop allows you to automatically update your desktop background every day to the same image currently featured on Bing. Although I am a Google fan through-and-through, I have to admit that Bing’s interface — with its gorgeous featured images — is superior to Google’s plain interface. However, the search engine is certainly not. So, this way you get to enjoy Bing’s beautiful desktop images without having to interact with an inferior search engine.

Installing Bing Desktop is very easy and once installed it will automatically update your background when launched. To have it update each day you can do one of several things:Automatically Download New Desktop Wallpapers

  1. You can have it running all the time, simply minimized (not recommended, unless you use Bing for search)
  2. You can have it opened at a scheduled time with Task Scheduler (this is what I have done. I have it open every day at 9am to refresh my desktop).
  3. Or, you can drag it into a corner which will cause it to auto-hide and be placed in the system tray

Interestingly, Windows 8 (and maybe even Windows 7) comes with a built-in ability for a desktop refresh with specified intervals. However, I was not able to find a way to tell it to use Bing images. You can specify a folder of images for it to scroll through but there doesn’t seem to be a way to tell it to set the image to whatever is featured on Bing. This is an obvious feature that would have been nice to have baked into Windows 8.

Anyways, give it a shot and let me know what you think. I have already found staring at my computer to be much more pleasant now that I see a refreshing new image each day.