With Microsoft pulling the plug on support for the venerable Windows XP there have been a few stories on the iconic screen image that served as the backdrop to all those XP displays the world over. NPR had a radio segment, and PC world featured a story. The photographer took the photo from Highway 12 in Sonoma County back in 1998, and says despite the vivid colors it was not retouched. I’d always imagined it was somewhere in the East Bay, with Mount Diablo in the background, so not too far off. So be it, the hillside is now covered with vineyards.