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Port of Xearth to Microsoft Windows

WinEarth sets the screen background to an image of the Earth, as seen from your favorite vantage point in space, correctly shaded for the current position of the Sun.
The program has a variety of options, which are accessible from a dialog box. Some of the options are shown in this screenshot:

WinEarth Properties Dialog

The current Version

The current version of WinEarth (1.02) for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95 is available as zip file here (1.7MB).
The setup program installs the binary and optionally the source files.

Upcoming...

Quoting Kirk Johnson, the author of Xearth: "There are a number of improvements that I'd love to make, but I really should be working on my thesis instead of hacking on this". I am working on a screen saver version of WinEarth (thanks to Zem Laski for the idea). Actually, it is running on my PC as alpha version already, but it still needs some improvements before I'm comfortable with releasing it.

Credits

WinEarth was ported from the well-known Xearth program. I am grateful to Kirk Johnson to come up with this great program. Kudos also to all the other guys who contributed to Xearth.
I borrowed some Windows code from Paul DiLascia's excellent C++ column in Microsoft System Journal (now called Microsoft MSDN Magazine.)

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Well, anyway, I was reading this James Bond book, and right away I realized that like most books, it had too many words. The plot was the same one that all James Bond books have: An evil person tries to blow up the world, but James Bond kills him and his henchmen and makes love to several attractive women. There, that's it: 24 words. But the guy who wrote the book took *thousands* of words to say it. Or consider "The Brothers Karamazov", by the famous Russian alcoholic Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It's about these two brothers who kill their father. Or maybe only one of them kills the father. It's impossible to tell because what they mostly do is talk for nearly a thousand pages. If all Russians talk as much as the Karamazovs did, I don't see how they found time to become a major world power. I'm told that Dostoyevsky wrote "The Brothers Karamazov" to raise the question of whether there is a God. So why didn't he just come right out and say: "Is there a God? It sure beats the heck out of me." Other famous works could easily have been summarized in a few words: * "Moby Dick" -- Don't mess around with large whales because they symbolize nature and will kill you. * "A Tale of Two Cities" -- French people are crazy. -- Dave Barry
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