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The skinny on Windows XP's default wallpaper

I know you have seen the above photo before. It's the default wallpaper for Windows XP.

It's been seen by billions of people across the world, so you would think that the person responsible for the photo would be rich by now, right?

Think again.

Photographer Charles O'Lear took a one-time payment for the photo from Microsoft, instead if what could have been a lucrative license fee.

Lear told the Syndey Morning Herald:

"If I had known how popular it would become and how many computers it would've been on I should've negotiated a [better] deal and said, 'Just give me a fraction of a cent for every time it's seen' and that would've been a nice arrangement," O'Rear said.

Click here to read more on Lear and his iconic photo from the Sydney Morning Herald. 

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