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29 Inspirational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

29 Inspirational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

Take a quick look at your computer’s desktop. Do you feel inspired yet?

If you’re still rocking the pre-installed desktop wallpaper, probably not. Inspiration’s a tricky thing. Some people find inspiration in pithy quotations; others see it in landscapes, abstract art or a pile of cute kittens. Here are 30 desktop inspirations every Lifehacker will treasure:

1. Stop Asking for Permission

If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission

    This Banksy-style wallpaper is perfect for artists and other creative types.

    Source: Wallbase

    2. Simplify (Just Enough)

    Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler

      Einstein is single-handedly responsible for a huge number of inspiring and insightful quotes. This is one of his best.

      Source: Wallbase

      3. Work Outside the Box

      Think outside the cubicle

        An inspirational desktop wallpaper to live by, for entrepreneurs and freelancers.

        Source: Freelance Switch

        4. Shine

        Inspirational wallpaper: Shine

          Look at the bokeh on that! Keep the sparkle in your life with this warm, happy image on your screen.

          Source: Inkdryer Creations

          5. Design Your Life

          Design your life

            Use this one to remind yourself just how much fun creativity is.

            Source: MyGFX

            6. Be Original

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            Be original

              As if you needed telling.

              Source: Wallpapers Room

              7. Don’t Give Up

              Don't give up

                If you like to keep your desktop clean and simple, how about this nifty Edison quote?

                Source: Wallbase

                8. Make Time Your Own

                June 2013 Calendar

                  A wallpaper with a built-in calendar lets you stay in touch with time, but prevents you tweaking your schedule to put off getting things done. Here’s one for June 2013.

                  Source: The Tasselflower Blog

                  9. Never Stop Learning

                  Inspirational wallpaper: Learn

                    If you’ve ever needed a reminder to learn from every moment of your life, grab this school-style inspirational wallpaper to nudge you back on track.

                    Source: Inkdryer Creative

                    10. Stand Up for Your Values

                    No, YOU move

                      More wordy than most of these examples, this inspirational wallpaper’s ideal for activists.

                      Source: Wallbase

                      11. Abstract Your Mind

                      Inspirational Wallpapers: Flow

                        Sometimes, you just want to stare at something beautifully abstract and let it clear your mind.

                        Source: Bartelme Design

                        12. Challenge Your Limits

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                        Challenge your limits

                          It’s the cheerful font as well as the inspiring message that make this one a winner.

                          Source: DeviantART

                          13. Keep on Truckin’

                          Every exit is an entry somewhere

                            Change is unstoppable, and so are you.

                            Source: KnightsTavern

                            14. Have Fun With Fonts

                            Periodic Table of Fonts

                              Choose the perfect font for your next inspirational quote.

                              Source: Squidspot

                              15. Stand for Something

                              Stand for something

                                In the Inspirational Quotes Hall of Fame, MLK hangs out with Einstein and Gandhi. For sure.

                                Source: Desktop Nexus

                                16. Live Your Message

                                Live your message

                                  Take inspiration from Gandhi’s life and stay true to your message in everything you do.

                                  Source: World HD Wallpaper

                                  17. Stay Healthy

                                  Healthy Living Inspiration

                                    Inspiration doesn’t have to be purely cerebral. Use inspirational wallpaper to remind you of your health goals.

                                    Source: Smashing Magazine

                                    18. Resist Illusions

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                                    There's No Wallpaper

                                      There is only your perception of wallpaper—and your perception of inspiration.

                                      Source: DeviantART

                                      19. Go All the Way

                                      Go all the way

                                        Use this to keep you moving until you get where you’re going. Apparently this isn’t a real Buddha quote, but it’s still a good one!

                                        Source: Wallbase

                                        20. Find the Right Words

                                        Love life

                                          Life is a big adventure with a wide vocabulary. Know how to name your experience.

                                          Source: Desktop Nexus

                                          21. Follow Your Own Path

                                          Follow your own path

                                            This desert landscape is beautiful, but it’s the tiny footprints that make it an inspiration to blaze your own trail in life.

                                            Source: FreeHDWallpapers

                                            22. Add a Touch of Zen

                                            Add a touch of zen to your desktop

                                              This composition of interesting textures is calm and contemplative—exactly how you want to feel when you’re at your computer.

                                              Source: Wallpapers Wide

                                              23. Turn Pirate

                                              Inspiring wallpaper for desktop pirates

                                                You don’t have to own a boat or steal anything. Borrow the cut-throat pirate mindset to pinpoint your priorities and find hidden opportunities.

                                                Source: Desktop Nexus

                                                24. Change the World

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                                                Change the world

                                                  This one doesn’t really need an explanation.

                                                  Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                  25. Change Your Thinking

                                                  Change your thinking

                                                    Yes, it’s Einstein again with more epic wisdom to help you solve problems.

                                                    Source: Desktop Nexus

                                                    26. Explore Everything

                                                    Inspirational wallpaper for desktop

                                                      Whether you’re a backpacker travelling the world or an entrepreneur designing your own business, exploration is a Lifehacker’s driving force.

                                                      Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                      27. Live in Permanent Beta

                                                      Live in permanent beta

                                                        This dark, minimalist desktop wallpaper reminds you that life is an unfinished project.

                                                        Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                        28. Look Everywhere

                                                        Inspiration hides in the strangest places

                                                          I made this one myself. Feel free to download it.

                                                          Source: Be a Freelance Blogger

                                                          29. Know Yourself

                                                          Huge inspirational quote

                                                            If you don’t think you’re the “inspirational wallpapers” type, try this instead for a dose of sarcastic humor.

                                                            Source: Desktop Nexus

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                                                            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                                            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                                            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                                                            1. Zoho Notebook
                                                              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                                                            2. Evernote
                                                              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                                                            3. Net Notes
                                                              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                                                            4. i-Lighter
                                                              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                                                            5. Clipmarks
                                                              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                                                            6. UberNote
                                                              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                                                            7. iLeonardo
                                                              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                                                            8. Zotero
                                                              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                                                            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                                                            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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