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In addition to compressing the graphics (which I have already done for you), AOL shrinks each one to 640 x 480 (due, it says, to limitations in their compression software). My wallpapers are much larger than 640 x 480, so this resizing further degrades the image quality.
If you want to read AOL's explanation of why and how they do it, here it is.
The best way to view this site is with an "external browser", such as Netscape Communicator or Internet Explorer. Each of these is freely available for downloading (check out http://www.browsers.com/). Once you have downloaded your browser of choice and installed it, you can connect to AOL as usual, minimize AOL, and open your Netscape and IE. Only then will you be seeing the web as it was designed, a lot faster and much better looking.
If you must use AOL's internal browser, here is how you can disable AOL's image compression and view my graphics as designed. The internet will still be kind of slow, but at least my art won't look like it was fingerpainted.These instructions are for AOL 4.0 Win95:
I shudder to imagine the thousands of AOL users who have visited my site for the first time only to be greeted by muddy graphics and slow downloads. Even worse, AOL's image compression blurs the "copyright" URL on my images to the point where it is unreadable.
This is why AOL's image compression and Digital Blasphemy are not compatible.
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