Approximately 1-billion people have viewed the famous Windows XP "Bliss" wallpaper, but not many know of the story behind it. Well, it was photographer Charles O'Rear who captured the iconic landscape in Sonoma County, California, in 1996. The image was first sent to Corbis, an advertising and licensing agency, who then sold the rights to Microsoft in 2000, one year before the launch of Windows XP. "I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame," said O'Rear said. Now, he's started a new project called the "New Angles of America," directed towards smartphones users. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
We have seen the future of Windows, and it's in virtual reality. Introducing Virtual Desktop, a free app that transforms the entire Windows operating system into a VR-capable platform. In addition to surfing the web, you can also use it for games (Minecraft, Street Fighter V, etc.), Facebook, or even Photoshop. When launched, users are greeted with a curved, floating Windows desktop - wallpaper, icons, Start button and all. Continue reading for a tech demo and more information.
Sure, you can argue that there really is no practical reason to have Windows 95 running on a new Nintendo 3DS XL, but it's definitely a conversation starter. Back a while ago, I tried compiling the dosbox from libretro, and using retroarch to emulate dosbox. Yet, every time, it froze on a rainbow glitchy mess. So, I gave up for a while. Until tonight. So, I tried it on my n3ds, and it just worked. "So, I think the o3ds just isn't powerful enough to run dosbox, or there's not enough ram. So, that's how this all got started. At its core, this is just libretro/retroarch dosbox. But I figured, hey, everyone wants Windows on their 3DS, right?," said Shutterbug2000 on the GBATemp forum. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hoverboard unboxing that results in an unexpected fire.
For those who have been Mac or Linux users all their lives, the Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD) is basically an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely. BSoDs have been present in Windows NT 3.1 (the first version of the Windows NT family, released in 1993) and all Windows operating systems released afterwards. They can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. One place you shouldn't see this error is at a concert, but with computers powering everything these days, it's not too out of the ordinary for something like this to happen. Continue reading for more.
File this under: epic FAILS. There are some places where you just shouldn't spot the Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), and that includes the drive-thru window of McDonalds. Unfortunately, not everyone is tech savvy enough to solve these issues on their own, so we end up with even more bizarre sightings. Continue reading to see more.
That's right, the classic Commodore 64 has received a few upgrades and is being relaunched as a full-fledged Windows 7 PC (optional) -- "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system on disk ready to install." On the base model, you'll find "a 1.8 GHz Dual Core Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, the Ultimate version gets 4GB of RAM with built-in WiFi and Blu-ray." Prices range from $595 (base) to $895 (ultimate). Product page. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading to watch a classic Commodore 64 commercial from 1982.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS is already popping up on prototype handsets, like this one from Samsung. In one of the videos, we get "a demo of an Xbox Live Arcade / iPhone game port called Twin Blades by Press Star Studio -- it was done in a week by one programmer using 90 percent of the Xbox Live code." Continue reading to watch.
Ever wish Microsoft and/or Apple used their operating system sound effects in a more creative manner, like making songs? Wish no more, as these fans have taken OS sound effects to the next level. Continue reading to see them all.
It's not easy to get your hands on an authentic copy of Windows 7 Signature Edition (bundled with launch party kits) -- featuring Steve Ballmer's facsimile signature -- but this USB drive version surely isn't the way to go. Continue reading for one more picture.
Apparently, the copies of Windows 7 Ultimate that ship on the USB drives are "10-in-One versions" (we're not sure where the 10 comes from, but the additional versions might be N versions or slimmed down versions).
It's powered by the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, which is designed especially for mobile devices using an innovative design structure and hafnium-infused circuitry to reduce electrical current leakage in transistors to conserve energy.