Friday, March 16, 2007

$1500 for a keyboard

Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard, which costs $1490 USD.

Whats so special? To quote Engadget:
Also, all the keys will in fact be OLED with an expected life span of only 5 years, depending upon use of course. Each 32 x 32 resolution OLED will remain stationary. Instead, the key-press mechanics are executed by a plastic cap which slides around the display like a sleeve to keep the wear and tear on the OLEDs to a minimum. Break a key? No problem, replacements will be offered for $10 a pop.

And to quote this comment:

Dave @ Mar 14th 2007 2:50PM

I think I have this company's business strategy figured out.

1) conceive cool product
2) bring it to market to prove product exists
3) sue any other company that infringes on concept and is able to deliver on it at a lower price point.

Well... you get the idea - is this a joke?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Running Vista Games on XP

Is running Windows Vista Games (Minesweeper, Solitaire, 3D Chess) on Windows XP possible? No and perhaps yes.


Windows Vista Games (possibly) require DirectX 10 to run. The latest version of DirectX supported on Widows XP is 9.0c. That is, DirectX 10 is exclusive to Windows Vista. Windows Vista Games may also (possibly?) require Vista APIs.


Now... where can we find a version of XP with DirectX 10? A hacked version of Windows XP called "XP Black Edition (DVD)". Windows XP Black Edition is (to quote here):
XP on a DVD with plenty of other pirated software included… Software that covers every aspect of day to day computing and even some outside of it…
That claim is supported here. I have not personally verified this claim.