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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

When you hear the word windows do you first think of panes of glass or Operating Systems developed in Redmond, Washington?

Yeah, me too.

That’s why when I saw that the theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was Windows I knew what I wanted to share.

First, I considered of the Old School Windows logo.

Windows 3.0 logo
Image via Wikipedia

…but I thought that would be too boring.

Next, I thought about the all-too-familiar “Blue Screen of Death“.

Windows XP Blue Screen of Death
Image via Wikipedia

…but I thought that would be too snarky.

So, I decided to be more creative. Using the Mac-native DOS emulator Boxer

Boxer Splash Screen

I installed Windows 3.11 (just because I can).

Now, behold and tremble, oh ye people of the Internet, at the wonder and majesty of early 1990’s software running on the latest and greatest from Cupertino!

Notepad & Paintbrush on Mac

Of course, what could be more iconic than of Windows’ Klondike Solitaire?

Windows Solitaire on Mac

I blame Microsoft for the fact that a computer just doesn’t feel fully functional to me until it has an instance of solitaire running on it.

Want to participate in the challenge? Head on over to The Daily Post and follow the instructions below.

1. Each week, [they] provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use a “postaday2011″ or “postaweek2011″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Now, take a picture that captures this week’s theme and post a link to it in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.


Microsoft Word on the iPhone for Free!

I recently read that Microsoft has been mulling over bringing Office to the Mac App Store. This would be a great boon to Mac users, however, what I think most people really want is for the Redmond software giant to bring Office to the iPhone/iPad (iOS) platform.

So, I’m pleased to announce that this week I was successfully able to get Microsoft Word running on my iPod Touch. Best of all, I did it all for free!

Microsoft Word (5.5) Running on an iPhone!
Photo via my flickr

Because they’re really not all that evil, the fine folks at Microsoft released a special, Y2K compliant edition of Microsoft Word for free. However, because they really are kinda evil, the version they released only runs on DOS. You can still download Microsoft Word 5.5 free of charge.

Lorem ipsum - Microsoft Word on iPhone!
Photo via my flickr

Did you download it? So, now that you’ve got yourself a totally gratis copy of neither the latest, nor the greatest word processing software of all time, what’s the logical next step? Installing it on your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod Touch, of course!

This hack is only possible if you have the iDOS app installed on your iOS device. If you’re running the 1.0 version of the app, you can add the files directly via iTunes otherwise you’ll have to add them directly to your device using iPhone Explorer, or something similar.

For more detailed instructions of installing DOS apps on your iOS gadget see TouchArcade’s excellent writeup.

Word Save Dialog Box - Running on iPhone!
Photo via my flickr

If you want a way to create and edit (extremely) simple Word docs on your iOS device AND you were fortunate enough to grab a copy of iDOS before it was yanked (again) from the AppStore this hack is right up your alley.

I’m not saying you should run DOS apps on your iPhone. I just like knowing that I can. What old school games and apps are you running on your iPhone? Which retro apps and games do you wish you could install? Sound off in the comments below.