Rory - in what was widely* hailed as the Worst Idea Ever - suggested that single-purpose well-optimized OSs might be an Interesting Idea.
I tried to gently shoot him down with a soft, loving nuke or two at the time, but now, I find myself wondering if he was actually clinically ill, or a prescient speaker of the future. See, I have this Xbox. Yeah, the same Xbox I've whined about on this blog before. It has a problem again, since the x64 upgrade. In a word: drivers. Yeah, I know an Xbox doesn't use drivers, but to play one via a PC, you need video capture drivers.
Or do you...? The problem is mostly the Apple 20" widescreen monitor I use. It has DVI only, because it's built for use with an Apple only. A couple of friends picked up a Dell 24" Wide 2405FPW for $AUD1500 (um, about $USD1100 or so, ish), which I thought was *amazingly* cheap, and they noted that it has DVI, S-Video, Composite, component in - generally everything you need to plug a non-PC device into it, plus picture-in-picture, picture-by-picture.
"Hahahaha", they laugh, "Hahahaha! How much did you pay for yours again?"
"Hahahaha! No, really, I'm sure it's wonderful."
You know, you're really not very good friends.
All of which got me thinking, while I was trying to find some lime with which to fill the pit - let's review the current situation.
Which is rapidly leading me to an unpleasant choice:
See, Forza Motorsport just came out, and I'm hungry for a taste of the action. Plus, it solves my Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory problem neatly, by letting me get the Xbox (avec Live) version. Though it could be argued that with a 32-bit dual boot, I could just install it in that copy. But that defeats the purpose. It has to be a targeted, short-duration boot.
The buy-another-20-inch-monitor-and-give-the-current-one-away idea appeals to me, mainly on the basis that I could paint the bevel silver in a futile attempt to hide it from my girlfriend, before angrily accusing her of having problems with her short term memory, but I think I've played that card already this year.
Sigh. What would you do?
Plug the xbox into your TV. Problem solved.
Girlfriend *owns* the TV. As in, whenever I want to watch anything, I can't because she specifically wants to watch some infomercial that happens to be on at the time. Or, games are too noisy. Or, the show I'm watching is too noisy. TV is unfortunately not an option.
Bwah. I ordered the Dell 2005FPW today, after my parents dropped by and "oohed" and "aaahed" over the Apple monitor for a while.
That was enough to convince me that they'd enjoy it more than their current analog-only brightness-impaired LCD monitor.