Got Athlon? No Silverlight For You!

Bummer. We’ve got an older 1.4Ghz Athlon PC here in our family room and Silverlight does not run on this chip, according to this thread: http://silverlight.net/forums/t/5590.aspx

Someone should update the Silverlight system requirements, as there’s no mention of this. That page says all you need is a “X86 or x64 500-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor with 128-megabytes (MB) of RAM”. Apparently, Silverlight needs a processor that supports SSE instructions, witch the original Athlon chip lacks. AMD added that feature in the Athlon XP.

Tafiti – Microsoft Live Search with Silverlight

This is pretty cool: http://www.tafiti.com/

I think my favorite feature is the newspaper layout for the news results. This might actually get me to use Live search once in while instead of Google, although I’m not so sure about the usability. The font size for the web results seems a bit small and I’m not so sure about the two-column layout (but this might be because I’m so used to seeing the summary below each result). The tree view seems to be there purely as eye candy, I can’t how this is usable at all…