Man its been a long time since I watched the PDC2003 video with Hillel Cooperman, some people call it the AERO demo others call it the “Getting Users to Fall in Love with Your Software” demo…either way it blew our minds when we saw it and for the longest time the video was lost, never leaked, it wasn’t included in any of the PDC03 DVD’s or accompanying notes and it wasn’t until years later before we started to get bits and pieces of the demo. I believe Long Zheng was one of the first people to post the video on his blog as it started to make the rounds, I remember downloading fragments of the video back in 2007 as .flv’s and it wasn’t until 2008 before I was able to get my hands on the full video…I was geeked out watching it, we were all geeked out, I shared it with as many people as I could and posted about it on joejoe.org back in the day.
Back in 2018 something crazy happened, ReflectiaX took to his YouTube page and posted the FULL HD demo for the first time publicly and watching it in HD is far better than the videos we had years ago the eye candy is still slick as hell and the visuals are amazing even 17yrs after PDC03, the videos we “had” were pretty crap quality compared to what he posted but you never complain about quality when its all you have, if you haven’t seen it, you should and you must, lol
So….. where is this going, (man i love to ramble on) well…years ago back in the WLM (Live Messenger) days, received lots of stuff from different sources, some of those people were very trusted people, “trusted” in that they would share things with you trusting that you wouldn’t share them with other people and wouldn’t leak the data/builds or whatever to other people or other sources, it was kinda the way things were back then and a great way to determine if you could trust someone with something…so you could possibly leak them something bigger or better (builds possibly), I recently stumbled across something that was part of the demo that I haven’t seen posted out there anywhere and wanted to share today from this screenshot specifically, during this demo two wallpapers were shown, the Grass wallpaper and the one shown below, I still haven’t been able to find out where the picture was taken, if anyone knows, lemme know so I can add it to the details.
The wallpaper in the above screenshot eluded me for the longest time, I thought it was going to be one of those things you never find, like the Cherry Blossom wallpaper from the Athens PC Concept demos until someone gifted/shared this with me – that was back in 2012 from what I can tell…i’ll also add that I really miss WLM man Microsoft really messed up buying Skype and killing off Messenger, that’s a whole other topic for another day, I’ll also mention that super sexy WindowsMediaPlayer app running on the desktop, damn that thing was so slick, Anyways – I have engaged the source who gave this too me and they have agreed that its OK for me to post this, so if you don’t have this in your collection….now’s the time.
Sorry for the size format its 1440×900, I cant recall if I resized it or if it was that size when I received it, I have another copy that’s 1280×910 which just seems like a super weird size to me, so I am going to say that I more than likely edited what was given to me so I could use it as a desktop background, my monitors were 1440×900 back around that time frame.