Month: May 2005 (page 2 of 4)

There’s been a murder

Last week we spotted a mouse outside. Next day it was in our kitchen. Little bugger. I popped of to B&Q and picked up poison, traps and a weird bait type box. The mouse has spent the last few days ignoring the traps but enjoyed the baited food – but when will it die? Today, that’s when. Popped down the stairs this morning to find the mouse in the baited food gasping for air….and another mouse caught in the trap. Joy of joys. Hopefully that’s the end of them.

However it highlights how much we miss having a cat around the house. A good friend and handy if we do find another mouse. The Cat Protection League hasn’t been too successful so far…must widen the hunt.

Rangers – SPL Champions 2005

mcleish15 minutes ago I didn’t think I’d be writing this but well done Rangers and Alex McLeish on winning the SPL. A goal from no goals Nacho as well. How sweet. They think it’s all over…it is now. Get in!


DOA Hi-Def

If your pc and bandwidth are up to it check out a 400Meg Hi-Def trailer of DOA4. Just watched it – amazing. If the rumours are true this is on a 1/3 power 360 as developers haven’t got the full blown machine yet. November can’t come soon enough…my new TV may have crept into this years plans.

MSN Desktop Search

A new version of MSN Desktop Search has been released. After trialling a few others this has become my default search tool and one of the most used apps on the pc. It searches instantly, returning searches in real-time and the presentation of the results is excellent. It covers all the file types I need but surprisingly for a Microsoft app it supports add-ins, is feature rich and allows you to add shortcuts and functionality of your own. The latest version tarts up the presentations and adds some new searching features.

The searching is pretty powerful allowing you to use NOT, date ranges and size ranges. You can also search against document properties, so ‘author:richard sent:march’ will find all mail sent by Richard in the month of March. A nice feature is that clicking on the green arrow on the toolbar will open up results in a desktop search windows, allowing you to click on the mail or doc and see a preview in the right hand pane. You can also view by result type (mail, document, mp3) to get to the results quicker.

Shortcuts can also be added. Typing in the following ‘@delicious,$w’ will allow you to do quick searches by typing delicious forza which will return all entries with the tag Forza. More desktop shortcuts can be found here. You can also add shortcuts to apps, so @word,=winword will allow you to type word to launch Word. Very cool and unusually adaptable for Microsoft. The indexing doesn’t add any noticeable overhead either – all in all a recommended app and my first install on a new machine after I lock it down with security apps.


Well, E3 has delivered and the PS3 has been unveiled. Spec highlights:

  • It will support Blu-ray (obviously), DVD±R/W, CD-R/RW
  • Backwards compatible with the Playstation 2 and original Playstation
  • One 3.2GHz Cell processor—total system performance rated at 2.18 teraflops and it will have 256MB system RAM 3.2GHz, and 256MB GDDR VRAM at 700MHz
  • The nVidia graphics will be called the RSX (�?Reality Synthesizer�?), and will trump the Xbox 360 with 1080p graphics support.
  • There will be a 2.5-inch hard drive (i.e. laptop hard drive) attachment
  • Memory Stick Duo slot and SD and CF slots
  • Bluetooth support with up to seven wireless controllers
  • Six USB system ports
  • Still early so I’ll post more later – some screens to finish including an amazingly bad looking controller.
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