Google Destop Search
Big techie news of the day is the release of google desktop search beta. Make your inner geek moist with a download today! I have, have you?

Seriously folks, even with some very basic tinkering around this seems great - been running it for just a few minutes really and it's already indexed most of my MP3 collection - find the tracks you want to listen to in (sub) seconds - none of that tricky navigating around in Winamp or Windows Explorer for me anymore.

In fact, early days yet, but, has this totally negated the need for the, super-speedy, Windows Explorer search 'facility'? Or indeed Windows Explorer itself? Do we even need to worry about how we structure folders and files anymore? As long as we give them meaningful names - I guess it could be. Only time will tell, but my gut feel is a heart-felt yes.

Next stage for me is to install this at work - I have the feeling that this will make finding the code snippets I'm always losing much easier to find which will make life a lot easier (I sometimes find myself recoding things I know I've done before just because I can't locate the original code). Question: does this index mapped drives/network locations too? I guess I'll find out when I try this in the office. Hmmm...what happens when you attach removeable drives like USB keys? I can feel some hardcore experimenting coming up with this.

I'd be interested to hear everyone's opinions, ideas, experiences in the comments - I'll probably post some more there myself when I've had more time to play.

Entry 975, Thursday, October 14th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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I'm Not Getting Out Of Bed
This is kind of like me on a Saturday morning.

Entry 974, Tuesday, October 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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R-Shot
The strangely hypnotic graphics and soundtrack in R-Shot remind me just ever so slightly of the genius that was Rez. A space based shoot-em-up maybe, but it has something just a little bit extra.

Side Note: whilst thinking of Rez I had one of those big sparky fantastic ideas you just hope will come true. The formula: 2005 update of Rez + PSP + good headphones = me actually wanting to commute more. If someone reading has this in their power - get on it now!

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Entry 973, Tuesday, October 12th 2004, Filed In Games
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The doctor is in and he has the answer to all of life's problems. Admittedly it's always the same answer, but it's an enjoyable one. Possibly NSFW [from the warped mind of dan].

Entry 972, Tuesday, October 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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Do you hear that childish giggling? That's me reading "words that sound dirty, but aren't", that is [via daisy].

Entry 971, Tuesday, October 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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Strong Bad Unplugged

Entry 970, Monday, October 11th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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Team Up
Utilise the different skills of the Girls Inc. team (disappointingly they are completely unrelated to the teen girl squad) to slide, jump, throw, stack & walk them around the levels in this nice little platform type game to keep you busy on a Friday.
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Entry 969, Friday, October 8th 2004, Filed In Games
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Zoom
Use your cursor keys to zoom in and out of this freakish creation. Shockwave Required To View - Click Here To Download Shockwave

Entry 968, Friday, October 8th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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EstelleI've been listening a lot to Kiss 100 on-line recently (for reasons too complex to go into here it's about the only radio sation I like that I can get thru the firewall at work). Anyway they've been giving some heavy airplay to the gorgeous Estelle - a major British talent (in more ways than one) - and I highly recommend a visit to her site which is done with some funky flash and it has some great sounds to listen too - watch out especially for her current track 'Free', and the last single '1980'.

PS. Un-intentionally this is my second week in a row with a musical link on a Friday - this might become a mini-theme since I enjoy a good sing-a-long and a dance around the flat to wind down after another long week at work. Although I am kind of lazy and these plans have a habit of not coming through so don't hold your breath.

Entry 967, Friday, October 8th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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My cable modem service is provided by NTL here in the UK. Their product is great, a nice 750K service, but as soon as the service goes wrong the customer service is a nightmare - years on hold, rude phone operators, and very little understanding of what an internet connection is, let alone of any problem you might be having. Don't get me wrong they have great technical staff, it just takes a million phone calls, and lots of patience, to talk to one of them.

Anyway, that's the background, which is why I had to laugh long and hard at this story about the hacking of their phone message service to make it much more appropriate:

"Hello. You are through to NTL customer services. We don't give a f**k about you. We are never here. We just will f**k you about, basically, and we are not going to handle any of your complaints. Just f**k off and leave us alone. Get a life."

On second thoughts perhaps it wasn't a hack, and just a refreshingly honest approach to marketing.

Entry 966, Friday, October 8th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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The Snowman
Pre-empting the Christmas season just a little bit, those nice people, that brought you Kozo The Hippo, now bring you The Snowman. A tale of what happens when aliens' first encounter with Earth creatures goes a bit wrong. Is this a close encounter of the forth kind?

Entry 965, Wednesday, October 6th 2004, Filed In Stuff
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The Pink Room
Supposedly a parody of The Crimson Room, The Pink Room certainly lives up to it's name, but I'm not sure if I'm just being thick, or if part of the parody is that you can't do much in the game, but I didn't get very far with this before I decided I had better things to do with my day. Perhaps some of you point'n'click freaks out there can shed some light on the matter. Rantings in the comments as per usual. For reference I got the Furikake and the Key before I quit out.

PS. I don't know if it was intentional, but rumour has it that the next game in the Crimson, Viridian, Blue series is actually The Pink Room, or maybe The Pink Prison. If you have any info on this drop the gossip in the comments as well.

Update: I've actually gotten around to coming back and finshing this one now and my advice is to not bother. It's very unsatisfying as a game, and not very funny as a parody. We'll just have to wait for the Pink Prison to come out.

Entry 964, Wednesday, October 6th 2004, Filed In Games
Rating(46%)Comments(197)

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