Friday 31 August 2007

Vista Resources

I have installed Windows Vista Ultimate on my new PC, and while I’m still getting to grips with it, I have come across a few tools, gadgets, suggestions that make a few things easier and nicer to look at. I will probably continue to add new information as I come across it.

Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover (FxVisor 1.2)

XP had TweakUI, Vista doesn’t, so removing the arrow on shortcuts is slightly harder, but FxVisor makes it easy!

FxVisor

Add Internet Explorer to Vista’s Desktop (FxDeskie 1.2)

Some people like to have the Internet Explorer icon on their desktop. In XP that was easy to turn on, but in Vista it isn’t With FxDeskie it brings that simplicity back.

FxDeskie

Vista Orb Clock

The default clock on your sidebar is OK, but I prefer this one!

Orb Clock

Make Winamp the default MP3 player

Unfortunately Winamp 5.x isn’t entirely Vista compatible, hopefully this situation will improve in a later update. The file types option does not have much effect in Vista, especially on MP3 files.

You will have to right click on an MP3, choose Open With, then “Choose Default Program…”

Open With Winamp

How to change the power button in Vista to shut down your PC

Sending your PC to sleep is great and all (amazingly fast to turn back on), but sometimes you don’t want to have to worry about the power going out and losing all your data.

Black Viper’s Windows Vista Service Configurations

Black Viper’s site is fantastic. He offers descriptions of what each service in Vista (and previous versions of Windows) does, and what the best setting for it is. His site was offline for a while, but it’s back and better than ever.

Make Firefox your default browser

Although you may think that Firefox is your default if you said Yes when it asked you, it might not be the browser that opens (IE) when you click on links in some programs such as mIRC or Yahoo! Messenger. This is easily fixed however.

Click on Start, Default Programs, Set Program Access and Computer Defaults, click on Custom. Now you’ll probably see that your browser option is set to “Use my current Web browser”, you must select Firefox here to force the setting. This might actually be the case for Opera too, I don’t use it myself so I can’t be sure.

Set Firefox as yourdefault browser in Vista

Sunday 26 August 2007

BioShock

I got my copy of BioShock in the post last thursday, I had pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition from GAME.

BioShock Collector's Edition Box

Inside the box comes the game in a metal tin box, a 3 track EP by Moby and the Making Of BioShock…

BioShock DVDs

And here’s the best bit – the fantastic Big Daddy figurine!

Big Daddy Figurine

And by the way, the game is awesome.

Tuesday 21 August 2007

My New Computer Part 3

I forgot to update the shipping address on the heatsink I bought from Scan so it was delivered to my home address, and there was me thinking I had another day to wait!

Here’s what it looks like fitted to my motherboard:

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

I spent most of last night installing the heatsink, motherboard, one of the new fans, the hard drive and the DVD burner into the Lian Li PC-7B. Unfortunately I am still waiting on a power supply so it’s not finished.

First Look Inside

I found that I’m unable to use the other fan I bought on the front of the case where I’d wanted it to go because it’s not designed to be placed there, which is rather frustrating. So I may just leave the existing fan there for now – I don’t know how loud it is until I turn the PC on, and it just wasn’t ready last night for that. I may also have to leave the side fan as it is, I haven’t worked out a way to attach another fan to it yet, due to it having a thread embedded in the plastic.

The case came with rubber mounts for the hard drive to reduce vibration noise, I wonder how much of an effect they will have. I did notice that the hard drive cage itself rattles a little, I’m sure that can’t help! You can see the rubber mounts in the bag on the left.

Screws Etc

Monday 20 August 2007

New Smirnoff Advert: Purified

One Crazy Poker Hand

Friday 17 August 2007

My New Computer Part 2

I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new case, another Lian Li. I went for a black PC-7 with a window. It looks very similar to my current case but instead of 80mm fans it has space for two 120mm fans which should reduce the noise levels a bit, as my current case can be a little too loud at times.

I have also forked out for a more powerful heatsink than Intel’s own one – the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, which has scored highly in many reviews.

20/08/07 UPDATE: The items from KustomPCs arrived this morning!

Lian Li PC-7 in the big box, a window panel in the left box, and two 120mm fans in the small box on top.

Monday 13 August 2007

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

After their brilliant first single Thou Shalt Always Kill, which reached #30 in the UK Singles chart, Dan Le Sac and his bearded mate Scroobius Pip are back, with the insanely catchy The Beat That My Heart Skipped, to be released on 10th September.

Better than TSAK? Possibly, but TBTMHS won’t be replacing it as my phone’s ringtone (the intro isn’t long enough).

The lyrics follow.

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