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OSX 10.4 - Tiger
That’s right I’m searching the internet, the news feeds and even under the fridge for any information to the latest release of OSX. According to the Apple website it is due for release the first half of 2005. But on April the 1st, it was announced to have ‘gone gold’ This is bascially the final, final release, it has been passed by everyone and is now ready for producing, packing and shipping. Sites were even claiming it would be in stores by the 15th, Amazon.com have it down as a pre-order!
Some might say 'look at the date, they are yanking your chain!’ well I’m not convinced, last year on April 1st Google anounced this idea of doing webmail and called the service gmail, no one really laughing now?
I’m sure this was all genuine and that Tiger is not far away it just remains to see how far, now do I pre-order from Amazon or wait and see what happens…

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Triple time pay for road workers

constructionworkersWe had a letter through the door the other day to claim that they would finally try and sort out the surface of the road we live on, the plan was to close the road from Sat evening through till Sunday. We did not quite expect the machinery that they bought in to do the job with. Having a tall house we manged to get a birds eye view of the whole process and have to admit Sean and I spent most of the evening just watching this machine eat the tarmac armed with bottles of Stella of course!

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Pickle

Today Lucy and I had a quick drive up to Attleborough to meet Muriel and Keith Barnes who are currently breading out baby Senegal parrot; Pickle.
It was a pleasure to meet them, and Pickle, and I can’t thank them enough. We found it hard to come away empty handed but we know that Pickle is a few weeks off from being fully ready for a new home. So I guess we just sit and wait until then, thank you Muriel!
Some pictures until the day anyway:
Pickle Pickle Pickle

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First blast of the year

Today was the first day I decided to bike to work this year. Normally once the weather improves I near enough live on the bike but once it turns cold I just shy away indoors.
Friday morning the weather was looking good, but they have planned on re-surfacing the road outside my house so all the cars were is chaos, meaning parking was in short demand. I opted to park the car and get on the bike to ensure I kept my place 😉

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Quiet and iLife05

It’s been a bit quiet on the site of late, I think this is just things catching up with me. Easter was a tiring time with Lucy’s birthday thrown in. Too many dark days and bright nights were enjoyed but now I need rest.
The only interesting item to post about was I purchased iLife05 from Apple. Because I only got my G5 at the beginning of the year (two days before the release of iLife05), Apple are running a nice upgrade scheme to which I took part in. I have to admit the only app I really use is iPhoto but will test the rest and see what they are like.

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Happy Birthday!

Just a quick one to say happy birthday to Lucy!
Thanks to all those who came out last night and enjoyed a drink, I took a few photo’s so I will see if any are worth putting up. Until then back to the celebrations.

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Who gets Lara's assets?

SCI have today announced a bid to buy into Eidos.
Eidos recently have not been on top of the world despite bringing the world Lara Croft, along with many other titles which completely slip my mind. They announced a major loss and requested a takeover to secure their future.
The first to step foward was Bono (US lead singer) orientated partnership, Elevation Partners. Obviously SCI has concidered the options and proposed a £76.1m injection, whilst this is larger that Elevation’s offer of £71m cash buy out, SCI are proposing a share scheme.
What ever happens expect most Eidos games to be delayed whilst this is fought out!

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First Test of Wheel

Gravy2012 and I had a quick go on the Logitech wheel over the week end. Well a quick go soon turned into about an evening’s worth. Add some beer and ales to the situation and as you can imagine we soon ended up making a night of it.
The real reason for the extended ‘testing’ of the wheel was the simple fact that it is so god damn good! I was expecting some nice feedback from the reviews I have read, deep down I was expecting some decent feedback from the price I paid for the wheel. I was not disapointed at all, the feedback is unreal, the device really does make you feel like you are connected to the car.
I’m going to have a look into this and do a full review for DAO

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Logitech Driving Force Pro

Driving Force ProTo be honest I’m not normally a fan of driving wheels or things like that. I just think a video game is just that, a game and any thing like these are just overkill.
I will stand corrected and eat my hat and what ever else you have to do as today Lucy managed to find a Logitech Driving Force Pro steering wheel for the PlayStation2. The reason for this sudden change of heart is simply down to the Gran Turismo 4 challenge!
According to the company blurb and the Gran Turismo leaflet this wheel was made especially for the game and features 900 degrees of movement and force feed back. I’ve not yet tested it but from the looks of the box and the wheel itself it looks a hefty bit of kit.

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24hr Race

I’m always inspired by the endurance races in motorsport, the main one being the Le Mans 24h. Just the idea of a team of people running a car flat out for a day without stopping. Just to keep the drivers awake would be enough, but to then build a car that will run on the limit for this time is one achievement in my book.
So imagine my delight when I discover that Gran Turismo 4 has some real time 24hour endurance races in it!
Thats right racing in a computer game for 24hours. Now this is nothing new really as the old Le Man games of both PlayStation2 and original PlayStation fame had this feature. But what makes this really interesting is the fact that once you start you can not stop. Most games would let you pit in and save and stuff, not GT4 you want to race for 24 hours, you WILL race for 24 hours!
This has got Gravy2012 and I thinking, lets do it! Let’s organise a 24hour Gran Turismo 4 race.
Not meaning to sound gay but this is going to need some thought, we are not just going to sit there for 24 hours, plus using a controller for over a few hours hurts enough. We are looking into the use of a driving wheel and I guess a really comfortable chair!

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