Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Free Iron Man MP3 Download

Okay so I haven't finished Vampire Castle or done work on Gesture Magic, with good reason however - I've been job hunting.

Console yourself with a free mp3 download of a song from the official Iron Man movie album curtesy of http://ironmansoundtrack.marvel.com/.

Just watch the trailer and the mp3 download starts at the end.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Where can I get a Wii Fit?

Skip to the bottom for your answer - but come back for a read :)

This was a question I asked Google a few days ago, but only found notification sites telling me when HMV, GAME, Amazon etc. etc. had stock. This is obviously no good if you want them tomorrow, or are not fast enough to "preorder" online - and cynically, I think stock will probably be gone by the time most people get through the process (or they could just delay your order until the next lot of stock comes in).

I have a suspicion Nintendo are deliberately not ending the shortage - have you seen how many "Rock Band", "Guitar Hero 3" etc etc there are? No hardware shortages there, yet Wii Fit is always out of stock and has been for half a year. What happens near Christmas? We'll see headlines like:

"Parents given the run around for Wii Fit"

"Nintendo promises to fix Wii Fit shortage before Christmas"

"Wii Fit Number 1 in Nintendo charts" (only because it sells out)

"Wii Fit sold out"

Can you see what is happening here? Wii WII WII all the way ho... to the bank.

Well if you want one NOW (and you live in the north of England) I recommend you get one from SCAN for £116.31 Inc VAT (go down and pick one up - as otherwise postage will be a fortune - it's heavy). Note Aria also sell Wii Fit but are even more expensive (I wouldn't recommend them based on returns and supposedly "next day delivery" experience).

Yes it's really extortion, but unless you are prepared to accept the risk, think of it as insurance, or if you want it for Christmas, but can use it now, think of the price difference ~£45 as gym lessons up to Christmas.

If I find any more "off the beaten track" places for Wii Fit I'll do another post, good hunting, especially if you're still trying to find that elusive and rare <£70 Wii Fit.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Aerofoil 47th in Hot 100 Windows Vista Magazine Utilities

This page is just for archive purposes - Aerofoil is now at version 1.5.0 please click this link to get it.

Aerofoil has been rated at 47th out of 100 best software for Windows Vista!
(That's just one behind BBC IPlayer, and ahead of iTunes at 50)

Aerofoil extends your Vista and Windows 7 notebook battery life by

- Allowing you to manually disable Aero Glass.
- Optionally managing Aero Glass user interface.
- Optionally managing the best two power plans.
- Optionally managing Windows Vista Sidebar.
- Optionally showing a quick hibernate button - hibernate and power management were greatly improved in Vista.

Benefits over earlier versions and similar software:

- Much more efficient - Aerofoil is 100% unmanaged C++.
- Much smaller than older versions and other similar software.
- UPX compressed meaning Aerofoil.exe is as small as it can be.
- No configuration file - everything is done with the installer.

Windows 7

Aerofoil has been tested in a Windows 7 virtual environment and no obvious bugs were found. "Windows Gadgets" - "Windows Sidebar" on Vista - seems to be managed correctly - at least started when on AC, as I can't simulate battery power I can't tell if its shut down when on battery. Please also note that if your Windows 7 graphics card driver doesn't support power management then the Aerofoil "Hibernate" menu shortcut won't work.
For most people Aerofoil should work just as well as in Vista, having said that... if you notice any problems with Windows 7 and Aerofoil please report them here since I don't have real hardware to do the testing on!


Download Aerofoil 1.4.5 Installer (read the note below!)

If you receive the message "Side-by-side configuration is incorrect" you may also need a Vista update - the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

If you find your settings are not being saved please read this post (they are saved, this is not a bug)

Download Aerofoil 1.4.5 Source Code (C++)