Daily Archives: Tuesday, 6th May 2008

Another Small Change

I’ve replaced the built-in WordPress search thingy with a new improved one provided by Google. This should give quicker and more detailed results, as Google’s index of this site is rather better than the one it creates for itself[1]. The results will appear on a page on this site, but are otherwise standard Google stuff. If you happen to click on the adverts on a search result page, I get a cut of the revenue. That’s not a request for extreme clickage, more a disclaimer thingy.

[1] This isn’t altogether unusual, for instance if I want to find something on microsoft.com, I generally find that Google actually gives me what I’m looking for, while Microsoft’s own search always tended to miss things. Now they’ve tarted it up with Live Search, it can be worse, as it helpfully gives you results from other sites…

Newcastle City Library – 6 May 2008

In a rare burst of advanced tuitness, I’ve already sorted out some of today’s photographs. Here they are – the latest progress report on the construction of the new Newcastle City Library. It’s really looking more like a building than a framework now, with much of the skin in place, and even some glass. I’ve included some views from each side of the building, so you can get a good impression of how it’s coming along.

VMWare Fusion 2 Beta 1

I mentioned that I bought VMWare Fusion at the end of December. Most of the time, I just use it so I can run Microsoft Money, but it’s also handy for checking my website layouts in the evil abomination known as Internet Explorer 6. I’ve even successfully used it to connect to the VPN at work, though I generally use the little laptop for that.

It’s a generally well-behaved product, but does have a few mildly irritating features, the main one being that when I start the application, I have to pick which of my one virtual machines I want to use. Hello? There’s only one, surely you could just start it? And the “Unity” integration thingy doesn’t always play quite as nicely as it should, especially if a window is maximised, where it tries to hide behind the Mac OS X Dock. But overall, it’s good stuff.

But being VMWare, they’re not just leaving it alone, and they’ve just announced a beta release of version 2. I haven’t installed it yet, but it does sound very promising. New features include being able to set a default virtual machine to start, easier connections to printers and assorted USB devices, and what sound like big improvements to Unity. The big show-off feature isn’t one that I need right now, but if when I get a fancier Mac with multiple screen support, I’ll love it. Yes, it has full automagic support for up to ten displays. Which is a lot more than I’m likely to ever need.

More details and some demo videos are available from VMWare.

I’ve left the best feature till last. For all this rather tasty new and improved functionality, you might expect to have to pay a moderate upgrade charge when it’s released. But they’ve announced that it will be a free upgrade for all registered users. Now that’s nice. :bouncy:

Weight Report – 6 May 2008

Well, that’s a bit of an improvement on yesterday’s long weekend bloat.

Now the Bank Holiday weekend is safely over, the weather has improved enormously. It was a quite warm sunny day, and I had no trouble persuading myself to walk to and from work. I went for a photographic stroll at lunchtime[1], which ended with me eating a sandwich and precisely zero sausage rolls.

[1] Results to follow…