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25 April, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 10:06 PM in

Microsoft Windows Vista, formerly codenamed Microsoft Longhorn has a taskbar that is black in colour and like everything else in Vista, it has a translucent glass-like look to it. The title bars too are translucent and the menu bars are colour coded. Most of the icons have been updated to match the new scheme and they look great even when enlarged.

Vista also adds extra levels of “zoom” for viewing files and folders. When folders are zoomed in using the scroll on a mouse, you can see the photos sticking out of an open folder. The same applies to folders containing documents, spreadsheets, slides and files. Unfortunately, you only get a glimpse of the files and it doesn't really help in figuring what is inside.

The translucent taskbars, animation effects such as smooth fading when folders are opened and closed and the zooming or "flipping through open windows" features look rather impressive.

The Start button, which is now in black but glows green when the cursor is placed on it, stays on in Vista but it behaves a little differently. It will no longer spawn menus and sub menus when the All Programs link is clicked - which simplifies the task of searching programs. While the Start menu will behave very much like a folder within Windows, it will display a list of programs on the left side of the Start menu when the All Programs link is clicked.

If the programs reside in a folder, they will expand just as if they were being viewed under Windows Explorer. But what makes looking for programs really easy is the inclusion of a search box that lists the programs that match the letters you key in, and as you type it drills down to the correct program. No doubt, this will be very useful or handy if you have lots of application installed.

Virtual folders are a great way to organise data, especially if you have a lot of media files such as songs, movies and photos in digital format. These folders are dynamic in nature as it does searches every time they are opened. However, for virtual folders to really work well, files should have meta tags to describe its contents.

Vista also includes Internet Explorer 7, which finally has tabbed browsing that was made popular by Mozilla Firefox. To prevent spyware from replacing the address bar with a fake toolbar containing a phony URL, the address bar in IE 7 is now no longer part of a toolbar. It is now placed right at the top and above the menu bar, and this new look is also replicated for folder views throughout Vista.

From what I have read when Vista boots up, it will only load the most essential parts of the operating system and allow the user to use it almost immediately. While it is being used, Vista will selectively load all the necessarily things in the background. When a user shuts down Vista, it will by default go to into Sleep mode instead of totally shutting down. Besides that, the Sleep feature offers the best as it has combined the Standby and Hibernate modes available in Windows XP.

Now I only hope that Microsoft will prove to us that their Windows Vista, which is due to be released later this year or early next year has all these good features and better spyware resistance and most importantly it operates in stability that would mean less program crashes.

For more info, visit Windows Vista and Vista Won't Suck.

Nippon Impression

22 April, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 3:18 AM in

An artist impression of a Shogun's palace during the time of Sengoku Jidai. The above artwork was created by Jeff Tham using a software called 3D Studio Max. Please feel free to comment on the artwork if you like it.

* The picture above was obtained with the consent from the artist.

Imagine KL skyline in 2010

19 April, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 12:00 AM in

Four Seasons Centre Kuala Lumpur (top picture) is a mixed use development in the area of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, comprising of two towers of 72 storeys and 42 storeys. It covers over 2 million gsf that would include a Four Seasons hotel, serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, retail and parking.

Lot C (bottom picture) is a mixed use development still under planning stage. The proposed Lot C is made out of a 54-storey tower comprising of offices, service apartments and retail outlets.

Both projects have formal characteristics that have been developed to complement the Petronas Twin Towers and the overall skyline of Kuala Lumpur.

Friendster Cafe Damansara Perdana

17 April, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 11:31 PM in

Photos courtesy of 'Jerry Ong'

Watch out for these 'cool' cars...Yuppies hang out area in Damansara Perdana! Name of this cafe is synonymous with a popular website. Overall, the ambience here is good but it gets very crowded especially during weekends.

'hello Sooty'

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Interesting news clip (received from email) !!!

Guinea pig harem says 'hello Sooty' (details)

A guinea pig called Sooty had a night to remember after escaping from his pen and tunnelling into a cage of 24 females.

He romanced each of them in turn and was yesterday the proud father of 43 offspring.

Staff at Little Friend's Farm in Pontypridd, South Wales, have now secured Sooty's pen - and begun looking for homes for the guinea pigs.

His owner, Carol Feeham, 42, said: "I'm sure a lot of men will be looking at Sooty with envy."

"We knew that he had gone missing after wriggling through the bars of his cage. We looked for him everywhere but never thought of checking the pen where we keep 24 females. We did a head count and found 25 guinea pigs - Sooty was fast asleep i the corner."

"He was absolutely shattered. We put him back in his cage and he slept for two days."

Monorail expansion in Klang Valley

16 April, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 5:28 PM in

KL Infrastructure Group Bhd, the company which operates the Kuala Lumpur monorail has submitted a proposal to construct four new lines in the Klang Valley with a total length of 71km and using 62 four-car monorail trains.

It is estimated to cost RM4.5bil and would take six years to complete. The four new lines were the 21km Petaling Jaya line, 18km Subang Jaya line, 19km Sungai Buloh line and 13km Cheras line. The four lines will have 47 stations.

The Sungai Buloh line will directly link up with the existing KL Monorail system at the Titiwangsa station while the Subang Jaya line will link up with the existing system at the Tun Sambanthan station in Brickfields.

All four lines will integrate with the existing light rail transit (LRT) and the KTM Komuter rail systems.

“We should see another 320,000 passengers using the entire rail system daily on top of the current 340,000 passengers."

Pictures and text extracted from TheStar & NST Business Times dated April 15, 2006.


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