Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Replacement Shells, Guild Wars & TV Shows Cancelled

Replacement Shells - I have been using AstonShell for awhile (30 days) and now it asks me to register it, luckily just recently I have come accross another Replacement Shell called "LiteStep" which you can get at http://www.litestep.net/ I have installed it on Nicole's computer and am currently rebooting it. From the screenshots it reminds me of XFCE, the Window Manager I use for Linux, nice and lite-on just like the name suggets for this Replacement Shell. Explorer is so bloated, slow and is quick to crash so I don't really see the need for it, which is what causes me to branch out and find replacement shells. Not only can a replacement shell speed up your desktop but they usually allow a lot more theming and customizality than the standard explorer.exe shell while still remaining faster. I guess its beacuse of all the DLLs that explorer uses that its slow, it probarbly comes down to that and just plain poor programming. Replacement Shells are just that, something you'd feel happy to replace your explorer.exe with. Holy shit the shell just loaded on Nicoles desktop, it displayed the Desktop folder which has silently been filling with icons while AstonShell was on there, the desktop has about 100 icons and still displayed very quickly. The "Start Bar" looks very Linux-Like and I would even go as far as to call it a docking bar. Which is what I will call it. The programs menu in the start menu loads very quickly, which is great, the programs menu usually takes a long time to open, sadly since its all in a vertical strip it with no scrolling options you cannot see all your programs (provided your list takes up the whole vertical axis of the screen, or more) but you can free float the programs menu so that you dont even need to click "Start" to see your programs, they are just there on your desktop. Very cool. This default theme is supposed to be very "Lite" and is one that your not really supposed to like. Hell, like, I love it! LiteStep is a very professional replacement shell and is also very quick and good at what it does. I recommoned this to everyone. Its also free so no annoying "Register Now" screens like AstonShell :) Yes you can change back to the normal explorer with a shell changer app, but why the hell would you? LiteStep rocks!

Guild Wars - Looked at the screenshots for Guild Wars (all of them this time, not just the one with the chick :P), the combat looks really cool, there is a screenshot of a guy fighting some warewolves and also a screenshot of a team of two people fighting what appears to be some kind of beast with a guy on top of it, the game is looking great and I can't wait til the E3 for everyone to test it out!

Andromeda and Mutant X have been cancelled as Fireworks Entertainment, is shutting its doors for good and owner CanWest Global Communications (which also owns canada.com, the National Post, Global Television, and a bunch of other media assets) announced it will take a $159 million writedown on Fireworks. Sad really, Andromeda was a great show. Mutant X was pretty lame though, I was wondering when they were gonig to cancel it as the special effects were really lacking in realism.

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