Tag Archives: Entertainment

The Sims 2 – A Reality Show For Your PC

By | August 24, 2004

The Sims, Maxis’ game in which you guide a virtual version of yourself through life on your PC, holds something of a mirror up to our own existence. Not that it’s particularly pretty. The second version of The Sims, due in stores by September 17th, has some new features, including genetics and the ability to see and film… Read More »

A Directory of Virus Removal Tools

By | August 11, 2004

Some sites offering free tools for removing viruses, trojans and worms. Any additions/changes welcome. Symantec F-Secure McAfee and here BitDefender Kaspersky Solo Norman Hauri LiveCall Sophos TrendMicro HouseCall Panda Grisoft A directory of removal tools, organised by virus, and another.

The Death Of A Devil Duckie Drive

By | May 12, 2004

In a box accompanying a Loose Wire column two weeks ago I mentioned TikiMac’s Devil Duckie Flash Drive, a “red, horn-toting 4 1/2″ rubber duck with hypnotic blinking eyes” that houses a high-speed USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible) personal data storage launched in March. Sadly, since writing the piece the Devil Duckie has died. A press release on the… Read More »

Alternatives For SimCity Addicts

By | March 2, 2004

For anyone who is a SimCity addict, looking for an alternative, check out Mobility 2. It looks a lot like SimCity, without some of the bells and whistles of later versions, but it focuses on public transportation, and was, until recently, available for free. Now it’s into version 2.11, includes a land editor and available as shareware for… Read More »

Is Online Gaming A Free For All, Or Orwellian Despotism?

By | January 16, 2004

More on the story about The Sims Online and the seedy goings on in Alphaville. The Independent’s Andrew Gumbel writes about the case, saying the expulsion of academic Peter Ludlow from the game “was only the beginning of a fascinating new phase”. Since then, he says, “Electronic Arts, through its online game controller, Maxis, has been cracking down… Read More »