Welcome to the 485th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news highlights and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is
your first issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me
two or three issues, I know that you will come back for more!
It seems that the Christmas holidays and New Year's Eve were just the other
day, and here we are at the end of January already. My grandmother (my "Nanny")
turned 91 today. She's doing very well for her age, and gets around fine. Recently
my 3-year-old son got out of the bath and said, "Look at my hands Mom.
I'm all wrinkly like Nanny." :-)
One of my tips below is about playing classic Nintendo games online. Let me
tell you that this is a bad thing to find when you are on vacation with little
to do. I've played Tetris and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out quite a bit!
We got our mini-van on Friday. Our other van was falling apart it needed so
much body work, so it is obviously much safer, and it isn't as embarrassing
to drive around. It is a 2004 Montana and Lisa loves it!
The lab rat of the future may have no whiskers and no tail -- and might
not even be a rat at all.
With a European ban looming on animal testing for cosmetics, companies are
giving a hard look at high-tech alternatives like the small, rectangular
glass chip professor Jonathan Dordick holds up to the light in his lab at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
10 Gigabit Ethernet secures border at Niagara Falls
When visiting Niagara Falls, chances are you're too enthralled by the beauty
and power of the cataract to think of anything else.
Until you cross the U.S./Canada border -- then you have to think about the
interrogation from customs agents and the video cameras locked in on your
vehicle. Or maybe you're thinking of the technology behind that border-crossing
Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet are the foundation of a converged network
operated by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC), a joint U.S. and
Canadian agency that oversees three border crossings spanning the Niagara
River between western New York State and southern Ontario.
Trying to convince the public that downloading a song is akin to stealing
a chocolate bar hasn't helped the music industry curb piracy. Now it wants
Internet service providers to act as content gatekeepers and to start unplugging
customers suspected of swapping copyrighted music files.
Though I try to keep close tabs on my family, it's sometimes hard to know
exactly where they are when. For example, when my daughter is on a play date
or school trip, or my husband is traveling for work. For those who find moments
like these unsettling, there are a growing number of services and devices
that use satellite GPS signals and wireless networks to track the exact locations
of your loved ones more closely. Many of these products are being integrated
with cell phones, while others are stand-alone tracking devices.
The average computer user probably isn't familiar with vector
graphics. These sorts of graphics are generally created in programs
like Adobe Illustrator. The various lines, curves, and shapes are actually
mathematical equations. What this means is that when you open the image
in a program that reads vector graphics, you can enlarge it as much as
you want. In "regular" images, the images get pixelated (fuzzy/blurry).
This doesn't happen with vector graphics. The most common use for these
sorts of graphics is with logos.
I've only ever owned one video game console system and that was the original
Nintendo (NES) system. I didn't have very many games, but I loved playing
Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. Several years ago I learned
about emulators. I'm not sure exactly how this works, but essentially emulators
are software that duplicates the game environment so it can be played in
I had forgotten about emulators until the other day when I was looking for
a game online. I was expecting to find a Flash version of the game, but came
across an emulator from NESCafe Web.
As I looked into this further, there are loads of games now available online.
They use Java to power them and they are exactly the same as the originals.
To find a game, I'd suggest searching for the name of the game and NEScafe
(for instance, searching for Tetris would require you to search for "tetris
NEScafe" without the quotes).
If you are interested, here are the links I found to my favourite games:
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