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11-30-2000 This fun little Shockwave game is a good old-fashioned snowball fight. You control your stalwart team of three little troopers against increasing numbers of enemy snowball tossers. You can click and drag your guys to move 'em out of harms way, and hold and release the mouse button to throw. When someone gets tagged, they fall down, stunned, which sets them up for the killing blow. Just like you remember. The game starts out easy enough but it very quickly gets much more challenging.
11-29-2000 Free downloads for the computer! Free Fun and Games Don't forget to load up your gift PC with some games, desktop toys, and screensavers. Your giftee will love these not-entirely-useless downloads. Bubble Puzzle 97 (Conmeg),SETI@home 3.0 (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home),
11-28-2000 The Atari 2600 VCSp Story Somewhere in the Venn diagram intersection between old video games and spiffy new Palm Pilots lies the Atari 2600 VCSp -- the world's first fully portable Atari system. The site's enterprising host, Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a 25-year-old antique video game enthusiast, has cunningly crafted a completely operational Atari 2600 (home of such fabled games as Pitfall and Pac Man) that fits into the palm of your hand! Must be seen to be believed! Let's all shower Ben's site with hits of adulation.
11-27-2000 The DICT Development Group Looking for a swift and nifty online dictionary with an uncluttered interface and access to multiple definitions? Try DICT, a work in progress to "access dictionary definitions from a set of natural language dictionary databases." This means that it's now possible to simultaneously consult Webster's 1913 Revised Unabridged, WordNet's Lexical Database for English, the Jargon File, the CIA World Factbook, all from one easy, multi-functional search page.
11-24-2000 Surf Fast Few cyberlife experiences are more annoying than a slow-loading Web page. That's why we've rounded up a few performance tweaks and browsing tricks to get the fastest possible performance out of your browser. If you're working on a 14.4-kbps modem, however, we have one word for you: upgrade. Disable Animated GIFs Animated gifs may make your browsing experience seem more like TV, but they can also bring your browser to a virtual standstill. So, if you're sick of constant distractions and slow downloads, stop them from loading altogether. Head to Tools/Internet Options and click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Multimedia section, deselect the Play Animations option, and click OK. From now on, you'll see only the first frame of each animated GIF that loads. Cut Down on Multimedia Likewise, do away with bandwidth-eating streaming video and audio. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu and click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Multimedia segment and uncheck the boxes in front of Play Animations, Play Sounds, Play Video, and Show Pictures. To restore these settings, just recheck the boxes. To turn off Java, select Internet Options and the Security tab, then click the Custom Level button. Check the Disable box to turn off ActiveX Controls and Java applets, or check Prompt to have IE warn you when an applet tries to load.
11-23-2000 Are You Secure? Microsoft gets hacked. The Pentagon fends off nearly 2,000 Web attacks a month. And the same type of thing could happen to you. A malicious hacker can pinpoint your unprotected PC in seconds, especially if you have DSL or a cable Internet service. That's why you need a package like Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition. Internet Security hides your computer from crackers and regulates which applications are allowed to access the Net. But that's not all. This security app also keeps kids away from undesirable Web sites, supresses ads on Web pages, fends off viruses, and prevents private info from leaving your computer. Easy to use and a rock-solid defender, Internet Security is the best choice for anyone worried about break-ins. The good: Firewall hides your PC from hackers; includes first-rate Norton AntiVirus; blocks ads; keeps private data safe on your PC. The bad: Costs substantially more than a simple firewall; doesn't protect a network of PCs sharing a single Net connection; update costs $20 per year. The bottom line: This security tool suite is easy to configure and does a superb job at keeping hackers out of your PC. If you're on a budget, try the free ZoneAlarm; otherwise, this firewall is for you.
11-22-2000 Pentium 4 news!. PT Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Nov. 20 through Nov. 24. Computers powered by the Pentium 4 chip will debut Monday, just in time for the holiday season. The next generation in the Intel Pentium processor line, computers equipped with the Pentium 4 chip promise to be faster and better than those that came before them. But the computers are controversial because they will initially work only with relatively expensive Rambus memory. While a number of companies will release PCs for the business market, most Pentium 4 computers initially will be targeted at consumers. Dell Computer, Compaq Computer and Gateway are among the companies releasing consumer models.
11-21-2000 Lego Star Wars Trilogy The product of over 2,500 hours of monomaniacal determination, the Lego Star Wars Trilogy recreates 180 key scenes from the original series. Relive all of those magical moments through Lego-lensed glasses: the Tatooine races, the Hoth battles, the Ewok dances. You won't find any Millennium Falcon or Imperial Walker Lego sets in stores; these are all custom-made models. As your Japanese host S. Fujita proclaims, "I completed this project by myself without any support." Thank you, S. Fujita.
11-20-2000 BoondocksNet.com This site was created by historian and Mark Twain scholar Jim Zwick. It began in early 1995 as a page about Twain's writing on the U.S. expansionist war in the Philippines; since then, it has become an essential library of historical texts, articles, photographs, and political cartoons for the study of imperialism and anti-imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th century. Remarkable e-texts and related gems include: Arthur Conan Doyle's The Crime of the Congo, Hull House founder Jane Addams' The Long Road of Woman's Memory, and an interpretive archive of 3D stereoscopic photographs. And the title? Boondocks, which means rough country, is derived from the Tagalog word for mountain, and entered American English around the time of the Phillipine-American War.
11-16-2000 Shania Twain's new 2001 calendars are in stores. Fans can catch a sneak preview of the calendar at www.Shania.net.
11-15-2000 Popular Science: The Best of the Web The venerable editors of Popular Science have spoken -- these 50 sites are the top of the heap, the creme de la creme, the top guns of science sites. They divided their picks into 10 categories: visual science, science learning, health and medicine, the universe, inventions and labs, news and answers, earth and environment, moving science, high technology, and eclectic science. Naturally, we opted for eclectic science first, where we were delighted to find our old friend Sodaconstructor, as well as a great site on Bad Astronomy. Warning: the Scanning Electron Microscope may induce a serious attack of the creeps.
11-14-2000 Annie Oakley Foundation Here's a shrine to the real Annie Oakley (1866-1926), a legendary sharpshooter and performance artist from Ohio who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with her husband and partner Frank Butler, and who was never west of the Mississippi until she and Frank joined the circus in 1884. We discovered a fabulous collection of portraits (gosh, she looks good in a hat!), film footage of Annie's act shot by Thomas Edison in 1894, and images of ephemera, including playing cards that Annie shot full of holes.
11-13-2000 SPEEDING INSURANCE Tearing up a speeding ticket doesn't make it go away. So let the National Motorists' Association, www.motorists.org , pay for it instead. The group will pay for one ticket a year for members (membership is $29 a year), as long as you lose in court.
11-10-2000 Jump The Shark - Chronicling the Moments of When TV Shows go Downhill Q: What is jumping the shark? A: That particular moment when you realize your favorite television program is going downhill, and fast. Q: Okay, but why do they call it "jumping the shark"? A: The phrase refers to an episode of "Happy Days" when Fonzie actually jumps over a shark on his motorcycle. Q: How can I tell when a television program has jumped the shark? A: When the same character is played by a different actor. When a character "dies." When a child actor hits puberty. When someone gives birth. When someone gets married. When two love interests finally "do it." The list goes on. These are all desperate ploys, and they all augur imminent doom. No further questions, please.
11-9-2000 BLOCKHEADS On November 9th, 2000, an exciting array of music and entertainment memorabilia will auctioned by Good Rockin' Tonight. All 1,886 lots will be available for viewing, listening and bidding online at goodrockintonight.com beginning October 19th, 2000. The auction will close with a day of live telephone bidding November 9th, 2000. Auction highlights include Elvis Presley's 1971 Cadillac Sedan de Ville purchased for his own use and subsequently given to then-girlfriend Linda Thompson's parents as a gift; an amazing assortment of costumes and outfits stage-worn and autographed by such legendary Country music artists as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, and Barbara Mandrell, and Garth Brooks; Hank Williams, Senior's bowling shirt.
11-8-2000 UCLA Internet Report: Surveying the Digital Future This long-term study designed by the UCLA Center for Communication Policy aims to explore the evolution of the Internet and its effect on ordinary people. Funded by a collection of deep-pocketed interested players (such as Microsoft and AOL), it's an ambitious effort to understand all aspects of the digital revolution, the information economy, and communication technologies that haven't been invented yet. The first Internet Report examines and analyzes user behavior, issues such as privacy and children's safety, and the whole gamut of online activities -- email and instant messaging, shopping, reading news, researching products and purchases, and browsing for entertainment and information.
11-7-2000 Portraits of the Presidents, Presidential Haiku It's hard to imagine a time when elections were not televised and Americans voted for a chief executive without ever having seen a close-up photo or the colors of his tie. The National Portrait Gallery reminded us of this with their timely exhibition of presidential portraits and accompanying biographies. From Rembrandt Peale's iconic image of the Father of our Country to Elaine deKooning's dynamic, expressionistic take on JFK, it's a fascinating trip through American history. And once you're finished with the site, you'll be ready to appreciate the tender, funny, and often insightful collection of presidential haiku portraits from Bully TR to the short-lived William Henry Harrison.
11-6-2000 www.cyberrebate.com free stuff!!!! Buy the items and receive a cyber rebate. Some items end up being free. This site is perfect for the X-MAS shopping!
11-3-2000 Thinking about having your tounge pierced. Getting your tongue pierced can leave you with a lot more than a bad taste in your mouth, dentists say. Whether the piercing is at the tip or the middle of your tongue, the potential health risks are so extensive that the American Dental Association (ADA) has formally declared its opposition to the practice. READ MORE
11-2-2000 Having a party? Use the internet to make your invitations! mambo.com will allow you to customize your invitations with graphic and different fonts and for out-of-towners attach a map and directions.Sendomatic.com just like the name now say it backwords matic-o-send. Ok that didn't work but the site does. This site is really good when you want to add a picture of that little baby girl to your invite. Finally we have evite.com really simple, but you run the risk of being spammed from this site.
11-1-2000 MyVideoGames.com In the days following the momentous North American release of PlayStation 2, and this year's quieter introduction of the open-source Indrema console. MyVideoGames.com provides an intelligent antidote -- thoughtful, articulate gaming journalism that even a slow-wristed non-player can appreciate. In addition, the site offers an impressive array of games, culture, and community features for a diverse, multi-generational population of gamers.
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