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Archive for April, 2009

Listen to Music With Lyrics

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Listening to music while reading the lyrics can be really enjoyable; and that is the idea behind programs like MiniLyrics. Most programs of this type allow you to display lyrics in the most popular media players such as Winamp, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, MediaMonkey, iTunes, MUSICMATCH Jukebox, and a few others. You can use most programs indefinitely without paying anything, because many of them are freeware. Some of them will also give you a choice of skins to customize your experience. What is really attractive about such programs is that there exist huge lyrics databases that consist of lyrics of both local and international songs. Because of that it should be possible to find lyrics for any popular song.

Player vs. Player Combat

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

If a MMO allows any form of player versus player combat, it is either world PvP where players are encouraged to look for their opponents on the world map in order to defeat them, or instanced scenarios like battlegrounds in World of Warcraft. Many players like both types of PvP, as both of them have something to offer. Those who prefer world PvP say that they like it more because they enjoy the fact that they opponents do not expect that they will get attacked, which in turn results in more fun. On the other hand, an instanced PvP is a lot of fun too in the opinion of some players. You get to see other players as you go together to face a group of enemies in battle. Cooperation here is essential, and you do not have to worry that you will be left alone. You have your allies all around you who are always willing to help and everybody has a certain role to fulfill.
Anyway, does winning against other players is a matter of luck? Luck plays some role in games, but I believe that it is not as important factor, as some would like to make you believe. If we take a look at multiplayer first-person shooter games like Counter Strike you might encounter people which will tell you that you are winning because you got lucky, but I just want to say that from a statistical viewpoint that is not the case if you are winning on a regular basis. Of course, you may have a better or worse day, but if you look at your win/loss average after a month or so of playing, the results are able to quite clearly judge how good player you are in reality. The key is to look at long term results and it is also quite satisfying to see your progress.

Trojans in MP3 Files

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Did you ever realize that your mp3 files can in reality be Trojans? It seems that Adware creators found a way to create fake mp3 files which would in reality be Trojans. So far hundreds of thousands of such files were downloaded to computers all around the world. This is a real threat so make sure you take some precautions.
When you open such a fake file it redirects you to a browser page, and asks to install a “media player” to help you play the mp3 file. Of course once you run it, you will realize that it is not a music file. Fortunately, there might be a way to spot a fake file just by looking at the size of it. Generally single track mp3 files should be around 1MB-10MB . If the file you downloaded has, for example, 50KB you can be sure that it is fake. Having said that, I am sure that the people behind this Trojan can find a way to artificially inflate the size of the file. You have to be careful on the Internet, and only download programs and song tracks from trusted websites. Otherwise, the data on your computer might get compromised, and you will have to worry about dangerous spyware and viruses.

Sentry Bots in the Army

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Last year the army ordered sentry bots which look like cars. In a sense, they are like cars with machine guns, but what is really special about them is that they do not need a driver or anyone else to be inside the vehicle. This will make military missions a lot easier and implementing such machines on a massive scale would mean no risk of casualties. Those robots are called “Mobile Detection and Assessment and Response System” and their speed is up to 20 MPH and can run without refueling for 16 hours and this would allow plenty of time to do whatever the machine would be assigned to. Humans on the other hand, would have difficulties to go without eating and drinking for sixteen hours and still be at peak efficiency.

Speakers

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Do you enjoy listening to music like millions of other people do? Some people listen to a lot of music, and they like it very loud. One of the things that could bother such people is the quality of speakers they have. That is because the quality of sound is very important. The better it is, the bigger satisfaction they can have from listening to music. Usually the better the speakers, the more money they are going to cost, and the more space they are going to take. If this is not a problem for you, and you value the quality of the sound coming from your speakers, then you might start thinking about buying some high quality speakers. You do not have to make up your mind immediately, but you may want to think about it. You should check out whether you are going to have enough space for larger speakers, especially if you have a small room. Take into account that there are various brands of speakers and some of them are more reliable than others. When it comes to computer speakers Cambridge Soundworks, Logitech, and Klipsch seem to be the best in overall performance. Out of the ones I mentioned Klipsch might be the best, but they are usually quite expensive.