Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This November, the Xbox 360 will turn three. So far, it’s been a profitable and successful system for Microsoft, capturing the attention of developers, snatching exclusives away from the PlayStation 3 and gaining lots of street cred from hardcore gamers.
But in spite of this success, Microsoft has chosen to make an aggressive, totally unprecedented step. They’re completely overhauling the Xbox 360 firmware with a free update called the New Xbox Experience (NXE) that hits consoles on November 19th. Functionally, it's hiding at least one killer app. Visually, it’s a bigger jump than Windows XP to Windows Vista. Given that NXE is a mandatory update for anyone on Xbox Live, it's a good thing we really, really liked it.
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
FormatFactory is a multifunctional media converter.
Provides functions below:
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3//WMA/MMF/AMR/OGG/M4A/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/....
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Source files support RMVB.
1 support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
2 Repair damaged video and audio file.
3 Reducing Multimedia file size.
4 Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
5 Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
6 DVD Ripper.
7 Supports 35 languages
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Twice a year, between the months of February and March, the Atlantic Ocean waters roll up the Amazon river, in Brazil, generating the longest wave on the Earth. The phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, is caused by the tides of the Atlantic Ocean which meet the mouth of the river. This tidal bore generates waves up to 12 feet high which can last for over half an hour.
The name "Pororoca" comes from the indigenous Tupi language, where it translates into "great destructive noise". The wave can be heard about 30 minutes before its arrival, and it's so powerful that it can destroy anything, including trees, local houses and all kind of animals.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Picasa : Picasa 3 feature overviewPrint
To get you started on the upgrade from Picasa 2.7 to Picasa 3, we've provided a detailed run-down of what's new and what's changed. This page explains the basics, but you'll need to get your hands dirty to really appreciate the changes. Click the links below to learn more about each feature.
Download the Picasa 3 beta at http://picasa.google.com. To get additional support or to give feedback for this beta release, please visit our Picasa Help Group to find answers from our most knowledgeable users and the Google Guide.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Why do women have such trouble sleeping? The reasons are as numerous as the passel of pills on the market: anxiety, depression, chronic illness, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, everyday exhaustion...the list goes on and on. No wonder so many sleep aids are available.
But sleeping pills, while often quite helpful, are largely misunderstood. Many stop working after a few hours, for instance, and most should never be mixed with other meds. So if you take one of these drugs now—or plan to in the future—there are important questions you need to ask. Here, the answers.
One strategy was to use endorsements by healthy and vigorous appearing singers, Hollywood stars, and elite athletes. Another was to raise fears over weight gain: "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet."Among the more reprehensible tactics was the utilization of the image of the noble and caring physician to sell cigarettes: Doctors were depicted both as satisfied and enthusiastic partakers of the smoking habit ("More Doctors Smoke Camels"). Images of medical men (and a few token women) appeared under soothing reassurances of the safety of smoking. Liberal use was also made of pseudo-scientific medical reports and surveys.
Our intention is to tell—principally through advertising images—the story of how, between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, tobacco companies used deceptive and often patently false claims in an effort to reassure the public of the safety of their products.
On first impression, most viewers will find these images outrageous, humorous, and so blatantly false as to trigger incredulity. But tobacco industry ad men also excelled in creative genius and had high levels of artistic skill. The best talent money could buy was recruited for this effort. Tobacco advertisers faced a daunting challenge: How do you sell a product which shortens the life of the user by an average of about 8 years? In 2003, the tobacco companies brought to this task a war chest of over $15 billion in advertising in the U.S. alone. Constrained by governmental regulation and fears of litigation, tobacco marketing strategies have evolved over time from the (now) transparent hucksterism of the 1920-1950 era. Companies invest enormous resources into crafting clever and highly sophisticated devices to get their message across (witness Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man). The take home point is that little has changed from then to now, save for the subtlety of the methods employed.
Only occasional patches of color, not fully developed. The predominant color is still green
Some clearly defined color changes can be seen, but they are not yet at their brightest. About three fourths of the foliage is still in green
As much as half the vegetation has changed color. In the earlier changing trees, the colors are bright. Late-changing trees remain primarily green
Most trees are in full color. Deep reds and bright yellows prevail. Very little green vegetation remains. A few trees have yet to reach peak, but are showing very bright, well developed colors. These trees will peak very quickly
Brightness and depth of color have begun to fade. Leaf drop has begun and will accelerate from this point
Midwestern states and those in southerly climes have Sassafras, Sumac, Virginia Creeper, Dogwood, Blackgum and a few others. While these will generally make the change earlier than hardwoods, they may not turn as early as in northern states because of the latitude.
The mountain states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, California, and to an extent Arizona and New Mexico, have Aspen and Birch, which produce bright yellows, particularly at higher elevations. In these states there can often be simultaneous areas from low to peak, depending on elevation.
Throughout September and October, one strong rain or snowstorm in any of the northern tier or mountain states can bring a sudden end to the foliage season.
Color change occurs when a tree enters dormancy, which is caused by photosynthesis as days shorten. Food in the upper portion of the tree travels to the roots, leaving visible pigment, which was present during the summer but covered by chlorophyll.
Drought tolerance plays a role. Hardwoods such as maples (red and orange), hickory (golden yellow) and Oak (bronze and rust) have greater tolerance and turn later. Birch, Dogwood, Poplar and other softer woods are fewer droughts tolerant and turn earlier
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Here's the scenario: It's Friday night, and what began as an innocent happy-hour margarita morphed into a few pitchers. After all, those tacos were salty.
Bidding friends adieu, you jump in a cab, head home and decide a quick e-mail check is in order. And there it is: a message from your ex. Or your boss. Or that friend you're secretly mad at.
If you're the kind of person who types tipsy and regrets it in the morning, Google's "Mail Goggles," a new test-phase feature in the free Gmail service, might save you some angst.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Shocking pictures of throat cancer and rotting teeth are to appear on cigarette packets from today to illustrate the health risks of smoking.
Among the other images smokers will see are rotting lungs, a corpse in a morgue and a body cut open during surgery.
The photos will appear on the back of packets accompanied by a written health warning.Currently graphic images are now used on tobacco products sold in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Venezuela, Thailand and Uruguay.