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Graphical fun with computers and on the Internet

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Second Life

Second Life

The main Second Life pages of this site.

Second Life

 

Other 3D Virtual Worlds

The following site has a great illustrated list of other 3D Virtual Worlds.

ArianeB

 

Relevant Internet Links

Links especially useful for internet communications.

The Urban Dictionary (slang)

Online Slang Dictionary

Netlingo - Acronyms

Netlingo - Smileys

Internet Slang

The Oxford English Dictionary - free online version.

Picnik - free online picture editing.

Minus - free online file sharing.

 

Relevant Computer Links

Choice of video card (also called graphics card).

For ordinary computing a specialist video card is not likely to be needed, but for the great graphics demands of games, a video card is a big advantage. Such a card may also be called a graphics card. The effect of using a video card in Secondlife is to make it possible to select a higher quality of vision rendering, and allow it to be displayed without excessive delay. The card therefore improves the quality of the screen images, and makes them appear quicker. It has little or no effect on the ability to 'move about' in the virtual world.

It seems that a medium-priced graphics card will still give a huge improvement over the basic main board graphics, and is adequate for most purposes. For comparison purposes, using a 3Ghz P4 with 1GB ram I have tried two different cards covering the two brand leaders, Nvidia and ATI Radeon, and with memory sizes of 500MB and 1GB. These were Nvidia Geforce 9300GE, and a Radeon HD 5670 (which cost 50). Both of these give perfectly acceptable results with Second Life and any shortcomings in performance are likely to be due to other factors, especially the broadband speed.

The following site gives a clear comparison of the many cards available without the need for too much technical knowledge.

www.videocardbenchmark.net

The following site gives much more detailed technical specifications.

www.gpureview.com

 

 


Freecell

Well Freecell has been around a long time and is nothing to do with the Internet, but there is a lot of interest on the Internet about it. It is a great game because it offers just the right amount of challenge, which of course varies from game to game. I find it interesting that this is achieved automatically as an inherent part of the game. Nothing is contrived in setting up any particular game, and the game remains interesting and challenging throughout its duration. There is a big difference between this and, say, Sudoku for example. Sudoku games are contrived and the difficulty of the game is defined by the game's creator.

It is said that every game can be solved, but as I understand it, that assertion has not been proved mathematically.

Freecell game 1941

This page gives the solutions to the most difficult Freecell games in the range 1 to 2000, based on various lists on the web, and my own experience. The solutions can be regarded as hints, but actually show a crucial intermediate screenshot in the solution which will guide the player to a place where the remaining moves can be found.

Freecell

The main Freecell page of this site.

Freecell

 


Spider Solitaire

The problems with Spider Solitaire are very different from Freecell, particularly because the games are not numbered. This page begins by addressing the whole problem of how to save and retrieve different games.

Spider Solitaire example game from XP

Spider Solitaire

The main Spider Solitaire page of this site.

Spider Solitaire

 


Music

This site is mainly about graphics, but I cannot resist including some of my favourite music here. I have reservations about supporting material which is a blatant breach of copyright, but I suppose Youtube is a reasonable compromise because viewing a music video is not as bad as downloading an MP3 file illegally.

This stuff is just TOO GOOD to keep quiet about!

Devil in his Heart - The Donays

Original recording, mono. With video of the disc playing.
Videos like this make me laugh but I can see the fun in it. It is much less of a breach of copyright and rather like taking an oblique photo of a copyright painting.

Original recording. Stereo Better sound, but only a single still of the record label.

Wishin' and Hopin'

Dusty Springfield, colour art stills. Original recording. Tasteful.

Merseybeats, with stills. Seems like the original recording. Another exists too.

Dusty and the Merseybeats, B&W video. What is this?

I close my eyes and count to ten - Dusty Springfield

Real performance. B&W. Video and looks like a true performance.

Awesome real performance. Colour. Video and certainly a true live performance.

Mimed but with colour video. An elegant pop video mimed to the original recording.

You're My World - Cilla Black

B&W video, mimed. Although mimed to the original recording it is an dramatic performance. You feel confident she could have easily done this live if the backing was provided.

Young Love - Donny Osmond

Colour video, mimed.

Morning Side of the Mountain - Donny and Marie Osmond

Colour video, mimed.

Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar - Duane Eddy and the Rebelettes

Top of the Pops video.

7-Teen - The Regents

Top of the Pops video, mimed.

 

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