You’re racing along in your flashy new Ferrari Spider, nearing 200 miles per hour. The road ahead leads up a hill — but what a hill! It’s a perfect 45-degree angle! Unable to stop and ponder this geological oddity, you fly on up it, and over the top, sailing spectacularly through the air. And then immediately afterward comes an enormous loop-the-loop! You race up it, too, lose control at the top, spin off, tumble through the air, and land inexplicably intact — only to crash into a brick wall half a second later. This, my friends, is the world of Ultimate Stunts.
Archive for June, 2008
If you’re anything like me, you probably find it quite easy to entirely forget things that you’re supposed to do in a day — particularly if your obligations take place in real life, and you’re using the computer. Perhaps you have a dentist’s appointment this afternoon, and just as you’re heading out the door to your doom, you decide to check your email one last time. Now it turns out one of your friends sent you a link to icanhascheezburger.com, and, whether intentionally or by accidental mouse reflexes, you click it. A little later you look at the clock — and realize you’ve just spent two hours looking at pictures of cute cats with hilarious captions, and completely missed your appointment. Considering the nature of the appointment, you might not be too chagrined; but another such incident could be disastrous.
Something must be done about this. You need some way to automatically remind yourself when things need to be done. And KAlarm fills the bill nicely.
Once upon a time, nearly all computers came with a copy of the BASIC language. In fact, Micro-Soft’s first product was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. The BASIC language was thousands of people’s introduction to programming. It was the perfect tool for the speedy development of simple programs.
But then came the age of the graphical interface, and something new was required. The variant of BASIC that rose to the forefront was Microsoft’s Visual Basic, a language still popular today. It has, however, two major drawbacks: Visual Basic costs money, and it only works with Windows. Three, actually, if you count its great bugginess.
Happily, for freedom-loving Linux users like us, there’s an excellent alternative: Gambas.
There will undoubtedly come a time in your life when it becomes necessary for you to have a look at a .chm file — a Microsoft Windows compiled HTML help document. It’s happened to me multiple times. Nearly all Windows programs use the chm format for their documentation, and some eBooks are chm, too.
But these are Windows help files. What to do if you exclusively run Linux? . . . Fire up KchmViewer!