Explore the Earth from HomeWritten by Jesse S. Somer
What the!!?? Google Earth? Has a company taken over our world? No, just mapped it out for you to look at.
I was over at a friendís house other day and on his computer he showed me his own house as viewed by a satellite in Earthís orbit. It was awesome. The screen started out looking at our great blue planet, then he typed in his houseís address (he had programmed it in, as only USA, UK, and Canada have ability to find an address automatically so far) and planet turned to our country. Then it zoomed in further and further until we could see roof of his house! My genetic father (mother has been married thrice) lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, so I typed in his address, world shifted around, zoomed in, and all of a sudden I could see roof of his house, swimming pool in backyard, driveway and street, trees etc. It was a real mind-blower. One of best things about www.google.earth.com is that we can now look at real photographs of any part of world: pyramids in Egypt, Shanghai city, beaches in Jamaica, you can go and look at any place on globe. All you need to do is point and click your computerís mouse on any spot (address unnecessary), and itís free.
I eventually found my own house (it will be much easier when whole world has been mapped by street names on free downloadable version) and I think that 20$ version has a GPS (Global positioning system) which must make finding things a lot easier. You can also get directions to local areas such as restaurants, parks, hospitals, schools and hotels. The idea is to combine Googleís search abilities with imagery and mapping and I think it has great ramifications for future of location information. You can then save and share your location searches with your friends and colleagues as well as adding your own data, as in my friendís case. Google Earthís users have already saved thousands of personal data points for you to look at and add to: EG: Show people where your business is located.
Do You Have Dead Pixels?Written by Lynn Chan
Take a good look at your notebook computer screen. Do you find some tiny dark spots? You could have dead pixels. One of most expensive parts of your notebook computer is LCD screen.
LCD's are highly sensitive and any amount of pressure, touching or handling may damage it. As such, dead pixels aren't an uncommon thing. Apparently, some degree of dead pixels is to be expected. Still if you have a lot of them, it would be classified as a defective screen. So, how do you determine if you have dead pixels?
Before we go there, make sure it's not just dust. Clean your screen first. The best way to do that is to use a soft cotton cloth - no rags or paper towel as they can scratch your screen easily. Moisten cloth with plain old water and wipe screen gently.
Side note: I've also tried maintaining my screen dust free with a Swiffer Duster. These are inexpensive, very soft and they pick up dirt not just re-distribute it. It has worked well. Of course, this will not take care of smudges or dried on dirt. So you'll still have to use cotton cloth and water combo sometimes.
Once you've cleaned it, you can run a quick check with a free software called Dead Pixel Buddy. It's basically a very simple file that will rotate your screen through all basic colors. This way you can tell if a pixel on your screen is not displaying properly. One tip, you might want to get a help of a friend. Two sets of eyes are better than one especially since pixels tend to be miniscule.