Pneumonia almost stopped my lungs but Su-Doku Puzzles keptWritten by Rayzee
There is nothing like an "enforced rest" to make one re-evaluate one's life. Lying in a hospital bed with nothing to do except crosswords can be tedious. Then my wife brought me two Su-Doku puzzles from Times Newspaper...my life changed!
I became so engrossed in these extra-ordinary puzzles that time just flew by me. They are so addictive they ought to carry a Health Warning. I planned to make these puzzles available to Internet community just as soon as I got home.
Guess what? My Doctor forbade me to return to work for four weeks. Bliss!
So, an "enforced rest" enabled me to build a web-site devoted entirely to Su-Doku. I felt a Monthly Su-Doku Puzzle Magazine would be 'just what Doctor ordered', and I was right.
Why Do Music Lovers Still Prefer to Buy Records?Written by Charles Essmeier
In late 1940’s, 45-RPM record replaced 78-RPM record. The 45 was smaller, less breakable and could be made and sold more cheaply. Despite these advantages, it took ten years before 78 became obsolete, and in meantime, record companies sold their product in both formats. In 1982, major record companies introduced compact disc, which offered a smaller size, “perfect” sound, and less likelihood of damage in day to day use. As compact disc offered a much larger profit margin than did long-play record album (LP) record companies were eager to rid store shelves of records once and for all. Given that 78 lasted ten years after introduction of 45, it seemed likely that LP would be gone from market by 1990. The expected disappearance of LP never happened. Despite efforts of music industry, music fans and collectors not only continue to buy records today, but sales of records and record-playing equipment are on rise.
Each year in January, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held in Las Vegas. At this event, audio and video manufacturers show off latest and greatest in their product lines. An unusual sight this year was not large number of cutting-edge compact disc players, but largest number of record turntables that had been seen at event in years! Sales of both new and used records are hot, and equipment manufacturers are eager to reintroduce turntables they quit making years ago. Why are record sales increasing when compact discs are supposed to provide perfect sound in an unbreakable format? There are several