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XP Game hacks

Just came across a couple of cheesy game hacks to the free games that come with any of the windows operating system. Now i understand how someone in my lab managed to have the lowest time for the advanced mode in minesweeper. Damn you slackers and hackers.

Anyway, here are the Game cheats 😉

FreeCell

Secret – Instant Win
Instructions – Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 during game play. Then you will be asked if you want to Abort, Retry or Ignore. Choose Abort, then move any card to instantly win.

Secret – Hidden Game Modes
Instructions – In the “Game” menu choose “Select Game”. Enter -1 or -2 to activate the hidden game modes.

Minesweeper

Secret – Reveal Mines
Instructions – Minimize or close all running applications. Launch Minesweeper, then type xyzzy. Next hold down either shift key for one second. Now when you move the mouse cursor over a Minesweeper square you will see a tiny white pixel in the top left corner of your desktop screen. This pixel will change to black when your mouse moves over a mine. You may need to change you desktop background to a solid color other then white or black to see the pixel.

Pinball

Secret – Extra Balls
Instructions – Type 1max at the start of a new ball to get extra balls.

Secret – Gravity Well
Instructions – Type gmax at the start of a new game to activate the Gravity Well.

Secret – Instant Promotion
Instructions – Type rmax at the start of a new game to go up in ranks.

Secret – Skill Shot
Instructions – Launch the ball partially up the chute past the third yellow light bar so it falls back down to get 75,000 points. There are six yellow light bars that are worth a varying amount of points:

First: 15,000 points
Second: 30,000 points
Third: 75,000 points
Fourth: 30,000 points
Fifth: 15,000 points
Sixth: 7,500 points

Secret – Test Mode
Instructions – Type hidden test at the start of a new ball to activate Test Mode. No notification will be given that this is activated but you can now left-click the mouse button and drag the ball around.

Secret – Unlimited Balls
Instructions – Type bmax at the start of a new ball. No notification will be given that this is activated but when a ball is lost a new ball will appear from the yellow wormhole indefinitely. Once this is activated you will be unable to activate other secrets without restarting the game.

Solitaire

Secret – Instant Win
Instructions – Press Alt + Shift + 2 during game play to instantly win.

Secret – Draw single cards in a Draw Three game
Instructions – Hold down CTRL + ALT + SHIFT while drawing a new card. Instead of drawing three cards you will only draw one.

— And there you have it. The info is not worth a dime but maybe you could use it to impress the nerdy girlfriend of yours !

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Take a leap into hyperspace

Before i begin, this article has a lot of physics concepts in it. If physics is not your cup of cake, go ahead and read my other posts ! 

Now, did the title catch your eye ?! It sure did that to me. I went ahead and read the article over at NS and was amazed at what i saw there. The article details about an unknown scientist’s work in Germany about an attempt to make a GUT(Grand Unification Theory) which ended up opening new realms to explore and exploit.

Hyperspace is a concept which will enable a spacecraft to reach Mars in less than 3 hours and a star 11 light years away in only 80 days. Now that, is abstract physics at its best :)

If you are interested, go ahead and read the article. If not comprehensible, it sure is a nice read that reminds me of ‘Star Trek’.

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The All-In-One Card

I just read about a ‘All-in-One’ card which is so frickin cool. Here are some excerpts from the post.

This card would make mp3 players like iPod history and most PDA’s and cell phones look bulky and old. It is called “All-in-One Card” or AIO Card” (or Advanced Input Output Card) It has almost everything you need in a modern gadget and more.

AIO card is a thin client. It is like a remote display on a card over wireless. It means all its processing, and storage remains on a powerful server. It uses the same thin client technology found in Sun Rays. It only needs a small processor that does nothing but send the touch and other inputs to a server, and the server sends the display and sound back. Since all the storage is on a server, it gives you virtually unlimited storage for your data, pictures and songs. (unlikes iPods and mp3 players which have a limited memory)

— I think the idea is bloody cool and i might very definitely get one of these, if they become ubiquitous in the market. But then again, thinking about the current technological development, i am not really sure if such an advancement will ‘lift off’ from the ground. You need a strong wifi, a good bluetooth network, a stable server and a lot more to make this feasible, which make most of the comments in the post sensible. Amongst all these odds, if this guy’s idea does work, then Kudos to him and hello ‘All-in-One’ card !

The Hitchhiker’s Guide : Why 42 ?

(Mark J Cherkas) wrote: 

>I am new to this group so bear with this beginners question: Why is the answer 42 ?
>Has Douglas Adams ever explained this ?
The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.
Best,
Douglas Adams
London, UK | d@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant)
Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada@nic.cerf.net (current) 

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— I definitely expected a more philosophical reason behind ’42’ rather than such downright chance. Dissapointing as it is, i believe the illusion of chance in such a mindblowing fictional episode has something more to it. Maybe we will need a bigger ‘Deep Blue’ to crack that cookie 😉

NewScientist’s top 10 stories of 2005

1. 13 things that do not make sense

Our most clicked story of 2005. The placebo effect, cold fusion, dark energy, the “wow” signal and bizarre homeopathy results – these were just a few of the mysteries that fascinated you.

2. Pentagon reveals rejected chemical weapons

The chemical “sex-bomb” designed to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to each other, thus destroying an enemy’s morale.

3. 11 steps to a better brain

Like a personal trainer for the brain, without the strain. We expect the IQ of our readers to be much greater now than at the start of 2005.

4. US military sets laser PHASRs to stun

The PHASR is an impressive looking beast, larger than Captain Kirk’s trusted phaser, but the risk of blinding innocent bystanders shrouded this prototype weapon in controversy.

5. Details of US microwave-weapon tests revealed

The US military raised temperatures further in 2005 by trying their new microwave weapons on a test crowd – with mixed results.

6. Failing ocean current raises fears of mini ice age

In a year dominated by climate-change fear and greenhouse gas emissions targets, the news of a 30% reduction in the warm currents that carry water north from the Gulf Stream sounded a loud note of alarm.

7. Antarctic ice sheet is an ‘awakened giant’

A slumbering giant, the massive west Antarctic ice sheet, previously assumed to be stable, started to collapse noticeably in 2005, adding extra heat to the climate debate.

8. Bionic suit offers wearers super-strength

Many kids dream of growing into a bionic adult, able to perform superhuman deeds. This dream moved one mechanical step closer to reality this year.

9. Out-of-this-world sex could jeopardise missions

Sex and romantic entanglements among astronauts could derail missions to Mars, said a top-level panel of US researchers. Their recommendation for NASA – more study of the issue.

10. Centrifugal weapon could deliver stealth firepower

Another weapon, this time a gun that spits out ball bearings after spinning them to extreme speeds – and there’s a video of the beast in action.

— My 2 cents : Do not miss to read each of the stories. All of them are very interesting. After all, they did make it to the top 10 stories of the year !

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Student Finds a Stolen Thesis by Thinking Like a Thief

A very scary article that i just read. Not so much of atmost importance but something of relevance to what i am doing right now. In simple words, the moral of this story is ‘Backup all your data : For better or worse’. Now here are some excerpts.

When Linda Cerniglia went back to school, it took her almost seven years to get through all the prerequisites, the labs, the research. And it took a thief just moments to grab her purse, with the only copy of her master’s thesis stored on a tiny jump drive inside.

If i were her, i’ve got no idea what mental state i would have reached. Either i would have become zen or gone crazy. Both are quite a possibility. hmm.

There’s just one more sentence in the article that caught my eye, that even hit me like a bullet, in the face. The sheer truth, as experienced by a fellow thesis writer :

“It was so painful,” she said. “I would rather go outside and dig a hole all day long than write.”

Hopefully, i would not end up in a situation like this. As of now, i have 6 different copies of different versions all over the place – from my home comp to work comp, my usb to a backup in my site. Unless, all the electronics fail together, i wouldn’t have to rewrite my thesis from scratch again. This is a lesson i wont forget.

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Happy new year !

To all my readers, wherever they are, whoever you are, a very happy and a prosperous new year to you and everyone else you know.

Like always, i do not have any new year resolutions or any such crap but i do plan to help more people this year, in as many ways as possible. No. This is not a “flash of a moment” kind of thought but something i want to do and keep doing as long as i can.

And so another year begins …