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  • The Pittsburgh Left
    right from the other direction In Pittsburgh this is still technically the law as far as I know I m new here but there seems to be a universal exception the first car intending to turn left will always jump the gun and go as soon as the light turns green regardless of whether there s opposing traffic going straight or right The first car in the opposing lane is

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/61 (2016-04-30)
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  • Where is the PDA market going?
    and play games So what role does a PDA fill Address book More convenient to have it on your phone Calendar Most phones can do this too Even iPods can do it Games Phones have them They re not as fancy but they ll keep you occupied while you wait for the bus And personally I ve never been extremely impressed with PDA gaming It s great that my Axim can emulate a Super Nintendo but the directional pad button layout and feel of the buttons are horrendous for console gaming Who thought this was a good idea Email PDAs are still better at this But most people don t need to receive m ortgage and v i a g r a solicitations wherever they are Phone calls or even text messages allow you to quickly contact a friend Web browsing Phones and PDAs both suck equally The internet is not designed for devices with small screens and no keyboards There s some good mobile content out there but not nearly enough WAP and Pocket Internet Explorer both need to be killed slowly Portable music PDAs don t offer enough space to store a useful amount of music Even if you get a 150 memory card to add to your 300 PDA you still only get about 15 of the capacity of the 250 iPod Mini in a device that s twice as large Plus PDAs don t have very good sound quality even with headphones Portable video I have yet to find a good justification for portable video It s the kind of thing that people do on PDAs because they can not because it s particularly enjoyable I can t say that it s ever been a dream of mine to watch low resolution video on a 3

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/60 (2016-04-30)
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  • Jersey Girl
    touched upon occasionally While it achieved that well it didn t really do it any better than other movies have done And it completely lacked Kevin Smith s previous style in everything except the characters unusual names Ben Affleck played Ben Affleck nothing new there The big surprise was the serious emotional role of his father played by George Carlin That s right George Carlin acted in a serious emotional

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/59 (2016-04-30)
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  • Fingerprint Media Player
    susceptible to theft A cellular network is the only sensible option Well except for one small problem the RIAA and MPAA don t have any cellular networks Then there s the bandwidth issue music and video files are large Such a large amount of data would be a massive burden on existing cellular networks so it s unlikely that any of them would be willing to support this Then there s the fingerprint scan Have you ever used a fingerprint scanner They don t work very well and are far from secure People forced to use them often at work complain that they reject legitimate fingerprints daily Many online publications cite tricks that can fool them based on gelatin molds or Gummi Bears But more importantly there s the I think I m getting screwed here factor People will not react kindly to this biometric requirement to play music and videos that they have purchased through whatever service is built around the iVue Of course the RIAA and MPAA need not worry about the customer reaction They fail to consider a key question that every other business must answer when a product or service is launched Why would anyone buy this I certainly don t know With video playback cellular or WLAN and fingerprint scanning capabilities built in this won t be a cheap device After customers purchase the device they ll have to pay for the service on it as well I wouldn t rule out a pay per play scheme either if the industry has the technical ability to force this on people you can bet that they ll use it Using this device and its service will be expensive The market is already very competitive Why would people buy an expensive device with tight DRM restrictions when

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/58 (2016-04-30)
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  • Super Size Me
    secondary content fortunately is interesting and informative without just being common sense The movie is absolutely hilarious too the sad part is that we were laughing about how stupid we all are After seeing this I ll definitely do anything within reason to avoid fast food and soda and Sodexho in the future My only gripe with the movie was that his experiment was not scientifically sound he changed more

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/57 (2016-04-30)
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  • Entrepreneurs Unlimited
    best viewed at 1280 X 1024 Resolution a High Speed Internet Connection DSL Satellite or Cable and IE 6 or higher If you don t have this capability the pages images will load slowly and incorrectly It s always a good idea in web design to restrict your clients potential customers so that the website can be more extravagant Buckle your seat belt and get ready to view one of the most creative and unusual Web sites on the planet We appreciate your time and for visiting our little place in Cyber Space I m ready But I m not sure I agree with the unusual part I ve seen many pages like this on Geocities and Xoom Nice parallel structure error in that last sentence I took the risk and entered the site If your browser is slightly less than 1280 pixels wide the text in the upper right wraps to the next line on the left and you get the wonderful message Welcome to the world of 1983 I think this is appropriate for the site This page contains scrolling marquee text an animated GIF and one of FrontPage s default counters with a value of 10 621

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/55 (2016-04-30)
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  • Verizon Wireless
    both had employees that could answer every question I had And they answered them correctly I verified each answer with the other store and the internet The service was so good that I wrote appreciation letters to the stores and the main Customer Support office I ve never done that before It s rare to find educated salespeople and it s extremely unusual to find a company that seems to appreciate them The coverage has been excellent so far The phone LG VX4500 review coming after I use it for a while is all digital so it can t get service in some remote areas that only have old analog towers I have yet to locate any of these areas even along some very empty sections of interstates 79 and 90 Unfortunately my phone died last night less than a week after I bought it This was a great opportunity for Verizon to show how great their customer support really is I took it to the nearest Verizon store which wasn t the one I bought it in it wasn t even in the same state and showed it to an employee I had all of the receipts and packaging from the phone but she didn t want to see anything She took the phone in the back and returned a few minutes later with a brand new one She called the national support line to get them to transfer the number to the new phone since it was out of state and I left the store with the new phone working perfectly with full service only 10 minutes after I walked in That s excellent customer service I asked her what would happen if I needed service on the phone after the 15 day return period Because I m

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/54 (2016-04-30)
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  • Creative SoundBlaster MP3+ external sound device
    great Finally I can have a useful headphone port it cuts out the speakers when I plug in headphones without buying the overpriced LiveDrive or its various clones for the Audigy cards The sound quality as I expected is excellent Because it s external and only connects to the computer through USB the analogue components sit far from the electromagnetic noise inside the case This reduces background hissing making everything sound better It can also drive my big headphones to a pretty loud volume an impressive feat considering its only power source is the small voltage from the USB cable Unfortunately it s only two channel stereo but I don t need surround sound at the moment Creative s EAX Advanced HD reverb effects are supported but I can t tell any difference between this and the original EAX effects with the Live card It also supports real time hiss and pop reduction as well as time stretching but these only work if you re playing your music with Creative s awful program I refuse to install it so I didn t test these features The worst feature of the SoundBlaster MP3 is its status light On the top panel there s a little blue LED that stays solidly on when the unit is connected but blinks when sound is playing It s very annoying to see a blinking LED constantly especially in a dark room This annoyance fortunately can be eliminated with some black tape I was afraid of Creative s drivers because the Live drivers were painfully bloated and obnoxious The MP3 drivers were a pleasant surprise while they offered the ability to be bloated and obnoxious you could easily uncheck it in the menu The problem with this is that it s a niche device Most people

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/51 (2016-04-30)
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