Archive for April, 2009
Gmail’s post today PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing – more cool stuff added…
The TIFF viewer shows all pages in the case of multi pages faxes sent/received as TIFF, and you open as PDF so you can print it, and I guess you could also save it as a PDF (I’ll ahve to try that).
New features include “View as Slideshow”, zooming in/out, selection/copy/pasting text, print to PDF, and you no longer need to have the Flash plugin installed.
Read Gmail’s PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing post for more details
At this point according to Joystiq.com Assassin’s Creed 2 is slated for release at the end of 2009. Below are some Youtube videos and the Official Assassin’s Creed 2 website as well, which currently shows a video trailer.
I use one of my Gmail accounts for church, family and work. Now when I send an email, thanks to Gmail’s new Suggest More Recipients feature I’ll get a reminder in case there are other people in one of those group I normally email. Even in my work only Gmail account (yes, I have 2 Gmail accounts) I have at least 2 groups of people I normally email, so I can’t wait to see how this new feature helps out!
Also new in Gmail labs Sender time zone… pretty cool?
One of the great things I love about Gmail updates, additions and improvements is that you don’t have to download them! Many you simply activate through Gmail Labs.
So, is this new feature cool? Well, yes. I might actually never use it, but it is cool and active in my personal Gmail account. So now, if I get an email about someone who just graduated and says they can catapult my rating in Google from the comfort of their home and include the person includes contact information I can wait until after they should be sleeping and call and tell them I don’t require his services.
What? You’ve never gotten an email like that? Oh, me neither since I use Gmail!!
Usually when Gmail introduces a new feature I’m thinking that I’d never thought of that, how cool. However, with Inserting images in Gmail I’m wondering how the heck I overlooked it… oh yeah, I didn’t. I just got used to it. Inserting images into Gmail is one of those things that should have been rolled out a long time ago.
Tom Clancys: EndWar UbiDays 07 Trailer
Man I love the Internet – sometimes you hit a treasure trove of useful info… here’s such a cache of tips & hints for Tom Clancy’s EndWar straight from the developers… My edits and changes are in [brackets] below.
Developer’s Top 10 Tips
Study The Battlefield
Open battlefield without much cover favors heavy armor. Urban battlefields favor infantry.
Stay Out of the Enemy’s Line of Sight
The enemy only knows your unit’s locations if they are within line of sight or securing an uplink. Stay hidden and stay alive.
Know Your Prey
Each unit type is strong against some enemies and week against others. Choose your fights wisely and retreat from fights you can’t win.
Combined Arms Tactics
Use the combat chain to create hard-to-kill groups; for example, give your artillery anti-air defense with transport.
Special Paper Beats Scissors
Don’t waste [powerful] secondary attacks on prey you will defeat [easily, instead] use them to turn the combat chain around against predators.
Get your infantry in cover or garrison them in buildings to receive both defense and attack bonuses.
Units standing still in the enemy’s line of sight are sitting targets for artillery or off-map support.
Phone A Friend
Uplinks are a valuable resource. The more uplinks you [use to upgrade one support] the more powerful it will be.
Reserves in Depth
You don’t have to call reinforcements [as] soon as you have enough command points. Wait until you know [what the enemy forces are then] call multiple reinforcements in a wave.
Live to Fight Another Day
Order your units to evacuate when they are close to being killed. Surviving units maintain their rank and will be ready to fight in your next battle.
Other General Tips
Don’t Be Predictable
Vary your strategy from mission to mission so the enemy can’t discover patterns in your strategy.
Know Your Role
In multiplayer it can be a good idea to specialize in a particular unit type or battlefield role; for example, focus on securing uplinks.
Use a combination of minefields and garrisoned engineers to defend choke points.
Riflemen as Forward Spotters
Concealed riflemen can be used as forward spotters, allowing artillery to fire their secondary weapon anywhere on the battlefield.
Hold Your Ground
Engineers can deploy sentry drones to guard uplinks you have captured. This will slow the enemy down and help you hold the uplinks.
Command and Control
The command vehicle can deploy UAVs and drones to any location on the battlefield.
Hold fire with your artillery until your other units have engaged the enemy to provide fire support.
Group Your Units
Use groups to organize and access your units faster. Groups also move together across the battlefield.
Use Force Attack with your artillery to bombard a location even if there is no hostile unit there. This can deny access or damage nearby structures.
You can destroy uplinks to disable your enemy’s upgrades and off-map supports.
Crash With Care
If you are going to crash an enemy uplink, disable the one with the most dangerous upgrade.
Eye In The Sky
Deploy your off-map support from within the battle headquarters to target locations that are out of sight.
Dismount Your Infantry
Remove your infantry from the transport units if the vehicles are taking considerable damange. Infantry inside a destroyed transport are killed.
Recon The Map
Use the UAV to spot enemy troops in advance.
Artillery And UAV Attacks
Artillery can fire farther than they can see. Used with the UAVs or concealed riflemen they can hit targets across the battlefield.
Use the Cover Bonuses
Infantry are much harder to kill while taking cover or garrisoning buildings.
Electronic warfare reduces hostile vehicle’s shields and immobilizes the vehicles. This sets them up perfectly for an air strike or WMD.
Fortify Your Position
Use your engineers to deploy drone guards on secured uplinks to stop enemy conquerors from recapturing an uplink.
Garrison tall buildings and use [zoom to recon] the terrain or spot distant hostile units.
Save Time While Securing
Use transports to get your infantry to uplinks faster.
Use the drone guard ability on your units to gain an advantage on the battlefield.
Change Your Front Line
Change your landing zone according to the battlefield situation or desired strategy.
Ambush Your Enemy
Attack your enemy without revealing your position using the snipe ability or the target designator of artillery.
Secure Uplinks Faster
Use riflemen to secure distant uplinks; they move and secure faster.
- from the Official Tom Clancy’s EndWar Developer Strategy Guie & Tips page
I got a new game recently, Tom Clancy’s EndWar (Official EndWar website). So far I can say that the action gets fast-paced at times and if you don’t react quickly enough you lose units, and is similar to Halo Wars in that respect. While I’m getting to know more about Tom Clancy’s EndWar for the Xbox 360, which was released back in November of 2008, have fun watching this video…
EndWar: Strategy Guide and Tips From The Developers
More EndWar on George’s Technology Blog
Often I seek out better ways to organize my life and the information in it. LifeHacker had an article I found today that was of particular interest to me – MindRaider is a free download, works wherever Java does. Their article “MindRaider Organizes and Visualizes Any Note Style” matched a need I’ve been trying to fill lately, more organization.
MindRaider is a free download, works wherever Java does.
Windows/Mac/Linux: MindRaider wants to be the place you stash all your sudden thoughts, organizational notes, and inter-connected ideas.
As with many organization/productivity improvements/methods/tips using MindRaider has a learning curve, so be ready to invest some quality time in this information managaement tool to see if it fits your needs.
Download MindRaider Semantic Web Outliner and give it a try.