On my personal laptop, I'd like to get a better handle on where I store my files. Unlike being at work, I don't store files on my laptop each day. Thus, the folders I create on occasion sometimes get lost and I don't always do things consistently. Thus, I'm wondering if my best bet is to just store on Google Docs or to just dump everything into My Documents. Can't wait for GDrive to come along!
For the most part, I always go to Download.com when I need to grab some new software. I search, then refine my search to show only free programs. They are great because no software on Download.com will have embedded advertising trojans or spyware ("Safe, Trusted and Spyware-free").
Now, one thing I do frequently that is frustrating is making PNG (picture) files from screencaps. My process to date has been to:
Go to Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> Paint
Shift-insert into Paint, then cut out the relevant portion, then File >> New, Yes, then another Shift-insert, then Save As as a PNG file.
That's a lot of steps. So I went to Download.com and discovered Screen Print & Capture 32 3.5. The editors at Download.com (which is owned by CNET) like it and so do the users. I'm now one of them. It's a real time saver. It's nice that I can define the screen area and have the file auto-saved as PNG.
Importantly, I haven't been able to tell a difference in quality between my old method and this new generically-named gem. See below. Differences seem to be based solely on the area I selected.
Hi Santa. I've been good this year. Also, I want to let you know that you are very popular. You dominate Google Hot Trends for December 24, 2007 (spots 1-25 listed below). Did you know that Google is not only tracking searches about you, but they are also tracking where you are on the globe at all possible times? I think you're just leaving Iowa now. Did you see Obama?
Per Slog ("a second life resident blog"), the maximum number of simultaneous second life users on December 17 was 53,012. Given that there were 11,466,356 active Second Life users over the past 60 days, this means that at most only 0.5% Second Life users are online at any one time.
“What does it mean for a civilization to be a million years old? We
have had radio telescopes and spaceships for a few decades; our
technical civilization is a few hundred years old... an advanced
civilization millions of years old is as much beyond us as we are
beyond a bush baby or a macaque.”
Basically, if we assume:
Let A = "age of a extraterrestrial technology"
Let h = "age of human technology"
Being generous, we can say h = 400. But we don't know A. So taking an 'h' at random, we know almost for sure that h > 400. In fact, it is most likely that h >> 400 (much greater than). Theoretically, as long as the extraterrestrials didn't kill each other, we could have 'h' being thousands or even millions (or hundreds of millions of years old). Thus, alien technology likely dwarfs our own.
How smart can aliens be? Well, if you think Google is good now, just imagine how smart Google will be in 100 million years! Mega-cloud computing. Or perhaps galaxy-computing.
On that note, if I were an extraterrestrial, I'd want my first visit on earth to be the Google campus in Mountain View. However, if they get Wi-Fi on their planet, they may not need to visit at all. :)