There is a long-running dispute between console and PC gamers over which is better. While both sides have their merits, here is why PC gaming is ultimately the winner.
Once you have bought your PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, you cannot change or upgrade them beyond buying a larger hard drive. However, with a PC, you can change absolutely everything. You can buy a mouse with 12 buttons on it, a more comfortable keyboard and better speakers – and none of these upgrades are even scratching the surface. If you want to really overhaul your gaming rig, then you can buy more RAM, get a better graphics card and even insert a liquid cooling system. When it comes to customisation, nothing beats PC. Building a PC can seem daunting, but it is also a really fun and very satisfying project to take on.
Every games console that has ever been released, even the ones that can play some older games, have a tiny library of games in comparison to PC. On PC, as well as buying from an ever-expanding library of new games being released on platforms like Steam, GOG and itch.io, you also have access to pretty much every PC game ever released. Sure, some of the older games require a bit of fiddling to make them work on Windows 10, but by and large, you have so much choice. On Steam, over 7,600 games were released in 2017. On top of that, you can also play thousands of different browser games online. There are loads of different genres to choose from – MMORPGs, racing games, puzzle games and online casino games. Casino games in particular have surged in popularity, with the classics such as poker, roulette and blackjack undergoing a digital makeover. Stakers.com offer a variety of the latest offerings, and with a variety of online browser games to choose from, it is easy to see why consumers flock to the PC.
More powerful and cheaper in the long run
Yes, the Xbox One and the PS4 make boasts about their processing power, but you can put together a PC that is far more powerful than those assembly-line jobs. You can look up various parts and compare them in price and power to a console to see just how easy it is to make a PC that is more powerful than the newest generation of consoles. While building a powerful PC is probably going to cost a couple hundred pounds more than buying a console, buying a new console every five years is going to cost more than gradually replacing the parts of your PC. Just look at the figures. The PS4 came out in November 2013, and then the more powerful PS4 Pro launched a mere three years later. If you bought a PS4 new in 2013, it would have cost you £349.99, and if you then bought a PS4 Pro on release, then you have spent another £349.99.
In addition to the wider selection of games available on PC, there are also people developing new content for PC games that have already been released. These modifications, or ‘mods’, can be anything from new levels and weapons to entirely new story experiences. There is a mod for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that turns all of the dragons into WWE legend Macho Man Randy Savage, complete with voice clips of him shouting. With that in mind, just try and tell me that console gaming is better than PC gaming.
With over 90% of web pages viewed in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could Mozilla Firebird (here) be the best competition yet for the tech giants browser? Mozilla Firebird is a stand alone browser based on the Mozilla (here) application suite. It boasts to be fast, stylish and easy to use. Thunderbird (here) on the other hand is a mail client similar to Outlook, likewise with Firebird it is also derived from the Mozilla suite. Both Thunderbird and Firebird are ?Technology previews? so are not complete but are still mostly usable.
Firebird and Thunderbird are both open source software and are released under the Mozilla and Netscape Public Licenses (here). This means that you can freely download and install Firebird or Thunderbird as many times are you want.
Unlike some similar programs such as Internet Explorer and Outlook, Firebird and Thunderbird are available for a number of different operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Both programs were easy to install in Windows and Linux, both requiring the user to simply download the software, unzip it then double click on the executable file. This may be nothing new for Windows Users but not having to type in a complicated command into the console in Linux is a handy advantage.
ImAFish in the Firebird Browser.
In a way its unfair to review ?unfinished? software but Firebird and Thunderbird are both good programs which work well in Windows and Linux. I would like to see Thunderbird's Junk mail filter improved slightly but this may happen in future releases. Do I think that Firebird can break Microsoft's dominance in the Browser world? Well maybe but unless it can get wide spread take up from either Linux distributions or being distributed by PC manufacturers selling Windows its will be a long and hard road.
Internet Explorers integration with Windows does make it hard for many rivals but I do think that Firebird is the best yet in the terms of a good alternative and I think it may be enough to woo people away from Internet Explorer.
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Here are the best of my photos from the British Grand Prix.
The walk towards the track from the camp site.
Lewis Hamilton in his Mclaren.
One of the Red Bull cars.
A Torro Rosso car.
A Mclaren coming on to the pit straight.
Packed crowds for the practice session on Friday.
Lewis passing us on the pit straight.
The F1 Drivers parade.
The view from our seats of one of the Red Bull cars.
A chaotic start for all the drivers.
Part of the track and the new pits complex that will be complete for next year.
The teams motor homes (Ferrari on the left and Mclaren on the right).
The F1 village.
Cars driving in the GP2 race.
One of the GP2 cars passing us.
A Porsche super car crashing out in front of us. The driver walks away unharmed to the applause of the crowd.
Former team owner and BBC pundit Eddie Jordan entertaining us at the camp site on Saturday night.
Eddie Jordan playing drums as part of Saturday nights entertainment.
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One way to make money on your website is through adverts, Google’s adverts are used across the web and provide a good revenue source whether you’re a blogger or small business. These short tips will introduce you to Google’s Adsense program and help maximize potential revenue for your site.
1. Know how Google ads work. Google’s adverts bring much better results than normal advertising because each advert is targeted to the content of that page. For instance you might have a webpage about food, Google would index your page then target adverts based on that content. Adverts may range from catering services to supermarkets; some may be more relevant than others, the key is to get adverts that your visitors are interested in.
2. Are Google ads right for you? If your site already sells a product or service you most likely don’t want adverts, as they will attract possible customers attention away from your site. If you’re a Blogger there are other ways to make money from affiliate programs, sponsorship, donations and merchandising. You might want to consider a couple of these revenue ideas in order to make money from your site. Cafepress is one company that allows you to create your own products with customized logos and writing.
3. Sign up for Adsense In order to qualify for Google’s Adsense program you need to make sure you site conforms to their program policy, you shouldn’t have a problem unless your site contains hardcore pornography, illicit drugs, hate crimes or other illegal activity. If you do have any problems applying either check the content of your site or contact Google.
Adsense also offers the ability to add Google search to your site, sometimes adverts simply don’t work and with Adsense for search you get paid when someone clicks on a sponsored advert when they search for something. At the top of the ImAFish forum I have put a Google search box, I have then been advertising this and trying to get my users into the habit of using it to search Google rather than their normal means.
5. Placing ad’s on content rich pages. Putting adverts on pages full of navigation links won’t normally give good-targeted adverts. A good example of this is the front page of the ImAFish forum as it is simply links to other forums on more specific categories. When Google can’t find an advert to place on a page it will display a public service advert that you will not get paid for. The same could be said if you had an empty page with just adverts on, as Google can’t find anything to display, public service ads will be shown. You may have problems with adverts on image rich pages, I had some adverts on my gallery at one time and found I had a lot of public service adverts as Google can’t analyze the contents of an image unless it has meta data associated with it. Try to avoid placing adverts in frames, as the ad may not correspond to the content in the other frame.
6. Attracting people to your site. The more people you have visiting your site the more people that are likely to click an advert! That’s why good careful marketing of your site and its content is important. There are a lot of simple free ways to get people on your site, adding your site address to your email signature a simple one or as I like to do put new features or content from my site on my MSN name. Be careful not to spam people, as it won’t give your site a good name. You can add your site to various directory websites for instance the open directory project dmoz.org has many categories you can add your site too. For Bloggers sites such as blogdex.net/ and technorati.com are good directories while notification services such as pingoat.com are useful for pinging other directories to get your Blog noticed.
7. Good Site Content The best way to attract people to your site and to get relevant adverts is your sites content. Good site content though will not guarantee relevant adverts. On the forum we had a problem of just getting adverts for Blog services rather than the content in our forum posts, this was mainly because of the word Blog in the navigation, unfortunately the only way round this was to remove the word from the navigation. If there are certain URL’s you think are competing with you’re content rather than being useful then you can block them in the “Competitive Ad Filter” in your Adsense account.
8. How much will I get from Google Ads? This depends on a number of things, the position of the ads on your page, number of visitors you get, relevancy of ads and how well paid each advert is. With Adsense each advert is not worth the same, you could have one advert that would give you 10cents then another may give you $1 per click. It depends on the demand for that type of advert, for instance if a number of companies are competing for advertising space on loans the company offering the most per click will get their adverts displayed first.
Unfortunately Google does not let you see how much an Advert is worth so it is hard to produce content aimed at those sorts of adverts. Adsense has the ability to put your earnings straight into your bank account so there is no messing about with cheques in the post.
9. Managing your Adsense account. Keeping track of your Adsense account is important, some people like to check their Adsense account daily (a bit like counting your money) others check it less frequently. I like to check a few times a week but if I’m running a feature on the site such as this article I will check more often. It may be obvious but make sure your details are up-to-date and Google are always bringing out new ways for you to make money so keep checking the Adsense site.
10. Keep monitoring your adverts. If you have certain adverts doing well keep a close eye on them as they may not keep doing well, a change in your navigation could change the content of the adverts so keep an eye on the adverts across your site. On Blogs and Forums where the content is constantly changing from user posts and comments you might even get some adverts you weren’t expecting. Channels are a good way of checking certain pages and advert layouts (are certain adverts on a page doing better than other ads?). Adsense also has an affiliate program so if you do want to give it a try you can with the banner below. Hopefully this article has given you an insight into how Adsense works and whether it will be useful for your site.