Making money while playing games - how many of you have thought of this as children, or even young adults? I guess many of you have dreamed of it, even if your moms used to tell you that "nobody is going to pay you for playing non-stop". Thanks to modern technology, we now have several ways to be paid for playing games. Some of them involve a career in the game development industry - but these are usually not as much fun as they sound. But there's another way to get paid to play, with no need for expertise - but only luck. It's call an online casino.
Entertainment for money
The online casino industry is the only branch of the iGaming business that relies on simple, entertaining games to make a living. And most players at the wildjackcasino.com are there not to make a buck, but to have fun in their own way. Most casino games at the Wild Jack Casino are designed to entertain first, and you need a lot of luck for them to be profitable in the long run. They are built this way - although they are completely fair, most games at the Wild Jack Casino are far too unreliable to be considered as a steady source of income. But slot machines are not the only games at the Wild Jack Casino that are fun to play. There are several others that, when played the right way, can help you round up your budget. Or even make you rich - if you are very lucky.
Games for the pros
Most casino games are completely random, but there are some that have a lower variance. Blackjack is one of them - it is considered by many the game with the most profit-making potential in the long run. Simply playing blackjack is usually not enough for success, though - it is random enough for it to be almost completely unpredictable. What makes it special, though, is that it leaves a lot of room for player decision. And taking the right decision at the blackjack table often means the difference between winning and losing.
The most widespread method of turning blackjack into a profitable game is the so-called "basic strategy". This consists of a list of recommendations about what you should do (and not do) depending on the value of your hand, and the card revealed by the dealer. It's quite easy to learn, and equally easy to use. Applying the basic strategy can improve the percentage of your winning hands significantly. Other games with a series of relatively "safe" bets are War, video poker, and Roulette. All of these can be played in a way for them to be in the player's advantage. And all of them are fun games to play, so you can play games, be entertained, and make a buck at the same time.
A new website has been created detailing all models from the past eleven years of the iconic Apple desktop computer. iMac History has been created as a testament to the success and status of the Apple iMac in society.
iMac History recognises the importance of how the iMac changed the landscape of the personal computer market and helped Apple regain its status as a global technology leader.
The website orders models by date, processor type and is fully searchable for keywords specific to certain models. Users are invited to share their comments and experiences to each iMac.
Having previously developed and sold a similar website on the history of the iPod the creators have worked hard researching past models, sourcing images and finding related adverts and videos.
www.iMacHistory.com officially launched on April 1st 2010.
On Sunday disaster struck, my hard drive corrupted and OS X wouldn't boot. I feared the worst but had been backing up for the past two years using OS X Time Machine. Could it be as simple as restoring from backup to a new drive?
My first job was to install a new hard drive, this is easier said then done in the all in one iMac. Fortunately this video from camodesto went through step by step, first removing the glass front, then the aluminium case and then the screen. Finally you can replace the hard drive, I opted for an upgrade to a 1TB drive.
After booting from the Snow Leopard DVD I created a partition on the new hard drive then restored from Time Machine. The process took around seven hours to copy my 300gig of data from the External drive.
When I rebooted my Mac had been restored to 5pm on Sunday, 90mins before it had died. All my files were restored, even my Firefox tabs were saved.
I havn't updated my column in a few weeks now so i thought a update would be welcome. :) Alots been happening in the last few weeks with exams and site stuff. We now have a auction section on the site for selling and buying items online, and the site awards came to there end - thanks to everyone who helped organise that and took part in it. Well done to all the winners your certificates are on there way!! In other news ImAFish Big Brother is getting off to a rather slow start which is a bit of a shame, expect the pace to pick up a bit in the next few days ( i hope).
Those of you who use the service Audiogalaxy (available from audiogalaxy.com) will have had a shock trying to download music over the last few days as allmost all tracks have been blocked. This is because of a court ruleing meaning that all tracks have to be blocked on the service unless unblocked by audiogalaxy, by the record companies or authors permission. It looks like audiogalaxys service is going the way of napster as not being able to download top tracks will put a lot of users off. This leaves basically 2 main music download services left, sharman networks (kazaa) and the gnutella network (limewire, gnucleus, bearshare, morpheus etc). In my own view i would have to say that i think that kazaa will be the next to go, they are allready in a large courtcase with the record industries. The future for download programs is defintly uncertain.
While we're talking about music, i thought i would mention internet radio. For those of you who dont know about internet radio its basically the same as normal radio apart from you listen to it online through winamp or what ever other program u use for listening to music, the general idea is that if you have a better connection you can listen to better quality streams. As i only have a 56k modem i have to go for the worse quality streams, however it is still perfectly listenable. Anyway the reason i bring this up in my column is that later today (being june 20th) a law will be passed as to wether the radio stations should have to pay for each listeners, this would be devastating if so as many people listen to internet radio stations as it is free with no adverts. Many smaller stations would be put out of business and would have to stop broadcasting. For more information visit Digitiallyimported.com
Anyway until next time - Pete
Frets On Fire is a free Windows/Linux/OS X game that is very similar to Guitar Heroes for the Xbox 360. The main difference being is that instead of using a guitar you hold your keyboard like you would hold a guitar.
This makes you look very stupid but is great fun to play. Below is me playing:
I couldn't get the current version to work on OS X Tiger which is why I'm playing on my PC. You can remap the controls so you don't have to hold the keyboard like that but where is the fun of pretending to be a rock star then?
The game has three modes of play, easy (as featured above), medium and Amazing (as featured below). I've yet to master easy though some songs are easier than others.
The game comes with three songs however there are hundreds more available to download online giving you hours of fun. At the end of each game it gives you a rating and tells you how accurate you have been.
Also included is a song editor that lets you edit current songs or import new songs. The requirements are basic with the game only needing 128mb of memory and an Open GL compatible graphics card. Frets on Fire can be downloaded for free off their website.