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Mozilla's Firefox 2 is out now for a while. Let's have a look what this new browser has too offer us in compare with the previous version.

Firefox 2 Review

Firefox 2 ReviewMozilla Firefox 2 (formerly known as Bon Echo) builds on the strength and the security demonstrated in Firefox 1.5 by adding several new features. Like Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2 includes built-in antiphishing, but overall, Firefox 2 is much better than Microsoft Internet Explorer 7. Firefox 2 offers forward-looking features, such as Live Titles, as well as practical here-and-now tools, such as search engine suggestions, session restore, and inline spell-checking. Despite its many improvements, Firefox 2, like Internet Explorer 7, still does not pass the Acid2 Web Standards test, although, unlike Microsoft, Mozilla says it is working toward full compliance. Given its many pros and relatively few cons, Firefox 2 receives our Editors' Choice award for best Internet browser. For a look inside, see our Firefox 2 slide show. You can download Firefox 2 for free, and unlike Internet Explorer 7, Firefox is available on a variety of operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are also a wide variety of localized language versions, including Basque and Byelorussian. Again unlike IE 7, Firefox 2 does not require that you shut down antivirus protection nor does it perform a system reboot. Unlike IE 7, which has reorganized its toolbar, Firefox 2 changes only the look and feel of its buttons. The new shiny-glass look is much more sophisticated, as are the rounded tabs and the hairline borders around the address bar and the search engine box. Missing, however, is Places, a side panel feature we saw briefly in alpha builds; Places organizes bookmarks, RSS feeds, and history in one place, much like IE 7's Favorites Center. The good news is that Places will return in Firefox 3, which is currently under development. Tabs have long been a part of Firefox. Now, with Firefox 2, you can open any number of tabs, rearrange them, and reopen a previously closed tab using the hot keys Ctrl-Shift-T. With another feature carried over from Firefox 1.5, you can also save active tabs as a bookmark so that you can open the entire set of tabs at a later time. Missing, however, are thumbnail previews of each tab (still available only as an extension). At the far right of the Firefox toolbar is the search engine box. Firefox 2 now includes suggested search terms from the search engine itself; for instance type fire and Google returns Firefox among other suggestions. Firefox 2 provides several built-in search engines, such as Amazon and eBay--far more than provided by IE 7--with the option to add even more search engines. Should you decide to remove Firefox, you'll be disappointed. Despite the speed we witnessed upon instigating uninstall, the uninstall feature left behind several folders and far too many registry entries. Thus, if you want to clean out your Firefox completely or you attempt to load Firefox 2 as a clean browser, you'll be stuck with your previous bookmarks and preferences, including extensions, intact. New in Firefox 2 is session restore; if Windows crashes and you have several tabs open in Firefox at the time, you can now relaunch Firefox with all the tabs intact. We found this feature to be very useful during the course of our tests. Firefox 2 also gives you the ability to correct your spelling mistakes online, just like using a word processor. This is great for typing blogs or posting to a newsgroup. Common dictionary words are checked, with misspellings identified with a squiggly red line. You can add more words and even include dictionaries available in various languages. Once you have access to inline spell-checking, you won't want to surf the Web without it. Possibly the coolest new feature is Live Titles, formerly Microsummaries, which allows Web sites to stream updated data to your bookmarks. You can add the Live Titles functionality to the Merriam-Webster dictionary site, for example, and once you have done so, when you bookmark a page, you can choose the Live Title option to display the word of the day in your bookmark. When you drop down the bookmark menu or open the bookmark side panel, you'll see the Merriam-Webster logo followed by the word of the day. For news sites such as the BBC's, you'll see the latest headline. Think of Live Titles as RSS-like feeds for your otherwise static bookmarks. Unfortunately extensions designed for Firefox 1.5 will probably break within Firefox 2. When you install Firefox 2, a handy wizard checks to see if there are new versions of already installed 1.5 extensions available; in our case, some but not all of our favorites had not been optimized for 2.0, but then again, we were testing ahead of public release. In general, the Firefox add-on community is much more robust than that of Internet Explorer. Security enhancements within Firefox 2 continue. New is a dialog box informing you of cross-domain scripting, a tactic used by criminal hackers to link nonrelated sites to sites you think may be legit. And Mozilla remains very responsive to fixing its vulnerabilities, pushing out updates within a few days of public notice. Microsoft, on the other hand, parses out its vulnerability fixes a little at a time. In the five years since its release, IE 6 has accrued a large deficit, and we see no sign that Microsoft is addressing new vulnerabilities found in IE 7 any faster. The underlying Web rendering engine within Firefox 2 is Gecko 1.8, and it is largely unchanged from the previous release, Firefox 1.5. The next release of Firefox should include a new rendering engine. Unfortunately, Firefox 2 does not fully support all the standards supported by the W3C organization, so it fails what is called the Acid2 test, a test designed by the Web Standards Project, although Mozilla is working hard toward full compliance. For comparison, of the browsers tested by CNET, only Opera 9 passed the test; IE 7 fared the worst, unable to render the page in the correct colors or shapes. Antiphishing technology within Firefox 2 is good, and the technology has steadily improved throughout the various betas we've seen. We tested Firefox 2 on a fraudulent Bank of America site less than one hour old; the program caught the page immediately. For comparison, IE 7 also flagged the same fraudulent banking site. Most phishing sites are removed after their initial 72 hours of existence. In general, we have found that stand-alone antiphishing filters, such as Netcraft's, perform far better at flagging brand-new phishing sites than antiphishing filters bundled with Internet browsers. There are many enhancements within Firefox 2, making it a worthy upgrade for existing users and a fine introduction for new users. Firefox is truly innovative, yet it's also very practical for everyday use.

Baseball Betting: How to Bet Basics

Baseball Betting: How to Bet Basics

If you know nothing about sports and you still feel the urge to wager, baseball is the easiest sports to wager on. As opposed to football and basketball, where you are mixed up with the point spreads and other confusing calculations, in baseball betting you simply put your money on the outcome of the game. In addition, the baseball season lasts longer, which means more matches and bigger chances to go home with the winning money. Here is a step to step guide to "baseball betting" . The main difference between baseball betting and other team sports betting such as football and basketball is that while the latter ones use "point spreads" , the former uses the money line.What is a Point Spread?Point spread is the most common betting type offered in football and basketball betting. The sportsbook spreads the odd of a certain match by subtracting points from the favorite team, which is the team most likely to win and adding points to the underdog, which is the team that will raise a lot of eyebrows if wins.What is a Money Line? In baseball betting, the sportsbook sets the odds strictly on the outcome of the match. In order to even the action, bettors would have to risk more money on the favorite and risk less on the underdog. This is called the "money line" .For example, if the money line is minus 170 on the favorite and plus 150 on the underdog, then you would have to bet 170 dollars on the favorite in order to earn 100 dollars. On the other hand, if you bet 100 dollars on the underdog, you would win 150 dollars if they would eventually win the match. The difference between the minus 170 on the favorite and the plus 150 on the underdog is known as the twenty cent line. If the money line was minus on the favorite and plus 150 on the underdog, it is called the ten cent line or dime line. The fifteen cent line is also common in baseball betting.Sportsbooks also offer total bets and run lines in baseball betting.1) Total Bets:These wagers are based on the sum of the runs scored by both of the teams. For example, if the sportsbook sets the over under total of a match as 7, the over wins if the sum of the runs scored by both teams exceeds 7 and the under wins if it sums up to less than 7.2) The Run Line:This wager is the baseball variation of point spread. When you are betting on the run line, you are betting on whether one of the teams wins by more than one run, which is marked as minus 1.5 or stays within one run, marked as plus 1.5.Conclusion:Although the money line makes baseball betting simpler than football and "basketball betting" , it causes the payoffs calculation to be more complicated:1) In order to calculate the payoff when wagering on the favorite you should add 1 to the favorite price and divide it with the favorite price.2) In order to calculate the payoff when wagering on the underdog you should add 1 to the underdog price.

New And Emerging Alarm Systems For Added Security

New And Emerging Alarm Systems For Added Security

However helpful they may be, times are changing and technology has been growing more advanced. This technology encompasses security and safety as well. Why settle for old security alarm systems when there are newer models now available in the market that offer you added security? The latest in "alarm systems" nowadays have shifted to wireless. There are many advantages you can benefit from wireless security alarm systems. First of all, they are easy to install. Secondly, the components of a wireless security alarm system can be moved to different locations in your home, especially those areas you deem needs the most surveillance. The wireless home security alarm system works through a transmitter. Each component has a transmitter that sends signals to the central control receiver of your alarm system. When a transmitter is activated, the central control receiver sounds an alarm. It seems simple enough but with the more costly wireless alarm systems, not only does an alarm sound off but it is also able to indicate which particular device was triggered. With this advanced technology, you can determine whether it is a false alarm, what triggered the false alarm, and if it isnt a false alarm you get to know which area of your home is potentially compromised at the moment. Another latest technology in alarm system is the IP based dual path transmission technology. This is a secure and managed type of technology that gives you the benefit that the communication from one alarm panel to the central monitoring receiver is intact. Though this new alarm system is used most often in business and corporate settings, it isnt long before this will be made available for home use. It is only best that the businesses and corporate markets have a more advanced alarm system because these industries have a lot more to lose. Not to mention the number of potential plans of robberies and compromised security these industries have. As advanced the technology may seem, it is still cost-effective and provides an integrated digital alarm system for all types of threats to security. This digital security alarm system does not only detect intruders, it is also capable of detecting fire as well as other types of critical alarms your company may deem necessary. It has wider video capabilities necessary for added security. Its hardware is upgradeable enabling you to integrate already existing security devices in your building. Many of the new and emerging home security and alarm systems are not new at all. They are merely new in terms that the technology has been made available for personal use in homes. These emerging home security systems include the same advanced alarm system used in banks. The panic alarm is commonly seen used for bank security. However, measures have been made and there have been movements for it to be used for home security. It can come in handy not only for thefts but during fires and other emergencies as well. Much of the new security systems released in the market are advanced not singly in terms of intruder alarms but also for other types of alarms as well. Home security can mean a lot of things. This can even include apartment security, fire alarms, elderly alarms, children alarms and many more. The advanced security devices of today have made it a point to incorporate these different situations into one. This is what has been featured in the wireless and IP based security systems. This is a great benefit that advanced alarm systems are offering to consumers. It is time to face the fact that intruders arent all youre worried about. If you live in an apartment, security alarm systems shouldnt stop at the front door. There are innovative alarm solutions that have taken apartment security into consideration. There are more advanced alarm systems that are coming out in the market. It does not only detect smoke that can be elusive. Smoke can take time to rise before conventional alarms can detect them and by that time it can be too late. More advanced fire alarm systems can detect smoke as soon as possible and there are those that can even detect the amount of carbon monoxide build-up in a burning home. A great proportion of deaths in the country accounts for accidents incurred by the elderly population. More advanced [*_*] that enable the elderly population to call for help readily and systems that are more accessible to them are now available such as silent panic buttons that give off a low frequency piercing sound that can be detected a far distance away. Lastly, added security should also include your childrens safety. More advance measures have been taken to provide your children with easy to use [*_*] in case of emergencies. Whether it is wireless or not, the best advanced security alarm system is that which addresses security needs in all possible situations. Rest assured there are newer security technologies available that do just that, as have been mentioned. Take no compromises when it comes to security in your home or for your business. With these new and emerging security [*_*], you are given added security whatever the setting.

Free Poster Takes Kids Into The Wacky World of Dreams

Free Poster Takes Kids Into The Wacky World of Dreams

Proper amounts of sleep are important for everyone, especially children. Unfortunately, in today's busy world, many parents do not think to explain the importance of sleep to their kids.But now, American Innerspring Manufacturers, a national nonprofit group, is underwriting the free distribution of an out-of-the-ordinary youth poster to teachers and parents.Designed to appeal to 12- to 15-year-olds, the poster, called Underwear, Zombies & Monkey Kung Fu, takes a look at the weird world of dreams, while it subtly reinforces the importance - and "coolness" - of a full night's sleep."So much is going on with kids in this age group, and many parents don't realize how important sleep is for success in numerous areas," said Arthur Grehan, executive director of AIM. The poster is written in an unconventional style designed to engage the target age group. "We thought the idea of doing a funky and engaging poster on dreams would be a great way to promote deep sleep to this skeptical audience without sounding like a textbook or a filmstrip," Grehan said. The poster offers information about deep sleep, delves into the possible symbolism of dream topics and even suggests keeping a dream journal. For the development of Underwear, Zombies & Monkey Kung-Fu, AIM turned to Red Deluxe, a Memphis-based firm with numerous award-winning posters under its belt. AIM is making copies of the poster available free of charge to any teacher or parent.The group is making the offer in hopes that parents will take a break from their hectic schedules and give some real thought to the important role of sleep for children in this age group.

Playstation 3 Review

Its black, its shiny, its a dust magnet and it is a console gaming system that offers so much more than merely the ability to play the state-of-the-art games.Sonys catchphrase for the PlayStation 3 is PLAY B3YOND (aka Beyond) and what the PS3 offers is a device that is capable of playing the latest PS 1080p games, surfing the Web, play blu-ray videos and so much more.But first things first The local phone company tech showed up at the door to install DSL. Cool. Problem was the wireless modem was connected to the wall outlet upstairs and the PS3 was in the master bedroom (hooked up to the HDTV) downstairs. Look in the manual Select Network Settings Select Internet Connection Settings Select Wireless and then press the X button. A firmware download later, the machine was surfing the Web, using a Logitech USB keyboard.There were a couple of retail games included in the box Genji: Days of the Blade and Resistance: Fall of Man. Genji was tried nope, need to upgrade the firmware to the next iteration (from 1.00 to 1.02). Again, not a problem. Resistance comes packaged with the firmware upgrade and other games down the line will do the same thing (think PC and getting the latest iteration of DirectX with the game).Sony ushers in its version of the next-gen console system with the launch of the PS3 on November 17. Pre-sales indicate the machine will sell out. The first 500,000 units shipped carried the blu-ray release of Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby. Sony wants those who buy the console to see what blu-ray can do. Words dont do a blu-ray justice. It could be mentioned that blu-ray disks hold much more information than DVDs (DVDs can hold nine gigs of information while blu-ray disks can hold 50 gigs), and in the case of movies come the closest yet to a visual experience that is amazing. Imagine all that on a disk.ps3Whats in the box The PS3 comes in two models, the lower-priced ($499) 20-gigabyte playstation 3 hard drive and the ($599) 60-gig "playstation 3" hard drive. There are differences, aside from the hard-drive size between the two.The 60-gig machine uses a Cell Broadband Engine and the main memory is 256-meg XDR RAM with 256-megs of GDDR3 VRAM. The hard drive is a 2.5 Serial ATA and the main input/output devices include a memory stick, SD and CompactFlash disks as well as four USB 2.0 ports. The 20-gig machine only has the USB ports, not the other input/output device ports. The hard drive size and the input/output configurations are the differences between the two machines.The machine will support screen sizes of 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p with the ability to connect either through HDMI cables (not included) or the composite analog cables (5 connections three for video and two audio channels). Both machines have the digital audio capabilities and the Blu-ray/DVD/CD (read-only) disc drives.Blu-ray and Cell Broadband Engine The Cell Broadband Engine was developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba and is purported to deliver up to 10 times the processing speed of a typical home computer. The hype on the engine states that developers should be able to start approximating actual intelligence in games, rather than artificial intelligence, meaning the enemies should get a lot smarter. The engine is capable of performing 200 billion calculations per second and has a clock speed of 3.2 GHz.The blu-ray disc offers next-gen media capabilities that can render high-definition graphical power to a receiver that is also HD. It can support 1080p, which is 1,080 lines of progressive scan the highest resolution available. Blu-ray discs can carry more than five times the amount of data of a DVD. DVDs can hold up to 9 gigs of information but the blu-ray disc can hold 50 gigs which translates, in gaming terms, into titles that will be much bigger in terms of detail or game scope. Blu-ray also supports 7.1 surround sound.ps3Sixaxis controller No more forced feedback from the controller that has been replaced by gyroscopes in the peripheral that will enable players (if supported by the game) to use controller movement to affect the game. Lets face it we have all tried to take corners in a racing game by tilting the controller in the direction we wanted to turn. With the sixaxis controller, that will be possible. Menus will be able to be accessed by tilting the controller, or flight controls will rely on the angle that the controller is at. In every other way, this is the PS control device. However, only one sixaxis controller comes in the box.PlayStation Network Signing up is fast and free. You can connect to the Internet via the CAT5 port or the wireless network card. Each account is broken into two parts the Master account and the secondary account. On the network you can download demos, keep track of a friends, send messages, and chart game progress. There is an option to input billing information (credit card) so that you can buy games and such through the network and load them onto the hard drive of the machine.Using the machine The PS3 has a crossbar menu on the boot screen. This is exactly the same as the PSP. You can store video, audio, downloads, browse the Internet, message friends, access the PlayStation store (where there are free downloads and downloads you would pay for as well), or launch a movie or game.The disc simply slides into the front of the machine, a la a CD player in your car, and the buttons to eject it, or turn off the machine take only a whisper of a touch. Using the controller, which has a lithium battery in it and once charged can go wireless, the PS3 owner can quit the game by pressing the PS logo, holding it down and waiting for the prompts. The power supply is built into the casing, and while I puts out some heat, it does not feel as hot as the 360 external power supply.Navigating the crossbar menus is a breeze and hooking up the PlayStation Network is also easy.Anticipations and expectations ran high for the next-generation console systems and Sony has delivered. This machine is amazing.Pros:Blu-ray, Cell Broadband, storage, Web access, sixaxis controller and high-def graphical output all add up to a machine that is delicious to look at and delightful to play on, or just to watch movies on. The machine is easy to use, but the cover is a dust magnet and will need to be tended to (wait, isnt that a con? Nope, the sleek machine design is a definite pro.)Cons:There is a marked difference in storage and input/output between the 20-gig and 60-gig machine. Everything else is the same, but with only a price point difference of $100, it seems silly to not buy the bigger machine. Clever marketing is not entirely too friendly in asking consumers to cough up that extra $100 for more machine. Sony did tout this as backward compatible with all PSOne and PS2 titles, but while not confirmed there does seem to be some titles that will not run on the machine.Verdict: 9.7The games, both as launch titles and those coming in the next few months, will be amazing and will take console gaming into the next generation. The controls are easily accessed and used both on the PS sixaxis controller and the crossbar navigational system. This machine has so much that using it merely as a gaming device seems rather silly. No, it wont be a primary Web surfing tool (and it is recommended you get a USB keyboard for that anyway) but the PlayStation Network is a definite bonus. Blu-ray provides wondrous graphical output and the machine does play CDs as well as old PS titles (maybe not all, but still the majority). With online downloads, or games with the latest firmware support, this is a machine built to play, to use with entertainment media and to go online with. Go ahead, spend the extra $100 for the bigger machine, you may be glad you did so especially if you plan to store photos and such on the machine. About the only thing that would have made this better would be a R/W disc. Sony has said that this is the foundation for the next 10 years. Maybe it is, maybe technology will outgrow it sooner, but one thing is certain this machine fits todays entertainment needs wonderfully. http://game-console-reviewz.com/ps3/ps3-review.html

Bacara el Preferido del Agente 007

El Agente 007 y su audacia con el juego continan deslumbrando ao tras ao a sus sensuales compaeras en escena y derrotando a sus astutos enemigos.El Bacara: El Juego preferido del clsico James Bond: Bacar y el Agente 007 El Bacar es el clsico juego de apuestas originado en Italia en el siglo 15 y es tambin caracterstico del famoso espa 007. En cada escena lo identifican una elegancia y excelencia, que junto con su impecable Martini en mano y las apuestas en otra "James Bond" ha mantenido una leyenda desde su origen desde los aos 50 hasta el presente. Es as como el espa ingles domina la versin francesa del juego Bacar llamada Chemin de Fer con gran talento y admiracin.Bacara siempre fue popular entre la alta sociedad, especialmente en el siglo 15, cuando surgi en Italia. Bacara significa cero en italiano y a lo largo de su expansin en diferentes pases nuevas reglas y variaciones fueron inventadas y adaptadas como en Estados Unidos o en Francia el Chemin de Fer, o el denominado Juego de James Bond.El juego consiste en el "Jugador" y la "Banca" el nombre que se la a las opciones de apuestas, estos son repartidos dos o tres cartas cada uno con el objetivo simple de llegar a 9 sin pasarse de el. Mientras tanto la banca decide segn las reglas del juego cuando detener la jugada y los jugadores ya han debido apostar a cual de las dos Jugador o Banca ganara la mano. Los jugadores o el jugador apuesta y el que apuesta a la mano que gano el puntaje mas correcto, gana la mano. En la adaptacin americana, el juego funciona en contra a la banca, mientras que en Chemin de Fer, los jugadores compiten el uno con el otro. Uno representa al jugador y el otro a la Banca.En compaa del Chemin de Fer los libros de Ian Fleming junto a las adaptaciones en escena de James Bond, han deslumbrado por dcadas las diferentes aventuras del espa, con ayuda de su impecable poder del juego y su atractivo estilo. Hasta su ltimo estreno en el 2006 James Bond sigue disfrutando de la lujuria de las mesas verdes de los casinos junto a su cigarro y el su sensual compaera en accin. En el anio 1964, las novelas y captulos de James Bond, fueron escritas por Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, y Charlie Higson. Tambien sus actores variaron comenzando con el conocido Sean Connery, siguiendo con Geroge Lazenby, Roger Moore, Tomothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan y Daniel Craig.Si observas, es muy interesante ver la manera en que el Agente apuesta al juego y a su vez acta y descubre los secretos que lo rodean con la misma rapidez, seguridad y astucia. Enlas pelculas de James Bond el juego Chemin de Fer transcurre en elegantes salas llenas de mujeres elegantes y hombres adinerados que detrs del juego tienen otros intereses por revelar. En la realidad el enlace entre el Bacar y El Agente 007 es de un acompaante fiel de aventuras secretas y emocionantes de mas de cinco dcadas que hicieron de el una leyenda inolvidable que resurge de generacin en generacin.

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Mozilla's Firefox 2 is out now for a while. Let's have a look what this new browser has too offer us in compare with the previous version.