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World of Goo - Most Unusual Game

I want to state right up front that I'm not a gamer. For whatever reason, the computer game bug never bit me. However, I LOVE this game.

image world of goo game box
This is one of the most unusual computer games I've ever come across. This game is a giant puzzle with different layers of difficulty.

I guess what appeals to me most about this game is my fascination with mechanical and structural elements. This is the very essence of this game.

image scene for world of goo computer game
You drag and drop different goo elements together to build structures that solve the puzzle. These different elements have live properties too. For instance, in one puzzle you have to build a bridge that spans a gorge. As you build the bridge, you have to add support to keep it from sagging. One of the goo element you can use is a balloon to help keep the unsupported end of the bridge in the air. As you add more bridge segments you have to add more balloons - but be careful though cause if you add too many balloons, the upward lift will tear the bridge apart.

While playing this game you actually learn a few things and you don't even realize it. As you go from one puzzle to the next, you build up a knowledge of physics and construction dynamics. That sounds boring I know, but it's not.

This game has an unbelievable cool factor. Still not sure if you might like it? The authors are ingenious here too, just download the trial version and experience this awesomeness for yourself before buying. The game is so intuitive you won't need instructions either - just start playing.

It's little wonder why this game has won so many awards. A very cool game for a very little price tag.

World of Goo by Brighter Minds

PhotoShop Elements 6.0 Best Bet

When you mention Photoshop, almost everyone recognizes that name and knows what the application is all about.

Photoshop has been around for a very long time and over the years, many professionals have made their livelihood from it. It's a graphics and photo manipulation software product with an unbelievable array of tools and capabilities.

image software product Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac) [OLD VERSION]
The commercial version is so fully packed with tools that even seasoned professionals will admit that they may only be using a very small portion of what's there. So for someone like us, where we only need to tweak a photo or maybe touchup a red eye or apply a simple effect, the big version is certainly overkill - not to mention way too expensive.

In walks PhotoShop Elements - a very inexpensive subset of its big brother. Still plenty of capability, but without the big price tag and huge learning curve. Well, almost.

Even learning how to use PS Elements can be a daunting task. This tool can do so many things that it does take a lot to learn how to use it, but well worth the effort for those people wanting to make some pretty slick compositions.

I learn best by watching. Because this is such a mainstream product, a lot of people have put together tutorials. Despite the learning curve, there are tons of video tutorials available both on the Adobe site and at other places like Youtube. Watch a video or two and all of a sudden the tools provided in PS Elements seem easy to use.

If your need to manipulate photos goes beyond the realm of iPhoto, you might want to consider picking up a copy of Elements.

To see some of the highlighted features of the application, visit the link below and be amazed.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)

Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station

Setting up a network at home or work has never been easier than it is with the Apple Airport Extreme.

Plug the unit in, hook up the cables, and fire up the Airport Utility software. Fill in the blanks and away you go using your new Airport Base Station.

AirPort Extreme uses the Bonjour technology in Mac OS X to allow AirPort-equipped Mac computers running Mac OS X to find each other with no effort on your part--they discover each other just by virtue of being connected to the network.

image Apple MB763LL/A AirPort Extreme Dual-band Base Station - front view
This box works with all WiFi devices. This unit makes it easy as pie to share a broadband internet connection, USB printer, or an external hard drive without running wires. The iPod Touch and iPhone can get in on the action as well.

Share some stuff: Connect any external USB hard drive to the Airport Extreme port and share files between computers. Or connect a printer to that port and share that instead. Got an Apple TV? Stream video to it via the Airport Extreme.

image image Apple MB763LL/A AirPort Extreme Dual-band Base Station - rear view
Security is no problem either. Protect your network with a number of industry standard protocols including WPA/WPA2, WEP with 40 bit and 128 bit encryption, as well as MAC filtering and NAT firewall.

People sometimes get this box confused with the Apple Express because of the name similarities so I always refer to it as the square white box. This wireless router is one of my favorite routers - period. It's easy to setup and install, performs flawlessly, and because its dual band, it plays nicely with other wireless devices such as remote controls and cell phones.

The only suggestion and advice I give my clients about this box is to be sure to place it in a well ventilated area and not to place it in a cubby hole or in an area where other things can get placed on top of it such as books and papers. This unit is very warm blooded and needs plenty of exposure to air in order to keep it cool. In fact I also suggest that you stand the unit on its edge in order to provide more surface area for convected air currents to circulate. Keeping this thing cool will extend its life and provide years of trouble free operation.

Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station

AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes

For such a small box, the Airport Express packs in a lot of punch. It's actually a bit difficult to explain what this box does with just a single sentence because it does so much.

image apple airport express with airtunes
Its part wireless access point, part printer sharing device, and part iTunes music sharing appliance. And on top of it all, it's small so that makes it portable too.

Let's look at each of these capabilities.

1)Wireless access point: Use this box to set up a quick wireless network. Plug the Express into a wall socket and then plug in an internet connection from a DSL or cable modem. Now all your Macs with built-in Wifi have access to the internet. This is great for travelers that have more than one computer. Say you and your colleagues are traveling and you're sharing a hotel room with a single internet connection; Plug the internet connection into this unit and now you all have access.
image airport express connectivity diagram

2) Printer Sharing: Again plug the Airport Extreme into an outlet and plug a printer into the USB port. Now you and all those Macs in the area have access to that printer. This is a great way to share a printer. Place this unit and a printer in central location and everyone in your office or home then has access to it - all without running any wires.

It’s the easiest way for everyone in your family or office to share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without messy cables.

3) Music: Play the music from your computer's iTunes library through a set of speakers or stereo in just about any room in your home — wirelessly. Just like the printer setup, you plug the express into a wall socket, then connect your stereo or powered speakers up to the audio output jack and you have iTunes playing where ever you place these speakers - all without running wires.

AirPort Express works flawlessly with Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch, and all your other Wi-Fi devices that use the 802.11a/b/g/n wireless standards.

Big features - Small package.

Apple Airport Express w/AirTunes