Growing up in the 80’s, having a Atari home video game console was as much of a status symbol as having a PS3 with the full Rock Band setup was a year ago (now, not as much since everyone seems to have it by now).
But as we’ve gotten older, we’ve lost the power cords and couldn’t find the replacement Atari 2600 joysticks that we had set aside in case of emergencies such as this.
This is why Web Watch is thrilled that Atari has taken it upon themselves to open their free online ATARI ARCADE website, featuring the best of their original games just for you.
Now that Thanksgiving is over and the shopping has begun, it’s time for us to concentrate on that next favorite holiday tradition: the SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE.
And organizing it can always be such a hassle. You have to get everyone in a room together to draw names out of a hat, and in today’s workplace environment with people working from home or in satellite offices across the country, doing the Secret Santa selections this way is just old-fashioned.
You have probably seen the movie 21, about the MIT whiz kid blackjack players who figured out how to scam casinos for millions of dollars simply by counting cards and playing as a team.
Regardless of how glitzy the movie made it look, counting cards to make a living is not as easy as it seems.
Sometimes, gamblers need to have fun too – which is where proposition bets come into play. What’s a proposition bet? It’s a side bet of any type, usually of an uncommon event.
For example, people bet on the Super Bowl all the time – whether it be a Super Bowl grid or betting the line in Vegas based on who they think will win, or whether the point spread will be met. A Super Bowl proposition bet are the more obscure items:
The coin toss
Whether there will be a kickoff return for a touchdown
Whether anyone will be heard swearing on the television broadcast
These aren’t necessarily tied to whether a team will win or lose the game, but rather what happens in the events surrounding the Super Bowl. But a proposition bet doesn’t have to revolve around the Super Bowl or sports at all. Sometimes, these bets are a bit more obscure and interesting. Continue reading THE 12 MOST RIDICULOUS BETS OF ALL TIME→
So PASTE Magazine has come out with their list of the TOP 20 GADGETS OF THE PAST DECADE (2000-2009), and while Web Watch certainly agrees with the sentiment that such a list entails, we seriously question the validity of any such survey that places TiVo anywhere lower than #1.
If you are a family with kids and you’re on a budget, eating out can definitely be a problem. Kids just want to eat, and don’t necessarily have the concept down about eating within a budget. They just point at the macaroni-and-cheese, chicken fingers, fries (and other brown and tan foods without a vegetable in sight) and say “I want that!”
This is why the Disney Dining Plan that offers a “pay-one-price” for all members of your family is so popular. Families on those massively-planned-out Disney trips can go to any restaurant on property and tell the kids to “eat whatever you want”, because the meal has already been paid for.
And yes, those kids are in for a shock when they return to the real world and discover that they can’t just eat anything on the menu again. It’s just another way Disney makes a vacation seem more special.
So what can families do to continue that type of “eat anything you want” Disney magic when they’re dining out with the kids again once they’re back at home?
Because many things have changed in the music industry since we we wrote that original piece. That music royalty calculator link is still valid, but we found another one that you might want to look at as well.
When was the last time you went on a job interview? Did you had some tough interview questions?
Web Watch is a fan of some of the infamous Microsoft interview questions, such as “how many payphones are there in Manhattan?” (answer then: assume 4 payphones per street corner, then calculate how many street corners there are in Manhattan. answer now: probably none)
The Internet today is certainly faster than the Internet of 20 years ago.
Web Watch remembers using a 2400 baud modem to connect to what was the ‘net back in the day – and that was considered lightning fast for the time. (Sadly, Web Watch still has that modem in the back closet, just in case our broadband connection dies and we have to resort to connecting to the net the old-fashioned way.)
We eventually got 19,200 baud, and later 56k modems – everyone thought that was as fast as the Internet could possibly go at the time. We were transferring files in hours instead of days, and that was good enough for us.
But with broadband and wireless everywhere, transferring large amounts of data has become an everyday activity – but some transfers can still take a while to process.
With that in mind, some enterprising scientists decided to see exactly how long it would take to transfer a large file across the Internet, and compare that to the landspeed of some animals to see which was faster.