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Meteor Brick Breaker
Meteor Brick Breaker
Offered by Appstore - US - MP - Offer
Price: $1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I hope there is a new release soon, April 29, 2011
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This review is from: Meteor Brick Breaker (App)
I'm a sucker for breakout type games, and this is a decent first attempt for android. There are a few things, however, that make it feel like a beta game. For example, the high scores don't include a place for your name and the game end abruptly when you run out of lives. Worth a try, dispute the poor reviews.


Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 12
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 12
Offered by Bargain Buyers Software
Price: $19.49
19 used & new from $1.75

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it could be better, January 15, 2002
I'm a long time Mavis fan - from version 5 on. I am a fairly fast and accurate typist, and much of the credit should go to the authors of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. However, it could be better.
Pro:
If you are an inexperienced typist, you will learn where to place your hands on the keyboard, which fingers do what, and how they work together. You will learn all of the symbols, numbers, and accessory keys. The diagnostic capabilities of the software will target lessons to your specific deficiencies.
The lessons are geared to either children, teens, or adults. Different users have different needs, and Mavis is at least sensitive to differences.
Con:
Little has changed for many versions, and some of the changes that have been made have not been for the better. For example, in earlier versions, you could see very detailed diagnostic info about your typing. Now, this info is watered down a bit.
The on screen font is ambiguous. "i" looks like "l" and "1" - a problem that is annoying when your typing accuracy is being evaluated.
The interface isn't clear for navigation. Menu options that should always be accessible require you to be in the correct mode.
When the software is installed, it does not give you the chance for a custom or advanced installation. You will find that Mavis is running in the background, and that a shortcut for AOL is on your desktop.
Although there are custom options in the program, they sometimes affect the lessons themselves. For example, if you do not want Mavis to read the instructions out loud, you can turn off the sound. However, when a dictation lesson is offered, you hear nothing.
No Dvorak training is available. This would be neat.
So, should you get this software if you are a "hunter/pecker?" Absolutely. Will you always be satisfied? Possibly not. Is there anything better? I don't think so.


Darwin's Radio
Darwin's Radio
by Greg Bear
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
329 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat premise and a decent execution, February 14, 2001
Not having read any of Greg Bear's books, I didn't know what to expect with Darwin's Radio. The premise was so intriguing, however, that I just had to read it. A mysterious plague - which strikes pregnant women - is sweeping the world. The culprit comes from within, and scientists do not agree about what to do.
While the storyline itself is satisfying, Bear's writing is a bit inconsistent. At times I was engrossed with the pseudo-technical details of retroviruses and neural networks, and at other times I was turned off by the sheer unlikelihood of the situations. Yes, I realize that this is science fiction, but it is portrayed successfully as possible truth. Had Bear taken a few less liberties, it could have been even more affective.
Others have criticized the "technical" writing that pervades the plot. This is a matter of taste. It is all right if you don't get it - you will figure out what is going on very quickly. However, if you do follow it, you can appreciate the difficulty of the positions the characters take, both personally and politically. In my humble opinion, it enhances the book.
This one is well worth the read.


Microsoft Encarta Interactive World Atlas 2001 [Old Version]
Microsoft Encarta Interactive World Atlas 2001 [Old Version]
4 used & new from $24.99

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, January 13, 2001
Computer atlas and map programs can easily become either too bogged down with silly multimedia files, or dry and boring, with endless similar maps that don't tell you anything about the actual culture. Microsoft has avoided both of these things with an outstanding atlas that is interactive, informative, and fun.
At the foundation are the maps. They are extremely detailed, showing both major and minor cities in nearly every country. At each level of magnification, more and more towns appear, until at the highest level it seems like wall to wall names in some countries. There are several different map styles for each map - comprehensive, political, population, religion. My personal favorite is "view from space at night." It is truly beautiful to see the Earth the way planets on Star Trek look from the Bridge.
The articles and multimedia are adequate - they give you a taste of the culture and history of the countries, and point you in the right direction if you require more information. The package includes much of the same statistical information you would find in a good almanac, and the interface allows easy comparison of information.
This software is going to keep me busy and inquisitive for hours. I would unhesitatingly recommend it.


Robinson Crusoe (Scribner's Illustrated Classics)
Robinson Crusoe (Scribner's Illustrated Classics)
by Kathryn Lindskoog
Edition: Hardcover
69 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Not as Primitive as Could Be..., December 8, 2000
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this title at the library. How much could someone write about being alone on an island? I mean, there couldn't be too much in the way of dialogue, right?
Crusoe is a great man, even if he doesn't realize it. Paranoid and imperfect, with the need to travel abroad, he winds up by himself, on a deserted island, with precious little resources.
Crusoe must figure out how to get by - and thrive. With no hope of rescue, he must learn how to change his priorities, and his outlook on life. And when faced with new challenges, he must learn how to adapt.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, not only for the good story, but also for the life lessons learned vicariously through Robinson. We could all use 25 years on an island once in a while.


Tuba Lessons (Creative Editions)
Tuba Lessons (Creative Editions)
by T. C. Bartlett
Edition: Hardcover
39 used & new from $0.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Fun !, December 7, 2000
This is a picture book the highest quality. It is a bit like Little Red Riding Hood, except instead of a little girl, there is a little boy. Instead of a hood and a basket, there is a Tuba. Instead of grandma, there is a Tuba instructor. Instead of the wolf, there are a forest full of animals, all enamored by the tuba. And there is no bloody ending.
Ok. It is nothing like Little Red Riding Hood. But it is a lot of fun. I recommend it highly.


Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, Book 9)
Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time, Book 9)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.47
628 used & new from $0.01

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, but better than the last two, December 7, 2000
I'll make this short and sweet.
What to expect with book nine? A bit more action than the last few, and a resolution (perhaps) of a few major story lines. Apart from that, there were several hundred pages of political maneuvering and character development. Not that those are necessarily bad things...
Yes, the story moves slowly, but that is what happens in an epic of this scale. Yes, sometimes story lines get ignored for an entire book, but other story lines get developed. My biggest criticism is the use of convenient plot devices that have not been mentioned in the past eight books, but make their appearance here for the first time. But I digress.
Have you been reading the series? Well, you will enjoy this volume more than the last few. Are you new to the epic? Start at book one (Eye of the World), and enjoy. But be warned - the epic isn't finished, and won't be for some time.


The 21st Century World Atlas
The 21st Century World Atlas
by Jose Armando Fernandez
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from $3.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great atlas, but not at this price., December 7, 2000
Some people are just fascinated by maps. Whether it is the exotic names or bright colors, or information about the economies and cultures of the world, atlases are a trove of information. As an atlas, this book aims high, but misses somewhat.
This is less an atlas, and more a very well illustrated geographic almanac. 240 pages detail mineral production, economic growth, and agriculture. Each continent gets several maps - physical, political, and bathymetric with various views - each with such detail that it makes the draw drop.
The atlas is not without flaws. Each country is given a small area with a small political map, and some information about the country's economy and geographic make up. Unfortunately, these political maps do not show enough detail to be useful. They are too small, and leave out important features. Some of the maps are hard to follow, especially those with many overlapping iconic symbols of various sizes.
This is not an American made product, and so America is treated at equal par with all of the other countries. This is both good and bad. You will not find detailed political maps of the states or regions of the US. Then again, you can pick up a road atlas for $10. The US is not the center of everybody's world.
I found this atlas at a competitor's discount rack for $25. It was not a fluke - I have seen it since at this price. For that price, it is a great deal. For $125, there are probably better options.


Code (DV-MPS General)
Code (DV-MPS General)
by Charles Petzold
Edition: Hardcover
25 used & new from $11.74

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a Book., December 7, 2000
This review is from: Code (DV-MPS General) (Hardcover)
Have you ever opened up the case of your PC, only to find that there are seemingly millions of lego-esque pieces stuck together? Have you ever wondered how computing went from the abacus to the Palm IV? Have you ever asked how the engineers are able to do the things they do?
Well, ask no more. Instead, read this book. Charles Petzold is able to describe the workings of a simple computer, starting from the ground floor. He begins with descriptions of a simple circuit, and slowly works his way to more and more complex structures. You learn about flashlights, Morse code, and the early computers, and how each has impacted modern computing.
Will this book teach you how to program? No. But if you were not a computer science major or electrical engineer in college, this book will lay some of the foundations for understanding this technology. The technical aspects get a little dense at times, but this did not detract from the impact of this book.
If you have been curious about what goes on in that beige box, now is your time to investigate. This is the place to start.


In a Sunburned Country
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Audio Cassette
23 used & new from $2.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bryson's Australian Adventure, November 26, 2000
Prompted both by the Sydney Olympics and by an appreciation of Bill Bryson's work, I listened to In a Sunburned Country during a long drive from Ohio to New York. The 16 hour round trip was made much shorter because of this book, which is both entertaining and informative.
Bryson, a reasonably well respected travel writer, was born in Iowa and has spent much of his adult life in the UK. This gives him a unique perspective on Australian culture, which is reasonably (un)related to both the US and UK in its national character. Bryson travels to all of the populated areas, and many of the unpopulated areas of the continent. He marvels about the desolation, fears the animal life, and examines the plight of the aboriginal peoples from an outsiders perspective.
Bryson's works are entertaining because he doesn't pretend to be an expert traveler. He doesn't always know where he is going, or what he is going to find there. He is inquisitive, often finding himself backed into a corner with wild dingos at his heels (figuratively). In many ways, you can travel vicariously through him - he always seems to ask the questions I would ask, and notice the details that I would be interested in.
If you are curious about Australia after watching the Sydney games, this is a good place to look.


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