Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Sims 3 Better and More Interesting

The Sims, the Most popular game series in the world who loved by gamers of various ages come again in a new series..

The Sims series is the most popular game in the world today. Games that simulate life always appears in the list of world's 10 best games and so many Add-on and the release of the Expansion Set always sold out and go into the list of 10 best games! Therefore, the release of The Sims 3 is something that worth waiting for.

The secret behind the success of The Sims is a form of game that makes all the players are addicted. Basically, you will manage the life of a character called the Sims. Sims that you control will be able to have basic needs that you fulfill, such as hygiene and the need to eat and communicate with other Sims.

In addition to basic needs, you are also required to fulfill the desire Sims life, such as jobs, hobbies, and have a family. To further complement Sims life, you can have a house and filled it with furniture which are so various.

Although the The Sims 3 has many similarities with The Sims before, this game is also interesting. New feature that you can find is more complete character building facility. You can be more free to create your Sims appearance and create their own style of clothing used. Thus you will find greater freedom in creating characters.

New feature which is still closely connected with the character building is Traits system. There Are five basic traits that make up the personality of your Sims. You can choose freely the properties when creating new Sims or the random button to add the game difficulty level. All the qualities you choose will be closely related to the activities undertaken by your Sims. For example, you can choose the Traits that help Athtletic Sims in developing sports career and loner who makes your Sims uncomfortable among strangers.

Not all Traits benefit your Sims. You can choose properties that make Sims Kleptomaniac so your Sims will like to take the property of others. Or making it Clumsy. However, all these properties will provide a new nuance of every game session you start.

In addition, the combination will open Traits Wish Lifetime option to choose from such as achieving the highest career in the military and became a famous writer. Every wish and desire achieved will provide a point that can be exchanged a few bonuses that help the game. For Example, Fast Learner will accelerates the process of learning all the skills (eg cooking skills, sports, and music).

Every needs and wants you fulfill (for example, getting enough sleep and brushing teeth) will give a bonus Mood for Sims and affect all activities. Sims who are in high mood levels will achieve a higher success when doing work and socialize.

Another feature that distinguishes this game with previous Sims game is that the city can be visited in real time. Previously, you had to go through the loading process to move to the outside of your home. Now, all regions can be directly visited without loading. In fact, you can do jogging and cycling to the destination. This gives a new feel for the fans of previous Sims game. Unfortunately, this feature consume high PC memory and significant frame rate reduction will appear every time you're on way to the city.

Over all I think The Sims 3 will be a game worth waiting for and will make you addicted just like the previous series. I'll give you more detailed review after I played the game.. Hope this review could be helfull.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Microsoft is Ready to Take On Google

In search engines, Google's competitors have no chance at all. Microsoft wants to change it with Bing. Will these efforts ended in vain?

With the MSN search engine and their live search, Microsoft never came close to Google. Until June 2009, Microsoft is still in third place after Google (80%) and its competitor Yahoo (10%). Being in the third position, Microsoft promised to do better. Thus explained by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the conference "All Things Digital" in California when he introduced a new search engine named Bing.

Bing is not the successor of Live, but a new development of the concept of search. Bing is not a search engine but a decision engine. Currently about 30% of search queries fail because unsatisfactory result. Two third of queries have yet to be specified once again before the user find the desired results. So, there's a lot of potential to be developed for a search engine. The breakthrough of this new engine is expected to help the socialization of this search engine.

Before Bing was launched, Microsoft conducted a series of acquisitions after the failed acquisition of Yahoo, last year it bought Power Set, a software company. This quite promising company is doing research in the field of semantic web search. Currently, Power Set team is creating some concept of semantic web search to be integrated into the Bing. While Google only provides a link from the searched word, Bing even understand the meaning of the word. The experts were impressed with Bing. Bing is a major update compared to in many aspects, Bing even more user friendly compared to Google. Semantic web search capabilities can be seen from the following example: if a user enters the word "Cancer", Bing will separate the link associated with disease and link associated with astrology. This machine also suggest similar terms, such as skin cancer or lung cancer, this suggestion is shown on the left window of the search results.

In addition, Microsoft also complement Bing with the practical functions, a preview window will provide initial information about the link offered.
Search images and video with Bing gives satisfactory results, more compact compared to Google. With the mouse over, the information will appear, such as image size or source tools, in a small window. If you search for videos, Bing provide a video preview, in addition, users can provide comments on the video and say in which part, the search machine really gives the best results. From these functions, search engine experts believe that other providers will follow Microsoft. Actually, semantic web search integrated into Bing, is already offered by Wolfram Alpha knowledge. This machine can provide answers to specific questions. With no links in search results. This knowledge services can provide a satisfactory answer, although there is also a less satisfying. Mathematical formula such as the sine curve not only processed, but also graphically depicted.

Will Bing beat Google or vice versa ? Unlike its predecessor, Bing is really a search engine that is very useful. Bing still needs a long step to catch Google. But in the United States Bing is slowly reaching the number two position. However, the imitators will not make it last long, they will confirm the name of Bing "But It's Not Google".

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Google Page Rank, Mysterious Algorithm

Looks like every blogger knows what is Google Page Rank. For who haven't know what is Google Page Rank, I will explained it here. Google Page Rank is a "rank" made by Google to determine the "popularity" of a site. The lowest rank is 0 and the highest rank is 10. Every new blog or website will have a page rank of 0. Usually every two or three months (sometimes one month) Google will make update on Page Rank. Although the exact algorithm is still mysterious, but simply said that you need a lot of backlink to get higher Page Rank.

Me myself don't quite understand how this Page Rank system works. From my experiences, there's several thing you must do to get higher rank. I have four blog including this blog with various page rank. There's a blog that used to have a page rank of 3 but suddenly dropped to 0. On the opposite, this blog suddenly get the page rank of 3 (although it's a pretty new blog). From the experiences I made some conclusion of things that influence the Page Rank.

First, You must do some link exchange to get higher page rank. The link you get must be from a higher ranked blog/site. It seems that there's some weight on the link determined by the opposite page rank. It is said that if you get a link from a blog that have a page rank of 4 is much much better than getting hundreds link from 0 page rank blogs.

Second, you must update your blog quite often. Usually about ten to fifteen post per month is enough. I don't really sure how this helps but from my experience I get that the blog I update much get the higher page rank.

Third, the article posted in your blog MUST BE ORIGINAL and not copied from other site. ( I think if you copy a little is okay, just don't copy all the article). I have a blog that all its article is copied from somewhere else and until now didn't get any page rank.

Fourth, I think Paid Review has something related to this. If your blog has too many paid review post, it will drop your page rank. It happens on one of my blog that has a page rank of 3. It suddenly dropped to 0. So if you want to post paid review articles, I think you better write some other article too, so after one paid review article put at least three non paid article.

That's all I know about Google Page Rank system. I'll update if I know something else that connects with Google Page Rank. If you guys knows something else about the Google Page Rank system, please let me know. I welcome any comment here. Thank you

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Make Readmore on Blogger Post

You make a blogger post, but this post is so long that you think it will be better if you can just put the first two paragraphs only, and whoever want to read it more can click through "Read More" link. The solution is to make what we call "Read More".

Actually there are lots of "Making Readmore Tutorial" on the web, but in case you guys don't find it, I'll post it here.

The process is quite simple. First login to Click "layout" and then "edit html". Mark the "expand widget templates" box. What you need to do here is put the code I give before the </head> tag or right after } ]]></b:skin> The code you have to put is :
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
span.fullpost {display:inline;}
span.fullpost {display:none;}

After that you need to find <p><data:post.body/></p> and put this code right after it :
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
<a expr:href='data:post.url'> Read More..</a>

Don't forget to save the widget template after that.

To cut your post, you need to put :<span class="fullpost"> at the place you want to cut your post and </span&gt; at the end of the post. For example, if you write it like this :
This is just an example, the post will be cut after this<span class="fullpost"> and this part of the post will be replaced by a "Read More.."</span>

the result of that post will be like this :
This is just an example, the post will be cut after this Read More..

That's it, hope this tutorial can help you make over your blog. See you in the next tutorial

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