Like Monopoly in the Depression, Settlers of Catan is the board game of our time

Like Monopoly in the Depression, Settlers of Catan is the board game of our time. I first played Settlers of Catan in college around 2003 with some friends of mine and had a blast. I do not think I won a game or even came in second but I had fun playing it. I practiced online where they have many java versions of the game but it was not the same as playing with my friends and just enjoying the time we spent together. If you are in the market for a new and excited board game I would definitely check Settlers of Catan out. The Washington Post wrote up a nice article on how Settlers of Catan is the Monopoly of our era. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404140.html

Like Monopoly in the Depression, Settlers of Catan is the board game of our time. I first played Settlers of Catan in college around 2003 with some friends of mine and had a blast. I do not think I won a game or even came in second but I had fun playing it. I practiced online where they have many java versions of the game but it was not the same as playing with my friends and just enjoying the time we spent together. If you are in the market for a new and excited board game I would definitely check Settlers of Catan out. The Washington Post wrote up a nice article on how Settlers of Catan is the Monopoly of our era. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/24/AR2010112404140.html

I would like to add a new special board game that my wife and I enjoy playing with our friends. It is called “Kill Doctor Lucky” it is supposed to be a pre-cursor to “Clue.” The game is turn based where Doctor lucky moves at the end of each turn. The object of the game is to kill Doctor Lucky. Doctor Lucky moves from room to room and if you get in the same room, are alone, and nobody can see you with Doctor Lucky you can try to kill him either by poking him in the eye or more violent ways with murder cards. Opposing players try to stop the murders with save cards. Each time a player is stopped from murdering Doctor Lucky he is given a attempted murder token which makes his next murder attempt one more save card more powerful. There are several ways to murder Doctor Lucky with more powerful murder weapons costing more save cards to save Doctor Lucky. There is a bit of strategy on where and how to kill Doctor lucky that really makes the game fun each time you play. There are some murder cards that double in power if they are in certain rooms of the house for example. The games are do not take very long because there are only a limited number of save cards each round. Here is a link to the game on amazon.com.

Which Shipping Company is Kindest to Your Packages?

Popular Mechanics has done some testing of which shipping company handles your packages the kindest. Out of USPS, FEDEX, and UPS which would you pick as the kindest to your packages. The results may surprise you, but as for me I will always stick with USPS. The experiences I have had with the USPS have cemented my position on which company to use. I have had bad experiences with Fedex and UPS. UPS and Fedex are also less convenient to use and ship packages and their rates are much higher in comparison. Vote on the accompanying poll on who you think is the kindest to your packages in your opinion?

Read more here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tests/which-shipping-company-is-kindest-to-your-packages

Popular Mechanics has done some testing of which shipping company handles your packages the kindest. Out of USPS, FEDEX, and UPS which would you pick as the kindest to your packages. The results may surprise you, but as for me I will always stick with USPS. The experiences I have had with the USPS have cemented my position on which company to use. I have had bad experiences with Fedex and UPS. UPS and Fedex are also less convenient to use and ship packages and their rates are much higher in comparison. Vote on the accompanying poll on who you think is the kindest to your packages in your opinion?

Read more here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/tests/which-shipping-company-is-kindest-to-your-packages

John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript

Cultofmac has an awesome interview with John Sculley on Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs and John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple. The pair were dubbed the “dynamic duo.” The interview is long but worth reading because there are some awesome insights into how Jobs does things.

It’s also one of the frankest CEO interviews you will ever read. Sculley talks openly about Jobs and Apple, admits it was a mistake to hire him to run the company and that he knows little about computers. It is rare for anyone, never mind a big-time CEO, to make such frank assessment of their career in public.

If you do not want to read the whole interview there is an audio version here: http://www.cultofmac.com/john-sculley-on-steve-jobs-the-full-interview-transcript/63295?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+cultofmac/bFow+%28Cult+of+Mac%29

Cultofmac has an awesome interview with John Sculley on Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs and John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple. The pair were dubbed the “dynamic duo.” The interview is long but worth reading because there are some awesome insights into how Jobs does things.

It’s also one of the frankest CEO interviews you will ever read. Sculley talks openly about Jobs and Apple, admits it was a mistake to hire him to run the company and that he knows little about computers. It is rare for anyone, never mind a big-time CEO, to make such frank assessment of their career in public.

If you do not want to read the whole interview there is an audio version here: http://www.cultofmac.com/john-sculley-on-steve-jobs-the-full-interview-transcript/63295?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+cultofmac/bFow+%28Cult+of+Mac%29

Microsoft-led group to pay $450M for 882 Novell patents

CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft, is purchasing 882 Novell patents for $450 million cash, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted Monday by Novell.

The deal is part of the Attachmate acquisition of Novell, also announced Monday, and expected to close in the first quarter of next year. In the original announcement, Novell stated only that CPTN would acquire “certain intellectual property assets.”

Read more here: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9197724/Microsoft_led_group_to_pay_450M_for_882_Novell_patents

CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft, is purchasing 882 Novell patents for $450 million cash, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted Monday by Novell.

The deal is part of the Attachmate acquisition of Novell, also announced Monday, and expected to close in the first quarter of next year. In the original announcement, Novell stated only that CPTN would acquire “certain intellectual property assets.”

Read more here: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9197724/Microsoft_led_group_to_pay_450M_for_882_Novell_patents

11 Uses for an Old PC

Just because you bought a new PC doesn’t mean you have to throw away the old one. Here’s how to make the most of an older computer. Here is a quick condensed list read the article for more information about each one of these.

1. Convert It Into a NAS or Home Server
2. Donate It to a Local School
3. Turn It Into an Experimental Box
4. Give It to a Relative
5. Dedicate It to Distributed Computing
6. Use It as a Dedicated Game Server
7. Use It for Old-School Gaming
8. Make It a Secondary Computing Server
9. Set It Up as a Light-Duty ‘Living Room’ PC
10. Salvage It!
11. Sell It

Read more about them here: http://www.webestigate.com/2010/11/10/11-uses-for-an-old-pc/

Just because you bought a new PC doesn’t mean you have to throw away the old one. Here’s how to make the most of an older computer. Here is a quick condensed list read the article for more information about each one of these.

1. Convert It Into a NAS or Home Server
2. Donate It to a Local School
3. Turn It Into an Experimental Box
4. Give It to a Relative
5. Dedicate It to Distributed Computing
6. Use It as a Dedicated Game Server
7. Use It for Old-School Gaming
8. Make It a Secondary Computing Server
9. Set It Up as a Light-Duty ‘Living Room’ PC
10. Salvage It!
11. Sell It

Read more about them here: http://www.webestigate.com/2010/11/10/11-uses-for-an-old-pc/