Monday, November 19, 2012

Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro (very techy)

I got Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro for my Dell INSPIRON laptop a few weeks ago. I think it is better than past versions because it is more efficient and you can fit more things onto your desktop but it is more confusing than other versions.

It is all about the corners. If you move the cursor to the bottom left corner, the start menu will appear and you will need to click on it. The top left corner shows what programs you are currently running on the computer. The top and bottom right corners show the options menu which include search, share, devices, settings, and another way to get to the start menu. I think the design is pretty cool because it is easier to use, but it is still hard for me to adjust from having Microsoft's Window 7 Home Premium. It is confusing because sometimes I forget which corner does what or, when I am typing something in the search I accidentally move my mouse off the corner and I type something completely random.

Windows 8 has many different versions; Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 RT, Windows 8 Home, and Windows 8 Home Premium. I have the Pro version, which is used more for business but it can run most games too. Although Windows 8 is modern, sophisticated, and high tech, it can not play my most favorite computer game, Minecraft! I think the problem is that the makers of Minecraft haven't updated their product's software, so it only works for lower versions of Windows and Macs. This is a problem because Minecraft is not compatible with Windows 8.

Overall, I like Windows 8 a lot. It is cool, high tech, and fun to play with. Although this may be true, I still think there is room for improvement.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Historical Games: The End?

Both sides are weakened but they continue to fight. In the end, history might not be altered, but is there hope for the AXIS?

In historical games, we had our last session for this semester. There was one battle worth 0.5 point, one worth one point, and Overlord which was two points. The AXIS went all out bloodshed. We terminated the enemy in the 0.5 battle, crushed the enemy in the one point battle and defeated the enemy in Overlord.

I played the one point battle and the end of Overlord. At the beginning of the session, the cumulative score was 10-12. The ALLIES had 10 points and the AXIS had 12. When I won my game, the score was 10-13. The strategy of my friends and I, worked well. We were to maneuver around forests and hills and killing soldiers from every direction. One tank unit was trapped in a forest hex and we wiped it out completely in one roll. When we won the battle, one of the AXIS generals playing Overlord got "killed" (he had to leave) so I took his place.

I killed one enemy unit and wounded another. Then one of my colleagues captured a town hex. We had won the game! The score was now 10-15. When we saw Asher smiling, we knew what he had done. He won the 0.5 point battle. The score was 10-15.5 now. We were so happy, that we started dancing, Gangnam style. I ranked up to a private first class. It is the end of Historical Games, for now...