Friday, February 20, 2009

File Extension PPS

File extension .pps most likely stands for Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow, but it could stand for one of three types of files that you may either find on your computer or receive. You may find you have trouble opening a file with this extension. What should you do? That will depend on which type of file it is and which programs it is associated with.

If you need information on file extension pps, you can go to the link provided for full definitions of all possible file types and reasons why you may have difficult opening them as well as how to fix any problems you're experiencing. This file extension library has an extensive list of file extensions that the average computer user will run across in the course of computing. Helpful information and suggestions are given for every file type imaginable at the File Extension Library.

Video Game Reviews - Mystic Mine

Mystic Mine is a game with simple controls but requires quick thinking and strategy. It has the potential to be both appealing and challenging. Your tasks involve mining for coins, gold and diamonds while guiding your car through ever-changing track configurations. Whatever you do, don't pick up the dynamite!

Each level sets you a specific task, like collecting a certain number of coins or gems. Getting your gold car around the track involves switching the track rails correctly at each corner, so that your car picks up the required number of coins or diamonds and delivers them within the set time limit. This is deceptively easy at first, and you may find your player ranking to be quite impressive. However, as the levels progress, the track configurations become more complex. Add to that the fact that you can only travel down, and you cannot increase your speed, and you will find that the game does become more challenging as you move up through the levels. Occasionally, there will be the odd stick of dynamite to either avoid or pass to another car before it explodes.

The graphics in this game won't over-awe but they are drawn three-dimensionally, creating the illusion that your car is traveling down. They are simple, yet clever.

The background music has an Old West feel which is appropriate for a gold mining game. There's a bouncy and insistent beat that keeps you on your toes without being too intrusive. There are also various sound effects for the cars bumping, the dynamite exploding and successful delivery of required coins and gems.

There's nothing astonishingly new here but the game takes simple concepts and makes them fun. It combines the elements of a maze with the tasks of acquisition. The ability to have six players at once on one keyboard is a neat feature and allows for some healthy competition. Another nice feature is the way the game adjusts the difficulty to your proficiency, making it a perfect game for the younger child.

This game has the ability to appeal to everyone in the family, regardless of age but is more likely to be popular with the younger player. The levels don't vary much in their goals and gamers who like more story and action may find it too simplistic - but overall, it's fun, challenging and a great game for both young and old. Download the 60 minute free trial, you'll probably find it worth its $19.95 price. I would recommend it as a pleasant way to pass the time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Seamless Compassion Benefits the Needy

In these hard economic times, more Americans than ever are finding themselves having to apply for various types of state aid, many for the first time in their lives. What they find often is a jungle of agencies and paperwork that overwhelms them and a process that contains so many layers of delays and red tape that needed services are slow to manifest.

Americans don't have to suffer needlessly while wading through stacks of forms and while different aid agencies try to coordinate benefits. Seamless Compassion can help Americans get the help they need.

Like the tax code, the benefits system is nearly incomprehensible to the average person. Seamless Compassion is a program that can integrate and coordinate benefits programs from county agencies and non-profit organizations to minimize paperwork and assist caseworkers in coordinating benefits for needy Americans. Seamless Compassion does for the benefits system what Turbo Tax does for your taxes. It streamlines and integrates necessary information to expedite the process.

Many families will find themselves applying for Food Stamps for the first time, for instance. Making these benefits available not only assists the family, but infuses money back into the economy when families spend them for necessary groceries. Making these benefits available quickly is essential, both for American families and for our economy.

To learn more about Seamless Compassion, visit their website at

Watch The Fine Print

Who do you want to share your medical records and personal medical information with? Your doctor? Surely. The Federal Government? Probably not.

According to this article, that's exactly what you may be doing very soon. Attached to the economic stimulus package is the creation of a new bureaucracy that will oversee your medical records, monitor your doctor's treatment of you and watch over you, to make sure you aren't getting any treatment that the government does not deem appropriate or cost effective.

Aside from the obvious fact that the last thing we need is more bureaucracy and government agencies spending our money, do we need or want government involved in our personal choices and those of our doctors when it comes to our health or treatment of a serious illness?

Make no mistake. This new arm of the nanny state is not here to hold us back from running wildly into dangerous experimental treatments. It's about money, and control.

Consider this:

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The government will now decide if your treatment is cost-effective. Does cost-effectiveness mean that a senior citizen will receive medications that do not actually cure the condition but merely control the pain? Is it cost-effective to treat something incurable? Does an outcome need to be guaranteed before treatment will be approved?

I don't know about you, but I think those decisions are best made by patient and doctor, not bureaucrats.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

IE7 Update

I am a firm believer in the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", which is why I held off downloading Internet Explorer 7 for so long. Yes, I knew it had caught up to Firefox and had tabbed browsing, and a few other features that made it superior to IE6, but better the devil you know than the devil you don't, as they say.

However, eventually and as I expected, my IE6 broke - crashed, burned, became useless. I have had IE go belly up on so many computers over the years, I rarely open it. However now and again one must have a secondary browser, especially for checking website code.

I must say I am impressed with IE7, it loads much more quickly than IE6. It's sharp with an updated look and tabbed browsing was definitely a needed feature. I wasn't given a choice about installing their new protection software, it just loaded right along with the IE update, so now I face months of assuring IE that yes, I do want this website to function normally and no, I am not afraid of it. All of that will sort itself out in time.

If you have been reluctant to upgrade as I was, I can allay your fears to some extent. If you are going to use IE at all, you should move up to the new and improved version. Better still, just download Firefox.