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R. A. Makela

Silvaculturist (ret. - member 10-6 treeplanter); Tree Faller (ret.); Carpenter (ret.) Writer; Computer Repairman (hobby); Wing Chun Master (life path)


Wing Chun. Politics. Cars. 12 Things You Can Replace With a $38 Tablet. Click To View Slideshow» The Ubislate 7Ci isn't a very good tablet, but as a wall clock, it's fantastic!

12 Things You Can Replace With a $38 Tablet

When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the "magical" world of modern touch-screen tablets in 2010, he surely didn't have Datawind's $38 Ubislate 7Ci in mind. This 7Ci is the inevitable endpoint in the evolution of any gadget: Phase 1) an exciting new gadget is introduced at a premium price; Phase 2) the technology and price are improved upon by competing high-end manufacturers; and finally some years down the road, Phase 3) no-name manufacturers cut every corner there is until they can create a no-frills device affordable to every member of the economic spectrum. If you've ever operated an iPad, you'll be fantastically disappointed by the 7Ci. Its performance is lugubrious; its camera is horrible; the battery life is wanting; and if you view the screen at too sharp an angle, it turns monochrome. Useful/Helpful Sites. Free software that can be worth having.

Helpful. 14 Special Google Searches With Instant Answers. Google can do more than display lists of websites – Google will give you quick answers to many special searches.

14 Special Google Searches With Instant Answers

While Google isn’t quite as advanced as Wolfram Alpha, it has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. We’ve also covered searching Google like a pro by learning the Google search operators – if you want to master Google, be sure to learn those. Calculator You can use Google as a calculator – just type in a quick calculation and Google will provide an answer. Google Tips, Tricks & Hacks. Free software that can be worth having.


Great Pictures. Fitness. Science. Tech. Sleep. Mysterious Mountains Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Revealed. The first detailed pictures of one of the planet's last unexplored frontiers — a vast mountain range that rivals the Alps in majesty buried underneath the ice of Antarctica — were revealed by scientists this week.

Mysterious Mountains Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Revealed

The rugged peaks soar to more than 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). They are buried beneath solid ice more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) thick, deep within Antarctica's eastern interior. The existence of this mountain range, called the Gamburtsev Mountains, shocked the Russian scientists who first discovered it more than 50 years ago, and mystery still shrouds the nearly 750-mile- (1,200-km-) long series of subglacial peaks. At the International Polar Yearconference in Oslo, Norway, scientists unveiled new radar images of an area of the mountains the size of the state of New York. Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria.

The legendary city of Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great as he swept through Egypt in his quest to conquer the known world.

Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria

Now scientists have discovered hidden underwater traces of a city that existed at Alexandria at least seven centuries before Alexander the Great arrived, findings hinted at in Homer's Odyssey and that could shed light on the ancient world. Alexandria was founded in Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean in 332 B.C. to immortalize Alexander the Great.


Music. Babes. The Human Energetic System, Chakras, And How To Use Them For Life Success & Happiness. Karma. Big Bro. Computing. Networking. Home Electronics. Android.