More info on me, in case it helps:
I'm not a programmer, but I'm about as close as you can be to one without being one. I normally run Mac OS X, and Windows XP is handy. I'd rather not maintain a Linux install, but I'll do what I have to.
Discussion on this recent post inspired me to ask Slashdot. I've been trying to crack this nut off and on for months.
Thanks in advance to all non-snarky replies.
My ideal goal is to run these games at exactly double their original resolution — running 640 x 480 games at 1280 x 960, for example — so that each original pixel takes up exactly a 2 x 2 block of screen pixels, yielding graphics that are perfectly crisp and decently big.
I've tried arcane settings in graphics card drivers new and old, I've tried forcing the OS to run at a given resolution, I've tried PowerStrip, all to no avail.
Short of writing a new, modern engine for my favorite games, is there a reasonable solution to this problem?"
Create a puzzle that will require the cooperation of all the recipients to complete. The contents of each drive should be tailored to the individual. Computer-savvy people could have an encrypted document or image on their drive; computer dunces could have a simple text file that says "Call Joe at 870-555-1234 and tell him to give the password on his drive to Mark at 901-555-4567." Put hints on some drives, and images, and text files, and passwords, and instructions that, if all are followed, will result in the final unveiling of something cool.
The "something cool"? I don't know. If you have some money laying around, it could result in uncovering a bunch of $10 iTunes gift certificate codes on some web site somewhere. (But it'd have to be done in such a way that each person involved can claim exactly one certificate.)
Ideally, build some redundancy into the puzzle so that even if 10 or 20 people don't participate, the remainder can still get something cool in the end.
If you choose to do this (and I must say I think my idea is pretty awesome), keep me posted on what you do. My contact info is on my
The anti-competitive behavior is not the bundling of IE itself, but rather the conditions Microsoft imposed upon OEMs who wished to install/default to other browsers. It has at times entirely disallowed other browsers and at others given a substantial discount for making IE the only/default browser on new systems.
I don't know to what extent this crap is still the case today.
They sort of do get more chances to win; if the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, they randomly draw a name from all entries. If the winner is an app downloader, who knows if they'll be paying enough attention to reply? They may even think it's SPAM and delete the "You won!" e-mail.
(Now that I read it, the second sentence is equally poorly written. It seems I'm not immune to being struck with the stupids when I see "Comments (0)" on a new post.)
(*"THAT". The reason is simply THAT netbooks have changed from a etc. Not "because." Yeesh.)