AMD Radeon 7970 GHz Edition: Ho hum, yet another ‘fastest video card in the world’

July 15, 2012 by  
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Back in April and May, I wrote about Nvidia’s incessant attempts to outdo itself in the high-end single-GPU video card market. the recently released GeForce GTX 670, I argued then, surpassed the influence of the even more powerful GTX 680, its lower price and comparable performance effectively disintegrating what hope AMD had left of dominating the market this generation. after all, if the GTX 670 was more powerful in every game than the Radeon HD 7950 and could trounce the still-better 7970 in a fair number of benchmarks, what all could AMD do?

Last week, the company unveiled its answer: the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. With a list price of $499, in the same range as the GTX 680, it does manage to be faster than its Nvidia counterpart. I developed some qualms about the 7970 GHz Edition while testing it — namely its noise level when under load (annoying) and its power usage (high compared with Nvidia’s more energy-efficient cards) — but it proved itself to be, in several ways, the new best there is.

Then I was struck with a question: So what?

I try to maintain a positive attitude about the products I cover, and fight off cynicism about them and the industry as much as I can. but this release tested even my limits. Occurring six months since the original 7970′s release, and barely two months since Nvidia stole the headlines, the launch struck me as little more than AMD’s naked attempt to recapture the crown Nvidia earned with back-to-back-to-back releases (the GTX 680, GTX 690, and the GTX 670) earlier this spring. sure, the card accomplished the goal AMD had set for it. but was it necessary?

AMD can spin this any way it wants, but it has yet to convince me that this was an organic effort. AMD hasn’t been shy about releasing GHz Edition video cards earlier in the 7000 series, but it did so primarily to deliver an additional performance bump to cards that wouldn’t have as many stream processors as the higher-end models. So why do this now, and risk angering the 7970 early adopters who thought their purchase would stay current for at least a year? and of the perilously few other major changes, the two biggest — an uptick in the memory data rate, to 6Gbps (thanks to the aid of faster 1500MHz memory modules), and the addition of a Boost feature to its Power Tune capability that can dynamically push the clock speed even higher when the headroom exists for it — are functionally identical to what Nvidia introduced in its 600 series.

Don’t get me wrong: I like the 7970 GHz Edition, and think its changes are smart ones. I’m just not sure I see the real-world point of rendering a dead horse in this kind of situation. rather than expend time, effort, and resources to reclaim a title it will likely only hold onto for a few months — until it releases its own 8000-series cards — AMD could have devoted them to making the next card better. To refining and expanding its feature set and technologies, so that it will be even further ahead of Nvidia technology-wise than the GTX 680 was ahead of the 7970 a couple of months ago. To showing that it cares about putting out compelling products in the long run, not just playing a continual, exhausting game of one-upmanship. Or even to broadening its line of budget offerings, to help better address the lingering question of what (if anything) low-end discrete cards mean in a world whose PCs are powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge and AMD Fusion chips.

Next page: Is the extra performance worth it?

Powerball Lottery Software – Does it Really Work?

June 10, 2012 by  
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The Powerball Lottery is becoming more popular in the United States nowadays. It is played in most US states. The game involves picking out 5 white balls out of 59 white balls and 1 red ball out of 39 red balls. there should be six balls drawn. there are nine possible ways to win in this game. The most important way to win the jackpot prize is to match all 5 white ball numbers to the winning list plus the number of the red ball should also match the red ball drawn. Each combination that a player chooses costs $1. The Powerball Lottery is drawn twice each week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There are many who are drawn to the Powerball Lottery because of the large jackpot prize that it offers. The consolation prizes are also worth looking into. if you are the only jackpot winner then you can either have a lump sum cash prize which amounts to about more than half of the announced jackpot or you can enjoy your winnings in a 30-year allowance plan. if there are other jackpot winners then the prize is divided equally among the winners.

There are three possible ways to pick your combination of numbers. you can always choose your numbers manually. there is also the option of having the computer quickly pick for you. and then there is also the choice of having the computer pick your combination of white ball numbers while you manually choose the red ball’s number or vice versa.

It is said that the odds of winning a prize in this game is 1 out of 35 chances. because of this, people playing this game should strategize on how to come up with winning combinations. they do this by studying the trends and patterns that the Powerball Lottery has had in its past draws. this can prove to incur a headache if done manually so, to lighten the burden, various Powerball Lottery Software programs have been released for the public to use.

Powerball Lottery Software programs are easy to use. you just have to run the program and it immediately brings up various charts that offer information about the history of the Powerball Lottery. some of these Powerball Lottery Software programs load up a draw history file for the game so as to determine the possible patterns and trends in this game. these Powerball Lottery Software programs are also quicker in determining the probability and odds of your numbers making it to the winning list. they can also analyze the chances of the individual numbers being drawn. this is also applicable in analyzing groups of numbers to see if they are a winnable combination.

Like other lottery prediction programs which are available out in the market, the Powerball Lottery Software programs should only serve to guide the player in making his or her selections. they do not guarantee an instant win since it is a game of probabilities. therefore, the player should only use these kinds of software to analyze the chances of his winning the Powerball Lottery.

If you are interested in playing and winning the Powerball Lottery then you should have an effective way of analyzing the odds and picking your numbers so that you can enjoy constant wins.

Phil Mickelson Withdraws From Memorial Due to Mental Fatigue, Focusing on Being Rested for U.S. Open – Golf – NESN.com

June 1, 2012 by  
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DUBLIN, Ohio — Phil Mickelson hit the wall and then headed for the exit, withdrawing from the Memorial after a 79 on Thursday because of mental fatigue.

Mickelson said it was more important for him to be rested for the U.S. Open in two weeks than to finish Jack Nicklaus' tournament. He attributed the fatigue to playing three straight weeks, and then going to Europe to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday. He returned home to play a corporate outing Tuesday in New York, flew to Ohio for the pro-am and found his head wasn't in the game.

"The course here is in such great shape. It's a beautiful way to get ready for the U.S. Open," he said. "but I'm hitting it so poorly that … I have to look at what's best for me to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm going to take the next few days to kind of rest up."

It's not unusual for players to withdraw after a high score — it was Mickelson's worst in the 13 trips to the Memorial — and three other players withdrew Thursday. but it's rare when the player is of Mickelson's stature, a four-time major champion inducted this month into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Mickelson could not think of another time he withdrew without physical injury.

"I feel like it's the responsibility of a player to see through your commitment and finish the tournament and so forth," Mickelson said. "and I'm kind of overruling that just a touch, because I'm trying to think big picture on what's the best way for me to get ready for the Open."

The last time Mickelson withdrew was also at the Memorial in 2007, only then he had injured his wrist while practicing out of the rough at Oakmont for the U.S. Open, and he stopped after 11 holes. Mickelson wound up missing the cut at Oakmont.

Mickelson played Quail Hollow, The Players Championship and the Byron Nelson Championship, and then headed to France and Italy with his wife, Amy.

"We had a great time, but I think I probably just went a little bit overboard last month, and it has nothing to do with playing poorly and so forth," he said. "but I do think I need to get rested to play my best for the Open."

Mickelson said he likely would see swing coach Butch Harmon to "get things straightened out," and go up to The Olympic Club in San Francisco to study the course. Mickelson has finished runner-up a record five times in his national open.

Whether it was more than fatigue, Mickelson wasn't saying.

His group, which included Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, had a massive gallery with several fans taking pictures with their cellphones. Watson complained about the cellphones, though Mickelson said it was "more that mentally I wasn't able to focus as well from the last month."

But it's not unlike Mickelson to deliver a message, regardless of criticism that comes his way. when he and Tiger Woods first talked about the PGA Tour season being too long in 2005, Mickelson cited personal reasons for skipping the Tour Championship. He also skipped the BMW Championship during the first year of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was no fan of Cog Hill, though that WD was said to be more about a debate with the tour.

Mickelson was even par for the tournament with a birdie on the par-5 11th, and then he played 7-over par the rest of the way, including a tee shot into the water on the par-3 16th for a double bogey.

"I knew he was struggling throughout the day," Fowler said. "you could tell he was a little tired. He's been traveling a bit lately. He told us there in the trailer when we were signing the cards. obviously, it was a little bit of a grind out there [Thursday]."

Fowler said players had to restart their pre-shot routines because of the pictures being taken by fans.

"you could see Phil was a little fatigued and was having trouble blocking it out a bit," Fowler said.

Watson said the phones have been "pretty bad ever since they made that rule" that allows fans to take phones on the course, although pictures are not allowed and there are designated areas to make calls.

"when they make these marquee pairings, more people are going to follow them and more people want to take pictures, so it makes it very difficult," Watson said. "ever since they made that rule that cellphones are allowed, it's just not fun playing.

"It took Phil out of his game," Watson said. "Phil's a great player and a great champion, and it just took him out of his game. It's sad. It's sad that cellphones can make or break a championship."

Kevin Durant Dunk Or How to Increase Vertical Jump

May 20, 2012 by  
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Do you remember Kevin Durant’s first NBA (summer league 2007) game? It was a 66 – 77 loss for the Seattle Supersonics (against the Dallas Mavericks), in which the 2007 # 2 Draft Pick scored 18 points in 29 minutes, but only shot 5 of 17 from the field.

The forward missed his first five shots of the game (two layup’s, two jumpers and a hook shot), but displayed some good moves in the process including a nice spin move on the block. his sixth shot, a turnaround jumper from the right corner, hit nothing but net. Durant hit his stride in the second quarter (0-5 FG, 0 points in first quarter), hitting for 13 points (3-8 FG, 7-8 FT).

Besides, his first shot was blocked out of bounds by Dallas Mavericks Center Desagana Diop.

Everybody gets their shot blocked, it’s the NBA, Durant said of the block. I can’t get down on myself because he (Diop) blocked it. I thought I had the clear layup but he came over and blocked it.

But don’t be fooled, Kevin Durant can jump. In fact, he has a 33-inch vertical But the interesting fact here is the skinny forward (only 215 lbs. at 6’9”) has never worked out with weights to increase his vertical jump. by using weights you can get bulky and lose speed and flexibility real fast. But that’s what Durant’s game is all about.

So, what are the exercises he used to improve his vertical?

This is a must-do almost every NBA player uses this old exercise. Jumping rope is a great way to build stamina, and work on your leg strength. In addition, it builds jumping ability (explosiveness, calf strength, etc.).

One-legged jumps: leap as high as possible off of one foot, then come down and immediately leap as high as possible off the other leg. Repeat this for 10 to 15 jumps.

Two-legged leaps: squat down so you are in the triple threat position. Now explode up and off the ground as if you are reaching for a rebound. Come down, gather yourself for a second or two, then leap up again, as high as possible. Do this 8 to 10 times.

3) run stairs:

Running stairs can really help your vertical leap because it build stamina, leg strength, and when done right, explosiveness. To work on explosiveness, use bounding movements. In other words, don’t just get from one step the the next, but really leap and bound up from one step to the next.
These are just some of the exercises that help to increase your vertical real fast.

For the rest of the exercises and crucial things to know about vertical jump (f.e. why often what you don’t do is more important then what you do do) please take a look at:

ChessBase.com – Chess News – World Championship G4 reflections

May 18, 2012 by  
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World Championship G4 reflections

What Carmelo Anthony Will Do For The New York Knicks

May 2, 2012 by  
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Carmelo Anthony finally got what he wanted. instead of staying with the stagnant Denver Nuggets, he took his talents to MSG. the era where franchise players stay on the same team for their whole career is over. Ever since the Boston big 3 was formed in 2007, a few NBA teams have been stocking up on superstars; you no longer need 1, but 2 or 3 elite players to win a championship. whether this is good or not for the league is debatable.

So Melo’s wish was granted and now he will play alongside Amare Stoudemire in the big Apple to bring glory back to the Knicks franchise, which hasn’t had a winning record in 9 seasons. Anthony has played with a scoring superstar in the past, Allen Iverson, and it worked out pretty well. So why wouldn’t it work out now?

Mike D’Antoni’s offense is the complete opposite of Melo’s. the Knicks coach teaches run and gun, fast paced and high volume shot offense with less defense. Anthony tends to slow down the game, run lots of iso plays and take many shots which will affect Stoudemire’s number of touches. Even if the two can work out who gets how many shots, it will be hard to work the coaches offensive tactics. Plus point guard Chauncy Billups isn’t getting any younger, so pushing the ball may not be the best option.

Then there’s of course the lack of defense. Anthony isn’t a reputed defender, although he has improved this year. they have to play lock down D to beat teams like the Celtics or Heat.

Still, one can’t focus on the negative aspects of this trade. A team with 2 of the top 10 scorers in the league is bound to have some success. Melo will take some scoring pressure of of Stoudemire and draw double teams to free shooters like Billups or Fields.

Expect to see some changes this offseason to sign an elite point guard and a better supporting cast to try and bring the Knicks back to the finals.

“Operation Game Over” cracks down on gaming sex offenders

April 18, 2012 by  
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Online gaming systems have reached an agreement with the New York State Attorney General's Office to shut down or suspend communication privileges for more than 3,500 accounts – those of registered sex offenders who will now no longer be able to interact anonymously with kids.

It's the first initiative of its kind, and it offers parents some reassurances when their children are gaming online.

"sometimes I ask them, 'do you want to play this game with me," says Isaiah Kelley. He says it's a lot more fun to play video games with someone else, so when there's no one around, it's easy to find a buddy online. but he and his sister Jaylan are careful.

"If they ask us what our names are or what we look like, we just end the conversation and log off," he said.

New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's more than just scary, it's downright dangerous. He pointed to the recent case of Richard Kretovic, the 19-year-old gamer from Greece who sexually abused a 10-year-old boy after chatting with him for three months online. Kretovic is due back in court this month for facing, and could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. 

"This initiative protects the most vulnerable segment of our population from the most dangerous segment of our population," Schneiderman said, while announcing "Operation Game Over." 

The ban applies to 3,500 accounts for registered sex offenders in New York from online platforms like Xbox. 

Already registered sex offenders have to provide their email addresses and screen names so social networking sites can remove them. Now gaming networks are on board, too. It's the first sweep of its kind.

It's welcome news for Dean and Linda Cooper, Jaylan and Isaiah's grandparents.

"I'm worried all the time when they get on the computers or any of their games, and all that stuff. We're constantly checking on them," Linda Cooper said.

"when we grew up we didn't think anything about walking anywhere or doing anything, now you can't let the kids go anywhere without an adult," Dean Cooper said. "It's not right."

There is one downside to the new initiative, as it only applies to sex offenders within state borders. it may not hold much weight in virtual gaming worlds where young and old players mix anonymously and communicate. but it does keep at least 3,500 accounts off the platforms.

Online gaming systems have reached an agreement with the New York State Attorney General's Office to shut down or suspend communication privileges for more than 3,500 accounts – those of registered sex offenders who will now no longer be able to interact anonymously with kids.

It's the first initiative of its kind, and it offers parents some reassurances when their children are gaming online.

"sometimes I ask them, 'do you want to play this game with me," says Isaiah Kelley. He says it's a lot more fun to play video games with someone else, so when there's no one around, it's easy to find a buddy online. but he and his sister Jaylan are careful.

"If they ask us what our names are or what we look like, we just end the conversation and log off," he said.

New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's more than just scary, it's downright dangerous. He pointed to the recent case of Richard Kretovic, the 19-year-old gamer from Greece who sexually abused a 10-year-old boy after chatting with him for three months online. Kretovic is due back in court this month for facing, and could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. 

"This initiative protects the most vulnerable segment of our population from the most dangerous segment of our population," Schneiderman said, while announcing "Operation Game Over." 

The ban applies to 3,500 accounts for registered sex offenders in New York from online platforms like Xbox. 

Already registered sex offenders have to provide their email addresses and screen names so social networking sites can remove them. Now gaming networks are on board, too. It's the first sweep of its kind.

It's welcome news for Dean and Linda Cooper, Jaylan and Isaiah's grandparents.

"I'm worried all the time when they get on the computers or any of their games, and all that stuff. We're constantly checking on them," Linda Cooper said.

"when we grew up we didn't think anything about walking anywhere or doing anything, now you can't let the kids go anywhere without an adult," Dean Cooper said. "It's not right."

There is one downside to the new initiative, as it only applies to sex offenders within state borders. it may not hold much weight in virtual gaming worlds where young and old players mix anonymously and communicate. but it does keep at least 3,500 accounts off the platforms.

Play Air Hockey In Google Chrome – How To Play Air Hockey In Google Chrome

March 30, 2012 by  
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Who does not enjoy playing games today? Games in HD, with crystal clear graphics, specially designed computers only for the purpose of playing games easily takes one to the virtual world of gaming. with a little help of an extension, you can enjoy game like Air Hockey directly in Google Chrome.

Note: To play Air Hockey in Google Chrome, you will need the Air Hockey extension.

Get the Air Hockey Extension

First you will have to get the Air Hockey extension from the Google Chrome Extensions. You should find the link there. There are two ways available using which you can play the game in Google Chrome. You can either use the drop-down window or you can open the game in the new tab of the browser window. Let us go through an example demonstrating how you can play the game in the new tab of the browsing window.

There are options for you to choose the level of difficulty, to play in full screen mode or not and to have the sound effects on. You will have to be fast and quick. otherwise, it will not take any time for the computer player to beat you.

The Difficulty Levels

There are three levels in this game to choose from – easy, medium and hard. if you are a newbie and excited to play the game, spur it up with a win. To win the game, you will have to choose the first level, though. So to make things easier for you, start with the “Easy Level”. it will give you an idea of how the game actually functions. You will get accustomed with the controls of the game.

When you get used to the game you can increase the level one by one. To have a feel of how the top level works, switch over to it directly. You will know what exactly in store for the “Hard Level” is. if you win in the “Easy” level, a message will pop up notifying you about your win and ask you to try the “Medium” level.

The full Screen Mode

You are certain to experience the feel of the full screen mode when playing the game. the joy and thrill of playing the game in the full screen mode is one of its kinds. Use the “Full Screen Link,” which you should find below the gaming window. the good thing about this particular full screen mode is that the game will use the total browser window region, irrespective of the fact if the actual window is maximized or not.

Rules for Air Hockey

The first player, who accumulates at least seven points, is the winner. If the puck drops inside the player’s goal, the opponent gets one point.

The next serve then goes to the player who has been scored upon. You can strike the puck with any part of the mallet. Keep these four simple rules in mind – and they are easy to remember. You can then start enjoying this fast-paced game right away.

Derek Fisher signs with Thunder

March 22, 2012 by  
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OKLAHOMA CITY — after winning five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher chose the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder as the team where he wants to go for no. 6.

Fisher signed with the Thunder for the remainder of the season on Wednesday, not quite a week after he was traded to Houston by the Lakers and subsequently bought out of his contract instead of playing with the Rockets.

Fisher

He picked jersey no. 37, the same as his age, and hoped to play right away and perhaps be able to maintain his streak of consecutive games played.

More importantly, he wants to continue his run of postseason success.

“Right now, they sit on top of the Western Conference and I’m just hopeful that the things that I do, the things that I’ve always brought to every team I’ve ever played on, can be the right mix to help these guys continue to do whatever it is that they’re already doing,” Fisher said before the game.

The Thunder lost their backup point guard, Eric Maynor, to a season-ending knee injury in January but hadn’t made any moves to address the position. All-Star Russell Westbrook had been taking on extra minutes as the starter, with rookie Reggie Jackson taking over as his backup.

Then Fisher became available when the Lakers decided to acquire Ramon Sessions from Cleveland and promote Steve Blake to the starter. Fisher had won five titles alongside Kobe Bryant in two separate stints with the Lakers, with stops in Utah and Golden State in between.

Fisher was due to earn $3.4 million next season under the terms of his contract with the Lakers. but he surrendered all of next season’s salary after being traded to Houston last week to secure a buyout from the Rockets and the opportunity to pick a contender to join for the stretch run.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Fisher and the Thunder were “very close” on a deal despite a strong pitch from the Heat, who could offer the veteran only the minimum salary. the Thunder have roughly $3 million left of their mid-level exception and thus possessed the ability to outbid Miami by offering a portion of that amount to sign Fisher to a one-year deal.

Fisher was officially placed on waivers at 6 p.m. ET Monday, giving teams under the salary cap 48 hours to claim him. He was owed a little less than $1 million for the rest of this season and had a player option worth $3.4 million for next season.

Fisher’s surrender of next season’s salary marks the second time in his career that he has left a significant amount of money on the table to facilitate a move he wants. in 2007, Fisher gave up roughly $8 million owed by the Jazz to return to the Lakers — with whom he began his career alongside Bryant in 1996-97 — so Fisher’s family could be closer to the doctors who were treating his daughter for a rare form of eye cancer.

He had played 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with Los Angeles before getting dealt away at last week’s trade deadline.

“I think that I was surprised by it, but since then I’ve very much realized that it’s not so much about what went wrong and why it happened but more so where I’m going next and the next chapter of my life,” Fisher said, declining to speak in depth about his divorce with the team until later.

Fisher figures to take over Jackson’s backup minutes, although coach Scott Brooks called the 2011 first-round draft pick one of the Thunder’s “important pieces going forward.” Fisher has averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 assists during his career and has played in 209 playoff games in 13 trips to the postseason.

“He has winner all over his DNA,” Brooks said. “You can never have enough winners in your locker room, and we have a locker room full of them. He just gives us one more winner.”

Fisher played with the Lakers when they knocked Oklahoma City out in the first round of the 2010 playoffs on their way to a second straight championship. He said he’s always respected the team because he’s observed that the players play with energy every single game.

That approach was reinforced when he met with general manager Sam Presti while he was going through the process of clearing waivers and becoming a free agent.

“It’s very clear that there’s one common goal, and that’s to maximize the abilities of every player on the team and try to bring, at some point, a championship to Oklahoma City,” Fisher said.

Oklahoma City made room for Fisher by waiving forward Ryan Reid, a second-round pick in 2010 who had played in only five games over the past season and a half.

“He’s got great poise, he’s got a great basketball IQ, great recognition on both ends of the floor,” Presti said of Fisher. “He understands the league, he’s a well-regarded corner shooter and someone that we feel like can settle you down and make plays for you throughout the body of the game.”

Presti praised Jackson and reserve Royal Ivey for filling Maynor’s minutes over the past two months well enough to give Oklahoma City the league’s third-best record, behind Miami and Chicago, heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“We have a lot of confidence in the group that we have in place, obviously, to be where we are right now,” Presti said. “We know we can improve. … we feel like Derek’s someone that can help enhance where we are currently.”

Two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant endorsed Fisher’s arrival even before he had officially signed and envisioned him as a mentor to the young team who’s still able to hit clutch shots and defend. He was hesitant to look forward and assess Fisher’s impact on the Thunder’s championship hopes.

“You can ask as many questions as you want, but it’s a little different if you go through it yourself,” Durant said. “I’m just going to just try to pick his brain as much as I can about the game of basketball but at the same time, of course if I want to get to that goal, I’ll have to experience it myself.”

Fisher, in a statement issued Wednesday, thanked fans, friends and family, as well as the Lakers players for their support.

“To Kobe, Pau, Andrew, Matt, Steve, Devin, Darius, Josh, Drew, Troy, Metta, Luke, and Jason, and all my teammates in Los Angeles through the years, thank you for your friendship, for the camaraderie, for pushing me each and every day to achieve greatness and letting me lead you the best way I knew how,” Fisher said in the statement. “You each have a lifelong friend and supporter in me.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown said he was happy Fisher joined a championship contender.

“It’s great,” Brown said before the Lakers played the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. “It’s great. You’re happy for him and his family because you know he’s a winner and that’s probably where he wanted to go to, a winning organization, so he’ll be able to help those guys out.”

Information from ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin and the Associated Press was used in this report.

Desktop Tower Defense – Towers Explained

March 7, 2012 by  
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In Desktop Tower Defense we have exactly 9 towers that we can choose from, from very cheap to very expensive one, in this guide I will go through each one of them and basically tell you a little bit about each tower so you basically understand it and do better use of it..

1. Pellet Tower – or what I call the maze tower or the cheap tower, basically it is one of the cheapest towers in the game and it plays a good role at the start of the game and creating maze. good thing about this cheap tower is that, it can attack both Air and Ground units, so at the very start of the game you basically dont have to build Swarm Tower ” air attacking tower” because these cheap Pellet Towers pwn first 2 waves of planes. Lastly, with final upgrade these cheap Pellet Towers become Sniper Towers, and they basically 1 hit kill almost any creep.

2. Squirt Tower – This tower is basically one of the best towers available in the game, its cheap and its super effective, it fires super fast. In addition to that, Squirt Towers can attack both air and ground units, which in itself is very cost effective, and once you upgrade this Tower it becomes SUPER STRONG, they fire super fast and they kill almost every creep.

3. Dart Tower – or you can call them Tank Towers ha ha ha, well they do look like a Tank to me, but anyways lets get to the business. Dart Tower is slow but it damages an area on the ground when it fires, they can be a good tower when mixed with others but I dont recommend building lots of them as they can only attak ground units.

4. Swarm Tower – These towers can only attak air units thats all, I would recommend maybe 4-5 of them in the center of your maze maybe upgrade them 3 levels or 4 so that they can kill flying units faster as units gets stronger and stronger with every wave. Don’t spam them all around as it wont do any good, like I said have 4 of them around the maze basically around the center so that no flying unit gets away.

5. Frost Tower – This tower basically owns, very cheap to upgrade and good thing abou Frost tower is that it slows down the creeps that way other towers get more time to kill them and as Frost Tower does damage to multiple units, once they are slowed down it can damage all the units around the area and you can kill the creeps faster. It becomes Blizzard Tower at the last upgrade and it basically becomes a backbone like Squirt Tower, because it gives you more time specially if you are Juggling around.

6. Bash Tower = You can call it Bombard Tower, not only it does good damage but it can also stuns the units.. which again gives more time for your other towers to kill the unit. Very strong tower versus ground units and if you have a maze where units of to keep moving around a specific area you can build 4-5 of them and upgrade them and watch the action, they do very good damage and you should always include them in your maze and upgrade them as they do more and more damage and higher chances of stunning the unit for longer time once you upgrade them…

7. Ink Tower – Kinda weird name but basically it shoots kinda ink over the ground and when a creep goes over it they get damaged, I have used the tower few times but I have yet to find a good use of it, it doesn’t play a significant role in the game like many of the other towers, but you can always give it a try and see how it goes for you.

8. Snap Tower – This tower only fires once and damages an area around it. Thats all I know about this tower to be honest, I have not used it even once, so I have no idea if it does any good, I guess it does but I gotta still see a maze with good use of this tower.

9. Boost Tower – last but not least we have this GREAT Boost Tower, I love this tower, basically you can have one of them between 5-6 other towers and this tower can boost power of all of them. This tower basically adds additional damage to all the other towers around it. I highly recommend this tower between your other towers because it pwns..

Here is a small peek at one of the towers fully detailed information. Visit my blog Desktop Tower Defense Strategy [afghan-artist.com/Desktop-Tower-Defense-Strategies/2007/07/29/desktop-tower-defense-towers-explained] for all towers and more tips and tricks

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