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w s C NC N THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY. DECEMBER 6, 1997 3D --j? E-mail us at click.livingpbpost.com TODAY , Define needs before computer shopping Question: I am new to computing and I have no idea what kind of computer to buy. What do you recommend? . Answer: Of all the questions I receive, this is by far the most common. But anyone who answers your question as presented does not have your best interest at heart It's like walk B Kaleidoscope '97, a celebration of many cultures, features International Tree Lighting, 6 to 9 p.m. today, Centennial Square, Clematis and Narcissus streets in downtown West Palm Beach. Also, International Concert, 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Meyer Amphitheater, Flagler Drive and Datura Street. Both events feature multicultural entertainment. Free. Call 659-8007. V D I Qtrk L LIVING Sample games at these Web sites Holiday Boat Parade of the Palm Beaches, 6:30 p.m. from Peanut Island to Jonathan's Landing along the Intracoastal. Sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. BIB ing into a car dealership and asking what type of vehicle you should buy. How could anyone know the answer without first finding out more about your needs? You could drive away in a little two-door sports car when ; .' you really need a station wagon.; It's no different with computers yet people have no - qualms about taking the advice ! of a salesperson and not giving it a second thought. A salesman s ; Craig Crossman Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service ATLANTA So you finally parted with your hard-earned 50 bucks and bought that new role-playing-shoot-'em-up-real-time-adventure-strategy game. You got it NETGUIDE home, only to find out all the best parts are on the box art. Wouldn't it have been nice to discover that beforehand? Maybe you like the game, but it's full of bugs. Or it constantly crashes, or features graphic anomalies, sluggish game play and incredibly stupid computer opponents. Game developers try to fully test their games before releasing them, but often version 1.0 is not perfect. To keep their tech support people from being swamped by angry gamers, companies release patches or updates for their games. A patch is a program designed to address specific glitches or to enhance game elements. Developers provide patches free at company Web sites. But if you have several games that need a tune-up, going to. each site can be laborious. Game publishers also know the best way to get people interested in their product is to whet their appetites with a small taste of the full game. These demos also can be found at company Web sites, but you can avoid a lot of surfing at one of these one-stop shops for patches and demos. B Demo Domain (http:www.reno .quik.comandrewslydemo-domian index.shtml is a great place to find demos for big-name games, such as Quake II. There are no busy plug-ins or unnecessary frames. Every section is clearly marked. A handy list of the most recent demos keeps you updated without having to sift through the old stuff. Demo Domain also has a couple of pages' worth of game patches. B C-Net's Gamecenter (http:www.gamecenter.com) is one of the best places to get your gaming news, reviews, demos and patches. A trip to the download page will reveal more than 1,500 demos, patches, shareware and utilities for DOS, Windows and Macintosh. Each file comes with a clear, concise description of the game or patch. B Game Nexus (httpv7www. gamenexus.com) is for serious gamers who have a stack of games that have given them hours of ulcer-inducing frustration. Here you'll find a huge alphabetical listing of cheat codes, puzzle solutions, hints and walk-throughs. Call 624-9092. B Celebrating Black Doll Art, a collectible show and sale, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Omni Hotel, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Features doll-making classes and a vintage black doll exhibit. Cost: $2 adults; free for children. Call 863-1252. B Holiday Blood Drive, noon-6 p.m. today, Sunday, Dec. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27-31 and Jan. 1-2, The Gardens mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Blood donations often decrease during holidays, but demand often rises. The South Florida Blood Bank urges donors to "give the gift of life." Donors will receive free T-shirts. Call 845-2323. B Christmas in the Village, 5-10 p.m. through Sunday, Yesteryear Village in South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach. Lights, decorated homes, strolling minstrels and miniature train. Tickets $2 adults, children under 6 free. Call 793-0333. B Holiday Tour of Homes, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Old Foresta section of Boca Raton, sponsored by-the Boca Raton Historical Society. Tickets $35 per person. Call 395-6766. fl Ladies Florida State Billiards Championship, 12:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 201 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter (Indiantown Road and U.S. 1). Sponsored by Kiss Shot Billiards. Call 743-9501. B Annual cookie sale, 2-4 p.m. at Tropical Sands Christian Church, 2726 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Buy empty tin for $5, fill up free. Tasting tables. Call 622-1726. . B Santa's Snowfall Celebration, 1-4 p.m. at the Oakwood Square Shopping Center, on North Congress Avenue just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. Admission one unwrapped toy or $5. B La Chatelaine's 20th Annual Garage Sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today (rain date Sunday), at Chatelaine, between Barwick and Lake Ida roads in Delray Beach. B Breakfast With Santa, 8 a.m.-l p.m. at Bykota Lodge, 421 Jennings Ave., Greenacres. Breakfast $3, picture with Santa $5. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 106. B Boca Raton Museum of Art Annual Juried Outdoor Jewelry Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Boca Center on Military Trail. Call (561) 392-2500. B Annual barbecue and flea market, 8 a.m. at the Palm Beach Assisted Living Facility, 514 dream customersucker. And asking a friend what's-best usually results in your buying exactly what your friend has. Your friend's brand loyalty could cost you big-time. Sit down with any family members who plan to use the computer and make a list of things you would like to do with it. Will your children be using it in school? If so, what kind does the school use? . Are you using it for work, recreation or both? What kind does your office use? Do you want to surf the Internet? Does your work require the use of specialty programs? Are they available for PC and Mac? , A good idea is to visit a user group in your area. Go to both PC and Mac groups because each will . tout its own platform. See demonstrations and hear' how people use their computers. Check your local " computer store to find them. Calling (800) 538-9696 puts you in touch with Apple's User Group locator. Buying a computer is a hefty investment. You'll probably spend about $2,500 these days for a nice . system. As with buying anything of value, invest a : little time, ask around and become a more informed consumer before taking the plunge. ; It's not GQ, but IQ This holiday, wear a computer T-shirt that says you are one of the computer-literate. Here are some of my favorite offerings: B Insufficient Memory At This Time B Will Code for Food B Mac My Day B I'm Not Unemployed. I'm A Consultant. B Help! I'm On-line and I can't QUIT! : In addition to these T-shirts, you can get accou-terments like propeller beanies, floppy-disk watches, a chocolate computer mouse and more from the ComputerGear catalog. Call (800) 373-6353. ; Send questions for Craig to The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24696, West Palm Beach, 33416-4700; or call him Sundays, 10 p.m.-midnight on WJNO-AM ' 1040 and 1330; or visit his Computer America talk . show Sunday 3-6 p.m. at Palm Beach Atlantic College. Lego blocks form computer game Along they way, they'll find interactive activities. B Just in time for the do-it-yourself card-maker comes ClickArt Celebrations & Holidays (WindowsMac; $29, less a $10 rebate through Dec. 31). It's a collection of 8,500 nicely done images from Broderbund that can add class and character to any greeting card, newsletter, invitation, sign or brochure. It also has artistic alphabets, fonts for the holidays and a full-featured image browser that can be used to view, convert and edit pictures. Images are included for New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, as well as birthdays and weddings. Palm Beach Post Wire Services Lego Island is a world populated by buildings, vehicles and people built out of the world's top-selling construction blocks. The program from Mindscape (Windows- O Macintosh; CYBERSTUFF about is 311 action adventure game for the 6-to-12 age group. It is the first computer program using the 65-year-old company's building blocks. 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