The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 150
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 150

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Saturday, December 6, 1997
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SL THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 3D M -4 E-mail us at TODAY I? . I . 5? t h -' I ""CJ rf. "-2E 1 I , 3 i I 4 - i in i mm 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 ft 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 Plant Martin BeautifulLandscape Fair and Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, East Ocean Boulevard, Stuart. Features one-stop shopping for landscaping needs. Free educational classes will be taught by local experts, and vendors will be selling everything from aquatic plants and topiaries. For information, call 781-1222. D I CrtAL LIVING Sample games at these Web sites B Annual Cookie and Craft Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 3114 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce. Cookies, hot dogs, chili, coffee, tea and home-made holiday items. V f ' - jwjf.". 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 ia 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 salesoerson and not giving it Craig Crossman Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service ATLANTA So you finally parted with your hard-earned 50 bucks and bought that game. QYou 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. fl Demo Domain (http:www.reno .quik.comandrewslydemoHdomian 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. fl C -Net's Gamecenter ( 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. fl Game Nexus (httpywww. 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 461-2499. B Community CPR, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Martin County Red Cross, 2750 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart. Includes Adult, Infant and Child CPR. Prepaid fee $25. Call 287-2002. B Genealogy Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Stokes Room, Martin County Library, 701 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Martin County Genealogical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution assist in genealogy research. Call 286-3698. fl Sneak Preview of A Christmas Carol, 4 p.m., Treasure Coast Commons, 3001 N.W. Federal Highway, Jensen Beach. Enjoy hot chocolate and excerpt performances. Presented by Shiloh Theatre. Call 692-2270. fl Annual Holiday Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Environmental Studies Center, 2900 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach. Christmas ornaments and holiday items, also sweatshirts, tote bags, mugs, hats and crafts. Also, have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy bake sale items. Call 334-4643. fl Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in a tent on Central Parkway, just off Kanner Highway, Stuart. Benefits the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Treasure Coast Items include bookcases, household goods, clothing, knick-knacks, toys, art, fishing equipment, baked goods and more. Call 223-5020. a second thought A salesman's dream customersucker. And asking a friend what's best usually results in your buying exactly what youi 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: COMING SUNDAY Lego blocks form computer game Insufficient Memory At I his lime Will Code for Food Mac My Day I'm Not Unemployed. I'm A Consultant. H D fl 56th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day: The Veterans Council of Indian River County will have a ceremony at 7:55 a.m. on Memorial Island, Vero Beach. There will be the posting of the Colors, a moment of silence, the placing of a wreath, the sounding of a ship's bell, taps and a 21-gun salute. Honored guests will be the Treasure Coast members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Call 770-5035. fl Holiday FestivltlesT-Shirt Painting, 1-3 p.m., Stuart Recreation Center, Flagler Avenue, Stuart. For children 5 to 12, children under 5 must be supervised. Cost $5 per child. Participants must bring T-shirts. Registration is necessary before Sunday. Call 288-5335. fl Judaica Gift Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2359 U.S. 1, Stuart. Merchandise for Hanukkah and gifts for all occasions. Call 286-1531. Along they way, they'll find interactive activities. 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- Macintosh; QCYBERSTUFF about $35) is an action adven ture game for the 6-to-12 age group. It is the first computer program using the 65-year-old company's building blocks. Lego Island on disk has three dozen different Lego people. Children play the game by assuming the character of one of five Lego inhabitants, ranging from a constable to a pizza-delivery boy on in-line skates. Children use the mouse to navigate. They can build vehicles, drive Lego cars, race personal watercraft or ride a bike. fl Help! I'm On-line and I can't QUI I ! ; ; 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. FESTIVAL "ONE OF THE BEST AMERICAN MOVIES OF THE YEAR!" Cushions Over 130 Colors Jamn tomim. BOSTON HERALD Make Your Old Outdoor Furniture AT VILLAGE COMMONS VILLAGE BLVD. December 6-7 D V Look & Feel LIKE NEW! 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