If your friends and co-workers all seem unusually busy as of late, it's probably because they discovered a virtual gold mine of gaming goodness. You can discover it too, courtesy of the Internet Archive and software curator Jason Scott, who assembled a collection of roughly 2,400 MS-DOS games, all of which are playable in your browser. We're talking titles like The Oregon Trail, Leisure Suit Larry 1 - Land of the Lounge Lizard, Golden Axe, Street Fighter, Silent Service, and so many more.
The movie North Korea supposedly didn't want you to see
Despite the efforts of hackers who were apparently ticked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment over The Interview, a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists the help of TV personalities played by Seth Rogan and James Francos to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, millions of Americans watched the movie since its Christmas Eve debut. More precisely, The Interview grossed $15 million in total consumer spending after just four days of being released online, Sony said in a release.
With the spirit of Nerdmas nearly upon us, it’s that time of year when everyone loses their mind trying to find the perfect gift for that special person. In the shopocalypse that’s about to occur, though, you’re probably forgetting the hardest person to shop for—you.
Sure, you may be able to suss out just what color shoes your significant other wants this holiday, but it’s unlikely your partner, sibling, or parental unit knows what to buy for you. So to save you from receiving the equivalent of a Christmas sweater this holiday season, we’ve dedicated an entire feature to the absolute best Nerdmas gifts any PC enthusiast would want.
Google will become an alternative choice in Firefox, as will DuckDuckGo
There are few things you can count on in life -- death, taxes, and blowhard analysts incorrectly proclaiming the death of the PC. A year ago, we would have added another entry, one that says Google will be the default search in Firefox until the end of time. No one would question it because the two have been so close for so long, but anything can happen when a contract comes up for renewal. And what happened this time is Mozilla chose Yahoo to replace Google as its default search provider for the next five years.
The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data.
The Federal Communications Commission drafted a set of net neutrality rules that didn't sit well with the Internet community at large. In response to the proposed rule changes, which many fear could lead to paid Internet fast lanes if approved, a group of technology companies and activists got together for Internet Slowdown Day, a day of protest in which popular sites were filled with slow loading animations to show what the web would look like if the new rules were abused. As a result of this demonstration, Congress received over 2 million emails from concerned netizens.
One of the advantages that brick-and-mortar stores have over online outlets like Amazon is that you can waltz into a location, buy what you're looking for, and use it right away. Amazon can't completely close that gap, but its same-day shipping service comes awfully close. The service is slowly expanding, with Amazon adding six new locations that qualify for same-day delivery, including Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Here's a bit of good news if you've been wanting to experiment with Google's Chrome browser in 64-bit form but weren't so keen on installing an ultra-early build that might be riddled with buggy code. Google just added the Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving curious users and early adopters a more stable release to play with. It's probably not a good idea to use it for mission critical applications, but it should be in pretty good shape at this point.
Show this video to your friends and family if they ask about net neutrality
Ron Burgundy likes to think of himself as "kind of a big deal," but so is the topic of net neutrality, which we'd like to see him report on once the Anchorman series reaches the Internet era. In the meantime, it's up to us to educate ourselves on the topic, as well as make sure that our less tech savvy friends and family know exactly what's at stake. If you're having trouble explaining net neutrality to one of them, here's a short video that will help.
New version of Maxthon focuses on video performance
Are you looking to try out a new browser? The latest release of Maxthon comes with a few tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to fast forward through any part of any video, even advertisements that you might be forced to watch. Maxthon makes this possible through what it calls Ad Skipper technology, which uses a combination of smart pre-fetching and a new approach to managing the browser runtime environment.