Uncategorized – Swinefighter.com http://www.swinefighter.com Gaming at its very best. Sun, 21 May 2017 18:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Raid Data Recovery http://www.swinefighter.com/raid-data-recovery/ http://www.swinefighter.com/raid-data-recovery/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:57:47 +0000 http://www.swinefighter.com/?p=117 raid-dataEverybody always says that it is important to make sure you have a backup solution in place just in case you suffer from a major hard drive failure. This does make a lot of sense, and I recently had a situation in which we needed to get data recovery on what was a pretty seriously important machine for us. This was a machine that ran our exchange server and I have to say that it has always been a pretty good machine. Unfortunately, I think that we ran it for too long and the hard drives just started to get old. Everyone knows that when hard drive to hold the potential for mechanical failure is much higher and as a result you end up having to contact a raid data recovery company.

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raid-dataEverybody always says that it is important to make sure you have a backup solution in place just in case you suffer from a major hard drive failure. This does make a lot of sense, and I recently had a situation in which we needed to get data recovery on what was a pretty seriously important machine for us. This was a machine that ran our exchange server and I have to say that it has always been a pretty good machine. Unfortunately, I think that we ran it for too long and the hard drives just started to get old. Everyone knows that when hard drive to hold the potential for mechanical failure is much higher and as a result you end up having to contact a raid data recovery company.

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Fast Exchange Recovery http://www.swinefighter.com/fast-exchange-recovery/ http://www.swinefighter.com/fast-exchange-recovery/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:49:18 +0000 http://www.swinefighter.com/?p=111 Exchange-recoveryI’m still trying to figure out exactly what we should do in order to make sure we get an effective Exchange recovery. I haven’t been in a lot of situations in which our Microsoft exchange database one completely inaccessible, but this is definitely one of them. I think it is because the rate server that we were working with ended up dropping two drives at once. I think they basically call this a raid failure, but it is unfortunate because of the fact that we host our exchange server on this machine.

I was fortunate though that a buddy of mine has dealt with a couple of server recovery companies in California, and he tells me that probably the best one out there is called RDRS. I have already been in contact with them and they are telling me that they should be …

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Exchange-recoveryI’m still trying to figure out exactly what we should do in order to make sure we get an effective Exchange recovery. I haven’t been in a lot of situations in which our Microsoft exchange database one completely inaccessible, but this is definitely one of them. I think it is because the rate server that we were working with ended up dropping two drives at once. I think they basically call this a raid failure, but it is unfortunate because of the fact that we host our exchange server on this machine.

I was fortunate though that a buddy of mine has dealt with a couple of server recovery companies in California, and he tells me that probably the best one out there is called RDRS. I have already been in contact with them and they are telling me that they should be …

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Fitness Tips To Keep You From Blobbing Out http://www.swinefighter.com/fitness-tips-to-keep-you-from-blobbing-out/ http://www.swinefighter.com/fitness-tips-to-keep-you-from-blobbing-out/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:28:30 +0000 http://swinefighter.com/wp/?p=6 ftsWho were the first Frisbee throwers? The ninja, of course. (Though if you tried to catch one of their “Frisbees” you might end up, Road Warrior–style, picking your fingertips off the ground.) Students at Ron Blackwood’s dojo in Orange, California, still train with shuriken, or throwing stars, even though, as Blackwood says, “they’re illegal as all get-out here in California.” The point is, once you’ve mastered the art of throwing the bladed shuriken, almost anything can become a weapon. “I’m sitting here looking at a coaster,” Blackwood says “That could he a shuriken A tin-can lid, a saucer, a CD–those could be shurikerz.”

A Frisbee-that could be a shuriker.

To strengthen and enhance the flexibility of their wrists–the better to throw at you with, my dear–Blackwood’s students do sets of pushups on their fists or their fingertips.

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ftsWho were the first Frisbee throwers? The ninja, of course. (Though if you tried to catch one of their “Frisbees” you might end up, Road Warrior–style, picking your fingertips off the ground.) Students at Ron Blackwood’s dojo in Orange, California, still train with shuriken, or throwing stars, even though, as Blackwood says, “they’re illegal as all get-out here in California.” The point is, once you’ve mastered the art of throwing the bladed shuriken, almost anything can become a weapon. “I’m sitting here looking at a coaster,” Blackwood says “That could he a shuriken A tin-can lid, a saucer, a CD–those could be shurikerz.”

A Frisbee-that could be a shuriker.

To strengthen and enhance the flexibility of their wrists–the better to throw at you with, my dear–Blackwood’s students do sets of pushups on their fists or their fingertips.

The throw itself marshals the principles of taijuisu, which literally means “body art” and practically means that every ounce of your weight and strength will be put into every punch, every throw. If throwing with your right hand, stand with your rightfoot pointed directly at your target, your knees bent, and your leftfoot behind you, pointed backward at a 45-degree angle. Start with your weight on you rear foot, your hand holding the Frisbee up near your left armpit. Then shift your weight to your right foot, moving your entire body forward and swiftly uncoiling your arm. “Imagine snapping a towel,” Blackwood says. “Imagine you’re taking your towel and throwing it out, but instead of pulling back at the end to the snap, just stop and release. Your index finger should be pointing at the precise point you want the shurike, to stick.”

Blackwood’s students practice throwing at a 24-inch-diameter slab of tree trunk nailed to the wall. Typically, half of them miss until Blackwood puts a small sticker in the center of the target. Then almost all of them sink their shuriken into the wood somewhere. “You need a focus,” he says. “Look at the bottom of the guy’s shirt and throw at that. So what if you’re 2 inches off!”

Clean Your Gutters

A good friend of ours suffered a fractured ankle when he fell off a ladder while cleaning his gutters. If only he,d known about the one-leg stance. It’s a tee kwon do technique designed to help black-belt students learn balance. Here’s how it works:

Stand on one leg, with your foot pointed straight ahead. Lift the other leg and bend it so the bottom of the foot is positioned directly in front of one other kneecap, without touching it. Black belts can hold this position indefinitely, while executing complex forms and elbow strikes. All you’ve got to do is hold the one-leg stance in front of the mirror while you brush your teeth. “It doesn’t have any extra time OUt of your day,” Moody says. “But doing it just that much will improve your balance tremendously”

Melt Your Love Handles

The classic recipe for trimming your abdominal beanbag is simple: Eat better, lose weight and strengthen your stomach muscles. If that fails, there’s liposuction or, if you’re too poor, loose-fitting sweatpants. But this tee kwon do exercise will help you by training the obliques, the muscles that run along the sides of your abdomen. Translation: No more love handles!

* Adopt a wide stance, feet double shoulder-width apart, with your knees bent. Envision an opponent lying on the ground under you and, using arch arm in succession, punch down and across your body toward your opposite foot. Your hips should rotate as you punch.

* When you punch, your first two knuckles should be leading the punch, so your arm twists inward as it descends. As you extend the punching arm forward, pull the opposite arm back for maximum hip rotation. Do three sets of 25 repetitions.

End-Back Pain

Lower-back pain is often caused by being weak in the midsection, not just in the back but in the front as well. Crunches work both sides of the midsection, strengthening the abdominals and safely stretching the lower-back muscles. At Moody’s gym, students do crunches with a tee kwon do twist: They punch the air at the top of each repetition.

“It’s a simple exercise,” Moody says. “Execute a textbook crunch: With your knees bent and feet on the floor, lift your shoulders and lower back off the mat, so your body is at no more than a 45-degree angle to the ground. At the top, either visualize a target over your knees or have a partner hold up a pillow, and punch three times, alternating arms. Don’t just flail, though. Take a full second for each punch, so that you’ve got to hold yourself up for three seconds on each crunch.”

Start with three sets of 10 crunches, and when you can handle that easily, add a few more punches at the top of each crunch. Ultimately, you should work toward completing l0 punches on each crunch, and 25 to 30 crunches per set. To work the obliques more, punch across your body.

Sneak Up on a Trout Stream

Five hundred dollars in fly-fishing gear and you still haven’t landed your first brookie? Maybe it’s not your presentation but your approach that needs work. Those native trout are easily spooked, especially by a clumsy galoot crashing through the brush. To sneak up on that running rivulet of mountain water, a man needs stealth.

Moody has a drill he puts his students through that might, admittedly, make you look a bit silly. What you do is balance a shoe on your head, and then you simply walk around the house. “This exercise forces you to be very careful about how you make each movement,” says Moody, a third-degree black belt. “It teaches you complete control over your body” Just the kind of stealth training that will allow even the clumsiest of fishermen to get an extra step on his prey.

If it seems too easy to you lengthen your stride. “The deeper your stance, the harder it is to keep your balance with a shoe on your head,” Moody says. And once that’s a breeze, start turning corners.

A few more pointers: Keep your body relaxed, particularly your upper body, and concentrate on using only the exact muscles needed to complete each step. “Once you can turn corners and he smooth about it, you should be able to precisely control how you move from step to step,” Moody says.

Oh, and before you start, we recommend checking the bottom of the shoe. It’s embarrassing enough walking around with a shoe on your head. It’s worse getting dog-do out of your hair.

Heighten Sexual Arousal

tsmWe’re not going to tell you that breaking cinder blocks with your head is going to turn your mate into a trembling sexual machine (although we’re sure there are some women out there who might like that). Instead, consider mastering the art of shiatsu massage, which has the magical quality of heightening arousal while nullifying anxiety

Shiatsu, like acupuncture and acupressure, focuses attention on “meridians,” the vectors that carry chi, or life energy, through the body. While acupressure stimulates specific points on those meridians, shiatsu works by massaging along the length of a meridian, heightening the energy coursing through your body. Although Holder teaches shiatsu for nonsexual situations to make people comfortable with their bodies, it can be a terrific slow Launch in sexual situations as well, the ultimate foreplay. “It creates a longer arousal period,” Holder says. “The idea is to really stimulate the body and prolong the event.”

You can pick up an acupressure chart–basically a map of the body’s meridians–in a bookstore to familiarize yourself wit best areas for massage. But a basic shiatsu massage would focus on the chest and the lower abdomen, the upper thigh and the area at the base of the buttocks, the soles of the feet and the spaces between the toes, and the five meridians that run down the back on each side of the spine. “Take your hands and place an index finger on each side of the spine,” says Holder. “Relax your hands and place your fingers down naturally–probably about an inch apart–and massage up and down from there. You’ll pick up the meridians.” The main thing is not to think. “We’re just trying to create stimulation in the body. If you’re thinking about it too much, your focus isn’t going to be on the other person’s body. Don’t make sex a job, make it fun.”

Psych Out the IRS Man

You’ve heard of hand-to-hand combat? In Karl Scott’s beginning karate classes at the Asian Martial Arts Shreio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, students learn eye-to-eye combat. “It’s called Tiger Eyes,” Scott says. “The whole idea is to unbalance your opponent psychologically.”

The goal is to overcome the social stigma against sustained, intense, unblinking eye contact, and thus disturb the person you’re staring at. Let’s say, for example, that the tax auditor is questioning whether the 17 cases of K-Y Jelly you boughs last year we really for business purposes. “What you do is Focus your eye contact like the eyes of a tiger into your opponent’s eyes,” says Scott. “If you’ve ever looked at a tiger–the way it focuses its eyes, especially when it’s about to go after prey–it’s pretty self-explanatory.” But since few of us have ever looked into the eyes of a coiled tiger, we’ll have to settle for what we’ve got. Your girlfriend’s cat, for example.

Next time the mangy thing comes around whining for you to fill the food bowl, engage it in a duel-to-the-death stare-down. “It takes incredible concentration to be able to hold that focused intensity for any length of time,” Scott says, “particularly once you graduate to the human level.”

Once you’ve mastered the Tiger Eye, it’s not something to use casually “It’s not really a socially acceptable way of interacting with people, because the whole idea is to destabilize and scare your opponent,” Scott says. “In a social situation or a business situation, where you’re negotiating things, you don’t necessarily want to do that, because people will say you’re weird.”

But if you’re dealing with the IRS, let’s Face it: Better weird than wiped out.

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Don’t Be A SnoreHead! http://www.swinefighter.com/dont-be-a-snorehead/ http://www.swinefighter.com/dont-be-a-snorehead/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:10:22 +0000 http://www.swinefighter.com/?p=96 snoreheadI don’t know about you, but when I wake up I generally let out a huge yawn, stretch until I can feel (or hear) my joints crack and generally laze about until my brain kicks in. Sometimes I’ll laze in bed and read a book or check out something on my phone before I actually get out of bed and I like doing so without any obstructions.

This is generally my morning routine provided I’ve had a good sleep. There are a lot of things that can impact whether or not you have a good sleep. Temperature, position, health, comfort are some of the major reasons why people can have a great sleep or a terrible sleep. If you’re unable to shut off your brain at night and you find yourself running through all the issues and problems you’ve had during the day that …

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snoreheadI don’t know about you, but when I wake up I generally let out a huge yawn, stretch until I can feel (or hear) my joints crack and generally laze about until my brain kicks in. Sometimes I’ll laze in bed and read a book or check out something on my phone before I actually get out of bed and I like doing so without any obstructions.

This is generally my morning routine provided I’ve had a good sleep. There are a lot of things that can impact whether or not you have a good sleep. Temperature, position, health, comfort are some of the major reasons why people can have a great sleep or a terrible sleep. If you’re unable to shut off your brain at night and you find yourself running through all the issues and problems you’ve had during the day that can really put a damper on your slumber. There’s also a huge issue that many people face that can make or break their sleep: snoring.

Now, you might snore or your partner might snore but the fact of the matter is that someone in your house is snoring and keeping people awake. I’ve heard tales of those who have snored so loudly the walls shook or that the snoring was so unbearable the spouses slept separately. While these might seem kind of funny the reality is that it’s going to put a strain on the relationship of those in the house.

If you are a snorer or know someone who is, chances are you have been looking into ways to help stop the snoring. You might even have read about the ZQuiet mouthpiece. Some people snore only when they’re sick because their noses are blocked and there are other ways to circumvent that issue. I want to talk about the people who snore constantly and they have no idea why.

Many people snore because when they are sleeping the muscles in their mouths and neck relax and the tongue falls to the back of the mouth therefore blocking off the airway. Some people snore because they drink or smoke before bed or because they may be struggling with weight issues. These concerns can all be addressed by focusing on the airway. The people who suffer with these concerns have airways that are not completely clear when they are sleeping which causes the sound we all know.

There are a lot of items on the market but there are some you should really stay away from. One of the more popular anti-snoring devices that a lot of people are using these days is anti-snoring mouthpieces. Some great reviews are here. They work by sitting your mouth and either pushing your jaw forward or holding your tongue in place so that it doesn’t fall back like mentioned above. Not all mouthpieces are created equally so you should really be careful when you are choosing one.

Not everything that’s cheap is junk and not everything expensive is perfect, right? That may be true but sometimes something cheap is really just that: cheap and ineffective. One of the mouthpieces that have caught the ire of those who have tried it is the SnoreHead®. If you go to their website it’s pretty shoddy looking and they try to pass it off as being able to give more savings to their clients. Okay, sure, sounds good right? Well if you order the SnoreHead® mouthpiece you’ll notice a few things about it as soon as you get it out of the box. For one, it looks like a normal athletic mouth guard. Those things are designed to protect your teeth, that’s it really. They aren’t going to help you stop snoring. The material is cheap and there have been complaints of breakdown. Remember, if you have this thing in your mouth all the time the wear and tear of teeth grinding and slobber is going to affect the material. In this case, cheap is really not good so please, run screaming from the SnoreHead®.

 

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How Cereal And Video Games Got Together To Make Sales http://www.swinefighter.com/how-cereal-and-video-games-got-together-to-make-sales/ http://www.swinefighter.com/how-cereal-and-video-games-got-together-to-make-sales/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:54:16 +0000 http://swinefighter.com/wp/?p=17 cvg

The “Breakfast and Blue Jeans–better together” promo shows the wide accessibility of Old Navy’s offbeat lifestyle position. The retailer’s name will be on the front of 3 million cereal boxes, and the entire back panel will advertise the promo, which offers consumers $5 off Old Navy purchases of $25 or more. In true Old Navy ad style, the panel contains the coupon and a shot of its jeans, with campy graphic bursts highlighting product features through nutritional-type boasts, such as “fortified with six sturdy rivets” and “good for you.” The Old Navy logo and slogan, “Shopping is fun again,” runs below.

A side panel announces a sweepstakes. For the grand prize, an Old Navy truck will bring jeans, sweatshirts, caps and cereal to up to 2,000 students at the winner’s school. TV spots by General Mills agency Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, will carry …

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The “Breakfast and Blue Jeans–better together” promo shows the wide accessibility of Old Navy’s offbeat lifestyle position. The retailer’s name will be on the front of 3 million cereal boxes, and the entire back panel will advertise the promo, which offers consumers $5 off Old Navy purchases of $25 or more. In true Old Navy ad style, the panel contains the coupon and a shot of its jeans, with campy graphic bursts highlighting product features through nutritional-type boasts, such as “fortified with six sturdy rivets” and “good for you.” The Old Navy logo and slogan, “Shopping is fun again,” runs below.

A side panel announces a sweepstakes. For the grand prize, an Old Navy truck will bring jeans, sweatshirts, caps and cereal to up to 2,000 students at the winner’s school. TV spots by General Mills agency Campbell Mithun Esty, Minneapolis, will carry “Breakfast and Blue Jeans” tags. Cinnamon Grahams, an extension of Golden Grahams, is budgeted for a $16-20 million launch.

In turn, Cinnamon Grahams gets a presence in Old Navy stores. All locations–237 in total–will feature posters, samples and cereal boxes. Key stores, like the New York flagship, could get rotating oversized cereal boxes and window displays. One showing a mannequin family at the breakfast table is being considered.

Richard Crisman, Old Navy’s vp-marketing, said General Mills liked Old Navy’s broad target; the store’s hyper-friendly environment and low prices attract a wide range of shoppers. “They wanted to launch it in a place other than traditional supermarkets,” Crisman said, “and Old Navy keeps coming up as one of the most popular brands with kids.”

As for Old Navy, “[The alliance] is very appropriate because we have a lot of flexibility,” Crisman said. “Whether that be a cereal box or an Indy race car,” which the brand sponsors.

“Getting on supermarket shelves is an apparel marketer’s dream,” said Alan Millstein, editor of the Fashion Network Report. “It’s even better than Calvin Klein putting ads on popcorn bags at movie theaters. Somebody had their thinking cap on. They’ll get great exposure.”

HOLD THAT TIGER

Also, starting this month, Mills links with Tiger to help whip up consumer interest in its new handheld game and continue the toy store run of phenomenal Giga Pets product.

Tiger is offering $10 back on its new Game.com, a competitor to Nintendo’s Gameboy, on 12 million packages of Frosted Cheerios, HoneyNut Cheerios and Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs starting later this month and running through November. The on-pack offer will be supported by $2 million-plus in TV media and a 48 million-circulation FSI. Also on-pack are instant-win games.

Game.com, Tiger’s first entry into the cartridge-based game business, also gets a boost through a sponsorship of MTV’s Rock and Jock Basketball tourney airing later this fail, with special graphics inserting Game.com into the show. The $69.95 Game.com, which has a calculator, organizer, calendar and other features built in, is targeted at demos beyond the hard-core gamer. One option sets up Internet and email access.

Tiger also plans upwards of $3 million in its own media for Game.com on the way to outpacing its $43.8 million ad spending in ’96 by at least $6 million. Agency is Posnick & Kolker, New York.

A separate Mills promo, starting this week and running through December, puts a self-liquidating offer for Giga Pets on 15 million boxes of Frosted Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Chex, Golden Grahams and Reese’s Puff Clusters. More than $2 million in TV media will support. It comes on the heels of KFC and Nabisco links with the pocket virtual pets.

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Should One Start A Business Blog? http://www.swinefighter.com/should-one-start-a-business-blog/ http://www.swinefighter.com/should-one-start-a-business-blog/#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:06:49 +0000 http://swinefighter.com/wp/?p=66 abbAmong various marketing tools, blogging is the most powerful one, but only for those who know how to create the best content. Those who are wondering how to start a blog should answer many questions before making any further decisions.

The first thing one should think about is if he needs a blog. This requires some sort of commitment, and it is not enough to create a blog and leave it that way. Those who do not enjoy writing will never succeed, but there is also an alternative; creating an audio or video blog.

The next thing to consider is the audience one wants to attract. The target audience should use the Internet, read blogs, use search engines and social media, and if they do not belong in those groups, the blog will be a waste of time. Not every blog has the …

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abbAmong various marketing tools, blogging is the most powerful one, but only for those who know how to create the best content. Those who are wondering how to start a blog should answer many questions before making any further decisions.

The first thing one should think about is if he needs a blog. This requires some sort of commitment, and it is not enough to create a blog and leave it that way. Those who do not enjoy writing will never succeed, but there is also an alternative; creating an audio or video blog.

The next thing to consider is the audience one wants to attract. The target audience should use the Internet, read blogs, use search engines and social media, and if they do not belong in those groups, the blog will be a waste of time. Not every blog has the same purpose, so one needs to figure out if he wants to increase the search engine ratings or reach new customers, for instance. Even when the blog is finished, it should be promoted and one should know how to determine the blog success. Everyone can find out how to start a blog, but still, this is not for everyone, and only the passionate ones can expect some results.

Style Of Writing Is Important While Starting A Blog

A sense of humor would be a great advantage to one starting a blog. By this, I mean that if you are capable of writing something that has a lot of wit and humor, you would easily capture the hearts of your audience. No one wants to spend hours online trying to understand what you are writing if they have to muddle through long and endless sentences that are dry and poorly written. This is especially true of those with poor language skills. You would be better off not starting a blog at all if you are not willing to get well-written pieces on the web.

Therefore, starting a blog must be handled with some responsibility. You own it to your readers to put something that is readable and enjoyable when you are publishing something for the public. With access to the internet for almost everyone these days, it is imperative to know that you can easily win or lose your audience at a first glance. Just like the first sentence of a write grabs the reader in any novel, a blog should keep the reader riveted. So, choose the style of writing with as much seriousness as you would choose the topic of the blog itself.

How To Earn Money With Right Blog Posts?

Generally, blogs can be divided into two major groups – those that make money and those that do not. Some people are just passionate about particular topics, and they want to tell everyone about that. On the other hand, some use blogs as marketing strategies, and they want to learn how to start a blog in order to promote the product or service. In addition, there are different types of money-making posts, and here are the most profitable ones.

Product reviews may be the best idea, because if the person reads it, that means he already wants to buy a product, and he just needs to be convinced. People usually say that these reviews are the most secure way find out if a product is worth the money or not, so they trust them. How-to articles are another good idea because beginners in different areas usually need step-by-step instructions towards making or fixing something, just like someone needs to know how to start a blog. Even by following trending topics, one can find a perfect way to hit something that many people are interested for, and many social networks can help one find out what is actually “in” lately. The sales pages can work if one figures out the right word that can make a customer buy a products. Check out more tips on blog writing here.

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Get The Gizmo, Man, Before Things Get Crazy http://www.swinefighter.com/get-the-gizmo-man-before-things-get-crazy/ http://www.swinefighter.com/get-the-gizmo-man-before-things-get-crazy/#respond Mon, 25 May 2015 20:15:40 +0000 http://swinefighter.com/wp/?p=25 Gizmo Gypsies is offering an interactive-adventure-story-filled CDROM and DVD called “The Little Wizard.” It’s ideal for anyone looking for an educational, yet entertaining option to reading a book. And, it’s a fun way to introduce your child to the computer.

3dmDeveloped by an expert team of conceptual artists, musicians, animators, 3D modeling and interactive game developers, and programmers, “The Little Wizard,” is targeted at children ages three to eight. Upon entering into the world of the Little Wizard, you and your child are greeted with richly detailed illustrations and brightly colored graphics. You join along as he and his forest friends journey to strange and mystical lands such as wild-and-crazy Bugville, Slo-Mo Junction, and nutty Normal Town in search of someone who may have special powers like his own.

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Gizmo Gypsies is offering an interactive-adventure-story-filled CDROM and DVD called “The Little Wizard.” It’s ideal for anyone looking for an educational, yet entertaining option to reading a book. And, it’s a fun way to introduce your child to the computer.

3dmDeveloped by an expert team of conceptual artists, musicians, animators, 3D modeling and interactive game developers, and programmers, “The Little Wizard,” is targeted at children ages three to eight. Upon entering into the world of the Little Wizard, you and your child are greeted with richly detailed illustrations and brightly colored graphics. You join along as he and his forest friends journey to strange and mystical lands such as wild-and-crazy Bugville, Slo-Mo Junction, and nutty Normal Town in search of someone who may have special powers like his own.

A number of games interspersed throughout the series of adventure stories allow your child to build skills such as pattern recognition, basic math, construction, and color mixing. In the Cave Game, for example, the child is asked to match colors and solve basic math problems. The Eartail Forest game calls on your child to use the mouse and keyboard to help the Little Wizard create music or add sounds. In Slo-Mo Junction, the child follows a blueprint to build different things with blocks. Other games found in the Little Wizard adventure stories include The Snoring Game and The Snoozing Juice Bar.

“The Little Wizard” uses advanced technologies like random embedded animation, and lip-synched character voices to totally immerse the child in the adventure stories. Interactive music and 3D characters add to this experience. And, with the ability to depict simultaneous multiple events, “The Little Wizard’s” cast of characters are able to react not only to the child, but to the surroundings as well.

“The Little Wizard” CD-ROM/DVD can be utilized in an assortment of different ways. Children can, for example, either have the story read to them, read it on their own, or have it read to them scene by scene. In these ways, they can interact with each scene. They also have the ability to review any one of 22 scenes, or fast-forward to any one of the scenes by using a special Pick-A-Scene option.

A special start/stop narration feature allows the child to interrupt the story or click on text so that sequences of words can be read back. In addition, children have access to special tools to create and listen to music as they interact with the CD-ROM.

While this is certainly not the first interactive animated story on the market for children, it is unique in that it offers a true hands-on multidimensional learning capability that evolves with the child. This is possible thanks to a built-in update feature that uses the World Wide Web to access and load the latest story updates.

Such updated information might include the introduction of new characters, more music, and the addition of greater complexities to the games. As a result, once the child masters certain skills, he or she can be immediately introduced to new situation and more difficult game levels that will again challenge them to learn something new. And, for the parents reading along with their children this means no more getting bored seeing the same thing repeated over and over again.

“The Little Wizard” CD-ROM is priced at $29.95, and is now available at a variety of retail stores. It also can be purchased via the company’s web site listed below.

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