Live Casino Misconceptions

Though online casinos opened only a couple of years back, they have gained immense popularity among the people. More and more people now prefer to play at a Live Casino because of the added advantages. However, in spite of the growing popularity, there are still some misconceptions about the phenomenon of online gambling.

One of the most common issues with any live casino online is that of security as when playing online players have to give a lot of personal information and sensitive data like phone numbers, addresses, bank details and credit card information. Because of this, many players feel that playing online is not safe. It is true that there have been some cases of frauds and scams but that does not mean online casinos are unsafe. Moreover, in the present day with advanced technology, the online casinos have become more secure. The only thing is that it is advisable to play reputable casinos which have proper registrations and licenses.

Also another misconception associated with online live casino gambling is that the games are mostly rigged to make the casinos win. This is not true. Most of the online casinos are properly registered and licensed. Moreover, contrary to what people usually think, rigging a computer system is not easy. Also the properly authorized online casinos undergo periodic checks. The fact is that if the games were truly rigged, then so many people would not have won the games and online casinos would not have become so popular.

Gambling is not an illegal activity and there are no laws which actually prohibit online gambling. It is true that there are several rules and regulations regarding gambling but most of it is to regulate the industry and to stop malpractices surrounding gambling. These laws usually vary from one state to another.

Gambling is a risk and loses are a part of the game. However, there are many people out there who claim to have gambling systems which can guarantee the player wins. This is not possible; there can be no system or strategy in gambling which can guarantee a win. Yes, there can surely be strategies which can increase the chances of winning but one must always remember in gambling luck also plays a significant role.

Last but not the least, some people have the misconception that only loners ad introverts enjoy gambling at a live casino online. But the fact is that gambling is extremely fun and most of the games include multiple players thus actually encouraging interaction and helping in socialization.

Zuma Deluxe Style Games Evolution

As I think most of gamers who play in shareware games know game called Zuma Deluxe. This game was extremely popular some time ago and still popular now. It’s now a classic game!

Long time nobody in game industry try to make a game with Zuma gameplay. It was a fear of fail – as someone can know big portals like RealArcade or Shockwave.com don’t take for publishing game clones.

But in last time we see a lot of games what takes a Zuma gameplay idea plus some interesting own ideas. Let’s look at whis games.

First game will be Luxor.

Main idea is the same, but here one deferent feature – you blast a colored spheres from the bottom line. Game use ancient Egipt styling with pyramids and Pharaoh, you explore the path of the Nile. The game very popular right now.

Next game we will look at is TumbleBugs.

IMHO this game have one of best graphic work (also as last game) and use very interesting design – you need to save your beetle buddies from the Black Bug Empire. According to game info “In a deep dark lair, in Any Backyard USA, creep the Evil Black Bugs. You, the hero “Tumble”, hold the fate of your beetle buddies in your hands. Save the colorful beetles from being enslaved by the Black Bug Empire”. It has some unique power ups not presented in other games and has some features to talk about – how about two sources and to plases to shoot from?

Another two games Bubblefish Bob and Aqua POP uses sea adventure design. It first game you need to save small fishy friends. The second game objective not known. As I think this game was created in zuma gameplay with only design changes.

Next game have extremely different gameplay but use some ideas from parent game – Twistingo.

Main Zuma idea – colored shperes presented, but gameplay based based on the bingo cards and the numbers on it. It requires you to stay focused and yet still full of situations to think over in every minute. You need to explore the Big Island step by step to find and save the cute animals that need your help.

Last game I want to say named Zzed.

This game was created by developers from Russian Federation and have very interested idea mixed with some zuma elements. It’s puzzler-shooter game with a space theme. In Zzed, you are a plot of space garbage truck. The space craft is located in the middle of the screen and can rotate both clockwise or counter clockwise. You can also move the spaceship, albeit in a very small circle. A continuous flow of space junk gravitates toward you (rather fast, sometimes) and you have to destroy it, before it damages the ship. This is the action part. What makes the game tricky (and addictive) is the puzzle part. All garbage is “color-coded”. In order to destroy it, you have to get 3 or more pieces of garbage of the same color stuck together (here we have some Zuma ideas). Since you pilot a space garbage truck, not some super-cool X-Wing interceptor, you call only shoot with garbage pieces. Occasionally, as you get bonuses like missiles or bombs, which will allow you to feel yourself like a space commando for 0.17 seconds, but other than that, it’s all about waste management.

How To Win At The Casino

The only guarantee you can have betting is that is that you won’t lose the farm if you gamble intelligently. The most critical aspect of gambling is to acquire a basic understanding of the game which you are playing. With a little knowledge and a lot of patience, you could take your next trip to Las Vegas for free.

The first principle that you need to understand is that when you gamble you probably will lose. Gambling isn’t investing, although with the condition Wall Street is in, it might be safer. If you are not willing to throw your money in the trash can and walk away, you probably shouldn’t gamble. With that being said, you can still enjoy gambling and increase your chance of coming out ahead.
The second concept that you need to understand is that the odds are always in favor of the house. Not only that, but the odds are always weighted in the casino’s advantage. An example of this is betting on boxcars (two sixes) in craps. The odds in most casinos are 30:1 but the real odds are 36:1, so you are not getting paid what the wager is worth even if you win.

Before you decide on what games you want to learn, you need to know which games to avoid. Firstly, you need to know what “house advantage” means. Simply stated, the house advantage is average percentage of money that the casino will win regardless of the outcome of the wagering. A 10% house advantage in a game means that, on average, if you made had $100 and made 20 bets of $5 each you would have $90 at the end of the session. Over time you will win more money if you are lucky but you can influence the outcome by picking games with lower house advantages.

Blackjack has a house advantage of 0.5%, (depending on the number of decks used), and Keno has about a 25% house advantage. But the casino still can improve it advantage by varying the odds. A blackjack table with the payout of 6:5 for blackjack gives the house a 1.5% advantage versus the 0.5% advantage at 3:2 odds. The last thing to consider is the system to use in the game that you want to play. Card counting in blackjack is the only system that is proven to work and it is also the only system banned in casinos.

You can find many strategies to use in gambling but none come with guarantees. The best system is to quit when you’re ahead because time is also an advantage of the house. Most people will probably lose if they play long enough. If you have patience to learn the rules of a game, find bets that have good odds (the internet is teeming with advice) and not bet the rent money, then you can have an enjoyable time gambling.

One last caution, if you’re at the casino for the free booze just go to one of the bars on the floor and play video poker or blackjack (only make the smallest wager allowed and don’t average more than $20 bet/free drink) You will still have a good time, you might even win and the odds are that you won’t have to get a cash advance from your credit card to pay your bills next month. Good Luck!

Linux for Home Users

Hey Guys! Don’t raise your eyebrows or fear by hearing the word Linux. It is as user friendly as windows. Just take a look at the articles below and all myths about Linux in your mind will disappear.

Introduction to Linux:

It’s a free operating system available to download but you have to pay a tiny bit to mail order it or buy it from a company. Linux came into being about 11 years ago- it was developed by Linux Tornados of Finland along with a group of programmers from the open source software movement.

Linux is growing steadily year after year. With a passionate community backing it, with big companies Like IBM and HP pledging their support for it, it’s no wonder Linux- the wonder operating system for servers of the past, has also made it to the desktops of today.

Linux is based on the commercial OS, UNIX. All the operating systems try to pack in command line management of systems. System administrators of companies use command lines all the times as their lifeline, but it’s not really meant for regulars users.

Tips for Home Users:

  • If you want to get comfortable with Linux, you don’t have to let go of windows. Get Linux installed on a separate partition and you can switch between Windows and Linux. For new users who don’t have any computer background learning windows or Linux both takes same time and sitting.
  • It is suggested that new PC buyers should get both operating systems installed and should use them equally. If you’re getting Linux for more than 2-3 PCs, you can also get training and support at a small free, if you choose to have it. Else it’s the Linux community on the Net to your rescue.
  • You don’t have to be a great computer user to work with Linux. There are Desktop environments that let you work in Linux as you work in Windows. As you work with windows, same is the case with Linux.

Linux hands in decreasing PC prices.

PC prices are already on their way down. And you get more choice with operating systems and applications. From being an OS only computer professionals had heard about, Linux, in a short time, has made a transition into the lucrative and high profile home PC segment.

The PCs bundle the operating system. Linux being a free open source operating system means that the code that runs is open for everyone to see, work with, modify and develop their own innovative applications for it. But this is nothing compared to the money people spend on Operating Systems like windows. And a company bundles Linux and applications based on it with a computer, quite a bit of the PC cost comes down. Presently some branded PC’s coming with Linux are available for Rs: 25000/- onwards.

Linux is better than other OS

Linux users won’t even bat an eyelid before they say an emphasis comes from a deep dislike of Microsoft’s practice of changing the earth for software. But a lot of it comes from the fact they are ready to swear upon-that Linux is more stable. According to a latest survey Web Hosts are using Linux Based Servers for hosting purposes.

One note here though: the free in Linux stands for freedom of choice, to redistribute, to install a feature, freedom to modify the source code. That’s the spirit of Linux being free.

Security:

Linux has a better security support for multi-users, lets you set up a stable server, internet gateways etc, and still lets it-self to be used as a desktop workstation. There are no blue screens and no viruses to speak of. It is rarely attacked by any viruses and there are very less number of viruses written for Linux. It can be given 10+ points on a 10 point scale for security.

Myths about Linux

Installation:

Linux is hard to install, isn’t it? Not really. Most people haven’t ever installed Windows on their computers either-since it comes preloaded. Linux is as easy-some say easier-to install compared to Windows. You can install it through a graphical user interface like Windows. These days Linux Versions are easier to install than Windows. But what really stumps most people in installing Linux on a second partition on their hard disk, when they want to be able to use both operating systems.

A partition is a way of organizing space on your hard disk by creating virtual sections that are separate from each other. Most computers that are running Windows or MS DOS have one large chunk of space holding the OS. This space is the C drive. If you have a large hard disk, it’s likely that it has been divided up into smaller bits called partitions to help you organize your data better. These partitions are usually called D:, E: etc. you could have Linux on any of these.

Windows 98 creates a file system called FAT32 on the entire hard disk, DOS and Win95 use FAT16. Linux has many file systems-on the most popular is ext3. But you could have Linux installed on Fat32 partitions also.

Linux is very difficult and based on text command

Linux has come a long way from being the system of brilliant computer users. It has extremely advanced X Windows systems that have a complete graphical user interface-you know, like Windows. It also has a large number of window manager that let you work with different levels of customization of your desktop.

Linux has a robust character-cell interface where commands need to be typed in. x Windows is a free program that runs with Linux to provide a GUI where the mouse and keyboard can be used extensively. But the X system itself is quite primitive and needs a window manager, or a desktop environment- like GNOME or KDE- to be really usable. Window managers are programs that let you interact with the underlying X system and Linux OS by relaying commands. The popular window managers are Sawfish, Enlightenment, Black box, after step and Window maker.

As for desktop managers, they have their own window manager and other tools that make you feel that you are working in Window! GNOME and KDE are the most popular of these. GNOME stands for GNU Network Model Environment and KDE for K desktop Environment. They have tools that allow drag and drop, have panels and taskbar- almost like clones of windows.

Hardware compatibility problem and few applications that run on Linux

Well, most new distributions will detect and configure your hardware in a jiffy, unless you have some really old or exotic piece of hardware. All hardware are properly detected and their drivers installed. Only Win modems (internal modems driven by Window drivers) face problems.

As for software, there’s plenty. And most of it comes free-free for you to use, modify and configure according to your needs. Almost all excellent software for Linux is free and you don’t lose anything by giving it a try. You get free support on the Net quickly on any query you may have. And you don’t even have to wipe out your Windows. Just get Linux on a different hard disk partition and free to switch between them as you please.

Other packages are commercial and you have to buy the software-but this is mostly for the software and training you need, and not for the software itself. Sometimes, if you have the Windows version (as a doom) you can download a small program that will allow you to play the game in Linux. The games in Linux are of very high quality and features. You’ll enjoy them. Here what’s available?

Office suites: Star Office, Open Office, Applixware, Corel WordPerfect

Graphics: GIMP, Corel Photo paint

Music: XMMS, Free amp, Real Player

Video: MTV, Xine

Games: FreeCiv, Tux racer, Doom, Quake, Heretic, Unreal And the list is growing.

Linux varieties for Home Users:

If there are so many people working on it. There’s likely to be many Linux versions too. Many companies working on Linux have come up with what are called Linux distributions. There are Linux versions that are compiled and packaged and released with additional software.

RedHat: Probably the most popular and in many ways the leading version. It’s currently in version 9. The installation and configuration is easy. A blue curve file manager and the default GNOME desktop make it look simply stunning. It comes with a host of tools that allow usage as a server and as a workstation. The Red Hat Package Manger(RPM) format developed by Red Hat has almost become the defector for software distribution in Linux world. Installing new software is a breeze. It also has an advanced and easy font management system that makes fonts in X Windows look cool.

Mandrake: Mandrake Linux is now in its 10 version. It can be installed on a native Windows Partition using the Lin4Win tool, but this may slow the machine down. It also lets you do a traditional Linux install into its own dedicated partition. Mandrake’s configuration and software installation is painless. It follows a slightly modified RPM architecture called mdk.rpm but most Red Hat software can also be used for Mandrake. The outstanding feature in this version is the collection of window managers-eye-candy freaks will have a great time.

SUSE: From Germany comes the Chameleon, SUSE. Now in its 8.x avatar, it has one of the most extensive software packages compiled, and getting them installed is easy with yast (Yet another Software Tool) which gives a centralized interface from where you can pick and choose the software to be installed. Among other things, SUSE comes with some stunning 3D games that showcase Linux gamming prowess

Corel/Xandross: Corel entered the Linux market with Corel Linux a few years ago. Now it has merged into Xandross OS, which is based on Corel Linux. This is a Debian-type version, and can be installed without much fuss after resizing the Windows partition. Xandross contains Crossover office, which is a refined retail version of WINE that lets you install and run many Microsoft apps.

Windows applications in Linux

Some applications have been ported over to Linux, other run with a program called WINE (Wine is Not an Emulator). Crossover, commercially available software also lets you use your Windows programs on Linux. VMWare is another program that lets you run Windows under Linux. Now many software companies have started developing high end software for Linux.

Bottom Line:

The cool thing about Linux is that most software is free, and you can legitimately use them without worrying about piracy. If you’re worried that Linux won’t look as pretty as windows can, all you have to do is check out some of the cool Linux interfaces and Window managers. But you don’t find a lot of multimedia titles for Linux. And if you’re into a lot of these, Windows is in the way to go. So if you have a PC that runs both, you can easily switch between the two, and get the best of both worlds.