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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #23381
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Let me present you the great achievements of my girlfriend while she used her computer:

She is a fan of Barcelona and this evening they had a match in UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately the match wasn't broadcast live by any Romanian TV station, so she searched on the internet for a way to see the game. She found a site where she could watch the game, but only if she installs some kind of plugin for this. Of course she installed it without checking out if that's genuine or not... After that she tried to watch the game, but... big surprise... it didn't work. She then called me for "assistance" and I told her that she shouldn't have installed everything she found on internet. Also she told me that now, when she opens Chrome browser, the default page is not her usual page with the top proffered sites, but it opens directly on Google.com.

After finishing the call with me, she wanted to do a 'good thing' and delete that bad software from her computer, so she opened Control Panel and started uninstalling what she didn't knew what it was. Guess what she uninstalled first... a "program" called "Realtek" which we all know it's one of the drivers from the computer's hardware. It was actually her LAN chip set driver so after uninstalling it her internet stopped working.

She called me again so I went to her house to see what's the problem. Remember that she said that her default page on Chrome is now Google? It wasn't google, but a search engine that looked like google. I had to uninstall that thing and to set the default search engine back to Google.com. After that I had to uninstall some programs from Control Panel that were installed together with that "football game viewing software". Finally, I had to search for the missing driver software and install it again so that her internet would work again.

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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:20 AM   #23382
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First lesson: the 50 states of the US. Let those blank mappers burn
Actually, 85 % of students somehow thinks about USA with 52 states. Perhaps and this is my own opinion, it is caused by the interpretation of internal spatial organization of US - often introduced as 48+2 states (Alaska and Hawaii) or 50. Some students made 50+2 of it. Anyway, I consider blank maps important, but I have and never insist on empty memorizing of fact without some interactive lecturing or highlighting the curiosities.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #23383
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Let me present you the great achievements of my girlfriend while she used her computer:

She is a fan of Barcelona and this evening they had a match in UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately the match wasn't broadcast live by any Romanian TV station, so she searched on the internet for a way to see the game. She found a site where she could watch the game, but only if she installs some kind of plugin for this. Of course she installed it without checking out if that's genuine or not... After that she tried to watch the game, but... big surprise... it didn't work. She then called me for "assistance" and I told her that she shouldn't have installed everything she found on internet. Also she told me that now, when she opens Chrome browser, the default page is not her usual page with the top proffered sites, but it opens directly on Google.com.

After finishing the call with me, she wanted to do a 'good thing' and delete that bad software from her computer, so she opened Control Panel and started uninstalling what she didn't knew what it was. Guess what she uninstalled first... a "program" called "Realtek" which we all know it's one of the drivers from the computer's hardware. It was actually her LAN chip set driver so after uninstalling it her internet stopped working.

She called me again so I went to her house to see what's the problem. Remember that she said that her default page on Chrome is now Google? It wasn't google, but a search engine that looked like google. I had to uninstall that thing and to set the default search engine back to Google.com. After that I had to uninstall some programs from Control Panel that were installed together with that "football game viewing software". Finally, I had to search for the missing driver software and install it again so that her internet would work again.
Mine is a secret collector of toolbars. I do not why and how, but she have always installed at least 5-6 toolbars. She is also an expert in filling of dishwasher. Never places glasses, bowls, mugs, etc. upside down, so that the water can drain off, but normally so the dishes are full of water after washing . Slamming the doors on car is another topic Women are women, we love them anyway.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #23384
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Actually, 85 % of students somehow thinks about USA with 52 states. Perhaps and this is my own opinion, it is caused by the interpretation of internal spatial organization of US - often introduced as 48+2 states (Alaska and Hawaii) or 50. Some students made 50+2 of it. Anyway, I consider blank maps important, but I have and never insist on empty memorizing of fact without some interactive lecturing or highlighting the curiosities.
Once there was on the Italian SSC a discussion about geographic knowlwdge and a forumer said that he was good at geography and could name all 51 American states.
After many funny replies, he apologized saying that he was including Washington D.C. (that isn't a state).
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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #23385
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Once there was on the Italian SSC a discussion about geographic knowlwdge and a forumer said that he was good at geography and could name all 51 American states.
After many funny replies, he apologized saying that he was including Washington D.C. (that isn't a state).
He would have been right if he had been talking about the subunits USA are made up by.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #23386
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Let me present you the great achievements of my girlfriend while she used her computer:

She is a fan of Barcelona and this evening they had a match in UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately the match wasn't broadcast live by any Romanian TV station, so she searched on the internet for a way to see the game. She found a site where she could watch the game, but only if she installs some kind of plugin for this. Of course she installed it without checking out if that's genuine or not... After that she tried to watch the game, but... big surprise... it didn't work. She then called me for "assistance" and I told her that she shouldn't have installed everything she found on internet. Also she told me that now, when she opens Chrome browser, the default page is not her usual page with the top proffered sites, but it opens directly on Google.com.

After finishing the call with me, she wanted to do a 'good thing' and delete that bad software from her computer, so she opened Control Panel and started uninstalling what she didn't knew what it was. Guess what she uninstalled first... a "program" called "Realtek" which we all know it's one of the drivers from the computer's hardware. It was actually her LAN chip set driver so after uninstalling it her internet stopped working.

She called me again so I went to her house to see what's the problem. Remember that she said that her default page on Chrome is now Google? It wasn't google, but a search engine that looked like google. I had to uninstall that thing and to set the default search engine back to Google.com. After that I had to uninstall some programs from Control Panel that were installed together with that "football game viewing software". Finally, I had to search for the missing driver software and install it again so that her internet would work again.
When it happens to me (rarely, because i'm carefull not to install unknown things) to get undesired toolbars or home pages (usually bad imitations of Google who give very bad search results), I open the control panel and look at the last software installed (it appears the date).
Then I google their names and, if they are known for being malaware or spyware, I uninstal them and this always worked.
Never delete anything you don't know what is it, it may be important for the OS or other useful software installed.
And if you use anything like Utorrent, Emule, never download anything with .exe extesion (you find "songs" or "movies" with this extension but they obviously aren't).
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:05 AM   #23387
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He would have been right if he had been talking about the subunits USA are made up by.
Then he should have said 56 (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Northern Mariana, US Virgin Islands and Guam).
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:07 AM   #23388
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Then I google their names and, if they are known for being malaware or spyware, I uninstal them and this always worked.
Lucky man!!! I have had two, but it took me several days to get rid of it. I had uninstalled them, but they were immediately back after re-startarting my browser.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #23389
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A woman from Trieste was arrested for using a fake ID with the "Territorio Libero di Trieste" intestation. They're issued by the independentist movement but obviously they haven't legal value. Some time ago a man refused to pay a traffic fine because "he doesn't regognize the Italian sovreignity over the Free Territory of Trieste".

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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #23390
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Mine is a secret collector of toolbars. I do not why and how, but she have always installed at least 5-6 toolbars. She is also an expert in filling of dishwasher. Never places glasses, bowls, mugs, etc. upside down, so that the water can drain off, but normally so the dishes are full of water after washing . Slamming the doors on car is another topic Women are women, we love them anyway.
Mine slams car doors too, but when exiting. So basically she slams the door agaist everything outside (a wall, a tree, anything).
About the computer, she does not have any kind of organization: some videos are stored under "videos", some others under "download", some others on the Desktop, some others in Documents folder, and who knows where else...

(Unfortunately this reflects on her wardrobe organization )
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #23391
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #23392
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Old December 12th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #23393
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She has my sympathy. My computer's evil.
About two weeks ago, Adobe prompted me to upgrade to the latest reader because the version I had wasn't being supported any more.

I did, and it's been running very, very, slowly - painfully slowly - ever since, so the other night I uninstalled Adobe. Yesterday I googled and found a link - a legitimate link at adobe.com - to the old version. Tried six times last night to download and install that.... "the installer failed to initialize" every time.

As soon as my new apartment is pinned down - which may be as soon as tomorrow if all goes right [hooray!!!] - I'm going to finally replace the bloody thing. It's old - runs XP - but it's been reliable until now.

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Actually, 85 % of students somehow thinks about USA with 52 states. Perhaps and this is my own opinion, it is caused by the interpretation of internal spatial organization of US - often introduced as 48+2 states (Alaska and Hawaii) or 50. Some students made 50+2 of it. Anyway, I consider blank maps important, but I have and never insist on empty memorizing of fact without some interactive lecturing or highlighting the curiosities.
In an episode of the classic 1950s American sitcom "I Love Lucy," Lucy, the ditzy redhead star, goes on a quiz show. She's asked how many states there are. This is before Alaska and Hawaii became states, so the correct answer would be 48 (and that had been the number since before Lucy was born). She says "46." Announcer: "I'm sorry...it's 48." Lucy: "Oh, yeah. I forgot Alaska and Hawaii."
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Yeah, but mine's on StreetView. :-P
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We're getting it very shortly too, so stay tuned.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #23397
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He would have been right if he had been talking about the subunits USA are made up by.
And what about Puerto Rico, Guam or the other territories of the USA?

Anyway I love geography, during my first years at the university I tried to impress girls with my knowledge of their country or hometown. And it worked. Well... okay, it only worked once... but it worked!
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Old December 12th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #23398
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Any date for that available yet?
This or next month, we don't know exactly.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #23399
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And what about Puerto Rico, Guam or the other territories of the USA?

Anyway I love geography, during my first years at the university I tried to impress girls with my knowledge of their country or hometown. And it worked. Well... okay, it only worked once... but it worked!
Everything depends on how we define each notion. Personally, I do not think playing with words has something to do with geography knowledge
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Everything depends on how we define each notion. Personally, I do not think playing with words has something to do with geography knowledge
Well I used the sign for a reason. But to be a bit sincere sometimes you have to be very accurate when you refer to a country:
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