Is there a topic you don’t understand and would like explained in the simplest way? You might want to use the acronym ELI5. Here’s what it means, and how to use it to get a helpful explanation. “Explain Like I’m 5” ELI5 stands for “explain like I’m 5.” When people use it online, they’re asking others to explain a complex or obscure topic in the simplest of terms. So, if taken literally, they would explain something in a way that a 5-year-old would understand. However, this acronym is rarely used literally. ELI5 means breaking down a topic into reader-friendly layman’s terms. Some popular ELI5 topics might include science, technology, law, and economics. Questions about astrophysics or global affairs might not have any easy answers readily available online. So, an answer in response to “ELI5” might be the best way for the average person to grasp a concept. The standard format is to just type the acronym followed by the question you want to ask: “ELI5: Why does a day last … [Read more...] about What Does “ELI5” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
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On Dec. 14, 1990, Apogee Software released Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons . It was the first in a series of PC shareware games that brought fluid, Mario-like platforming to the PC. It also launched legendary developer id Software. Here’s why it was special. Keen: Playful Console Magic on the PC The first Commander Keen game, Invasion of the Vorticons , is split into three episodes designed for PCs with MS-DOS. In the first episode, you play as Billy Blaze (aka Commander Keen), a kid who must travel to Mars to repel an invasion of dog-like aliens called Vorticons. The aliens have dismantled your ship and scattered its parts across the planet. Your job is to retrieve those parts so you can get back home. Along the way, Commander Keen builds a compelling backstory through special stages. The mini-narrative scenes present items like a pogo stick and an alien language written in glyphs. Keen also picks up whimsical items, like teddy bears and books with the word … [Read more...] about 30 Years of Vorticons: How Commander Keen Changed PC Gaming
Most computer and video games created in the 20th century featured blocky, pixelated graphics. If you didn’t grow up with them (or never paid attention to the technical details), you might wonder why. We’ll explore the origins of pixel art and how graphics have exploded in complexity over time. The Short Answer: Resolution Was Limited by Cost and Available Technology The pixelated artwork in older video games—where the display resolution is low enough that the pixels are obvious and blocky—was largely the result of low-resolution television sets and the high cost of memory chips and digital logic at the time those games were created relative to today. While it was possible to create an HD-resolution digital still image by the late 1970s, the technology to animate it in real-time did not exist until much later. Such technology was far too expensive to put into a mass-produced entertainment product that consumers could afford until the mid-2000s. Game designers did what … [Read more...] about Why Were Old Video Games So Pixelated?
Google Assistant can add a lot of convenience to your life, but that comes with some privacy sacrifices. Everything you say to Google is being recorded, but there are several ways to delete these recordings. Having recordings made by the Google Assistant sounds scarier than it really is . For starters, it’s important to understand that Google only records you when the process is initiated with the “Hey/OK Google” command (or manually). The recordings are then used to improve voice-matching . RELATED: Is My Smart Speaker Always Listening to Me? Google offers several different methods for dealing with these recordings, and there’s something for every type of privacy-conscious person out there. Manually Delete Google Assistant Recordings First, let’s go the manual route and delete recordings after they’ve already been stored. Open your web browser and navigate to myaccount.google.com . Make sure you’re signed in to the same Google account as your … [Read more...] about How to Delete Google Assistant Recordings
Who knew that a drama about advertising in the 1960s would prove so addictive? Mad Men captivated audiences for seven seasons, and it’s still compelling to binge again, or for the first time. Here’s how you can stream Mad Men . Table of Contents AMC+ IMDb TV Amazon Prime Video iTunes Google Play Store Vudu FandangoNow, Microsoft, and Redbox AMC+ Mad Men ‘s original broadcast home was on the AMC cable network, and you can still catch all 92 episodes on the streaming service AMC+ ($8.99 per month after a seven-day free trial). Witness the evolution of suave but troubled main character Don Draper (Jon Hamm), an advertising genius with a dark past and a penchant for self-destructive behavior, along with an innovative approach to his profession. IMDb TV Thanks to a major deal signed in 2020, all seven seasons of Mad Men are available to stream for free with ads on Amazon’s IMDb TV service. Watch for the equally … [Read more...] about How to Watch ‘Mad Men’ without Cable