The Reflex Tester

The Reflex Tester. A fun little retro game! Test Your Skillz

It's an old game. Test your relfex skill. This is a screenshot of my best so far :) Click on the link to enlarge.

So you want to save on long distance calls?

If you are new to the idea of using prepaid phone cards for your communication use, then you might want to read on to get acquainted with some of the commonly asked questions regarding its use.

You can always check them out one-by-one in the market, but being equipped with some of the questions being asked in regards to purchase and use of this communication media will help you pick the perfect one that will fit your calling needs without stressing yourself out.

Question 1: What Are Prepaid Phone Cards?

Before you start using prepaid phone cards, it is always advisable to get to know them better first to maximize its use. For starters, prepaid phone cards are the latest trend in communication media. It will allow an individual to call local or overseas without being subscribed to a regular telecom service.

Each phone card comes with their own specific denomination that is equal to the call credits in it that will be deducted every time you make a call. You can also purchase cards that can be reloaded with more minutes using a reload card or a credit card. They can be used in various communication devices available today, such as regular telephone and mobile lines, pay phones you see in the streets, or through Web-based applications (VoIP) offered by your prepaid phone card provider.

Question 2: How Do You Make Calls With Them?

Prepaid phone cards are quite easy to use. You just need to connect to the service by dialing the toll-free number or local access number found in each card. Once the operator verifies your account, and you have sufficient funds in your credit, you can just punch in the number you want to call and voila! You're connected. Also a lot of phone cards now doesn't have an operator and instead has a voice recording for instructions.

Question 3: Do These Cards Have Any Security Feature?

Actually, there are three types of cards being sold today: 1) cards with PIN feature, 2) PIN-less dialing feature and 3) Both with PIN and Pin-less feature. Cards with PIN (personal identification number) require you to give an authorization code to the voice operator or voice recording to use your account. This is perfect if you don’t want anyone to make use of your prepaid phone card to budget your calls. PIN-less dialing prepaid phone cards have no security features attached to them. They are quite useful in making emergency calls, since you don’t have to verify your account to use the service. Note, however, that this type of card is vulnerable to outside usage. prepaid phone card offers both the PIN and Pin-less dialing. PIN-less dialing can be set up on your home phone or mobile phone.

Question 4: Where Can I Buy One?

There are two ways to purchase a prepaid phone card. You can buy them in gas stops, communication shops, or in department stores in your area. They are even sold in vending machines that you see on the sidewalk. If you are one of those people that are not fond of going out of the house, you can purchase one over the Internet if you have a computer with a connection to the Web -- though you need a credit card or debit card for the latter to complete the transaction. Buying through the internet using your credit card actually gives better insurance if the card you got is no good or a scam.

Bottom line is, prepaid phone card is the cheap and practical way of making long distance calls just make sure you get a good one. You can check online forum or Google if the phone card you think is good is really good.

Burger King Bath

I bet this is not the first time it happened but it's the first time they got caught. I heard everybody got fired and BK officials said they cleaned and sanitized the sink twice. I guess its too little to late now.

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F430 Scuderia

The 430 Scuderia is an upgraded version of the Ferrari 430.

Serving as the successor onto the Challenge Stradale, the 430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher (which he partly designed) at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. Aimed to compete with cars like the Porsche RS-models and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, meaning super light weight, it is lighter (at 100 kg/220 lb) and more powerful (at 375.4 kW/503 bhp at 8500 rpm.) than the standard F430. Thus the weight-to-power ratio is reduced from 2.96 kg/hp to 2.5 kg/hp.

In addition to the weight saving measures, the Scuderia semi-automatic transmission gains improved 'Superfast', known as 'Superfast2', software for faster 60 millisecond shift-times. A new traction control system combines the F1-Trac traction and stability control with the E-Diff electronic differential. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia does 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3.6 s, with a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 km/h).

The cosmetic difference between the 430 Scuderia and the F430, which it is based on, include a re-styled front fascia, modified side-skirts, twin exhaust tips, a revised rear diffuser design, 19" wheels designed specifically for the 430 Scuderia, carbon-fibre wing mirrors, carbon-fibre challenge grille and the 430 Scuderia badge.

2008 China Olympics

For good or ill, the International Olympic Committee’s decision to allow China to host the Olympics is going to be remembered for a very long time.

It says a lot about the disaster that's unfolding for the Beijing games that the withdrawal of an Olympic favorite caused hardly a ripple. And why should it when bigger stories are brewing? It's possible that:

A forced shutdown of Beijing's factories and power plants during the games will throw China into an economic downturn.

Diversion of safe food to the Olympic Village will cause food riots elsewhere in China.

The transfer of 80 billion gallons of water -- equal to the annual water consumption of Tucson, Ariz., a city of 535,000 -- from Shaanxi and other provinces in northwestern China will shut down factories and agriculture in the region.

Yes, the Beijing Olympics, which were supposed to showcase China to the world, are still likely to provide exactly the kind of prestige-building extravaganza that the country's leaders had hoped for. But domestically, the games are quickly turning into an economic and political disaster. Once upon a time -- maybe six months ago -- investors (including yours truly) looked on the Olympics as a guarantee that China's stock market and economy would keep chugging along through the summer. "Safe until August" was the mantra.

Now, it increasingly looks like the games themselves could be the catalyst for a significant downturn in China's stock market and economy.

Just recently former Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek had his visa revoked by Chinese authorities Wednesday, hours before he was set to travel to Beijing to promote his effort urging China to help make peace in the war-torn Darfur section of Sudan.

Cheek, the president and co-founder of a collection of Olympic athletes known as Team Darfur, was planning to spend about two weeks in China, when he received an unexpected call from authorities.

The 2006 American gold medalist said they told him they were denying him entrance into the country and were "not required to give a reason."

"I didn't see it coming," Cheek said. "I figured once they gave me a visa, I wouldn't imagine they wouldn't allow me to come in later. That was a big shock. I wasn't expecting to get a call the evening before I was leaving for Beijing."

Cheek told The Los Angeles Times that he intends to meet with Chinese officials in Washington on Wednesday morning.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said the U.S. would protest China's decision to deny the visa.

One of Cheek's key initiatives was urging the international community to persuade Sudan to observe the ancient tradition of the Olympic truce during the Beijing Games.