New Geocaching Souvenirs – Celebrating 2 Million Active Geocaches

first_imgGeocaching is celebrating the 2 Millionth Active Geocache by rewarding geocachers with more than a dozen previously unreleased Geocaching Souvenirs. Souvenirs are digital post cards for your profile. You earn a souvenir by finding a geocache in a specific country, like Spain. The virtual pieces of art are displayed on your Geocaching profile page, as well as on the Geocaching iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.Geocaching will release five souvenirs shortly after the 2 Millionth Active Geocaches is reached. We’ll release five Geocaching Souvenirs each work day until all previously unreleased souvenirs are available to geocachers.  After all the souvenirs are released no more state or regional souvenirs are planned. Nearly a hundred souvenirs already exist! See a selection of the most popular Geocaching Souvenirs offered on Geocaching!The Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on February 28, 2013AustriaNew South WalesDublinSpainSwedenThe Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 1, 2013NorwayConnacht – IrelandSouth KoreaHungaryWestern Australia The Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 4, 2013QueenslandIcelandSouth AfricaJapanLienster – IrelandFranceThe Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 5, 2013BulgariaUlster – IrelandVictoriaNorthern TerritorySouth AustraliaFinlandNetherlandsNew ZealandThe Final Geocaching Souvenirs Below were Released on March 6, 2013LuxembourgMunster – IrelandAustralian Capital TerritoryTasmaniaSwitzerlandDenmarkLatviaUnited KingdomSee a selection of nearly 100 more of the most popular Geocaching Souvenirs offered by Geocaching!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrating Two Million GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Celebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Apple Is No Longer Easy: A Mac Mini Tale Of Woe

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Next I got a message that I needed to do an EFI firmware update. For those not familiar with EFI, it is basically today’s version of the BIOS. Of course, the EFI message immediately made me think I had slipped back into the world of DOS. But the Mac Mini that I purchased was introduced on October 23, 2012, not even three months ago.Anyway, the EFI update wasn’t a problem other than it had to be done separately. Then I went through a huge system update to bring my brand new Mac Mini from OS X version 10.8.1 to 10.8.2. Only then would the App Store let me update my iPhoto. The net of this was far more rebooting than I normally experience when bringing up a new Mac.Mac vs. Windows, ReduxIt occurs to me that maybe Microsoft should shoot a new version of the old iMac commercial where a boy and a dog race a man and a desk full of boxes to see which can get on the Internet first. I think Windows 8 might win. I say that because I got my Mac mini only a week after I first booted up a new Lenovo desktop tower PC. I know this will bring howls from the Apple crowd, but it was easier to get started using the Lenovo PC than it was to get the Mac mini going.There were more challenges along the way. Apple’s Mail wizard did not know how to configure my old .Mac email accounts. I did a Google search to find the right settings. Postbox on my Windows 8 machine did a better job.The surprises were not over. As I’ve noted before, my decision to stay on the Mac platform was largely based on the tight integration of the iLife products, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD. While I checked to make sure iLife was included, I didn’t think to check to see if the definition of iLife had changed.I was floored when I found out that iDVD not only wasn’t included, but it no longer exists. A little searching confirmed that Apple had indeed ditched iDVD. I missed the news because when I migrated to my iMac in October 2010, the migration assistant brought iDVD along. Given I was using iDVD on my external drive just before I started unpacking the Mac Mini, I was floored.Boot TroublesThis turn of events made it essential that I boot my Mac Mini from my external Firewire hard drive so I could use iDVD. This being a Macintosh, I thought it would be no problem. After all I have been booting Macintoshes from external drives of one sort or another almost since the Mac was introduced. And my current external drive was successfully running my dying iMac just a few minutes earlier.But apparently thinking that it would work easily pushed me into some sort of reality distortion zone. It’s time to admit that some things no longer just work on a Mac. My new Mac would just hang when trying to boot from the external drive. Given that both drives have the same version of the OS, I knew talking to first-tier Apple support was a waste of my time, so I went a little higher up the ladder to find out the real scoop.Turns out that the Mac Mini requires the absolute latest build of OS X 10.8.2. My external hard drive likely has an earlier build. I bought Mac OS X Mountain Lion for my iMac this fall and it got the update to 10.8.2 on October 4, 2012. Who knew we had to keep track of build numbers for Mac OS X?Well I thought, no big problem, I paid for a copy of Mountain Lion, I will just go download the latest and greatest version from Apple’s App Store. Sorry folks, this journey into the magical mystery world of Apple isn’t going to end that nicely.Just to be sure I did not dream the whole thing, I just tried downloading it again, and the message is still the same. “Mountain Lion isn’t compatible with your computer.” My decision to continue to stay on Apple’s Macintosh platform was not a particularly easy one. Three of our last four Macs have come to untimely deaths. Since 1984 dozens of Macs have lived on my desk and I have fond memories of several of them. My problems with Apple hardware might be unusual, but it is my reality and gave me some reservations about sending more of my money to Cupertino.Upgrading To A Mac MiniAs I was coaxing the last few DVDs out of my iMac, the infamous iLemon (see My iMac Has Turned Into An iLemon, And It Makes Me Concerned About Apple), I placed an online order for Apple’s least expensive Macintosh, the Mac mini.For those not familiar with Macs, the Apple store price for that model is $599 and it comes with 2.5 GHz I5 processor, lots of ports, but almost nothing else except an HDMI-to-DVI connector. I also ordered additional memory from Amazon Prime. And I bought an external Samsung DVD drive, for a lot less than the Apple model.My growing frustration with my dying iMac meant the Mac Mini rested on the sofa in my office for just 24 hours after it arrived.My Mac mini with DVD drive just behind the keyboard, and an external LaCie Firewire 800 hard drive on top of the Mac mini.Easy Digital Migration?One of the great things about Apple products for the last several years has been the migration assistant, which helps you move everything from an older Mac to a new one. I used it with my iMac and it worked flawlessly. However, given that my iMac had problems that even Apple couldn’t solve, and that I was running it off an almost completely full external hard drive the same size of the drive in my new Mac Mini, I thought it best to start from scratch.I sort of expected there to be some conflict when I plugged the Samsung into the Mac mini, given all the court cases, but it worked great as I installed my Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac. My other software, Rapidweaver 5, Nisus Writer Express, Fetch, SnagIt, Chrome and Firefox were all downloaded without a hitch.But when you get a new Mac, you almost immediately end up at the App Store. Surprisingly Apple’s App store was where the real pain started.My first shock came when I arrived at the App store and clicked the “Update All” button. It didn’t take long before things ground to a halt. The first thing I noticed was a message “We could not download iPhoto” because OS X version 10.8.2 or later is required. david sobotta Tags:#Apple#Mac#Windows 8 Well this is actually a pretty ugly turn of events. I checked back with my Apple contact. He too was mystified, but assured me that all will be well whenever Mac OS X 10.8.3 is released.Really, that’s what he said.There are more adventures in this, but here’s one more tidbit. During all of this I installed VMware’s Fusion software. With zero challenges, I got Xbuntu Linux running on the Mac mini. Maybe Linux running perfectly on Mac is a message from Steve that the gnomes in Cupertino need to focus a little more on OS X?center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Create and Composite Sci-Fi UI Graphics in After Effects + FREE Assets

first_imgBring your Sci-Fi film to life by designing, animating, and compositing UI elements in After Effects with this video tutorial.Shooting a high tech sci-fi video project? If so, then there is a good chance you may need to create and composite display interface motion graphics. Creating  UI interface graphics is an abstract form of designing and animating. When creating motion elements that viewers have never seen in the real world, you have endless possibilities. However, it’s very important to make sure your animations and designs have a purpose.When designing your interface graphics, think about the story and the type of characters interacting with or near the graphics. For example, you may create health-orientated graphics if your scene takes place in a hospital. Out-of-place interface elements can draw attention away from your story, so it’s important to practice sympathetic design.Lets get started!Download Free After Effects Project FileIncluded with this tutorial is a free After Effects project file with all of the assets used in the video. Click the button below to download.DOWNLOAD FREE PROJECT FILEHow to Create SCI-FI UI Interface ElementsInterface elements couldn’t be easier to create. The best place to start is by looking at current UI interface graphics and breaking down the elements in each design. You’ll see that just about everything is simply a collection of shapes — all of which you can lay out in Adobe After Effects.Here’s what to take away from this After Effects tutorial:How to use shape layers to create sci-fi UI elements.Composting your elements into a display.Understanding the breakdown process of interface elements.Follow along with a free After Effects project file, which you can download by clicking the button below.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!BONUS: 29 Free Sci-Fi Sound EffectsDid you miss our Sci-Fi UI free SFX bundle? Head on over to this page to download the 29 free sound effects.Over 400 Sci-Fi UI AssetsIn a pinch and need custom interface elements fast? Check out Interface from Rocketstock.com. Interface is a curated collection of over 400 HUD video elements that are compatible with nearly any NLE. Easily drag-and-drop these assets into After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, and more!last_img read more

Perera, Prasanna shine as Sri Lanka clinch series against Ireland

first_imgKusal Perera top-scored with his ODI best score of 135 as Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland by 136 runs in the second one-day international at Malahide on Saturday to clinch the two-match series 2-0.After put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted 377/8, riding on the batting exploits from Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna (95). In reply, Ireland were bowled out for 241 with five overs to spare.For Ireland, Andy McBrine top-scored with a 79 while Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal finished with figures of 4 for 38.Sri Lanka recently lost a three-match Test series against England and will get involved in a five-match ODI series against England starting Tuesday at Trent Bridge.last_img read more

FIFA national team eligibility explained

first_imgWorld Cup FIFA national team eligibility: Rules, players who have switched & everything you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Costa Spain Getty World Cup European Championship Copa America Africa Cup of Nations Goal breaks down the sometimes confusing world of FIFA eligibility rules, including some of those players who have changed national teams FIFA national team eligibility has become something of a talking point in recent years as players exercise their right to change the association for which they play.There have been many high-profile examples of players who have switched to one association after coming through the ranks of another.In some cases, players have even lined out for a national team at senior level before deciding to move to another, infuriating and frustrating some fans in the process.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a feature of modern-day football, but the rules governing the issue can be quite confusing. Luckily, Goal is here to break it down for you.Contents1. What are the rules?2. How can a player switch teams?3. Players who have switched4. What is the ‘Granny Rule’?What are the FIFA eligibility rules for national teams?The rules for national team eligibility are clearly laid out in FIFA’s statutes. Specifically, Articles 5-8 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes are concerned with the topic.Principle of national team eligibility The general principle, in Article 5.1, states: “Any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the association of that country.”Article 5.2 adds that: “…any player who has already participated in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any category or any type of football for one association may not play an international match for a representative team of another association.”However, it must be noted that there is an exception – explained in Article 8 (see next section), which allows certain players to change association – stick with us.Nationalities that cover multiple national teamsSome nationalities can, theoretically, permit a player to play for more than one representative association. For example, in the United Kingdom there are four ‘home nations’ – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but only one nationality applies to those teams: British.There are a number of nationalities that cover more than one national team, some of which you can see in the table below. Nationality National teams American United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico British England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands Chinese China PR, Hong Kong, Macau Danish Denmark, Faroe Islands French France, Gaudeloupe, Reunion, Tahiti Dutch Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao New Zealander New Zealand, Cook Islands However, if you have one of these nationalities, it is not simply a case of being able to pick and choose which team you wish to play for; a player must meet certain criteria. Article 6 deals with such cases as follows:”A player who, under the terms of art. 5, is eligible to represent more than one association on account of his nationality, may play in an international match for one of these associations only if, in addition to having the relevant nationality, he fulfils at least one of the following conditions:a) He was born on the territory of the relevant association;b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant association;c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant association;d) He has lived continuously on the territory of the relevant association for at least two years.”As you can see from Article 6.1, a player must either be born in a country, have biological ties to the country or have lived in the country for a certain period of time.Interestingly, Article 6.2 states that: “…associations sharing a common nationality may make an agreement under which item (d) of par. 1 of this article is deleted completely or amended to specify a longer time limit. Such agreements shall be lodged with and approved by the Council.” The four British ‘home nations’ have recently opted to delete this item.Assuming a new nationalityArticle 7 deals with players who assume a new nationality in order to play for a national team and it uses the mostly the same criteria as Article 6.1, with only item (d) differing. In Article 7, the condition in item (d) says that a player will be eligible to play for a representative team if he has “lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association.”How to switch national teamsWilfried Zaha If a player wishes to change national teams, they must observe Article 8 of the Regulations. Only players who have: more than one nationality; acquired a new nationality; or are eligible to represent more than one association due to their nationality can change national team.Article 8.1. explains that such individuals may “only once” request to change their national team association, subject to the following conditions:”a) He has not played a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition at “A” international level for his current association, and at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition for his current association, he already had the nationality of the representative team for which he wishes to play.b) He is not permitted to play for his new association in any competition in which he has already played for his previous association.”In short, that means a change cannot occur if a player has been capped at senior international level in a competitive international match, such as a World Cup qualifier. Senior friendlies, therefore, are not deemed sufficient to tie a player to an association.In order to make a change of association, a player must “submit a written, substantiated request” to the FIFA general secretariat and the governing body’s Players Status Committee make a decision on that request. Once a request has been filed, a player is not eligible to play for any national team until all the paperwork has been processed. Per Article 8.2, in the exceptional circumstance of a player, who has played for a national team, permanently losing his nationality without his consent or against his will, a request can be made to change association to another association for which he has nationality. An example of where this may apply is the break-up of a previously united, singular state.What players have switched national teams?Thiago Motta with Italy shirt The practice of playing for more than one national team has been in operation for decades, but FIFA have sought to make it more structured in recent years, thus minimising the risk of cynical exploitation.Some of the most famous players in the history of football have donned the colours of a number of different national teams. Alfredo di Stefano, famously, played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain, while Ferenc Puskas represented both Hungary and Spain.More recently, Diego Costa’s switch from Brazil to Spain caused a stir, while England were left reeling when they lost Wilfried Zaha to Ivory Coast.The table below shows a collection of modern-day players who have played for one association (sometimes at senior level) before switching to another association. Player Original association Switched to Kevin Prince Boateng Germany Ghana Nacer Chadli Morocco Belgium Diego Costa Brazil Spain Faouzi Ghoulam France Algeria Jonathan Gonzalez USA Mexico Jack Grealish Republic of Ireland England James McClean Northern Ireland Republic of Ireland Thiago Motta Brazil Italy Taulant Xhaka Switzerland Albania Wilfried Zaha England Ivory Coast Jerome Boateng Kevin Prince BoatengInterestingly, there are examples of brothers from the same family lining out for different national teams.Jerome Boateng (Germany) and Kevin Prince Boateng (Ghana) are one such pair. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka plays for Switzerland and came up against his brother Taulant, who plays for Albania, at Euro 2016.Given the nature of global society, there are lots of examples of players with more than one nationality and there are often debates in certain countries about who could have line out for them.France’s 1998 World Cup-winning team is often cited as an example of multiculturalism in football, with the likes of Patrick Vieira and Marcel Desailly born in Senegal and Ghana respectively, while Zinedine Zidane’s parents emigrated to France from Algeria.What is the ‘Granny Rule’? To be clear, there is no official rule in FIFA’s statutes called the ‘Granny Rule’.The term is an informal reference to the parts of FIFA’s regulations (Articles 6 and 7) which indicate that a player’s ancestry (parents and grandparents) can potentially allow them to play for a national representative team.It has been widely used in sports media and the term endures in the present day, but it is very much a colloquialism.last_img read more