The Royal Game of Ur, also known as the Game of 20 Squares, is based on board game equipment excavated at the site of the ancient Sumerian city of Ur in Mesopotamia. While no rules survived, the same basic game is still played in modern-day Iraq. Players roll dice to advance chits along a path, a classic layout that will be familiar to anyone old enough to master Uncle Wiggly, and one that some believe is an ancestor of backgammon. Ur from Tams11 is a free software game based on the ancient board game. You can play it against a … Read more
There has been a lot of commentary following last week's New York Times op-ed by Dick Brass, a former Microsoft executive who claims that the company is bogged down by process and infighting, and has hence lost its ability to innovate.
One of the most interesting follow-ups comes from Groklaw, which dug up some e-mails placed into the public record a few years ago during an antitrust case against Microsoft. (These materials have been a treasure trove of interesting and sometimes-embarrassing internal communications, including then-Windows chief Jim Allchin's 2004 admission that he would have bought a Mac over … Read more
We've reviewed a lot of programs from Mystic Board, and almost all of them are poorly designed pieces of software that contain very little in the way of useful content. Although MB Tarot Suite is a disaster as far as its design is concerned, we do give it credit for delivering something that vaguely resembles an actual tarot reading.
MB Tarot Suite actually contains four applications: Tarot Reading, Astrology Tarot, Tarot Numerology, and Runic Tarot. Each of these asks for the user's name and date of birth, and then provides users with a basic reading. Of course, the … Read more
Sex: Classic Tips & Techniques from Ancient Times is an ebook version of Anne Hooper's book, "Kama Sutra: Classic Lovemaking Techniques Reinterpreted for Today's Lovers," published by DK. The ebook is richly illustrated and full of interesting information about ancient Eastern sexual practices and how to try them yourself.
The ebook's chapters cover topics such as "Preparing for Love," "Touching and Caressing," "Kama Sutra Positions," "Perfumed Garden Positions," and "Positions of the Tao." The ebook's introduction covers a little bit about the history of … Read more
MB Numerology Software provides users with easy access to the world of lucky numbers and astrological signs. With an incredibly simple interface and highly readable results, this is a great tool for all levels of curious users.
This program's interface excels with its simplicity, focusing on easy-to-understand information boxes and highly readable results. While this program feels very intuitive, users who need more guidance can inspect the online Help file, which breaks the program down in a little more detail. Getting our astrological details was a simple matter of entering our name and birth date into the program. From … Read more
Forget 300. The real way to make ancient history and literature cool is...Halo?
We've already seen World of Warcraft used as a way to bring The Canterbury Tales into the digital age. But that was a student project--this interesting story, which we read on Joystiq, is the project of a professor at the University of Connecticut who's looking to better connect his students with the literature they're assigned in class. This would be Robert Travis, an associate professor of modern and classical languages, who has gone so far as to take an Xbox to class into … Read more