View our reviews on Hot Scripts You can now obtain our example scripts and/or vote for them at Hotscripts. To visit Hotscripts click here.


You can advertise your site or blog across the TPCS network!
We have many sites and blogs that you can advertise your own website on. We have very reasonable rates and it's easy to get started. For more information click here.

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Build your own custom snow globe and email it to friends!
If you would like to build your own custom snow globe and then email it to friends then use the below links.

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We have released a number of new Google Chrome apps
We have recently released a number of new apps for Google's Chrome browser. We will be posting these new apps here:

http://widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com/web-files/chrome-apps/chrome-apps.html
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We have recently transfered a number of our gadgets over to Google Chrome apps!


Daily Motivating Quotes: Daily motivating quote app for Google Chrome

Inspirational Quotes: Inspirational quote app for Google Chrome

Daily Beauty Tips: Daily beauty tips app for Google Chrome

Daily Bikini Babes: Daily bikini babes app for Google Chrome

Lottery Numbers: Lottery number app for Google Chrome

Child Safe Google Search: Safe search app for Google Chrome

Daily Optical Illusions: Daily optical illusion app for Google Chrome

Map Quest Directions: MapQuest app for Google Chrome

IQ Test: IQ test app for Google Chrome

Weather Channel: Weather channel app for Google Chrome

Daily Buddha: Daily Buddha app for Google Chrome

Magic 8 Ball: Magic 8 ball app for Google Chrome

Escape To Paradise: Escape to paradise app for Google Chrome

Weight Loss Tips: Weight loss tips app for Google Chrome

Daily Surfer: Daily surfer app for Google Chrome

Interactive Aquarium: Interactive aquarium app for Google Chrome

* Any future apps will be posted here:
http://widgets.tropicalpcsolutions.com/web-files/chrome-apps/chrome-apps.html
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Thanks to a few user submitted requests, we have added a feature that allows guestbook admins to delete individual comments!
We have recently updated our NoBull guestbook to allow guestbook admins to remove individual posts by either IP address or username. Prior to this update the admins only had the options to clear the entire log file. No longer!

If you have the previous version of the guestbook and would like to avail yourself of this new update please contact me with the URL of your current guestbook and I will update it for you. You should not lose any data during the upgrade process.

Check out the NoBull Website Guestbook
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With the power to buy, sell and make decisions on our behalf, phones will come to dominate our lives, invading our privacy and, via under-skin implants, our bodies.

It isn't all bad. As they become more sophisticated, phones will completely unshackle us from our desktops, will use up less time and money -- and could even save our lives.

"The fact that the word 'phone' is in the title of these devices is misleading," says Ray Hammond, a so-called futurologist who has carved a career out of accurately forecasting technological leaps.

Hammond envisages the candy bar-sized phones and shiny tablets of today being broken into separate components. Fashionable spectacles will provide the visual display, earring studs the audio. A third device will provide touch input.

"What we're talking about is a complete physical interface to the digital and virtual worlds," he said.

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/23/tech/mobile/technology-mobile-future/index.html
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Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app

Other well-known companies accessing smartphone users' personal data - such as text messages - include photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger, the paper said.

It claimed that some apps even allow companies to intercept phone calls - while others, such as YouTube, are capable of remotely accessing and operating users' smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time.

Security app My Remote Lock and the app Tennis Juggling Game were among smaller companies' apps that may intercept users' calls, the paper said.

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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/facebook-spies-on-phone-users-text-messages-report-says/story-fn7celvh-1226282024364
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Twitter says it will make privacy guidelines more explicit after it admitted copying entire address books from people's smartphones and storing the information on its servers, according to reports.


Both the micro-blogging site and Apple, whose iPhone offers the Twitter application, have come under fire following the revelation.

Reports say that two U.S. congressmen have written to Apple asking why the firm allows the practice on its iPhone, as it contravenes app developer guidelines.

"We want to be clear and transparent in our communications with users," Twitter spokeswoman Carolyn Penner told the BBC and Los Angeles Times. "Along those lines, in our next app updates, which are coming soon, we are updating the language associated with Find Friends -- to be more explicit."

She also said that in place of "Scan your contacts," the site will use "Upload your contacts" and "Import your contacts" instead, for iPhone and Android apps respectively.

A spokesman for Apple said apps that collect or transmit a user's contact data without their prior permission are in violation of company guidelines.

"We're working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release."


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http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/02/16/twitter-admits-peeking-at-address-books-announces-privacy-improvements/
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The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most infamous online piracy and file-sharing sites, is now hosting a type of mock-up file that allows your 3D printer to create physical objects.

ThePirateBay.org yesterday announced via its blog, first reported by GigaOM, that users can now search in a new category called "Physibles".

Physibles, as the blog explains, are mock-up files that allow a 3D printer to create a physical object:

"We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or, as we decided to call them: Physibles.

"Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three-dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future, you will print your spare parts for your vehicles," The Pirate Bay predicted in its post yesterday.


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http://www.zdnet.com.au/pirate-bay-to-allow-real-object-downloads-339330303.htm
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Users of tablet computers should place their device on the table and tilt its screen, rather than have it flat on their lap, to avoid potentially painful hunching of the neck, a study suggested Wednesday.
"Tablet users may be at high risk to develop neck discomfort based on current behaviours and tablet designs," it warned.

A team led by environmental health researcher Jack Dennerlein of the Harvard School of Public Health asked seven men and eight women who were experienced tablet users to carry out tasks on an iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom.

Using a motion-analysis system, the team filmed the 15 volunteers as they worked on the tablet in four common configurations.

In the first position the tablet was not placed in its proprietary case but held on the lap in one hand while the other was used to touch the screen.

In the second the tablet was placed on the lap, but stayed in its case. The user worked with both hands on the screen.

In the third, the tablet was set up in its case on a table, with its screen set at a lower angle, and the user worked with both hands.

The last configuration, dubbed "table-movie," entailed placing the tablet on the table in its case, tilted at a higher angle. The user did not work on the screen and instead watched movies or other programming on it.

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http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.89b977dd5b786d4355e1a3521c5d20b8.61&show_article=1
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If you’ve ever used the Internet, you have an online identity. Maybe it’s slight: a Hotmail account here, a comment on a news story there. Or maybe you’ve been more prolific, leaving a trail of usernames, accounts, messages, and profiles across the digital landscape.

In any case, an active internet user owes it to himself to do a bit of self-Googling. What you’ll find will be both enlightening and humbling—even worrying.

Unease about your online identity shouldn’t be limited to how much information is publicly available. Online advertising is the engine that drives the Internet’s largest sites, including Google and Facebook, and it depends on your personal—and allegedly private—data for fuel. "The government, companies, and marketers all want us to share as much information as possible because that’s what’s good for them," says Rebecca Jeschke of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "and it’s time to think of what’s good for us."

While most Internet users seem fine with privacy tradeoffs, the lack of control will lead some to consider the nuclear option: total Internet evacuation. But taking yourself offline isn’t as simple as logging out—it requires a little bit of work. Here’s how.


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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/computer-security/how-to-disappear-completely-from-the-internet
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As advances in computer technology make gadgets ever smaller and more portable the idea of carrying a screen of any kind could soon be outdated. Consumer products with screens have dropped in size from computer to laptop to tablet via phone

But one company specialising in cutting edge visual technology waIsraeli company Lumus has shown off the PD-18-2, which may look like a cumbersome pair of shades but allow the user to see high-quality images while they walk.nts to beam information directly into your field of vision.

Lumus, an Israeli company, specialises in what it calls Light-guide Optical Element (LOE) technology.

It's latest product is the PD-18-2, which may look to the untrained eye like a cumbersome pair of sunglasses.

But inside the lenses of the glasses, the user can see high-quality full colour images. Products like this are already on the market for professional and military use, but where the next-generation PD-18-2 differs is that users can see though the spectacles too, instead of having the images block their vision.

The translucent lenses allow for what the manufacturer calls 'augmented vision', overlaying images or graphics over your usual field of vision.

They are designed for professionals such as pilots, surgeons and soldiers but there are hopes that it can be adapted for the consumer market so people could watch film or TV on the move, or play video games as they walk around.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2086180/Lumus-PD-18-2-video-screen-glasses-lay-messages-GPS-field-vision.html
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Internet addiction has for the first time been linked with changes in the brain similar to those seen in people addicted to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.

In a groundbreaking study, researchers used MRI scanners to reveal abnormalities in the brains of adolescents who spent many hours on the internet, to the detriment of their social and personal lives. The finding could throw light on other behavioural problems and lead to the development of new approaches to treatment, researchers said.

An estimated 5 to 10 per cent of internet users are thought to be addicted – meaning they are unable to control their use. The majority are games players who become so absorbed in the activity they go without food or drink for long periods and their education, work and relationships suffer.

Henrietta Bowden Jones, consultant psychiatrist at Imperial College, London, who runs Britain's only NHS clinic for internet addicts and problem gamblers, said: "The majority of people we see with serious internet addiction are gamers – people who spend long hours in roles in various games that cause them to disregard their obligations. I have seen people who stopped attending university lectures, failed their degrees or their marriages broke down because they were unable to emotionally connect with anything outside the game."

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/addicted-scientists-show-how-internet-dependency-alters-the-human-brain-6288344.html
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Some 300 Chinese Foxconn employees who manufacture X-box 360 machines said they would throw themselves from their Wuhan, China, plant if demands for lost wages were not met.
China Jasmine Revolution, an activist revolutionary organization with a name borrowed from the Tunisian revolt that set off the Middle East unrest, reported that employees made their demands for a wage increase for 100 employees on Jan. 2.

Management at Foxconn — the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and a crucial link in the supply chains of Apple, Dell, Nintendo and Song — responded with an ultimatum. Employees could quit with one month’s compensation awarded for each year with the plant or go back to working.

Many employees quit, but Foxconn allegedly dishonored the agreement and awarded former employees nothing.

Around 300 workers returned to the plant in an uproar, and staged their protest on the plant’s roof on Jan. 4.



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http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2012/01/10/hundreds-threaten-suicide-at-microsoft-supplier-plant-in-china/

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The best way to protect yourself from an online financial scam is to diligently check your bank accounts. At least, until now. Security firm Trusteer has found an elaborate new computer virus that not only helps fraudsters steal money from bank accounts, it also covers its tracks.
Think of a crime plot involving a spy who plans to break into a high-security building and begins by swapping out security camera video so guards don't notice anything is amiss. Known as a surveillance camera hack, the technique has been used in dozens of movies.

A new version of the widely prevalent SpyEye Trojan horse works much the same way, only it swaps out banking Web pages rather than video, preventing account holders from noticing that their money is gone.
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The Trojan horse employs a powerful two-step process to commit the electronic crime. First, the virus lies in wait until a customer with an infected computer visits an online banking site, steals their login credentials and tricks the victim into divulging additional personal information such as debit card information. Then, after the stolen card number is used for a fraudulent purchase, the virus intercepts any further visits to the victim's banking site and scrubs transaction records clean of any fraud. That prevents -- or at least delays -- consumers from discovering fraud and reporting it to the bank, buying the fraudster critical extra time to complete the crime.

Trusteer calls it a "post transaction" attack, because much of the virus' effectiveness is attributable to its ability to control what victims see after fraudulent transactions occur. Amit Klein, chief technology officer for Trusteer, said he believes criminals have used the technique for a few months, and it has infected real consumers.

"I predict that the use of post transaction attack technology will significantly increase as it enables criminals to maximize the amount of fraud they can commit using their initial investment in malware toolkits and infection mechanisms," Klein said.

The new SpyEye came to Trusteer's attention when a large retail bank in the United States spotted it and shared with the firm, he said.

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http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/06/9986119-new-virus-raids-your-bank-account-but-you-wont-notice
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