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Yup. They're "wrapping" my dominoes game too. :(

Looks like Download.com is heading down the toilet. They used to be my first stop when needing software. Now, I'll avoid at all costs.

I need to take my stuff off that site.

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^ Good point.

I've always wanted to learn to program. Not necessarily something too useful or anything, but something that could help build my knowledge a bit of how computers and programs work. But I have no idea where to even start. And considering I'm only 14, I'm kinda lost for thoughts on it. So, I thought some of the guys out in the PdN Forums might have been in my position before. Does anyone have any helpful tips?

I taught myself to program my TI-83+

It's really simple and can be really helpful.

e.g. I built programs to solve math/physics problems for me. I enjoyed it a lot so I did it very very often.

I enjoyed building the programs so much that by building the program, I would memorize the equations I was dealing with and my school grades jumped.

It was like studying without even realizing it.

It's not going to exactly help you big time with things like C#, but it will make the transition easier.

I learned a lot of things from my TI. If you go crazy like I did, you'll learn a bit about different data types (difference between strings and integers) as well as very clever/cheap ways to solve problems more efficiently.

You'll get a better understanding as to how games work.

A great example is platform games.

Everything you see is on the screen, so you have to tell the screen to display pixels everywhere you want.

Psuedo code (code in sentences basically) would be

Pixel on = 2,4

Pixel on = 2,5

Pixel on = 2,6

That would draw a 3 pixel line left/right. Each number, '2,4' represents y/x coordinates on the screen (its y/x not x/y in programming because of how the screen refreshes itself I believe)

So after you build your mario and mario world 1-1, how do you move him?

Your first instinct is to say "Well adjust all the 'Pixel on' coordinates to increase by 1 in the X direction!"

And sure enough you're mario will walk off screen probably throwing a "out of bounds" error (meaning you tried to draw something where the screen dosnt exist) and the world won't move at all.

Then you think "Huh. That's nothing like the real mario game...Oh, duh! Mario doesn't move at all! The world moves around him"

And sure enough, if you make the world move left, it looks like mario walks right and vice versa.

It's nifty and odd little things like this that you'll learn that definitely make programming easier to embrace. If you don't go that path, you at least get a better appreciation for games and programs.

I certainly do.

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EER, I can't link to it as it would get me banned. ;)

But, I'm sure you could find some info on it without too much effort.

(Season 1 is streaming at Netflix, for example.)

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Plus, they try to make us forget all the mess they made by making things sound "awesome" by adding this to our e-mails:

We're constantly improving our streaming selection. We've recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we've added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value you as a member, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get your movies & TV shows.

Respectfully,

The Netflix Team

....Respectfully?? They value us??...yea right

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I canceled my Netflix because of two main reasons: 1) I never really used it, and 2) it stopped working on my PS3.

I started years ago with the 3 discs at a time plan, then gradually went down to 1 disc at a time. Then I used streaming a few times. Then I canceled the disc delivery. Then the Netflix app on PS3 would always require an update, and a system update, and my password, and an activation ... every time it started (once a month or so). And even then it didn't work. Technicaly difficulties. Bummer. Oh well.

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When I first started off with Netflix a few years ago, I had the streaming + 1 DVD which was for about $9.00 or so. Then when they came out with all this BS, I changed my plan to just streaming on my computer weeks before the change. If I kept the same plan, I would've ended up paying around $16.00, almost twice for the same thing. One bill for the streaming and another for the 1 DVD. Plus they tried to make it seem as if we were saving money with this new plan, when in fact they were the one's saving money while throwing us under the bus. Now that they realized how many members they already lost and many more are threatening to leave, they're trying to lure some back by saying they're not separating the two services after all and they're adding more movies and whatnot? I like the idea of more streaming movie choices, but they have a ways to go if they want to win old members back.

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I canceled my Netflix because of two main reasons: 1) I never really used it, and 2) it stopped working on my PS3.

I started years ago with the 3 discs at a time plan, then gradually went down to 1 disc at a time. Then I used streaming a few times. Then I canceled the disc delivery. Then the Netflix app on PS3 would always require an update, and a system update, and my password, and an activation ... every time it started (once a month or so). And even then it didn't work. Technicaly difficulties. Bummer. Oh well.

I cancelled my Netflix account because their movie streaming variety was horrible. All of the movies I was interested in was only available by DVD. Upsetting.

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