Olympics Google Doodle – Play Slalom Canoe Now

The third playable Olympics Google doodle in a row!  Today (8 Aug 2012) tabled a mini game doodle which lets users play slalom canoe.  Use your keyboard to paddle down the water course!

Olympics Google Doodle - Slalom Canoe

As a player your task is to press the left and right keys on the keyboard to accelerate.  However, the water course is not straight, there are also other obstructions such as gates, rocks and water animals(!) you need to get around.  Use the left and right keys to make a good course.  I would say this is by far the most addictive Google doodle mini game of this year’s Olympics.  And you risk hurting your wrist and having tired fingers.  The quality of this game is not bad, you can see ripples behind the kayak generated as you paddle.

Olympics Google Doodle - Playing Slalom Canoe

Interestingly, the slalom canoe events were already completed.  According to the info box that appears if you search for “slalom canoe” or “canoe slalom” in Google, the winners were all born.  The events began on 29 July and ended on 2 August.  I won’t say it is a problem to show a doodle for an event in the past but certainly if a current event’s doodle is displayed it would be better.

Again, to enjoy this game you’ll have to wait until 9 Aug 2012 in local time or go to this web site: http://www.google.com/doodles/slalom-canoe-2012 if you can’t wait to play.  Have fun!


Google Doodle for Olympics – Basketball Mini Game

Mini game Google Doodle for the 2012 London Olympics again!  After reviewing yesterday’s hurdle doodle, today I have yet another interactive Google doodle to share with you.  The doodle of the day (8 Aug 2012) is basketball!

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Basketball

Same as yesterday’s doodle, click the central play button to start the game.  Simply press the left button of the mouse or the space bar, hold and release to shoot.  The longer you hold the button or key the stronger the power is.  You need a few shots to get the feeling.  As the game proceeds the player will be moved away from the ring, making the game tougher.  You have 24 seconds to fire as many shots as possible, you can see the time countdown and the score you get on the score board at the back.  The own audience in the doodle are the 6 “G” “o” “o” “g” “l” “e” alphabets, but if you feel like sharing the game and your score with your friends, you can click the Google+ button at the end of the game to shout it out.

Again, the game is available on 8 August 2012 at local time.  If you want to play the game before it is made available to your time zone, go to this place: http://www.google.com/doodles/basketball-2012 to enjoy!  Before I end this post, let’s review the previous Olympics basketball doodles.  It is probably easier to pick an “animal” to represent China and Australia (dragon and kangaroo) than to find one to represent the UK, right?
2008 Olympics Basketball Google Doodle

2000 Sydney Olympics Basketball Google Doodle

Interactive Olympics Google Doodle – Hurdle

During the Olympics period, Google releases a new doodle for a featured sports event.  Today (7 Aug 2012) it is an interactive hurdle doodle which you could play and seek to break the world record!

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

Simply click the play button to start the game.  You need to press the left and right arrow buttons to run, certainly the faster you press the faster you run.  Jump using the space bar.  I found it easier to play this mini game using a regularly-sized keyboard than using a mini keyboard on a notebook computer.  My result was merely 24.5s on my macbook.  You can try to test your luck (the current man’s 110m hurdle world record is 12.87s).

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

So far Google released doodle for archery, diving, fencing, rings, field hockey, table tennis, shot put, pole vault, synchronized swimming and javelin.  The javelin google doodle was soon updated after the successful rover landing on Mars.

As always, the new doodle is only seen on Google search page at the corresponding local time.  If you can’t wait to see it, you can go to Google Australia or simply check out this official page: http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012.

Do you know this is not the first time Google made a doodle for hurdle?  Here is the 2004 Athens Olympics hurdle Google doodle.  Which one do you like?  The 2012 or 2004 doodle?


2004 Summer Olympics Hurdle Google Doodle


How to Upgrade Your Samsung Chromebox

Back in June when Samsung Series 3 Chromebox was just released, we mentioned the limitations of Chromebox including limited local storage (read this: Chromebox review).  Two months later, geeks from Geek.com finally cracked open the Chromebox case and demonstrated how to upgrade your Chromebox with ease.


Samsung Chromebox Cracked Open

Opening Samsung Series 3 Chromebox

According to Geek.com, breaking into Chromebox is extremely easy.  The cover could be easily removed without any tools, it’s not even held in with clips.  The “motherboard” is mounted by screws, those common ones that could be unscrewed using your eyeglass repair toolkit.  Almost everything on board could be removed and replaced, including the WiFi card and USB port (of course, you need to find ways to load new driver into the system if you want to replace these hardware).

As said, the limited local storage of Chromebox makes it less attractive because you probably need to store most of your files online and download only when needed.  The good news is since Chromebox is easily hackable, you can simply replace the built-in SSD with a larger one!  Geek.com tried to install a Kingston SSDNow mS100 64GB SSD and it only took minutes to complete.

The same applies for memory.  The RAM on board could be replaced easily too, guys at Geek.com replaced the pair of 2GB RAM with two 8GB sticks of DDR3-1333 SODIMM RAM without problem.

Samsung Chromebox Cracked Open

In fact, there is an empty mSATA port on board so theoretically adding a new piece of hardware should be OK if there is software to support it.  For geeks and hackers, the “open design” of Chromebox is a good news, so as for system administrators and home users.  It makes system upgrade and checking much simpler.  With the chance to increase storage and memory, Chromebox becomes a very attractive set-top box as well as a media center in the living room.  Imagine loading 60GB of music into the Chromebox and connect it to the TV, you have a music box with a web interface.  The only thing of concern is perhaps how to make use of the redundant memory and SSD… their capacity is just too small to be installed in other computers!


source: Geek.com

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