What Kinds Of Poker Software Should I Use?

Editor’s Note: Today we have a special guest post from Jennifer Curtis. The topic is Poker software, I have to admit that I’m a horrible poker player and stand to learn something here. In fact, I’m one of the worst gamblers out there and when I’m in Vegas I stick to nothing more than quarter slots and set a limit of around $50 per day. Otherwise I’d be walking out without my shirt on and trust me, you don’t want to see that. ;-)

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It’s a commonly accepted fact of life in the 21st Century that there’s almost nothing that can be accomplished these days without the help of a software program. This general trend certainly applies if you choose to play online poker as much as any of life’s most important pursuits. With Internet poker becoming an increasingly popular diversion for gaming fans all over the world, a lot of people is realizing that they can use their computer for more than having fun at online casinos. In fact, there are a number of excellent software programs out there that can be used to have a tremendously positive impact on your own personal poker skills. Furthermore, many of these programs are designed in a way to make the use of them as much fun as it is educational. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best poker software available to the discerning consumer.

MNA Texas Hold’em Assistant – this program is noteworthy in that it is entirely web-based, so there’s no need to download anything. Designed to make the mastery of Hold’em attainable for all players, this killer program calculates the probabilities for all of the hands that can be produced from a combination of 2 hole cards and a flop, with additional options for the turn and river.

Pokenum: Poker Hand Analyzer – this is an invaluable aide for determining hand strength applying to Texas Hold’em, Stud and even Lowball. The software simulates many hands so you can figure out the winning percentage of your hand against others. You can even add more cards to the board and see how your strength changes as the board progresses.

Frugal Gambler Video Poker Teacher – this is a downloadable software program that easily teaches you to play video poker. It charts your winnings and loses so you can keep close track of the progress you are making. A review of these programs (representing only a small portion of all on the market) should give you a good idea of how much great poker software is out there. Stay updated to the latest poker news to find a program that delivers exactly the combination of features you are looking for.

Games

Mobile & Gadget News – 11/10/08

Pocket PC

Silverlight on Windows Mobile Devices [Channel 9] – This PDC 2008 session recording is for you if you’ve been developing Silverlight apps and wondering when/if you can port them to mobile devices.

Microsoft Tries to Snatch Verizon Deal from Google [Wall Street Journal] – Microsoft is working to lure from Google a mobile deal with Verizon Wireless by offering a sweeter bid to put its search service and related advertising on Verizon phones, sources say.

Sprint Struggles to Keep Pace with Rivals [InternetNews] With a big payoff from its WiMAX efforts still a good distance away, the No. 3 U.S. carrier has a long road ahead of it.

Tethering App Coming To iPhone [InformationWeek] An approved way to use the iPhone 3G as a wireless modem for computers is expected soon, but there’s no definite timetable and it will most likely cost more per month.

Should Apple Free the iPhone? [InternetNews] – Harvard law professor takes aim at device makers’ restrictive app policies.

J.D. Power: iPhone Tops in Customer Satisfaction [Fortune]  – Apple’s iPhone ranked highest in customer satisfaction in a smartphone survey by J.D. Power and Associates, surpassing handsets by Research In Motion and Samsung.

Huawei to Launch Android and Symbian Smartphones – [InfoWorld] – Chinese network company Huawei Technologies is planning to launch smartphones based on the Android and Symbian operating systems in the first half of 2009.
Services

AT&T to Buy Wi-Fi Firm Wayport [CNET] AT&T will acquire Wayport for $275 million, extending its Wi-Fi reach amid growing demand from customers for wireless Internet access.

Gadgets / Devices

Honda’s Assisted Walking Unit, But Can It Help You In the Toilet Stall?

Honda walking unit

Honda recently showed off it’s assisted walking unit. You simply straddle it as you would a bicycle, but it has ‘shoes’ for you to place your feet. Then the unit senses your leg movements and assists the person’s leg movements. Think of it as a poor man’s version of the Iron Man suit. This is great for the elderly or those with weak knees or back that need help walking up stairs or squatting for long periods of time.

Note, this thing is not competing with military-grade exoskeletons like this bad boy.

For its first honest test in the real world, Honda is planning to role this out to the Honda automotive workers on the factory floor that need to kneel, bend and stress their knees and back a little too much throughout the day.

Now here’s my recommendations to take this device to the next level:

  • Let the device provide assistance with bathroom breaks. I’m not going into details here, use your imagination
  • Let NFL running backs use this to extend their careers a few extra years. Even better, start negotiating with the Olympic Committee to allow track and field events to leverage these legs
  • Develop a lightweight swimmer’s version
  • Make a mini-version that we can outfit our elderly pets with. It’s just not the same once they can no longer leap onto your bed, Rover and Kitty deserve something like this

As a great usage scenario to show its durability, Honda should task someone with climbing Mt. Everest with one of these. How cool would that be?

Gadgets / Devices

How Long Would it Take to Brute Force Crack Your Password?

Identity

Hackosis is hosting a project on their site that will analyze the strength of your password (without entering  your PW). Not only that, but the best part is that they’ll clue in to just how easy or difficult it will be to use a brute force crack to solve your PW just using a run of the mill PC.

Password Strength

Your password is 10 characters long and has 18,429,771,776,000 combinations.
It takes 67.05 hours or 2.79 days to crack your password on computer that tries 137,438,953,472 passwords per hour. This is based on a typical PC processor in 2008 and that the processor is under 10% load.

OK folks. How strong is your password?

Computers, Stumble of the Day

Flickr Mosaic – 11-10-08

Flickr_mosaic 11-10-08

1. Freshen my Day (Cropped Version), 2. Bright Fall Colours, 3. up up to the sky, 4. Happiness Is A Warm Gun, 5. Untitled, 6. sweetest thing, 7. TUCKER Paul in Corsair #005, 8. Desert elephant matriarch charging

Just geeky