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ActiveX is a software framework created by Microsoft that adapts its earlier Component Object Model and Object Linking and Embedding technologies for content downloaded from a network from the World Wide Web. Microsoft introduced ActiveX in 1996. In principle, ActiveX is not dependent on Microsoft Windows operating systems, but in practice, most ActiveX controls only run on Windows. Most require the client to be running on an x86-based computer because ActiveX controls contain compiled code. ActiveX is still supported as of Windows 10 through Internet Explorer 11, while ActiveX is not supported in their default web browser Microsoft Edge and will be compatible with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge using IE Mode. ActiveX is one of the major technologies used in component-based software engineering. Compared with JavaBeans, ActiveX supports more programming languages, but JavaBeans supports more platforms. ActiveX is supported in many rapid application development technologies, such as Active Template Library, JavaBeans, Microsoft Foundation Class Library, Qt, Visual Basic, Windows Forms and wxWidgets, to enable application developers to embed ActiveX controls into their products.

Many Microsoft Windows applications—including many of those from Microsoft itself, such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows Media Player—use ActiveX controls to build their feature-set and encapsulate their own functionality as ActiveX controls which can be embedded into other applications. Internet Explorer allows the embedding of ActiveX controls in web pages. Faced with the complexity of OLE 2.0 and with poor support for COM in MFC, Microsoft simplified the specification and rebranded the technology as ActiveX in 1996. After simplification, users still required controls to implement about six core interfaces. In response to this complexity, Microsoft produced wizards, ATL base classes, macros and C++ language extensions to make it simpler to write controls. Starting with Internet Explorer 3.0, Microsoft added support to host ActiveX controls within HTML content. If the browser encountered a page specifying an ActiveX control via an OBJECT tag it would automatically download and install the control with little or no user intervention.

This provoked objections and security risks. Microsoft subsequently introduced security measures to make browsing including ActiveX safer. For example: digital signing of installation packages controls must explicitly declare themselves safe for scripting stringent default security settings Internet Explorer maintains a blacklist of bad controlsActiveX was controversial from the start; the ActiveX security model relied entirely on identifying trusted component developers using a code signing technology called Authenticode. Developers had to sign a contract, promising not to develop malware. Identified code would run inside the web browser with full permissions, meaning that any bug in the code was a potential security issue. In October 1996, Microsoft released a beta version of the ActiveX Software Development Kit for the Macintosh, including a plug-in for Netscape Navigator on the Mac, announced its plan to support ActiveX on Solaris that year. Six months and two more beta releases there had yet to be any commercially available Macintosh ActiveX plugins.

In 1997, NCompass Labs in cooperation with Microsoft released a plug-in for Netscape Navigator to support ActiveX. Documentation for ActiveX core technology may be downloaded free. Despite Microsoft's previous efforts to make ActiveX cross-platform, most ActiveX controls will not work on all platforms, so using ActiveX controls to implement essential functionality of a web page restricts its usefulness. South Korea has started to remove this technology from their public websites in order to make their web site accessible to more platforms. While Microsoft made significant effort to push the cross-platform aspect of ActiveX by way of publishing the API the cross-platform effort failed due to the ActiveX controls being written in C or C++ and being compiled in Intel x86 Assembly language, making them executable only on Windows machines where they can call the standard Win32 APIs. Microsoft dropped ActiveX support from the Windows Store edition of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8. In 2015 Microsoft released Microsoft Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer with no support for ActiveX, this marked the end of the technology in Microsoft's web browser development.

It may not always be possible to use Internet Explorer to execute ActiveX content, nor may a user want to. Mozilla ActiveX Control was last updated in late 2005, runs in Firefox 1.5. ScriptActive for Netscape Navigator last updated in 1997 can run ActiveX controls but requires a special HTML tag. Google Chrome ActiveX Control is available thro

Let's Dance (German season 7)

The seventh season of Let's Dance began on 28 March 2014. Sylvie Meis and Daniel Hartwich returned as hosts. Motsi Mabuse, Joachim Llambi and Jorge Gonzalez returned as judges. For the first time, all judges return to the judging panel in the same constellation. Red numbers indicates the lowest score for each week. Green numbers indicates the highest score for each week. Indicates the couple eliminated that week. Indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two/three. Indicates the winning couple. Indicates the runner-up couple. Indicates the third-place couple; this table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 30-points scale. The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' marks are as follows: According to the traditional 30-point scale. Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below are listed in this order from left to right: Jorge Gonzalez, Motsi Mabuse and Joachim Llambi. Running order Running order Running order Running order Running order Running order Running order Running order Running order Week 1: Cha-Cha-Cha, Waltz or Quickstep Week 2: Jive, Foxtrot or Contemporary Week 3: One unlearned dance Week 4: Bollywood, Charleston or Hip-Hop and Disco Week 5: One unlearned dance and Team Dance Week 6: Two unlearned dances Week 7: One unlearned dance and Freestyle Week 8: Two unlearned dances and Cha-Cha Dance-off Week 9: Final unlearned dance, Favorite dance and Freestyle Highest scoring dance Lowest scoring dance Danced, but not scored The table below lists the order in which the contestants' fates were revealed.

The order of the safe couples doesn't reflect the viewer voting results. This couple came in first place with the judges; this couple came in last place with the judges. This couple was eliminated; this couple came in last place with the judges and was eliminated

Whimsical Illusions

Whimsical Illusions is a 1909 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Méliès appears with the actor Manuel as his assistant. Special effects in the film were created using stage substitution splices; the film includes magic tricks Méliès had performed live on stage at his Paris theatre of illusions, the Théâtre Robert-Houdin: one in which giant playing-cards come from a display stand, one in which a head comes out of a crate and chases the magician around the stage. The film was released in 1909 by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 1508–1512 in its catalogues. A surviving print of the film was rediscovered in the 1920s by Jean P. Mauclaire, director of the French art house cinema Studio 28. Mauclaire exhibited the film as part of the Gala Méliès at the Salle Pleyel on 16 December 1929; the surviving print of the film is hand-colored. One legend claims that the 1929 coloring was done by Elisabeth Thuillier, an artist who had collaborated prolifically with Méliès on film colorization at the turn of the century.

However, this was disproved in an interview with Thuillier herself in the journal Le Nouvel Art Cinématographique. Whimsical Illusions on IMDb

Aviron Pictures

Aviron Pictures is an American film production and distribution company founded by William Sadleir and David Dinerstein, a founder of Paramount Classics and of Lakeshore Entertainment and LD Entertainment, in 2017. In May 2017, it was announced David Dinerstein had launched a film production and distribution company that would release up to eight wide release films, per year, starting off to distribute Kidnap, Drunk Parents, The Strangers: Prey at Night. In February 2018, it was announced the company had acquired Serenity, A Private War. Neon STX Entertainment Rogue Pictures A24 Annapurna Pictures Blumhouse Productions Bleecker Street Drafthouse Films Official website

Mariko Kawana

Mariko Kawana began the most notable phase of her life as a Japanese model and actress who has appeared in softcore pink film and V-Cinema, and, a hardcore adult video performer and director. She was one of the earliest AV actresses in "madame" category of performers, she has returned to her pre-acting career as a writer. Mariko Kawana was born on November 9, 1967. After graduating college, she worked in a publisher's design department. In September 1999 at the age of thirty-one, Kawana entered the adult video industry with her release, 34 Year Old Mother Mariko from Soft On Demand, one of the largest porn conglomerates in Japan, her age made her one of the earliest AV actresses in the "mature woman" or "madame" category of performers, whose popularity in Japanese porn began in the mid-1990s. She appeared in two early videos for Kuki Inc. one in the bukkake genre and the other, was part of a lesbian series. In the softcore field, she starred in the pink film Joi Kawana Mariko: Jukujo Tabū Sex with Yōko Satomi, released to theatres in March 2001.

Kawana appeared in the May 2001 issue of the magazine Penthouse Japan and in December 2001, she received the Best Mature Actress award at the 2001 X City Grand Prix Awards. The year 2002 opened with her starring in a pink film for woman director Sachi Hamano, Kawana Mariko: Mesuneko Gibo and included an S&M role in the kunoichi video Kunoichi Is Captured for the Million label. Kawana had the starring role in the pink film Kawana Mariko Sakuragai No Amai Mizu released by OP Eiga in March 2002, a posthumous release of pink film pioneer director Satoru Kobayashi who had died in November 2001. In November 2002, she was one of three actresses in the DVD "Love simulation game" LOVE TYPE from VIP studio. Kawana had been in an installment of the Wanz Factory series Performance and Direction where she starred and directed, in January 2003, she again took up directorial duties in AV Made by Women which featured actor Taka Kato. In April 2003, she played the role of the dominant woman in the Attackers S&M video Confinement Insult and in September of that year, she appeared in the Kyōko Aizome-directed Lesbian Politicians.

In August 2003, Kawana married AV director Goro Tameike, who had directed her in her debut AV and other works, retired from the adult video industry. She says that her developing relationship with Tameike since her AV debut changed her and that he was her first true love, her retirement video, Mariko Last Love, directed by Tameike, was released by Moodyz in March 2004. Soon after her retirement, Kawana was the MC at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Japanese magazine Video Boy. Among the guests were AV stars Akiho Yoshizawa & Sora Aoi. Kawana gave birth to a boy in November 2004 and posed for a "very tasteful photobook", Sex Evolution - Mariko Kawana, during her pregnancy. Since in addition to parenting, she has been active as columnist and novelist, she accompanied her husband to the 4th Annual SOD Awards in December 2005. In a different area, Kawana's portrait was on the cover of rice packages produced by National Farm, a company started by Ganari Takahashi, the founder of SOD who subsequently went into the agriculture business.

Kawana and her husband Tameike were both interviewed for Misato Nakayama's study of professionals in the adult industry, Sei Shoku Sha No Hitobito Ano Sekai No Shigotoshi Tachi, published January 2006 by Ohzora. According to a November 2010 article by Japanese tabloid Weekly Asahi Geinō, despite her retirement, Kawana had become known in a new venue; the article details the popularity and spread of Japanese adult videos in North Korea and, according to one source, Kawana's videos were "especially popular" in that country. When reached for comment, Kawana's response on Twitter was, “Really?!”. Kawana's first novel, Gibo no enkou was released in November 2011 by Futabasha. In 2016, Kawana started an organization calling on the Japanese porn industry for standardized and transparent contracts with actresses. Mariko Kawana on IMDb

Gray kingbird

The gray kingbird or grey kingbird known as pitirre, petchary, or white-breasted kingbird is a passerine bird. It breeds from the extreme southeast of the United States in Florida, through Central America, from Cuba to Puerto Rico as well as eastward towards all across the Lesser West Indies, south to Venezuela, Tobago, the Guiana, Colombia. Northern populations are migratory, wintering on the Caribbean coast of Central America and northern South America. Several vagrant populations are known to exist in the American Northeast; this tyrant flycatcher is found in tall trees and shrubs, including the edges of savanna and marshes. It makes a flimsy cup nest in a tree; the female incubates the typical clutch of two cream eggs. The adult gray kingbird is an average-sized kingbird, it measures 23 cm in length and weighs from 37 to 52 g. The upperparts are gray, with brownish wings and tail, the underparts are white with a gray tinge to the chest; the head has a concealed yellow crown stripe, a dusky mask through the eyes.

The dark bill is heavier than that of the related smaller, tropical kingbird. The sexes are similar, but young birds have rufous edges on the wing coverts and tail; the call is a loud rolling trill, pipiri pipiri, the reason behind many of its local names, like pestigre or pitirre, in the Spanish-speaking Greater Antilles, or petchary in some of the English-speaking zones. Gray kingbirds wait on an exposed perch high in a tree sallying out to feed on insects, their staple diet. Like other kingbirds, these birds aggressively defend their territory against intruders, including mammals and much larger birds such as caracaras, red-tailed hawks and broad-winged hawks, it is found in increasing numbers in the state of Florida, is more found inland though it had been restricted to the coast. The species was first described on the island of Hispaniola called Santo Domingo, thus the dominicensis name. Videos, photos & sounds on the Internet Bird Collection Bird sounds - Florida Museum of Natural History