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Sega Channel

Sega Channel was an online game service developed by Sega for the Genesis video game console, serving as a content delivery system. Launching in December 1994, Sega Channel was provided to the public by TCI and Time Warner Cable through cable television services by way of coaxial cable, it was a pay to play service, through which customers could access Genesis games online, play game demos, get cheat codes. Lasting until July 31, 1998, Sega Channel operated three years after the release of Sega's next generation console, the Sega Saturn. Though criticized for its poorly timed launch and high subscription fee, Sega Channel has been praised for its innovations in downloadable content and impact on online services for video games. Released in Japan as the Mega Drive in 1988, North America in 1989, Europe and other regions as the Mega Drive in 1990, the Sega Genesis was Sega's entry into the 16-bit era of video game consoles. In 1990, Sega started their first Internet-based service for Sega Meganet, in Japan.

Operating through a cartridge and a peripheral called the "Mega Modem", this system allowed Mega Drive owners to play seventeen games online. A North American version of this system, dubbed "Tele-Genesis", was never released. Another phone-based system, the Mega Anser, turned the Japanese Mega Drive into an online banking terminal. Due to Meganet's low number of titles, prohibitively high price, the Mega Drive's lack of success in Japan, the system proved to be a commercial failure. By 1992, the Mega Modem peripheral could be found in bargain bins at a reduced price, a remodeled version of the console released in 1993 removed the EXT 9-pin port altogether, preventing the newer model from being connected to the Meganet service. In April 1993, Sega announced the Sega Channel service, which would utilize cable television services to deliver content. National testing in the United States for the service began in June, deployment across the United States began in December, with a complete U. S. release in 1994.

By June 1994, Sega Channel had gained a total of 21 cable companies signed up to carry the service. Fees in the United States for the service varied depending on location, but were US$15 monthly, plus a $25 activation fee, which included the adapter; the Sega Channel expanded into Canada in late 1995, with an Can$19 monthly fee. During the planning stages of the service, Sega looked to capitalize on the rental market, which had seen some success with the Sega CD being rented through Blockbuster, Inc. and was looking to base the service's offering of games and demos to help sell more cartridges. In early 1995, Sega CEO Hayao Nakayama decided to end development on the Sega Genesis and its add-ons, the Sega CD and Sega 32X; this decision was made to support the Sega Saturn, released in Japan already. This placed the release of the Sega Channel right at the height of the Genesis' decline from the market. At its peak, Sega Channel had over 250,000 subscribers, but by 1997, the number of subscribers had dropped to 230,000, two years after Nakayama made the decision to shift focus from the Genesis to the Saturn.

Though Sega looked at options to bring the service to PCs, the service was discontinued by July 31, 1998. After making the initial purchase and paying the activation fee, Genesis owners would receive an adapter that would be inserted into the cartridge slot of the console; the adapter connected the console to a cable television wire, doing so by the use of a coaxial cable output in the rear of the cartridge. Starting up a Genesis console with an active Sega Channel adapter installed would prompt for the service's main menu to be loaded, a process that took 30 seconds. From there, gamers could access the content they wished to play and download it into their system, which could take up to a few minutes per game; this data would be downloaded into the adaptor's on-board 4 MB RAM, would be erased when the system was powered off. Programming and transmission of the Sega Channel's monthly services started with a production team at Sega, which would put together content every month and load it onto a CD-ROM.

It was sent to TCI's satellite station, located in Denver, Colorado. From the station, the signal was transmitted via a Galaxy 7 satellite, which uploaded at 1.435 GHz and downloaded at 1.1 GHz, to the local cable providers. In Canada and across South America and Europe, the satellite transmission stage was bypassed altogether in favor of direct uploads of the Sega Channel CD-ROM via a cable television headend. In order for the signal to function properly, it had to be clear of noise in order to prevent download interruptions. To ensure no issues, cable providers had to "clean" their broadcast signal; the Sega Channel service hosted up to 50 Genesis games at any one time. Titles would rotate monthly. In 1997, Sega changed the number of games hosted at a time to 70 and the update frequency to biweekly. Games for the service included titles developed by Sega, such as Sonic & Knuckles, Eternal Champions, Space Harrier II; some of these games had reduced content compared to their cartridge release so that they could fit the adapter's memory, such as Super Street Fighter II.

Sega Channel hosted games in some regions that would not receive a cartridge release, such as Pulseman, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Alien Soldier, which were hosted on the service in North America. The service offered demos of upcoming games, such as Primal Rage. Though games and demos rotated on a regular basis, categories into which games were placed remained static and did not change. W

Kawasaki Ninja

The Kawasaki Ninja is a trademarked name of several series of Kawasaki sport bikes, that started with the 1984 GPZ900R. Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Kawasaki Ninja H2 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 Kawasaki Ninja 1000R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-9R Kawasaki Ninja 900 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R and ZX-7RR Kawasaki Ninja 750R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Kawasaki Ninja 600 Kawasaki Ninja 600R Kawasaki GPZ400R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-2R/ZXR250/ZX-2 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Kawasaki Ninja 500R Kawasaki Ninja 400R Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Kawasaki Ninja 250SL Kawasaki Ninja ZX-150RR Kawasaki Ninja 125 Kawasaki Ninja 80RR Kawasaki Ninja H2R Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP Kawasaki GPZ series Kawasaki Z Official website

Lynx OEU

The Lynx Operational Evaluation Unit is an independent unit within the Royal Navy’s Lynx Helicopter Force. Charged with Operational Evaluation, Trials and provision of Subject Matter Experts for new equipment projects and service modifications entering service within the Lynx Helicopter Force. Commanded by a trained Test Pilot, with an Aerosystems trained Observer as Executive Officer, both assigned to MoD Boscombe Down, the unit is well placed to act as the centre of excellence for trials activity within the LHF. Recent trials include live guided missile firings, operational evaluation of defensive aids suites and assessment of new NVG compatible landing lamps. In addition the unit is providing SMEs to the SCMR / Future Lynx programme as part of the LHF SCMR Fielding Team’s involvement in the FLynx Combined Test Team; such activity involves close liaison with many external agencies, such as the MOD's Lynx Integrated Project Team, AgustaWestland and Boscombe Down. The LOEU is the primary trials and training unit for the Lynx HMA Mk8 Saturn and associated Combined Modifications Programme.

Having created a bespoke training course it is now converting operational Lynx Mk8 crews onto the latest equipment and software standard. The LOEU operates 4 Westland Lynx HMA 8 Saturn / CMP, but is allotted other marks as required for trials activity; the Lynx OEU has gone through many changes in structure and command and control during its existence. It has been part of 815 Naval Air Squadron, 702 Naval Air Squadron, an independent unit and has been badged as 700 Squadron during the introduction to service of Lynx HAS 2/3 and Lynx HMA 8

Pellegrino Turri

Pellegrino Turri, an Italian inventor, invented a mechanical typing machine, one of the first typewriters, at the start of the 19th century for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano. He invented carbon paper to provide the ink for his machine. According to another version, the machine was invented in 1802 by Agostino Fantoni from Fivizzano, nephew of the Italian poet Labindo, to help his blind sister, while Turri improved Fantoni's machine and invented the carbon paper in 1806. Although not much is known about the machine, some of the letters written on it by the countess have survived; the 2010 novel The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace is based on their story, although it is a semi fictional account which portrays them as lovers despite the surviving letters making no reference to any affair. The letters address Turri as "my dear friend", discuss her progress in learning to use the device. Adler, Michael H.: The Writing Machine, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1973, p. 162 et seq. Adler, Michael: Antique Typewriters from Creed to QWERTY, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Atglen PA, 1997, p. 26 et seq. History of Science 2, Pellegrino Turri of Italy Polt, Richard. "A Brief History of Typewriters". The Classic Typewriter Page

Decatur Independent School District

Decatur Independent School District is a public school district based in Decatur, northwest of Fort Worth. In addition to Decatur, the district serves portions of New Fairview and Rhome. Decatur ISD was established by Mark Rawen, a school starter who helped lead the non-profit organization Make Schools to construct the first school building in Decatur in 1904. Decatur High 2001-02 National Blue Ribbon School McCarroll Middle Decatur Intermediate School Young Elementary Carson Elementary Rann Elementary Average scores of students in Decatur exceed local region and state-wide averages on standardized tests. In 2016-2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results, 79% of students in Decatur ISD met Approaches Grade Level or Above standards, compared with 77% in Region 11 and 75% in the state of Texas; the average SAT score of the class of 2016 was 1439, the average ACT score was 20.7. In the 2016-2017 school year, the school district had a total of 3,129 students, ranging from early childhood education and pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

This is up from 2,844 students in 2003-2004. The class of 2016 included 188 graduates; as of the 2016-2017 school year, the ethnic distribution of the school district was 60.5% White, 35.5% Hispanic, 1.1% African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from two or more races. Economically disadvantaged students made up 46.1% of the student body, compared with 59.0% for all students in Texas. Official website

Fiddlers Three (1948 film)

Fiddlers Three is a 1948 short subject directed by Jules White starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. It is the 107th entry in the series released by Columbia Pictures starring the comedians, who released 190 shorts for the studio between 1934 and 1959; the Stooges are fiddlers at the court of Old King Cole. They are forbidden by the king to marry their sweethearts until Princess Alicia weds Prince Gallant III of Rhododendron "when the flowers bloom in the Spring." Evil magician Murgatroyd has his own plans to marry Alicia, promptly abducts her. While the Stooges are trying to apply new horseshoes to their horses, they accidentally fall through the floor where they find the Princess bound and gagged; the Magician meanwhile gets the King's agreement that if he can recover the Princess he can marry her. His assistant leaves his magic box by climbing through a hole, the plan being to push the Princess through it. Moe and Larry insulting the guards. Shemp frees the Princess; however the guards are distracted.

The Stooges escape up the rope ladder into the box, which Murgatroyd is sawing through and sticking swords into, hurting the Stooges. The box breaks and the Stooges fall out, just before Alicia runs in and tells her father who abducted her; the Stooges attacks the magician, but stop when the assistant walks past, they and Cole following her, save for Shemp, who asks for water. When the Princess gives him water it spurts out of him due to the magicians' swords. Fiddlers Three was filmed on May 26-29, 1947. Like Squareheads of the Round Table and The Hot Scots, it was filmed on the existing set of the feature film The Bandit of Sherwood Forest; this is the 13th of 16 Stooge shorts with the word "three" in the title. Fiddlers Three was remade in 1954 as Musty Musketeers. Fiddlers Three on IMDb Fiddlers Three at AllMovie