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Recent Movies

Wonder Woman tries to rise above the usual summer blockbusters by adding dashes of feminism and moral ambiguity. It doesn't go far, however. Although Israeli actress Gal Gadot delivers a credible performance as an incredible character, the plot settles into a comfortable good-versus-evil fable with few shades of gray. German viewers will probably dislike their portrayal as the bad guys—in particular, a bizarre reimagining of Erich Ludendorff, a real World War I general—but they must be used to the Hollywood treatment by now. The movie's high point is the midpoint, when Wonder Woman departs her secluded island of Amazons and enters the gritty London of 1918. The culture clash is at once amusing and disquieting. Her puzzlement over women's fashion soon turns to confusion over the fetish for war.

Alien: Covenant is technically impressive and well acted, but the story is a depressing rehash of the much better original film in this long-running series (Alien, 1979). Again, the plot centers on a crew of civilian space travelers who encounter vicious alien creatures that instantly attack everything they see. One problem, however, is that only Alien fanboys will know how this installment fits into the story arc—is it a sequel, prequel, or midquel? Another problem is that it doesn't have the great Sigourney Weaver, although Katherine Waterston tries admirably to create another female character who battles the aliens. But the biggest problem is that the crew and their captain are implausibly clueless. Would they really explore a mysterious planet without first determining if it has dangerous predators or pathogens? And would they remain so clueless even after discovering the dangers? In one scene, the captain was so stupid that I was rooting for the aliens.

The Circle stars Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) as a new customer-service rep at a near-future social-media company. Her initial thrill of landing a good job at a lavish high-tech firm soon turns chilly as she is drawn into a cultlike corporate culture. The genial CEO (Tom Hanks) wants to obliterate personal privacy by live-streaming everything and everybody online, all the time. Is he visionary, misguided, or evil? This thought-provoking film, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, seems eerily plausible and prophetic. Although the climax is predictable, the drama is well played, and I can't help wondering if it will make Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg feel a little uncomfortable.

>> See more mini-reviews, including Moonlight ... Hidden Figures ... Manchester by the Sea ... La La Land ... Collateral Beauty ... Hacksaw Ridge ... Loving ... Arrival ... Snowden ... Sully ... Star Trek Beyond ... Finding Dory ... The Jungle Book ... Eye in the Sky ... Hello, My Name is Doris ... Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ... and many more!

 

 Tom's Inflation Calculator

Tom's Inflation Calculator is now updated with the latest data for 2016!

My calculator includes the latest U.S. government inflation data plus alternative data sets. It's free and should run automatically in your web browser after clicking on the link above. By using historical data and forecasts, it can adjust U.S. dollar amounts for retail price inflation either forward or backward in time for any years between 1665 and 2100. (The alternative data sets have narrower ranges.)

Tom's Inflation Calculator also includes the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index, which the Federal Reserve uses to guide its monetary policy, and an alternative data set from ShadowStats, a private company. It's the best inflation calculator on the Internet!

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Computer Dictionary
Common Terms Defined

Are you baffled by a technical term or acronym you've never seen before? Or just curious about the latest techie slang? Tom's Computer Dictionary may have the answer. From "AAC" to "zoo virus," it defines more than 800 terms in plain language. Learn to speak geek!

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Guitar Cheat Sheet

Do you want to learn the most common major and minor guitar chords? Instantly transpose songs from one major key to another? Find out which major and minor chords go together? Play scales in any major key? Learn the notes on the fretboard? It's easy! And it's free! Just download and print Tom's Guitar Cheat Sheet.

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Index to Tom's Articles  

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Here's an index to more than 420 of Tom's articles in Microprocessor Report, the insider's guide to microprocessors, networking chips, and mobile-phone chips. Learn about embedded processors, microcontrollers, digital-signal processors, and other chip-related topics. (Subscription required for most articles.)

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Scramble Text With ROTator

ROTator is an applet that lets you encode and decode text in the popular Internet format known as "ROT 13." Lots of other programs do that, but my applet goes further by allowing you to encode and decode text in any rotational letter-substitution format. You can shift the letters left or right, and you can shift them by any number of letters from ROT 1 to ROT 26. Use my all-new JavaScript version (recommended) or the original Java version.

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Test Your Java Security

How safe is your system from hostile Java applets? Find out with JSecure, one of Tom's free applets. JSecure harmlessly tests the security manager of your Web browser or applet viewer by trying to access information from your computer's operating system and hard disk. Try it today!

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[ BYTE JUNE 1998 ] BYTE Articles

Here is an index to more than 180 of Tom's computer articles from BYTE Magazine published from 1992 to 1998. (BYTE ceased publication in June 1998.) Most articles are still available online and include the original photographs, figures, and screen shots.

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And more stuff...
  • Tom's Mini Movie Reviews. Snappy reviews of recent movies, like those in the blue column on the left. Reviews that scroll off the column end up on the Mini Movie Reviews page.

  • Shutterbug Articles. More than a dozen of Tom's photography articles from Shutterbug magazine are now online. Learn how to personalize your film speed, banish dust from your darkroom, make professional-looking postcards, find the best deals on used cameras, create special effects with open flash, and more.

  • Fujifilm X20 Camera Review. An illustrated field test of a high-quality compact camera, the Fujifilm X20.

  • Tom's Oscar Contest. An annual tradition for 25 years, Tom's Oscar Contest is both entertaining and challenging. Hundreds of people have tried to guess who will win an Oscar in each Academy Award category. Competing against them is the computer brain of Tom's famed OscarCalc program, which sometimes wins the contest and always places near the top.

  • The Death of BYTE Magazine. In 1998, after 23 years of operation, BYTE Magazine was shut down by its new owner, CMP Media. A year later, CMP launched BYTE.com as a very different web-only publication. To learn the inside story about what happened to the world's second personal computer magazine, see Tom's Unofficial BYTE FAQ: The Death of BYTE Magazine.

  • Tom's Favorite Web Links. Find information about personal computers, microprocessors, Java, and other technologies. There are quite a few photography-related sites, plus some offbeat places you've never been. Lots of new links!

  • Tools for Web Builders. The hardware, software, programming tools, and books used to build this web site might be useful to you, too. Most of these tools are linked to their vendors' web sites so you can find more information.

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Cool hobbies:   Phil's Old Radios
My guitar teacher:   Dave Creamer
Almost-forgotten history:   Commodore Computer
Family nutrition adviser:   Marsha Kunz, M.S., Give Me Five
ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
World's foremost CPU authority:   Microprocessor Report
Kick-ass info about PCs:   Maximum PC Magazine
Practical photography:   Shutterbug
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