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Tuesday, February 24: My Cheating Heart

Morgan Webb

Why not cheat? You'll only be hurting yourself.

When you're stuck in Hearts and you don't know what to do, just take a little peek at everyone else's cards. I won't tell if you won't.

Note: This involves hacking the Window's Registry, which, if you do wrong, can mess things up. If you don't feel comfortable mucking with the Registry, don't do it.

  1. Go to Start, Run, and type regedit.

  2. When you're in the Registry Editor, find the following string: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Applets\Hearts.

  3. Go to Edit, New String Value, and name your new string ZB.

  4. Type 42 for its value.

  5. Open Hearts. Select to be the dealer, and then press F2 to begin a game against the computer.

  6. Hold down Shift+Ctrl+Alt+F12 at the same time. Your opponents' cards will be revealed.

  7. Hold down the key combo again to hide them.

Note: If you can't find the string for Hearts in your Registry, make sure you've run Hearts at least once on your computer. Quit out of the Registry Editor, run Hearts for a bit, and then exit out of it and start at Step 1 again.

Don't you feel the least bit guilty? I don't know about you, but I sure don't.

Download of the Day: Dink Smallwood

Morgan Webb

Ladies and gentlemen, the adventure games we all miss so much are back. Or maybe they never really left. Dink Smallwood ( is an older adventure game that will run on practically any current computer (it runs on 486s and up). The game features a good-natured guy trying to make his way in the Middle Ages (or thereabouts—the exact age is never really specified). You have to talk to people, gather information, and start adventuring in the wide world.

Dink Smallwood was released as freeware by Robinson Technologies for the world to enjoy, so take advantage of it. The graphics aren't stunning and the game is not the most advanced, but the story is good and it is lovingly crafted and maintained. A word of advice: Ctrl is the default select button. Other than that, the game is quite intuitive. Enjoy!

Site of the Day: Map of Middle-Earth

As this Lord of the Rings fansite so eloquently puts it, "There is no limit to what a bored nerd can do!" Enjoy the product of one man's freakish obsession (

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