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    Planet Coaster | Society Park Part 29 | Farm Station
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    Planet Coaster | Society Park Part 29 | Farm Station

    November 14, 2019


    Hello fellow Planet Coaster Lovers! Welcome back to Society Park and welcome into a new area. The healthcare area is finished except from the transition plaza to this new area. However I wanted to start in this new area first so I could see how the two themes to transition from. And what better way to start of the area by building the monorail station. It actually won’t be finished till the next episode but the it illustrates a good image of where I’m going to The music also kind of gives it away xD This song is actually loopable so I could let you guys listen to it for a whole 21 minutes. But I think you guys would go crazy so I didn’t loop it.You’re welcome. This area is about agriculture so hence why I start of by building a typical farm in here. In this area you’ll also find the more rigidy rides, funfair quality mostly. Also it will be more for kinds since I’m planning to place a ferris wheel in here and some more calm rides. Offcourse this area will also get a wooden roller coaster and I’ll try to make it CGI worthy. So when riding that one you should probably leave you’re 4 year old child in the ferris wheel ;P Anyway the station will be a bit simple since I don’t have much room and it is a monorail station. The length of those stations definetly give me trouble in making it look not that boxy. However the guests are only able to see the front facade so I think I could manage in making it look interesting. By the end of this episode only the entrance side of the station will be a bit more finished. Might still tweek it here and there but I’m pretty happy with how that turned out in the end. The back of the station will mostly be covered up by vegetation cause I don’t want people to be able to see the other area from the queue. In hindsight I might have placed these two areas a bit to close. But I did like the idea to see the ride flying over the station from time to time and it gives another challenge so why not? To illustrate you guys an image of how far the park is, we have finished the Economy and Healthcare areas. We still need to do this area (obviously) and then a Technology area. After that it should be around done So we’re about halfway there…. episode 29… Let that sink in for a bit because I sure have xD On the bright side, allot more content to look forward too. My pc has alread reached record heat and I’m able to start cooking from it in just a couple episodes. Running the park smoothly in lowest settings and 9 fps.. I was thinking for a moment to actually make this park into a scenario in the end but I think that actually be able to run this spark smoothly will be a challenge itself xD But I’m already in the scenario editor with this park since I wanted to improve the parking space so I might still change my mind. Still a long way to go so time enough to think that through. By the way have you seen my surprise of last Saturday? You know the first episode of a new project called Water Witch? If not, be sure to check it out. Anyway here I tried to make some big farm doors where a tractor or something could be behind. Thought of a second to maybe make open doors and a small farm interior. But then my pc froze so I quickly decided on not to do that to give my pc a little break xD But don’t worry to much yet, as long as it stays above 5 fps I will be able to build. Misplace some things here and there but that will just be the way it is. You might actually see that happen in some places of the footage. So that song is finally over, gone crazy yet? Imagine that for a whole 21 minutes xD I chose a more calmer song for now to let you guys calm down a bit, still allot more of happy music coming up Anyway thank you for joining again and I’ll talk to you guys in the next episode! See ya!

    Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort Walk-through Tour – 2018
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    Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort Walk-through Tour – 2018

    November 14, 2019


    Happy Friday everybody! Time to light some Tiki Torches and grab some
    leis, because we’re touring The Poly! Oh, Yeah! [Music] That’s going to do it for me. I hope you enjoyed this tour of Disney’s Polynesian
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    The Monorail: $999 All-In-One Windows PC from 1996!
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    The Monorail: $999 All-In-One Windows PC from 1996!

    November 8, 2019


    Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing! And today we’re headed back to the ‘90s
    with this boxy beast right here: the Monorail PC, an all-in-one desktop computer that first
    hit the market in November of 1996. [Windows 95 startup sound plays] Despite its bulky metal case making it look
    like a piece of industrial equipment, the Monorail was a low-cost desktop PC intended
    for first-time computer users. And for a short period in time they were the
    new hotness, with Monorail being the 14th leading manufacturer of desktop PCs, growing
    at a rate of 50% per quarter, and looking to become a $2 billion company by 2003. Unfortunately for them that didn’t happen,
    but this machine is still a notable footnote in personal computer history. The first reason is its unprecedented design,
    packing a Pentium compatible motherboard, desktop-sized CD-ROM, floppy drive, and hard drive, and a color LCD monitor all into one unit. The second thing setting it apart was pricing,
    with the original Model 7245 first going on sale in 1996 for just $999. At the time, that was a magic number for a
    PC with a monitor included. So the Monorail was not only one of the cheapest
    complete systems around, but it was perhaps the first all-in-one desktop with a built-in
    LCD, predating computers like the Compaq Presario 3020 by nearly a full year. And obviously, before Apple’s iMac G5 by
    a good eight years, that didn’t arrive until 2004. Of course the Monorail is a way chonkier lil
    guy by comparison, but the underlying idea is the same. Adjustable LCD screen up front, optical drive bay on the side, I/O section with all your ports around back. Even its “sealed case” maintenance philosophy is very Apple-esque, with Monorail intending it to only be upgraded by the manufacturer, voiding the warranty if you opened the case yourself. Something many tech reviewers back then did
    not appreciate, despite Monorail’s efforts to make upgrades as painless as possible. You see, Monorail Computer Corporation was dead-set on forging a new path in the personal computer business. The company was founded in 1995 by Doug Johns,
    formerly the senior vice president of Compaq’s PC division, basing Monorail in the city of
    Marietta, Georgia just outside Atlanta. At the time, 30 million American households
    had never owned a computer, and Johns saw things like pricing, distribution, and maintenance
    as barriers to entry. So he invested $2 million into Monorail in
    1995, with several talented folks helping co-found the company, each coming from the
    likes of Compaq, IBM, and Oracle. Pricing was one of the biggest initial hurdles,
    since the main goal was to sell a sub-$1000 computer. Reducing overhead costs was key, and this
    was accomplished by outsourcing practically everything. Monorail designed their PCs in-house and received
    orders by telephone, but all manufacturing, logistics, repairs, and financials were handled
    by outside partners. An original equipment manufacturer took care
    of building the machines, at first being Phelps Technologies out of Kansas City, Missouri. Federal Express would handle all the shipping
    and handling of the machines once they were built and packaged by the OEM. CompUSA was Monorail’s sole retail partner,
    initially, so they took care of regional advertising and kept limited inventory in stock. And Suntrust Banks handled company finances, acting as Monorail’s accounts receivable department. Even the machines themselves were designed
    around the idea of using third party options. FedEx told Monorail that the ideal dimensions for a package weighing between 15 and 25 pounds was 19”x19”x9.5” inches. Too small to fit both a monitor and a PC,
    which is why Monorail decided to use a dual scan laptop LCD panel integrated into the
    case. The rest of the components were on the lower end as well, with a 75 megahertz Pentium-class AMD CPU, 16 megabytes of RAM, a 1 gigabyte hard drive, 4x CD-ROM,
    and a 33.6 Kbps FAX/modem. Nothing mind-blowing, but Monorail was keen
    to push its planned upgrade path, offering faster processors and up to 80 megs of RAM at prices they claimed were comparable to doing it yourself. They recommended holding onto the shipping
    box for this, so you could simply drop off your Monorail with FedEx, they’d deliver
    it to the original manufacturer for upgrades, and then send it back in a few days. As for the name “Monorail,” you might
    be wondering: what kinda name is Monorail anyway? – ”Monorail!” – “Monorail. Monorail. Monorail.” Well, like almost everything else at the company,
    the name was outsourced. Another company called Name Lab was tasked
    with the job, and the mandate was to come up with a friendly name that avoided overused computer company words like “Cyber” and “Tek.” Apparently “Monorail” fit the bill, despite
    it not really having much in the way of meaning. It did at least lead to the company mascot,
    Monorail Mo, the Monorail system conductor. Yeah we’ll get to you later, Mo. Anyway, despite their lofty ambitions and
    positive press, Monorail had a bit of a rough go of it at first. Their OEM, Phelps, went bankrupt so they had
    to move manufacturing to Mitac and SCI Systems, certain retail partners were marking up the
    price above $1000, critics weren’t happy with the stingy warranty and upgrades, and
    competitors were slashing prices to get their own PCs under a grand. By 1998 Monorail decided to move away from
    all-in-ones and start focusing on boring white box towers aimed at business users, with machines
    like the NPC 5000 and 7000 series hitting shelves late that year. You know what else hit shelves in late ‘98? eMachines, with their sub-$500 PCs using almost the exact same specs as those from Monorail,
    but at prices hundreds of dollars less. The race to the bottom was finally bottoming
    out and Monorail wasn’t fully prepared. Pulling out of the PC market in the year 2000
    and rebranding as Monorail E-Solutions, briefly becoming a business decision-making company
    before fizzling out in 2002. But that was then and this is now, and we’ve
    got ourselves this lovely boxed example of a Monorail Model 133. This was introduced in early ‘97 at a price
    of $1,299, with upgrades to the CPU, hard drive, video RAM, and CD-ROM drive over the
    original Monorail. The manual and the mouse were long gone by
    the time I got this, but it does have the original keyboard as well as this quick setup poster that kinda reminds me of a board game somehow. And there’s our friend Mo again, guiding
    us through the process of plugging things in, a quaint reminder of how fresh the PC
    experience still was to many folks in 1996. But yeah, there’s really nothing to it:
    just plug in the keyboard, a mouse, and a power cable and you’re good to go. Time to power on the Monorail! [computer powers on, whirs to life] [beep] Right, so this runs the venerable Windows
    95, complete with a custom Monorail boot screen. A nice touch indeed. Takes a while to load with that old hard drive,
    so let’s take the opportunity to admire that die-cut steel case. [clunks metal metallically] Yeah for being a budget machine, this thing
    is surprisingly sturdy. It’s metal all the way around, weighing
    in at just over 17 pounds or around 8 kilograms. And yes, it does feature expansion possibilities, there’s a proper 16-bit ISA slot right there above the floppy drive. As mentioned earlier, this was not intended
    to be user-serviceable. Though you can open it up somewhat by removing
    a handful of T15 Torx screws around back. This provides access to the monitor, drives,
    and expansion slot, but you’re only gonna get so far without really tearing things down further. And regrettably, that slot is in a really
    cramped space up against the CPU and its fan, so there aren’t many cards that’ll fit
    without blocking the exhaust. From what I gather, Monorail only offered
    a network interface card for this slot, and it was a very specific model since almost
    nothing else fit. Once Windows finishes loading, a couple of programs start up. One is this control panel for showing system
    information and display options. This is where you control the LCD brightness settings, which is either bright or dim. Just either/or, nothing in between. Contrast is an entirely separate thing, controlled using these two rubber buttons below the power and volume. There’s also a system tray icon that runs
    on startup letting you open and close the CD tray by clicking it. [CD-ROM tray opens, closes] Yep, that’s…
    that’s all that does. Seems Monorail included this after users complained
    the CD-ROM’s eject button was cumbersome to reach by hand. Which, it is, so good call. Oh and before I disabled it, the Monorail Home Station program also used to start up with Windows. Keeping in line with the idea this might be
    someone’s first PC, it’s a collection of shortcuts to commonly-used programs, settings,
    tutorials, games, and website links. And hey look, there’s Monorail Mo again,
    let’s hear what he has to say! – “Monorail Central Station! It’s where every Monorail user starts off.” [door closes, monorail SFX] – “Approaching Internet Central.” – “Now I know you’ve heard about the Internet.” – “Information Superhighway” The ‘Net? Cyberspace?” – “Call it what you will, it’s on the
    tip of everyone’s tongue these days.” – “Right now over 63 million people are linked by computer” – “to the Internet! To access the Internet, all it takes is your Monorail,” – “a standard phone line and an account
    with an Internet Service Provider.” So yeah, Monorail Mo walks you through signing up to Mindspring dial-up and Monorail’s warranty and registration, and that’s about it. There are other web-focused tutorials included
    though, minus Mister Mo and instead it’s some generic narrator dude. It’s pretty great. – “Make sure nobody has picked up the phone
    recently,” – “as this can cause the modem connection
    to hang up.” – “If the modem seems to be in order and
    no one has picked” – “up the phone, exit Internet Explorer
    and start it up again.” For whatever reason, you can rewind the playback here, but like, in the way that you’d play a record in reverse. [narration plays backwards] Not entirely sure what the point of that is,
    but it amuses me so I approve. Anyway, as for how the Monorail PC is to actually use? Well, it’s not ideal. The biggest issue is that awful 10-inch passive
    matrix display, with its washed-out colors, tiny viewing angles, and smeary motion. Evidently Monorail offered a TFT active matrix later on, but this original display is dreadful even for ‘96. Granted, it’s perfectly fine for productivity
    and games that require little in the way of movement. You’re not gonna have a problem with word
    processing, for example, or looking up articles within Microsoft Encarta or whatever. And uh by “whatever” I mean adult entertainment! Yeah it seems the previous owner figured out
    the seedier side of cyberspace pretty quickly, there’s seriously like half a gig of late
    90s dial-up wank bank. [clears throat] Anyway so uh, point being
    that this display isn’t very good, and even something like Solitaire
    can be irritating to play with it being so easy to misplace the mouse cursor in a waft of blurry pixels. Yeah, you can enable mouse trails to alleviate this, that’s what it’s there for after all. But eh, cheap passive matrix displays, one
    piece of ‘90s tech I won’t be yearning to use again anytime soon. At least the keyboard it comes with is half-decent, being manufactured by NMB Technologies. [keyboard keys thunking away] It’s not a mechanical board or anything,
    but it does feature NMB sliders over rubber domes, making it feel quite similar to the
    Dell Quietkey keyboards. One can certainly do worse. However, you can certainly do better in almost every single way when it comes to mid-to-late 90s gaming. Again that display is total balls, and while
    you can hook up an external monitor to alleviate that, it’s hard to justify going to the
    trouble when the horsepower simply isn’t there. Even though mine is the upgraded 133 megahertz
    model, with RAM upgrades taking system memory up to 48 megs, it’s still in a rather un-sweet
    spot in overall performance. First-person shooters from 1996 are sluggish,
    with Duke Nukem 3D being playable but choppy, close to what I get on a PC running a hundred megahertz 486 Overdrive. Quake is another step down from that in terms
    of playability, as expected. The Monorail only has an integrated Chips
    & Technologies SVGA graphics chipset, with the Model 133 here boasting
    one whole megabyte of VRAM. So it’s really no surprise to get frame rates
    in the low twenties. Something like Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver is playable too, something I was curious about since it relies on full screen
    full motion video. And it does run rather sluggishly as well,
    dulling down the game’s pacing with every stunt happening in slow motion. And 1997 games like Pod here are truly unplayable, with chops, skips, and jumps all over the place. [choppy, skipping audio plays] This game was really made for Pentium MMX
    CPUs and at least two megs of video memory, which the Monorail doesn’t have and it shows. Really about the best kinda game to play on this would be higher-res adventure games, like Pajama Sam here. You’re still gonna lose the mouse cursor
    on occasion because of the LCD, but at least you can keep up with what’s going on. And real-time strategy games like Age of Empires,
    those tend to work pretty well too and the movement is slow-paced enough on default speed
    settings. This kinda 2D fare really is about as far
    as you’d wanna take the Monorail in terms of Windows 95 games. There’s also the DOS side of things to consider,
    which is actually not half bad with its Crystal Sound chipset offering Sound Blaster compatibility. It’s an imitation of the real thing of course,
    notable in games like Commander Keen Goodbye Galaxy, but overall it’s entirely passable. And the speakers do an okay job too, they’re actually louder and less garbled than I expected. [Commander Keen plays for a bit] Heh, again, not that you’d wanna play a
    side-scroller very long with all the ghosting going on, and some additional issues with
    resolutions lower than 640×480. There’s this black line running through
    the middle of the screen, along with non-integer scaling, plus this wonky wave effect on top
    of that. Not at all pleasant, but I think I’ve made
    my point. [Keen pathetically dies] That being, the Monorail PC is a downright
    compelling device, both to research and to go back and use, despite its cost-optimized
    inferiority. Parts of it are astonishingly well-made, while
    others are serious letdowns, and in the end I wouldn’t recommend trying to track one
    down except as a retro curiosity. You may have noticed the RMA markings all over the box I showed earlier, and yeah, from what I’ve read on old user’s forums it
    seems these were constantly breaking in one way or another. I got lucky and found this one fully working,
    something I’m grateful for because I’ve been wanting to share the Monorail experience
    on LGR for a long time now. And with that, I hope you’ve enjoyed this
    excursion with the Monorail. Please exit through the doors in a calm and
    orderly fashion. [doors closing, monorail speeds up] If you had experiences with Monorail computers do leave a comment down below, I’d love to hear about it. Or perhaps check out some more LGR, I post new videos every week so there’s a lot to choose from. As always, thank you for watching!

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    Wolmi Sea Train becomes one of Incheon’s top tourist attraction

    November 4, 2019


    no tickets for a newly-opened monorail
    the one mici trainer selling out every day with passengers eager to take the
    train and visit tourist hotspots on one meadow island the island in incheon west
    of Seoul has been named one of the top 100 must visit places in the country by
    the Korea Tourism Organization our um Ji Young was there to give us a closer look
    South Korea’s longest urban tourists monorail the omic train stops at a
    number of popular attractions including theme parks and Street full of cafes and
    seafood restaurants according to an official from the incheon transit
    corporation roughly 1,400 people a day board the train on average as it carries
    a maximum of 46 passengers per ride and only 4 or 5 trains operate every hour
    the tickets tend to sell out quickly we open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. but
    visitors come even before the service starts at around 9 and wait for 2 to 4
    hours to ride the monorail the two-car monorail loops around four stations
    including one me park entrance and culture street at a speed of 10
    kilometers per hour this monorail service runs roughly six
    kilometres from Incheon station to several places on Borneo Island during
    their 35 minute journey around the circular route passengers can get a
    great view of the coastal waters of Incheon as the race track is as high as
    18 meters in places passengers can also enjoy the famous view of the Wow me to
    Island including the silo wall painting which was the Guinness world record for
    the largest outdoor mural in the world Isis I love wall paintings amusement
    parks cruise ships and the beautiful glow of sunset over the sea it was a fun
    ride passengers can also get off and reboard
    the Train to move from one spot to another on one Widow Island I came all
    the way from Quang Ninh city in congedo to visit in Tong it was a fun ride and I
    took the train to Chinatown to have noodles with black soybean sauce and
    enjoyed the tour at small town fairytale village the construction of the monorail
    was mostly completed in 2009 but service only began in October of this year after
    a number of safety issues were rectified Fangio Arirang news