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Tatiora's Articles for April, 2022
April 6, 2022 by Tatiora
Take Control of your Windows11 Taskbar with Start11 v1.2 Learn more about Start11 at www.stardock.comStardock released v1.2 of Start11™ today. Start11 is a program that allows users to customize the Windows® Start menu and taskbar for Windows 10 and 11 and can make the Start menu appear as it did in previous versions of Windows, enhancing the experience with new features and functionality.  Start11 v1.2 focuses specifically on enhancing the Window...
April 28, 2022 by Tatiora
One of the most popular features in any of our Galactic Civilizations games is the Ship Designer. Here at Stardock, we believe in supporting modders, and this feature is just one of the ways we do that. My favorite thing about the Ship Designer is that you don’t have to be an artist in order to use it. If you like playing with LEGOs, then this will work out great for you - the pieces snap easily into place, and re-sizing and adjusting is a breeze! When you first open the designer, yo...
April 20, 2022 by Tatiora
Get your chuckles and puns out now, friends - we're going to talk about Uranus. A newly released survey from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes that a Uranus Orbiter and Probe should be the "highest priority large mission" of this decade. This survey - conducted once every 10 years - is intended to help shape funding and research efforts from now through 2032. The survey calls for a specific spacecraft that will orbit Uranus and map its gravitational an...
April 21, 2022 by Tatiora
A proud and long-lived people, the Arceans are one of the oldest races in the galaxy. They are the reason the Terrans gained access to Hyperdrive technology and started an arms war in the first place. In a roundabout way, it could be argued that the Arceans were responsible for their own salvation when the Terran Alliance freed them from the tyranny of the Drengin Empire. The Arceans weren’t left with many assets following their liberation, but they have managed to finally regain their ...
April 14, 2022 by Tatiora
Beware, for in the depths of space - perhaps even as close as your own backyard - lurks a terror known as the Festron Hunt. While other species search for idyllic worlds to cultivate and grow and thrive, the Festron prefer worlds that are already occupied with a plethora of potential hosts for their young. They’re every bit as terrifying as they sound. Aggressive and brutal, the Festron view other species as little more than prey to be hunted and cultivated as hosts for their larvae. Th...
April 13, 2022 by Tatiora
One of my favorite things to do (although it baffles me on a regular basis) is to witness concepts and technologies emerge that humans only dreamed about 40 or 50 years ago. Sometime last year, a company called Space Perspective announced their plans for a state-of-the-art luxury "space balloon" that would take people on a calm ascent into space. Last year, the Florida-based company began taking reservations for the coveted trips, which last 6 hours and come with a price tag of $125...
April 7, 2022 by Tatiora
There are quite a few mysteries lurking out in the depths of space, and among them are a civilization of curious creatures known only as the Navigators. The Navigators have been space-farers for so long that knowledge of their true homeworld has been lost to history. Until recently, they have viewed other worlds as little more than meager platforms from which to build their ships and send themselves further out into the great unknown. Recently, though, things have changed...and no one is cert...
April 6, 2022 by Tatiora
An eventful weekend at Kennedy Space Center in Florida delayed tests for the wet dress rehearsal of NASA's Space Launch System. In addition to dealing with multiple lightning strikes and malfunctioning ventilation fans, mission managers also found a problem with the gaseous nitrogen system. At dawn on Monday, the decision to resume the tests was made. NASA Ground Systems said that the launch director would soon give the "go" for tanking and that the weather would not be a problem. The 322-foo...