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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Reighard's Live Show: BETA


Hi everybody,

We are doing something different by connecting with us! We are using video feed where we can host a live show to talk to you guys!

Last night March 31 was the first video of the Live Show. Below is the previous recorded video where I'm discussing topics about 'Themagical, Themagical's Simulations, disney and more'.

Live Broadcast by Ustream.TV

Let us know what would be a great time so you can view us live online! :) So email us the best time you would like to see this show:

Thanks to Skype, we'll be able to take your calls and talk what's on your mind or make a comment about the topic we are discussing on the show. Search for 'randydorney' in the Skype feature and we'll put you on the air! :)

(*Testing Schedule at the moment: 2pm & 8pm EST)
*Click on the times to see what time of our show will be playing in your time zone.!

Email us your questions, suggestions and comments that you would like me to read and talk about on the show. Every show will be different and topics will be discuss. TUNE IN!

Special features, behind the scenes, simulation projects, etc...

Thanks for watching and I hope to hear from you on the live show!




Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Millionaire Play It Sim!

'Happy Birthday Millionaire Play It Simulation!"

That's right, Millionaire Play It Simulation came to life online on March 24, 2008. This simulation milestone has alot of reasons to boast and have the spotlight for its birthday due to how this simulation came to life!

First, Millionaire Play It Simulation was the first to use the "Fast Pass" queue line. Which made the studio seating a bit faster and it also represents the queue line at the ride attraction at the Walt Disney World Park and Disney's California Adventure Park.

Secondly, Millionaire Play It Sim took a shorter time to develop than previous years since the co-development with Randy Reighard (aka "Reighard"). The combine help made the process faster to create and as well bring more new ideas to the simulations as well. The graphics for the game was also created by Randy Reighard, so placing the graphics for the game went faster than previous since it was only the webmaster Martijn Leseman was the one person who created the 4 simulations on Themagical.

Thirdly, Due to the complexity of the project of the attraction of Millionaire Play It in real life there was more work to do to bring the attraction to life online. Over 2,700 + lines of hand made coding shaped the simulation of Millionaire online. Combing the previous 4 simulations coding, Millionaire Play It over exceeds the coding. This is the major record of code that is ever produced! MPI simulation also over exceeds the coding of Expedition Everest Simulation as well!!

Fourthly, due to the many sounds that goes along for the attraction makes the realism come to life! Over 36 individual of Millionaire designed music was used to bring the sounds of the attraction into the simulation. The most sound effects than all the 5 simulations combined!!

Fifthly, MPI simulation made a huge major milestone for the creator Martijn Leseman. With this new co-development made a renewed passion of creating more simulations. Due to the fact that creating simulations take too much time and with lack of free time due to work schedules, life activities, etc... From this project, has made an impact to Martijn and the community of Themagical fans and visitors which helped ushered into creating new simulations, new flash projects, new online promotion, and new partnership with other websites.

Themagical has came along way from the birth of coming online in December 2000. From the community of Themagical and the visitors that come online daily, it has shown that the joy of playing your favorite attraction online and disney magic.

We celebrate this birthday of the Millionaire Play It to you! It wasn't easy at times during the development and the crashing of the websites at times. But you made it happen to make this site alive since 2000!

We are excited to see what's coming down in the future for Themagical and those who are with the team of Themagical.

Happy Birthday Millionaire Play It and many more!!

Until then,


Saturday, March 20, 2010

First day of Spring!

Hello everybody,

Today in the US States is officially the first day of spring. In some states I've heard there's snow still or snowing as I write this entry.

So, Happy first day of spring!!

March 20th every year is celebrated of officially the first day of spring in the United States. Many businesses usually have some way of sale promotions due to it. One example is Rita's Italian Ice Company.

Every year for Rita's on March 20th, they give out 1 free icy per customer for the celebration of first day of spring! I know my family and I made a tradition to enjoy and I can say the weather was warm to enjoy the icy!

From all of us at Themagical, happy first day of spring!

Until Next Time,


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Steel Force Simulation coming soon to!

"Steel Force®: A simulation online game coming soon!"

As the news broke out on '" and "" website, they were the first to announce the news of and Themagical teaming up to bring a new online experience where you can control your favorite dorney park based ride attractions online!

Alot of development enhancements, meeting talks, and research when along for creating the simulation project that will be coming soon to website.

Photo above: © 1997 David W Creighton.

It will feature the famous roller coaster: Steel Force
® as the first installment of the simulation series.

Progress is already in the making and major milestone level has achieve so far in the development process.

More details will be coming out later this spring/summer. So be sure to watch for more further updates!

Special thanks to: for their help on this development process for the simulation online game.

Until next time,


**NOTICE: No copyright infringement intended. There's no commercial based to the simulations and they are just for fun.

Visit the official website for Dorney Park amusement park:

Visit the official website for Cedar Fair:

© 2010 Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Dorney Park, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom name, logo, and signature text is copyright to Cedar Fair L.P. Company. © Cedar Fair L.P. Company. All rights reserved. Steel Force® name, Steel Force® text font, Steel Force® mascot, and logo is a registered trademark to Cedar Fair L.P. Company. Photo above: © 1997 David W Creighton.

Spring Time ahead!

Hello my fellow blog readers!

As the signs of spring is almost around the corner, daylight rising early in the morning and birds chirping in the early morning.

By now, (*you've may been late to appointment(s)/church/work/etc... if you didn't change your clock ahead) should of moved your clocks ahead "1 hour" due to the daylight savings time.

On March 13/14, 2010 at the stroke of midnight there was a short announcement on almost all media outlets, but even then I heard some confusion, as to which way the clocks must be adjusted, so for those who might still find it difficult to remember the system, learn a simple cheat code Spring Forward – Fall Back.

In April which is around the spring season you adjust your clocks one hour forward, while in October which is the fall season you adjust your clocks one hour backward. Hence Spring Forward & Fall Back Do yourself and your family a favor, take round of your entire house and tweak all the clocks that you see, cell phones and also adjusting computer clocks (some computers automatically changes their settings via clock settings on your PC/Mac/Linux).

Why, when, who, and what is daylight savings time and what's the reason we change our clocks every year and during the year? Click here for more information!

Starting in the spring of 2007, daylight saving time (DST) start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier, at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March. DST will end one week later, at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

The update that this article describes changes the time zone data to account for the DST change for the United States. This update also includes other DST-related changes, time zone-related changes, and settings-related changes. Some of these changes will occur in 2007. Some of these changes have occurred since the products that are listed in the "Applies To" section were originally released. The update that this article describes is a cumulative update rollup that includes all the changes that were previously released in Microsoft Knowledge Base articles 928388 and 929120. This update also describes some additional changes since the last cumulative update in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 928388.

For more information about how daylight saving time changes may affect other Microsoft products, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

For more information about how daylight saving time changes may affect other Microsoft products, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
914387 ( ) How to configure daylight saving time for the United States.

When you apply this update, you may receive the following message:

"Update cannot be installed as a newer or same time zone update has already been installed on the system."

This message indicates that you have already applied the correct update or that Windows Updates or Microsoft Update has automatically installed this update. No additional action is required to update your Windows operating system software.

Until then,


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Be Protected from Twitter-like Phishing Scams with Internet Explorer 8


Over the weekend, a widespread phishing scam hit Twitter where users were lured in through bad links via Direct Messages that ultimately let spammers take over their Twitter account.

Once the spammers take over a person’s Twitter account, they send out mass Direct Messages to all of that person’s friends on Twitter. Some of you may have been impacted by this, and I know some of my friends were as I received some of these spam Direct Messages from this phishing scam. If you receive a Direct Message from someone that has the message of “lol, this is you” that offers a link to a website called “bzpharm” – do not click the link. Email the person that sent you that Direct Message and let them know their account has been hacked and that they should change their Twitter password. Here is a good article on what to do if your Twitter account has been hacked or you suspect it may have been hacked.
These types of phishing scams on popular social networking sites like Twitter highlights that the threat landscape continues to evolve – and at a rapid pace. Social networks open up more opportunities to deliver malware and phishing scams to people who it looks like you trust.
These types of phishing attacks also serve as a good reminder that it is extremely important to have a modern browser like Internet Explorer 8 to help protect you from spammers. In the case of this weekend’s phishing scam that hit Twitter, there were two ways Internet Explorer 8 helped alert people to the threat.

When I clicked on the link I received via a Direct Message from a friend on Twitter whose account was hacked that said “lol, this is you” this screen appeared in Internet Explorer 8:

Based on this screen, I totally knew something was very wrong with this link. There are a few things to pay attention to here. First – the real domain is in dark black in the address bar. I may have thought I was being directed to based on the URL in the message, but with this it is clear that the real URL is “” which was *not* where I thought I was going to. This is a great example of a common technique phishers use to trick people with a formula of “” betting that people will see the site they trust first and feel safe.

By highlighting the real domain in black in the address bar and making it stand out from the rest of the URL, Internet Explorer 8 makes it clear you’re on a site you may not know.

The other way that Internet Explorer 8 tells you something is wrong is hard to miss – all that red! It’s like Red Alert from the Starship Enterprise. Except that we aren’t dealing with Klingons here. This is the SmartScreen Filter in action as seen with the huge red screen and big red shields with Xs on them. The role of the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8 is to keep a comprehensive list of sites that are suspected of malware or phishing attacks and alert people to the potential danger in a way that’s very clear and easy to understand.

The SmartScreen Filter is super effective, making Internet Explorer 8 the best browser at protecting people from malware and phishing attacks.
Seeing that some of my friends were hit by this phishing scam on Twitter over the weekend, I thought it would be a good idea to remind folks on how a modern browser like Internet Explorer 8 can help prevent having your Twitter account taken over by spammers.

Internet Explorer 7.0 has the same feature but under the name called "Phishing Filter". Once enabled, you'll have the security of protecting you from major fraud websites that could be trying to steal your money, identity, credit cards account numbers, etc....
To enable this feature in IE 7 (Internet Explorer 7), go to the toolbar on the far right. Click 'Tools'. A drop down menu will appear, go to where it reads "Phishing Filter". Click "Turn On automatical website checking....".
This phishing filter comes with a tool where you found a fraud website and comfirms its not a real website, you can submit it to Microsoft and by the partners along with Microsoft can help you and others stop this website from fooling many other people on the web.
Phishing: To request confidential information over the Internet under false pretenses in order to fraudulently obtain credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal data. the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using authentic-looking email with the real organization's logo, in an attempt to steal passwords, financial or personal information, or introduce a virus attack; the creation of a Web site replica for fooling unsuspecting Internet users into submitting personal or financial information or passwords.

End Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM SP0

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It's been announced today that Microsoft will be ending support to the following OS (Operating Systems): Windows XP Service Pack 2 & Windows Vista RTM (Service Pack 0). Microsoft has mentioned to use Windows Update to get the latest patches to update the current OS to the latest service packs for each Windows system.

Support end dates:

Here are the dates when support will end for PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista without the latest service packs:

Users using Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2):

Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you've installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Note: There's no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014. To find out what version you're running, see Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?.

Users using Windows Vista RTM (Release To Manufacture: Service Pack 0 - Zero):

Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you've installed Windows Vista SP2.

What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?:

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.

"If you're running one of these versions after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows."

How can I update my Operating System to the latest patch of Windows?:

You should always install the latest service packs from Microsoft for your version of Windows. You can download and install these through Windows Update.

For information about using Windows Update in Windows XP, see Stay up to date automatically.

For information about using Windows Update in Windows Vista, see Install Windows updates.

For information about using Windows Update in Windows 7, see Install Windows updates.

How can I know which version and system am I using?:

Microsoft website makes it simple for you to find out what version & system you have. Click here to find out.

Windows will continue to run:

Even if you have an unsupported version of Windows XP or Windows Vista without any service packs, Windows will continue to start and run as usual. Just take note that you'll won't be getting Windows Update to download the latest software patches, drivers, and security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

We find this article suitable to our readers who read this blog to keep you updated with the latest information that in the long run make your pc last longer.

Helpful Tip: It's always good to make sure you are running the latest updates for your pc, software, drivers, anti-virus program definitions updated that will keep your computer safe from harmful attacks.


Thanks for reading!