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Hello, I'm theymos (Michael). I specialize in computer questions. I will usually not answer other types of questions.Over 2000 questions answered, for great justice. I am very experienced with Windows XP and Vista, I know enough about Linux to use it well, and I've never used a Mac in my life.

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what college in florida should i go to, to become a pediatrician...i really dont know...im just looking for options please help me...thanx a bunches
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I need help understanding binary numbers for my computer class. We have a quiz this Thursday and he just introduced this today. In computer, I think it only uses 0 and 1 to compute any number. This is confusing me, so if anyone can help me, it is greatly appreciated. I know this is not an advice question but I need any help I can get!
theymos's answer:
Binary is a way of counting by using only 1 and 0. This is useful in electronics because electric current can be either on(1) or off(0). It's not in itself a way of computing numbers.

Decimal, our normal system, only goes up to 9. After that, you have to add another number. 9+1=10. The ones place turns into a 0 and the tens place gets a 1.

Binary only goes up to 1. After that, you have to add another number. 1+1=10. The ones place turns into a 0 and then twos place gets a 1. In binary, 10 isn't said as "ten", it's said as "one-zero".

-111+1=1000. The ones, twos, and fours places are full so we turn everything into a 0 and add a 1 in the the eights place.
-101+1=110. The ones place is full so we turn it into a 0 and add a 1 in the twos place.
-101111+1=110000. The ones, twos, fours, and eights places are full, so we turn them all into 0s and add a 1 in the sixteens place.

Look at a binary number such as 11111111111.
From right to left, the places are:

From binary to decimal:
-1000=8. There is a 1 in the eights place.
-1100=12. There is a 1 in the eights place PLUS a 1 in the fours place. 8+4=12.
-101010=42. There is a 1 in the thirtytwos place PLUS a 1 in the eights place PLUS a 1 in the twos place. 32+8+2=42

From decimal to binary:
-20=10100. Start with a blank binary number: 0000000. Add the largest number possible with just 1 changed digit: 0010000=16. You now have 4 left, so add that to the number: 0010100. Cut off the leading zeros: 10100.
-54=110110. Start with a blank binary number:0000000. Add the largest number possible with just 1 changed digit: 0100000=32. You now have 22 left, so repeat. 0010000=16. Add it to the previous: 0110000=48. You now have 6 left, so repeat. 0000100=4. Add it to the previous: 0110100=52. You have 2 left, so add it to the number: 0110110=54. Cut off the leading zero: 110110

On the left is binary, on the right is decimal:
0 0
1 1
10 2
11 3
100 4
101 5
110 6
111 7
1000 8
1001 9
1010 10
1011 11
1100 12
1101 13
1110 14
1111 15
10000 16

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Everyone says Who's Who among American High School Students is a phony. But how come on some applications and things that my guidance councelor have given me it says mark box if you have received any honor listed..and then it's there? Ton's of people say it's a phony, but is it really?
theymos's answer:
Yes, it is. No need to worry about it, though, since the company no longer exists:


Ok, like I said I am from Milwaukee I am a female 17 about to turn 18 and am looking into classes at MATC. My question is if I haven't taken any of the SAT's or ACT's is there a program they have at the school where I could take those tests over the summer and still get into the fall classes?

Please I need advice as soon as possible, from someone who actually lives in the area and knows what they are talking about

theymos's answer:
Call them and ask them. Even people who live in the area probably won't know that.


Hey there,

This goes out to everyone using Wikipedia, can it really be trusted as in 99.9 %?

I use it quite often for my assignments, as it's quite time-consuming to go through all the books.
theymos's answer:
Wikipedia is a very reliable source. It's been proven to have less errors than printed encyclopedias like Britannica. However, it is not suitable as a primary source for anything. If you have to cite your sources at all on an assignment, Wikipedia should not be one of them. This isn't because anyone can edit it, it's because general resources like encyclopedias and textbooks are not suitable as primary sources. Britannica is equally unsuitable.

It is fine to read the article so that you know enough about the subject to find other sources. That's a good idea. Also, look at the "references" section in most Wikipedia articles. Those are very good sources, and could take away a lot of your work.


are you allowed to use "you" (second person)? like "you haven't lived life until.."?

does anyone have any tips on college app essays btw?
theymos's answer:
It's better form to use "one". Like "one hasn't lived until..". "You" is acceptable, though.


Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
Topic of your choice.

any advice?? nothing really exciting has happened to me.
theymos's answer:
Then make stuff up, that's what everyone else does.


I am looking for a reputable place to get a music major that will help me to gain respect in the musical field. Does anyone know of a college that they would recommend? What do you think of Ithaca or BYU?
theymos's answer:
**Edit: Get to music majors by going to performing art, then music.**


I used this tool:
You'll get better results if you do it yourself.

To find the most respected schools, search Google; Ones near the top are more famous.
only search advicenators.com


My whole life I've been told and thought I'm stupid. Because I'm not school-book smart. I don't get good grades in the "smart subjects" like science, math and so on. I am so sick of believing this. I'm a different type of smart. I know I can make something of myself.

I am especially good at 3 things; public speaking & reaching out to people, languages (I know 4 different languages and intend on learning several more) and I sympathize, more than anything. People always turn to me because of that, I long to help. More than anything.

I've researched at least a hundred different professions in my attempt to find a major that will equip me with the right tools to help save the innocent from the corrupt and ultimatley change the world. I need a profession that will make me come alive. I have a picture of myself speaking infront of thousands of people, touching their hearts, or working at a homless shelter, somehow helping those who have been used, or anything of that kind. But in BIG levels, it wouldn't mean anything to me as a doctor or anything like that. It's not the kind of thing that would make me come alive, it wouldn't matter to me. I don't want to help one person at a time, I want to help thousands.. at once. I want to do something that would end homelessness and stimulate world peace!

I am compassionate and am able to provide stability in people's lives when they are shaken up. I am 16 years old, female, and more than anything.. I want to do something with my life.

No one believes in me, because I am not suited for the typical "good jobs" I will never have the grades to become a Lawyer, Doctor, Journalist or any of the sort.

Help me, what can I become? And how do I get there?

Thank you so much! And please, don't read this and think "what a dreamer, everyone thinks they'll save the world.. this one doesn't even have good enough grades.. she doesn't even know how to spell" Please, I have enough people thinking that way, if you can't help me, fine. But I'm begging you, don't think like that.
theymos's answer:
**I'm glad I was able to help. If you want to create a website, please try to contact me via IM(info is on my column), so I can set everything up for you speedily. Have a few pages of your website complete(text and images only, no need to use html).**

Some charitable organizations pay, just like any other job. You might like that. Or you could start your own organization. I could even host and design a site for you, for free. You might be good in politics, not all polititians were lawyers and had good grades. Click my name and scroll down for my contact info, if you want a website(for any reason). Good luck!


im really confused is a 4.0 like perfect gpa and then 5.0 if you are taking honors or is 5.0 perfect and 6.0 is if you are taking honors?
or does it depend on the school?
theymos's answer:
Perfect is almost always 4.0. How honors are treated is Dependant on the school, some schools allow you to have a GPA higher than 4.


What programs or classes/courses would I have to take in a college or university. (Both graduate and undergraduate) to become an Investigative Reporter?
theymos's answer:
Journalism, creative writing, and English courses. The "investigative" part comes after you have experience and luck.


Can someone list some colleges in San Francisco? Thanks!
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Does anyone know of any online test or survey or something that could help me possibly find my college major?
I have no idea what I want to do, and I just wanted to experiment to see what was possible for me.
theymos's answer:
only search advicenators.com


is CET exam required for fetching admission in the course like "bachelors of computer applications"
theymos's answer:
requirements for different universities are different, you have to check with them.


Is doing B.COM better or BCA better if one has to do
theymos's answer:
b.com= bachelor of commerce; bca=bachelor of commerce and administration. Wikipedia says:

A graduate of a Bachelor of Commerce program receives the designation "BComm" or sometimes (especially in Australia and New Zealand) "BCom", "B.Com" or "BCA" (Bachelor of Commerce and Administration).

It sounds to me like they mean the same thing.


I just saw your answer to the "which ivy league colleges have good journalism courses" or whatever.

Where is Columbia college (maybe?) located. and do you have a website?

please and thank you
theymos's answer:
NYC, take a look at this article:
their site is http://www.columbia.edu/


What Ivy League universities have the best journalism programs?
theymos's answer:
columbia and harvard(columbia especially).


I try and try very hard every time for the competitive examinations but fail to do so.....i am from PAKISTAN?
theymos's answer:
take a look at some of the links here:
Some people just aren't good at tests, so don't feel bad if you can't do it.


im going into archetecture and im debating on going to Carleton, Ottawa, Waterloo and Toronto, cause most of them offer archetecture as a major and others are closer to home and offer good math programs...which to pick for a cheaper, better education...and what grades do i need to get in?...
theymos's answer:
carleton cost: http://www.carleton.ca/fees/06FW/fees/feeIndex.html
carleton requirements:
ottawa requirements: http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1727
ottawa cost:
waterloo requirements:
waterloo cost:
toronto cost:
toronto requirements:



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