Author Archives: Tony Johnston

Wiggle while you work

Inventors at the MIT Media Lab have created Topobo (pictured at left), a
construction kit consisting of what they call “dynamic biomorphic forms.”
By snapping together various parts, you can create dogs, skeletons, or whatever you
like, and then push and pull them in various ways. Your creations “remember”
the motions they went through and repeat them over and over using tiny
motors.

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Secure Windows 2000 and Me (because MS won’t)

For the past year and more, Microsoft’s coders worked to develop
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). This long, drawn-out effort turned
what was previously a minor collection of bug fixes and security
updates into a major Windows upgrade.

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Downed servers give readers error messages

Temporary interruptions at two services used by the Windows Secrets Newsletter
caused inconveniences for some of our subscribers since our last issue.
These problems seem to have been solved, fortunately — but they
still burn us up.

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For that special someone — enormous germs

It’s a little late for Valentine’s Day and too early for Christmas. But
it’s just the right time to be thinking about which of your loved ones
you could give stuffed animals that look like disease-causing microbes —
enlarged one million times.

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Problems mount with Windows XP Service Pack 2

Since first alerting you to the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2
(SP2) in the
Aug. 19 issue of the Windows Secrets Newsletter, a number of glitches with
the upgrade have surfaced. This isn’t surprising. As we’ve noted repeatedly,
people are going to have some problems with SP2, one of Microsoft’s most
intrusive and potentially disruptive updates ever. In today’s issue, we’ll
examine some of these concerns.

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