Author Archives: Tony Johnston

Can’t Crossfire take a joke?

Jon Stewart (photo, left), the star of cable’s mock-news program The Daily Show
on Comedy Central, made waves last Friday when he was invited to speak on CNN’s
Crossfire program.

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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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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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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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Make your own paper plane that flaps its wings

Experimenter Keith Greenstein has created what he calls the Flapper: “the only
paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies.”

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