Author Archives: Tony Johnston

Internet Explorer error message for WMD

You’ve probably seen IE’s famous “404″ error message every time you’ve made a
typo when entering a Web address. Now Anthony Cox,
a British blogger, has created an error message for our times: “These
Weapons of Mass Destruction Cannot Be Displayed.”

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Sean Connery looks great on Iranian money

There’s talk of printing new currency for the shell-shocked nation of Iraq.
Perhaps the new design that’s floating around the Internet for Iran’s
cash will show the way. The wags at Aref-adib.com, a blog on Iranian
politics, have published a picture of
Sean Connery,
left, gracing a new-style Iranian bill, enscribed in Arabic, of course.
With his white beard, the actor looks just like an ayatollah. The site also
shows what Iranian money would look like if its revered leader was
George W. Bush.
But that’s a bit too close to the heart of the matter for some tastes.

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You can fix XP’s slow discovery of other computers

In the June 19
issue of Brian’s Buzz, I reported on Alan Chattaway’s success
in solving Windows XP’s extreme slowness in copying files to
(and printing to printers attached to) non-XP computers.
The cure involved replacing a network hub with a switch.

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Readers find more problems with Windows Update

The June 5 issue of Brian’s Buzz reported that Microsoft’s popular
Windows Update feature has a problem with its SSL certificate. If
a PC’s system date is outside the date range in which the certificate
is valid – as commonly occurs when a new PC is being put together
for the first time – Windows Update blithely states that no upgrades
apply to the machine (“Windows
Update finds no updates, but it’s only a matter of time”).

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