TweakUI, a configuration utility that’s gone through many versions over
the years, has become one of the most popular downloads from Microsoft –
even though the Redmond company always officially denies that the program
is even supported.
In the last of my Window Manager columns that appeared in the
print version of InfoWorld on
April 21, I described some major moves coming from Microsoft.
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.”
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.
I’ve received enormous reader interest in the two different XP file-slowdown
and slow-network-discovery problems discussed in part 1 of Hot Tips,
above. So I’m giving you here in part 2 even more solutions
that’ve been discovered.
Recent discoveries of security holes in Windows, one of them rated “critical,”
motivated Microsoft to release three new security bulletins on July 9.
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
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.
I don’t usually review beta software in this space, but a new RSS aggregator,
Feed Demon, is getting such
rave reviews that I feel compelled to touch on it.
You’re sure to learn business tips aplenty at this fall’s Nigerian E-Mail
Conference, scheduled for the Abuja Sheraton Hotel (photo, left)
in Nigeria’s new capital city. The conference’s Web site describes
many valuable workshops, including “Those Pesky E-Mail Headers” and
“Grammatical Errors: What’s the Optimal Number?”
It’s all a put-on, of course, engineered the J-Walk humor blog of
prolific author John Walkenback. Guaranteed to offend all Nigerians.
My thanks to reader Maurice Fuller for helping me find this.
The May 22 issue of Brian’s Buzz reported that Microsoft had to
shut down for a few days the ability of its Passport users
to change their passwords
flaws let anyone control passwords”). The hiatus was
necessary because anyone could change any Passport user’s
password and take over the victim’s account after a Microsoft code
change that took place in September 2002.