Author Archives: Tony Johnston

The Eater of Meaning can make your Web site 100% funnier

Now here’s a Web service that proves the adage, “Content is King!”
The Eater of Meaning works on practically any Web site, and the results
are almost certain to be an improvement.

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New ruler of liberated nation will be determined by Fox TV reality show

There isn’t much funny about Iraq right now, but humor rag The Onion
found an angle reporting that the country’s new leader would
be chosen audience members of a new Fox series,
“Appointed America.”

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The mysteries of the USB coffee warmer are revealed

In my last issue, I wrote that I’d found an ad on a
Japanese

site for a
coffee-cup warmer (pictured at left) that plugs into your
USB port. Because
I can’t read Japanese, I couldn’t say how much the device
cost or whether it
was available in any countries outside Japan. But it
seemed like a very funny
idea.

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Solutions to working with offline files

In my last issue, reader Glen Loopresented a problem
that plagues his
users when they move from one office to another. As he put
it:

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Now keep coffee warm with your unused USB port

Most laptop and desktop PCs today include one or more
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports. But you may not have enough USB
devices to keep all those ports occupied. Fortunately, someone’s come
to the rescue with a coffee cup that plugs into any spare
USB port to keep your beverages steaming. The site where this is
advertised is all in Japanese – which I can’t read – so I can’t
tell you how much the USB Cup costs or even if you can order one
yet. But thanks to a graph on the site, I can state
that the plug-in cup (works with Windows or Macs!) will keep your
java hotter than an ordinary cup a toasty 18 degrees F. (10 C.)
Is technology great, or what?

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XP password story makes good reading worldwide

My top story last issue – that Windows XP allows anyone to log on to the
Recovery Console without entering an administrator password if they use
the
Windows 2000 CD – was picked up media around the world.

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Using offline files remotely – but within the same domain

Glen Loowrites:

“We use ‘offline’ files for our laptop users,
typically comprising their personal and shared folders on the
network. The problem we have is that when the user works from
another office but on the same domain (we’re in New Zealand and
the office is in Australia), Windows connects the drives to the
original location rather than ‘work offline.’

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