Our Wacky Web Week column
featured a spoof of a video ad for one of Microsoft’s newest product
ideas. But not every commercial needs a send-up to be funny
The big buzz in sexy new technology lately is
The concept is to embed a fancy, highly graphical computer into
a table top
But not everyone is so excited the possibilities.
Among the skeptics are the folks at
The Sarcastic Gamer.
Check out their twisted trailer extolling the virtues
(or at least the vexations) of tabletop computing.
Watch the video
We’ve all seen PowerPoint presentations run amok. The melange of fonts, the garish colors, the bullet lists that go on forever
These mishaps are not lost on comedian Don McMillan. In this short clip, he provides some quick pointers for keeping your PowerPoint presentation from becoming a multimedia nightmare.
Watch the video
Everybody needs a way to mark those special occasions — birthdays,
weddings, graduations, nervous breakdowns… And, of course, there are
plenty of e-card Web sites to help you send just the right message,
usually for a fee
Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice.
Or at least that’s what Robert Frost wrote. The truth is nobody knows how
the world will end. Still, that doesn’t stop people from speculating
One of the more amusing versions comes from the Flash artist known as
Fluid. You can check out his Doomsday scenario at
AlbinoBlackSheep.com. Please be aware that the animation contains adult
language and national stereotypes that will be offensive to some
readers, hilarious to others.
Watch the animation
Perhaps you’ve seen them while driving down the road — those backlit,
block-letter signs in front of a church announcing the upcoming sermon or maybe
just providing a thought for the day
But why should religion get all the roadside fun? Now you can, too, with the
online Church Sign Generator. Choose from five different designs, enter your
text, and presto! — a photo of your custom sign appears. You can save
the photo to your computer, or, for a few bucks, order magnets, stickers,
and coffee mugs printed with your message.
If you’ve ever wanted be a surgeon, you’ve probably realized that your first
attempts should be on something safe — for example, on a stuffed bunny.
Now, you can do just that, without ever hurting the bunny!
This Flash-based game is a demonstration of the services offered 10mg
Interactive of Amsterdam. It lets you resuscitate a dead bunny, then shave
and operate, saving its life — if you can. But, you may find surgery
is harder than you thought. Even virtual surgery!
Play the game
We tend to take our company’s helpdesk, IT, and support personnel
for granted — until something goes wrong. But do you know how far
back this venerable profession goes? Have you ever wondered
how IT pros of ancient days helped employees with the earliest word-processing
This side-splitting video, recently posted on YouTube, takes a stab at
answering those questions with a short
sketch about the first "operating system" — the book!
Play the video
Some days it seems like there’s an
invention for everything. A case in point: The Mouse Jiggler, a USB device that
keeps your pointer in motion so your screen saver never kicks in
when you wander away from your computer
The device is being marketed to computer forensics experts and IT professionals
who don’t want a laptop to lock them out with a password-protected screen
saver. There must be a lot of people out there who don’t know how to
disable password protection on their screen savers! Maybe you need yet
another USB gizmo, but wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to just use
the Display control panel?
Office pranks — not to mention hardware
sabotage — are liable to get you fired from many companies. But, that didn’t deter the folks at Metacafe from showing how to hijack a keyboard to make the Caps Lock key play a goofy
The gimmick involves finding a high-tech greeting card, the kind with hardware built in to play music or sound effects. You’ll also need an NPN switching transistor from your local electronics store and a few tools to disassemble and reassemble the keyboard. Got all that?
You can try this at home, but you may find it safer just to watch the video explaining how it all works.