A while ago, I wrote about an inventor in the UK, who'd made a machine that emitted a very high-pitched sound and could be used to make loitering teens go away. Apparently only they heard the noise, and older people were unaffected. Well, the teens have now turned this around, and are using the same … Continue reading The mosquito ringtone
If there are some of you out there using the beta version of Windows Desktop Search - you know, the one that imitates both Spotlight and Google Desktop Search - then you probably know it's alright. I'm amazed that Microsoft has actually turned out a usable piece of software that doesn't crash. I like it … Continue reading How to hack Windows Desktop Search and turn it into a dictionary
I've been learning a hard lesson these past few weeks, as my parents go through a time of computer trouble, and since I'm the one who purchased their computer equipment and set up their network, it's up to me to get things right again. What's the lesson, you ask? As encapsulated in the title of … Continue reading When it comes to home computers, k.i.s.s. and forget it
At least their current iterations, anyway. Turns out a $1 bumpkey - a key whose every notch was cut to its lowest setting can easily open any lock of a given brand. (You need a bumpkey for each brand/kind of lock). Basically, this bumpkey then becomes the master key for all of the locks that … Continue reading Mechanical locks on the way out?
If you use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection tool to connect to other Windows computers, you'll appreciate their Remote Desktop Client for the Mac. That's right, with this tool you'll be able to connect to and manage Windows computers from your Mac! I've used it, and it works great! Did you also know you can … Continue reading Do you like Remote Desktop Connection?
I recently installed the Office 2007 (also known as Office 12) Beta on my PC, and I love it. I ran into a problem though: the documents I saved in it weren't accessible from Office 2003. That's because Microsoft made a slew of changes to the document formats, both inside and out. The most conspicuous … Continue reading How to open Office 2007 documents in Office 2003
In 1906, a German scholar discovered some of Archimedes' long lost works in a medieval prayer book. A 10th century scribe had transcribed them from an even earlier manuscript, but in 1229, the pages were erased and used to make a prayer book. Normally, I haven't got anything against prayer, but I think a priceless … Continue reading Getting back to Archimedes