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Upgrade, schmupgrade

A study by AssetMetrix shows that people are increasingly reluctant to upgrade their Microsoft operating systems. While Win XP use is up to 38%, Windows 2000 is still in use in 48% of business PCs. The problem with this trend is that Microsoft is planning to end "mainstream" support for Windows 2000 at the end of this month. To upgrade, or not to upgrade, that is the question. See the full CNET article here.


A trip down memory lane

A group of podcasters has put together a very nice collection of old-time radio broadcasts in MP3 format, ready to be downloaded to your computer or MP3 player. You can listen to detective stories, westerns, big band serenades, and some sci fi adventures! You can get an RSS feed to be notified when new stuff is added, too.


Stop the presses: OED adds new words!

I am a huge fan of the Oxford English Dictionary, and words in general (after all, where would be without them?). Last week the OED added a bunch of new words. Here's the list. So now it's okay to use "dagnabbit," "wussy," "techno-shaman" and "zombified" in a sentence: "Dagnabbit! That wussy techno-shaman Bob has gone and zombified his vidiot roommate Jerry and now we won't be having spaghetti carbonara at their place tonight!"


Nifty tip for Windows XP users

If you're a Win XP user and you have ever looked at web pages on your monitor and wondered, "Am I going blind or do those fonts look fuzzy?" this post from Lori Ayre on Mentat may be helpful:

Follow these steps to amazingly clearer fonts everywhere including websites and even on Word documents:
1. Go to Control Panel
2. Select Display
3. Choose the Appearance tab
4. Click on Effects
5. Where it says "Choose following method to smooth edges of screen fonts", change Standard to Clear Type.


Got acronyms?

There's a new kid on the search engine block called Acronyma. It's a database of over 450,000 acronyms in seven languages that allows you to search by word(s) or acronym. You can submit new acronyms (I did after searching for Interpol and coming up empty) and also look up statistics on how many acroyms have been added in each language. Nifty!
A tip o' the Mickey Mouse ears to Research Buzz for the link.



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