Make WinXP Do The OSX Thing

I’m a big fan of modifying your XP desktop to make it work better. The OSX route is one way to go. I prefer a complete shell replacement.

MAKE: Blog: Seven Steps to turn your PC into a Mac
Instead of waiting for those Intel Macs to ship, you could just transform your XP PC in to a Mac, well- at least the look and feel. These are 7 steps to do just that. My pal Lenn did this awhile back, and people used to ask if his Sony laptop was some weird new Mac or something.

Compromise Windows With USB Device

Of interest to teknoids, especially with more and more schools handing out USB keys like candy.

USB Devices Can Crack Windows
Vulnerabilities in USB drivers for Windows could allow an attacker to take control of locked workstations using a specially programmed Universal Serial Bus device, according to an executive from SPI Dynamics, which discovered the security hole.

Yahoo! Snaps Up Konfabulator

Good move for Yahoo! as it gives them direct access to the desktop on windows and Mac platforms. Expect a lot of little Yahoo!Widgets in the near future.

Macworld: News: Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator
Yahoo! Inc. on Monday will announce the acquisition of Konfabulator, a Macintosh and Windows application that allows users to run mini files known as Widgets on their desktop — the same model used by Apple for its Dashboard application. Yahoo! company executives said they would also be giving Konfabulator away for free, completely doing away with the US$19.95 currently charged for the product.

Longhorn Becomes Windows Vista

Slashdot | Longhorn’s Offical Name is Windows Vista
The folks at Redmond have long pointed to the user interface of the next generation Windows release as one of its major selling points. Now, it appears Microsoft has chosen an official name for Longhorn with just that in mind. Enter: Windows Vista. Microsoft is expected to make an official announcement early Friday morning.” From the article: “Microsoft has also registered domains to go along with the newly christened Windows, including The domains were registered in late March, indicating the company made the decision even before WinHEC gave developers their first taste of Longhorn in over a year.

A Better CALI Booth?

Perhaps we could do some cool things for the CALI booth with this sort of thing. It would certainly spiff up the AALS and AALL booths.

MAKE: Blog: HOW TO build a trade show booth on a budget
ou work your guts our on your software product only to go to the show and sit on folding chairs in front of a banner? No more!… Now you can build yourself a trade show booth using nothing but stuff from Home Depot and Kinkos!

Debian on a Linksys NSLU2

Slashdot | Full Debian ARM for Under $200
With minor elbow grease, you can now set yourself up with a complete Debian ARM Linux box for under $200. This is thanks to Peter Korsgaard, who figured out a cool byteswapped kernel hack for the little $99 Linksys NSLU2. Add a $99 USB harddrive, and the tiny, cute, quiet ‘Slug’ can run any of about 16,000 Debian ARM packages, 24×7, for pennies per month worth of electricity, since ARM is still orders of magnitude more power-efficient than anything x86. Serve files, music, web pages, printers, backups, kernel images, webcams/motion detection, firewalls/routers, wireless access point… or whatever. Oh, did I mention you can overclock the Slug?