How to fix Mom’s computer []

How to fix Mom’s computer [] Went home for the holidays this week, and of course, the annual fix-Mom’s-computer event. This year things on my mother-in-law’s Windows 98 PC were especially bad; it could’ve been used as a software showcase of the latest and greatest in malware.

For future reference, here’s a laundry list of steps I took to get Mom’s computer working and secured from evil software.

NOAA Quicktime Movie of the Indonesian Tsunami

NOAA Quicktime Movie of the Indonesian Tsunami:

Just talked to the elder daughter about how waves could kill 52K (and counting) people. After talking about the physics – the raw energy involved and the transmission of force over a distance – involved, I showed her this Quicktime movie from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Great visual.

(Via code: theWebSocket;.)

XMLHttpRequest for The Masses

all in the — XMLHttpRequest for The Masses The idea itself is very simple. By using JavaScript, a web page can make requests to a web server and get responses in the background. The user stays on the same page, and generally has no idea that script running on the page might be requesting pages (using GET) or sending data (using POST) off to a server behind the scenes.

This is useful because it enables a web developer to change a page with data from the server after the page has already been sent to the browser. In a nutshell, this means that the page can change based on user input, without having to have pre-empted and pre-loaded that data when the page was generated.