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March 31, 2002 XP PowerToys

On Thursday, Leo talked about Windows XP PowerToys, and how it is no longer available at the Microsoft web site. It was originally available right after XP was put on sale to the public, but it was removed from the site soon after. microsoft claims that it is making improvements to the program, but it has been five months. However, you can still get it from many other sites if you search on Google. One of them is this page at

I haven't upgraded to XP myself yet, so if anyone out there has used XP PowerToys, let me know how it worked for you in the comments section.

For more info about the features of Powertoys, try this site: Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows.

Posted by Christy at 05:02 PM

March 30, 2002 TSS at the Movies

At the end of the show Friday, Leo announced that he and Patrick would be hosting movie features on TechTV. It will be starting next Friday with the movie Coma. The above jibcam capture is believed to be of the taping of a promo for the show.

TechTV announcement for "The Big Screen Screen Savers"

A fellow TSS fan who missed Friday's show asked me, "Is it going to be like Dinner & A Movie (a show on TBS)?" I don't think it will be, but I thought, wouldn't that be a great idea? If they show Young Frankenstein for instance, Patrick could show how to build a Jacob's ladder during the breaks, as he did on TSS about a year ago:

Some fans are not too enthusiastic about the idea, but I like it. It's a great opportunity for them to show the movies that they mention on the show. I hope they plan to show Soylent Green sometime. They keep refering to that movie on TSS, and I can't get it at Netflix or the local rental stores.

Posted by Christy at 09:37 PM

March 19, 2002 TSS on the Tech Live Set, Part 2

Leo and Patrick in suits, ::shudder::

Okay you guys, Halloween was six months ago. Patrick and Leo look like lawyers dressed up like that, and that's one of the scariest things I can think of. The Screen Savers continued their trip through wonderland on Tuesday, rehearsing the show on the TechLive set. TPTB (the powers that be) are listening to the wrong focus groups telling them that the basement set doesn't look good. They should remember that back in the early eighties, focus groups told Coca-Cola that "New Coke" would be a great idea.

I have changed the slide show that I posted Monday. Since there was no audio, I added my own editorial comment in the form of the accompanying music. My apologies to dial-up users. The file is now 7.2 MB. I certainly have no future as an editor of any sort.

A tip for those of you who would like to save a copy of the Quicktime slide show: after you have downloaded and watched it, you can go to your Temporary Internet Files folder in the C:\WINDOWS directory, and sort the files by size. It should be one of the largest files there. Then drag the file out of the folder and on to you desktop. From there you can rename it and save it whereever you want.

Add your comments to this post and say what you think about changing the Screen Savers set.

Posted by Christy at 10:57 PM

March 18, 2002 TSS Tries out the Tech Live Set

Tech TV showed a repeat episode of TSS today so that The Screen Savers could test how the show would look on the Tech Live set. TPTB (the powers that be) think that the current set isn't slick enough. The test rehearsal wasn't broadcast, but Matty's jib cam caught the action. Here's a slideshow of what the jibcam saw:

Slideshow: TSS Rehearsal on TechLive Set (7.2 MB Quicktime)

Posted by Christy at 08:20 PM