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Dan's been scanning CraigsList for motorcycles, and thinks he's uncovered a scam. The seller claims that Dan needs to pay first and he'll get a cycle for $13,000 under market value. Listen to our podcast for the full story.
John Kennedy was the youngest person elected President, though Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest person ever to become President. He was 42 when he took over the White House upon the assassination of William McKinley.
If you've been searching for Geo Metros on eBay, hoping to escape high gas prices, you might want to think again. Many of today's small cars get gas mileage that's just as good, and they add lots of safety features that cars from 15 years ago didn't have. Federal authorities actually noted specific concerns about some of those small older cars.
It should be noted, though, that at least one team competing for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is using a Geo Metro chassis to develop their entry. This X-Prize, which is yet another great example of an inducement prize, is there to encourage the development of a 100-MPG production-ready vehicle. They're hoping to see cars ready for a competition by next year.
A computer programmer has developed a "walled-garden" Internet browser called the ZAC Browser for his autistic grandson and released it to the public. The intention is to control the browsing options available to the child, as well as to manage the number of tools and features that are available to the child to use.
Listener e-mail question of the week:
Hi Guys,Having used Windows Vista for a few months now, I (Brian) can confirm that there are a few bugs yet to be worked out, but I can also say that Vista seems to be getting better faster than Windows XP did. XP was first released in October 2001, and it really never worked quite right until XP Service Pack 2 was issued in August 2004. That meant nearly three years of ongoing frustrations for a lot of first-wave XP users. Vista, on the other hand, was a real pain when it first came out about a year ago, but Microsoft has been releasing lots and lots of updates for Vista ever since, and it's probably as reliable now as XP was after Service Pack 2.
I am thinking about purchasing a new computer as there are times that I can write faster than my present computer works. I have Windows XP now and have been happy with this program and will probably stay with Microsoft. The question is that I was told not to purchase the new Microsoft system as there are too many problems with it. Do you believe that it has any more problems than any of the rest of them and are they being fixed by Microsoft? Thanks for you help.
So...in other words, don't be afraid of Vista. It's not perfect, and it still doesn't seem to have been worth the hype, but it's probably nothing that should hold you back from buying a new computer if you need one. Just expect a long period of downloads -- especially as you go through the sizeable Vista Service Pack 1.
Keywords in this show: autism • automobiles • Automotive X-Prize • CraigsList • eBay • fraud • fuel efficiency • gas prices • Geo Metro • inducement prizes • innovation • Internet browsers • Kennedy, John • Microsoft • motorcycles • Roosevelt, Theodore • Presidency • scams • technology • Windows service packs • Windows Vista • Windows XP • X-Prize • ZAC browser