Post-biological proof of concept lab experiments and genetic anomalies.

Yesterday afternoon I posted an article about synthetic nucleic acids and processing of arbitrary information from the field of synthetic biology. To recap briefly, by adding synthetic components to bioengineered bacteria researchers have been able to represent and manipulate information with XNA, a variant of DNA which involves synthetic compounds in addition to the four naturally found in DNA. One of the commenters on that post is working somewhere in that field and mentioned a few of the things that can be done with those custom-designed nucleic acids. This reminded me of another article I've had in my to-write queue …

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At last, system change tracking for Windows.

Windows XP, let me be clear. And they won't let you download it unless you're using IE on a known valid (by WGA) copy of Windows, but there are ways around that (thanks, cow-orker!).

Microsoft has released a utility for Windows XP that parses the System Restore data and shows you everything that's changed for a specified period of time to aid in debugging. It can show you what software has recently been installed, what hotfixes and Windows Components have been installed, what BHOs (browser helper objects - read 'call it spyware and be done with it') have infected IE, what …

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