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“Homeland Alert” software

Red, yellow, orange, mauve, chartreuse. Readers — are you, too, having trouble color-coordinating your daily panic level with the government’s ever-shifting terror iconography?

To help keep you on track, some wit has created a little app for the Mac OS called “Homeland Alert” — which monitors the current warning level and displays it on your desktop. You can download it here, but be warned — apparently it doesn’t actually, uh, work. As one reviewer wrote:

The first time I downloaded it I waited about 4 weeks and it did not change once from “Guarded” or blue, not even when we were at the “Elevated” level. We could have been attacked by terrorists and I would have never known!

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but in New York this season … red is the new blue.

(Thanks again to Memepool for this one! And hey — for more fun terror-monitoring equipment, check the awesome comment posted to this item by Howard Sherman.)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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