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The IRS Missed the Windows XP Update Deadline, Has to Pay Microsoft Millions for Support

You can't buy schadenfreude like that. Well, actually, it turns out your tax dollars can.

It's tax day! Did you file your taxes yet? You know, it's important to get it done on time, because the IRS doesn't stand for missed deadlines—unless, of course, that deadline is Microsoft's end of Windows XP support. Then, the IRS is all, "Oh, was that this month? You know, I've just been so busy. Can I get an extension?"

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Windows XP “Bliss” Desktop Background Recreated in Minecraft, Turned Into Desktop Background

If you've seen a computer from the mid 2000s, you might remember an operating system called Windows XP. It was touted as one of the most stable iterations of Windows in a long time, and was generally used instead of the following version of Windows, Vista, due to said stability. Aside from the renown stability or large offices dumping Windows XP on each of their computers, the most iconic thing from the operating system is the cheery desktop background of a hill and blue sky. Dubbed "Bliss," the background was so prevalent that people went and found the actual hill where the photo was shot, and the thing even has its own Wikipedia entry. A desktop wallpaper. So, it was only a matter of time before someone recreated it in Minecraft.

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A Third of All Computers are Still Running Windows XP

Statistics collected from web developers portal W3Schools' log files over a period of seven years show that Windows XP is still the tireless workhorse of the computer industry, currently running on almost one third of all computers, at 32.8%. Interestingly, on November 2010, only slightly over one year ago, Windows XP counted for 47% of all operating systems. What likely changed in the span of those thirteen months is being buying computers with Windows 7 preinstalled, a statistic that went from 28.5% to 45.5% during that same span of time.

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Music Created Entirely from Windows XP and 98 Sounds [Video]

In a moment of bored inspiration a few years back, YouTube user SomethingUnreal tweaked Windows XP and Windows 98 alert messages and bits thereof to create this song.

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Windows XP Recreated in LittleBigPlanet 2, Which Hasn’t Even Been Released Yet

Sure, Minecraft is awesome and everything, but anyone who has played both Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet know full well LBP creations generally blow Minecraft creations out of the water. LittleBigPlanet 2 is no exception to this sentiment, having churned out wildly impressive creations during the beta phase of the game.

Created by LBP2 players Boss_Mob, SaggySackBoy, tomatenbrei and daFRED94, this LBP2 level recreates Windows XP, complete with loading screen, Windows Media Player, Recycle Bin, a few games, Internet Explorer, etc. More impressive, this level is currently a beta, meaning there's more to come.

(PlayStation LifeStyle via Joystiq)

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Real-Life Windows Error

Using 500 copies of his "My Favourite Landscape" print, which is based off the common Windows XP desktop wallpaper, artist Paul Destieu recreates a common Windows error that we all know and love hate. Check past the jump for another photo of the real life error.

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The Social Network’s Windows XP Blooper

Windows XP was released in 2001, but users didn't get ahold of Service Pack 3 until May of 2008. How's your 95-out-of-100 Metascore now, Aaron Sorkin? (IMDB via David Pogue)

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Sentences That Contain Every Letter of the Alphabet

A pangram, or holoalphabetic sentence, is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. The most famous pangram is probably the thirty-five-letter-long "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," which has been used to test typing equipment since at least the late 1800s.

Pangrams are an important tool for testing typing equipment and compactly showing off every letter of a typeface; trying to pack every letter into as short a sentence as possible is also a sort of sport among linguists and puzzle-solvers.

Here are a few that are famous or otherwise cool:

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