Miscellaneous - Terror Alert

Description: This was my first widget. This widget simply displays the current Homeland Security Terror Alert Level, downloaded from online.

Beware of evildoers. Remain vigilant.
Author: tesla
Version: 2.0
New in v2.0: Click on the "i" in the lower right corner to watch a video clip of President Bush discussing our terrorist enemies.
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 12:04 AM
Rating: (3.53 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 2017 (all versions), 1597 (this version)
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Sorry, but someone did already make another Alert Level widget, but it was big and bulky, the opposite of your small, handy widget.

Keep It Up!!

Posted by: Radruler on Jun 14, 05 (3:27 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Already done, and that widget is even cooler - check it out instead ppl!

Posted by: Spiken on Jun 14, 05 (3:35 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I love the Icon, a picture of American Happy Families.

Posted by: garyi on Jun 14, 05 (3:45 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Until recently it has been the trademark of weak banana republics that when its leaders were in trouble or wanted to be reelected they just made sure that the population was afraid of something… anything… doesn't matter what: Just keep people afraid, so they will stick with what they have.
A method well detailed in Orwells 1984.

It seems that the US have joined Cuba and other "…then you're against us"-states in its propaganda techniques. Every time Bush loses some approval points they raise the terror Alert Level a bit until the sheeps are following their leader again…

Posted by: Halix on Jun 14, 05 (3:47 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Love the icon of the white bread, mouth breathing white upper middle class "Classic American Family".

Not to mention the utter worthlessness of this - be sure to get your daily dose of irrational fear!

Posted by: diamondsw on Jun 14, 05 (4:35 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I would like to see this widget redone with the graphics from here http://www.whitehouse.org/homeland/index.asp
Unfortunately I lack the skills to do so.

Posted by: jokkel on Jun 14, 05 (4:40 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

unbelievable... this widget takes the cake... most completely retarded and useless widget to date... hey! i've got an idea, why don't you make a widget that reminds me to breathe... that way i won't die...

Posted by: cjhollingsworth on Jun 14, 05 (4:54 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I totally agree that this is a useless widget, just like the terror alert level itself is totally useless. I made this only for the great amusement of myself and my friends.

In my experience, humor is the greatest medicine for fear.

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 14, 05 (6:28 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I can't believe anyone would succumb to that republican propaganda. What will you do it it is at its highest? Retreat to your home and put duct-tape on your walls and not go outside? I should not do anything with my life because I am too scared of the world! Try making one that would be helpful, like the air quality index. That could be very handy for people with asthma (not me, thankfully).

Posted by: timbook on Jun 14, 05 (7:21 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Good to be reminded that I should still be afraid and terrorized.

Posted by: johnsolo on Jun 14, 05 (7:25 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Who needs terrorists to inspire fear, when your government is reminding you of it every day?

But seriously; ok widget, bad subject.

Posted by: galendw on Jun 14, 05 (10:31 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

its obviously a joke...just look at the icon with the american family smiling about terror alerts. props for the subtle humor that no one seems to pick up on...

get out from behind that computer sometimes people.

Posted by: dra on Jun 15, 05 (5:02 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Big up to Tesla for having a sense of humour.

I personally am more scared of Bush's gang of neo cons.

THINKS OUTLOUD TO SELF... Now. a Bush is thinking at "this level of alertness" widget... nah... couldn't be done??

Posted by: philk on Jun 15, 05 (8:00 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Maybe people are taking it seriously becaues the smiling American family is actually from http://www.ready.gov/

Posted by: echidnae on Jun 15, 05 (11:12 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

As the author of this widget, I can assure you that I still get the giggles over the icon - especially since I took it from http://www.ready.gov. It's so totally perfect.

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 16, 05 (1:16 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

nice try-NOT!

this widget was done by someone else and is MUCH BETTER LOOKING that your ugly bevel drop shadow blocky one.

Posted by: pyn on Jun 16, 05 (2:35 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

pyn - your website is totally awesome. Nice job.

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 16, 05 (3:01 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

By the way - I obviously didn't design any of the graphics for this... I'm a software developer, not a graphics designer. I just used the standard government-issue graphics for everything.

http://www.terror-alert.com/images/TerrorAlertChart.jpg

My widget merely reflects the the beautiful designs of Homeland Security.

vigilantly,
tesla

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 16, 05 (3:22 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Nice job, ignore the narrow minded socialist propaganda.

Bush Rocks!

Posted by: nwMike on Jun 19, 05 (5:55 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Tesla-My Compliments! Very Good Job!

As for all of you who have called this widget useless-
YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS!!! It may be useless in your opinion...But then why did you download it? This Widget does exactly what it says it will do, no more, no less. Did you expecct it to tell you the winning lotto numbers? You may bad mouth this one, but then why don't you try and make something better? As for me, I will keep using this because I htink it's perfect!

Posted by: EricNau on Jun 22, 05 (9:56 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Guys, you supposed to rate the widget, not post about your stupid political views.

If i were a mod, i'd remove these useless posts that rate it "1 - star" because they hate bush.

Posted by: Liquidrums on Jun 28, 05 (6:42 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

i like it. the added clip was most excellent, and as mentioned the icon is funny. thanks for this one.

Posted by: VeritusD on Jun 28, 05 (7:02 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Well, nicely done even if the folks with their heads buried in the sand don't get it.

Posted by: kineel on Jun 28, 05 (8:18 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Moron, you rate it one star cause you like Bush and you don't think this is funny.

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 28, 05 (8:39 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Useless widget. Useless fear. Name one major terrorist attack since 9/11/01.

Posted by: Aviator on Jun 28, 05 (9:45 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

This widget is great. Very functional. Let's me know how ready I need to be for the terrorists (and, consequently, how handy I need to keep my large collection of rifles, pistols, and cheese-whiz). Great widget! Thanks for helping me keep my family safe!

:D

Posted by: adambyte on Jun 28, 05 (10:42 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

fear is a habit and i'm not afraid...

Posted by: mutz on Jun 29, 05 (8:50 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

I almost forgot that I am supposed to be terrorized. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by: johnsolo on Jun 30, 05 (1:13 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

*sigh*

I wish more people would get a clue in here. Download the widget, watch the built-in video, laugh at Dubya demonstrating his extreme stupidity, THEN post comments.

vigilantly,
tesla

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 30, 05 (2:29 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

Here is the full transcript of Dubya making that speech, provided by the official government web page of the White House, just in case anyone doubts that the viedo is legitimate:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08/20040805-3.html

Just do a search for the word "neither" on the page.

Posted by: tesla (developer) on Jun 30, 05 (2:38 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

If it weren't for people like you, I'd be hiding in my house all the time! Now I can go outside again! Thank you, Tesla! We love you!

Posted by: Ratedz on Jul 01, 05 (5:40 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Dear Tesla,

I registered today for only one reason ... to provide your program with 5 stars!!!

I do not understand all of the negative comments that are posted here. It is very hard for me to understand.

Without the built-in video, the subtle humor built into your widget is fantastic! With the video, it is in-your-face hilarious.

I have placed your widget just above my "Death Star" widget.

The citizens of this country should thank you, as well, for promoting our fine leader's policies and for helping to keep us safe.

Thank you, Tesla!!! Thank you!!!

PS ... Our fine leader has made many other great speaches. Hopefully, you can add some more clips of him in the future.

Posted by: doctoraloha on Jul 02, 05 (8:15 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Perhaps you could trim off about 1/4 second from the end of the video clip to get rid of the unnecessary looking down.

ian

Posted by: IanTheMacFan on Jul 02, 05 (6:24 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

(I won't get into the political debate, especially as very few previous posters seemed to have actually tried it.)

I have actually loaded it and watched the video. Good for a few laughs at the president and a moment of reflection on the state of the union, but not what might be described as a truly useful widget. Essentially, an average widget...but I imagine a good first widget.

<("<smiley

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Jul 03, 05 (10:55 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I'd just like to thank everyone who pointed out how useless this widget is and how our government is fearmongering. I'm sure the folks in the UK think that too right now.
If anyone from the UK is reading, may I extend my deepest sympathy in your nation's loss and my hope for a tomorrow without terrorism, which will be due in no small part to your nation's commitment and sacrifice.

Posted by: tmatheny on Jul 08, 05 (9:25 PM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

tmatheny: yeah, and do you see all the folks in the UK lining up to thank "w" for his brilliant strategory in his war on terrorism?? I don't think so. Excellent job tesla...I don't understand how so many people don't get it, guess that's why they voted the way they did.

Posted by: whiplash on Jul 31, 05 (2:03 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

video stopped working. why?

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Sep 13, 05 (10:08 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

I noticed this also ^

Posted by: EricNau on Oct 09, 05 (8:08 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)  

laughter...

Video is working for me, anyway. Yup.

Posted by: NateRiver on Apr 22, 06 (8:47 AM) for version 2.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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