Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DelayedExec has a new HomePage

Hello everyone, I'm happy to announce that I moved the freeware DelayedExec to its new home page!


Download and try it out. It can help your PC boot faster, even brand spankin' new Windows 8 ones!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Goodbye Google-Reader, Try "Free Stocks Ticker" as your alternative!

My Ticker app is a Windows Desktop scrolling headlines tool. You add the RSS URLS, and just let it feed you with your favorite site headlines. Very easy, very cool, try it out!



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Win 8 blue; what I would have wanted...

Everyone with a keyboard can put this kind of list on the net. Here's my 2 cents:

  • Open Win-RT to desktop .net apps installed outside of Microsoft's store
  • Add a Microsoft sponsored desktop apps store, yes - just like Apple has one for Mac OS
  • Figuere out how to produce hardware that's as high quality as Galaxy and iPad and costs less (unlike the current opposite)
  • Allow control settings of everything through desktop or "metro" seperately. If one is choosing to use emersive touch, he should never be forced to use desktop tiny buttons and links
  • Add "Explorer" to "metro", see prior bullet point
  • Rethink the whole design of the emersive apps - way too simplistic for may different tasks. A phone UI is not a 1080 desktop and vice-versa
  • Good old desktop freecel and mine-sweeper, bring them back
  • Allow relpacing tiles with icons, meaningful and colorful icons with rigid alignment that doesn't hurt the eyes
  • Add fixed, recognize-able buttons to the start tile screen: Turn Off, Desktop, Settings
  • Dump swipes. They suck, no one gets it, no one likes it, not as touch, not as mouse
  • Disallow laptop touch-pads acting as swipe zones, it renders that device unusable
  • Invest harded in letting gaming industry into the Microsft-Tablet realm. With a winning market of XBOX, Microsoft initiated some leveraging there, but stopped mid-way. If you buy the game on XBox and download, why not allow you to use it on your tablet too? Why not flood the tablet store with awesome XBox games?
  • Speaking of games, I haven't tried out Wii-U, or am a fan of their idea, but surely surface+xbox could have produced a less awkward solution than Xbox-Smart-Glass. 
  • Why does it take so long to start "metro" apps on an intel i7 laptop or tablet? I don't like staring at a green or orange screen with a white icon, no one does. It's wierd
  • Work with Unity3D to bring that development community faster into the Windows 8 tablets and phones market.
  • How about free Angry-Birds? Come'on big giant MS corp, you can afford it. 
  • Consider that Apple's winning iTunes is still a huge advantage for the iPads, I don't know who is buying Music subscription, I used to (netscape, rhapsody etc) but no longer do. Perhaps if Microsoft would just allow MP3 purchases through some awesome Win 8 metro interface? Don't expect Amazon to do the job for you, they are doing a great job carving their markets with Kindle Fire (if only they would return to turning profits again)
  • Finally obviously: desktop start menu
Expect none of it. 

Microsoft is about to make some announcements pretty soon, it will be interesting to see where Win 8 and Xbox will head.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The odyssey of a new Dell Windows 8 Laptop owner

I'm a proud owner of a brand new laptop. Hurray for me. After 8 years with my loyal Gateway laptop chugging along, upgraded from Vista to Win-7, replaced power suppliers twice, battery once, had the touch-pad die on me and the current power-supply/battery combo flaking again, having had enough with an aging laptop - I took a leap of faith.

Dell has an outlet online store, did you know? And occasionally cool stuff goes on insane clearance, like my brand new 17" laptop for half the price. Lucky me.

Only problem? It comes with Windows 8, McCaffy, Dell Back-up, and won't allow updating the "windows 8 store app". That's from the box.

5:30PM: After spending 5 hours trying to remove all the unwanted crap, realized the Windows 8 apps won't update/install any new. Read some other blog post suggesting "refresh", and now I'm back to square one, again with McCaffy, Dell Back-Up, no windows update patch, and non of the customizations I tried to apply.

Super frustrating.

Will update this post later....

7PM: No progress, things aren't getting any better. Apps still don't install. Windows update is taking forever...

9PM: 2nd restart after waiting for Windows Update restarts, apps still won't update or install... still hadn't installed the stuff I need or moved my files from older laptop.... this sucks, big time

10:37PM Finally returned from what I hope is the last windows-update reboot, good news - apps began installing

12:09AM Yes! Everything is finally working properly.

1:37PM Day After: Working on setting up my build environment... starting to like my new laptop.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to "un-suck" Windows 8

What a blunder. I've never seen a product so instantly hated by users.

Step 1: Install Classic-Shell (but deselect the other 3 features in the installer). You want your start menu, you rarely would want the "metro start", or whatever they call it now.

Step 2: Disable edge-swipe on laptop touch-pads, check out these links: a or b

And there you go, your usable windows laptop is back, just two seconds before you were going to smash it up against the wall...

your welcome