Category Archives: Windows

My Dirty Little List of Favorite Windows Software

I don’t usually like or even use Microsoft products, but when I do, I make sure it’s ones that have passed the test of time. Here’s a quick list of my favorite Microsoft Software throughout the years.

I shall begin with Windows Movie Maker. The early version of Windows Movie Maker (WMM 2.1 was included in Windows XP SP2 and SP3) was very limited in video formats but had a nice clean timeline for editing.

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Quick Tips and Tricks

I usually run into situations where people are amazed by the quick and simple things we do and take for granted on a computer. I’ve decided to make a list of my daily used shortcuts that I use working on a Computer. Windows or Linux. Just for my personal reference and to share.

The Basics on Documents

Ctrl + C to copy lines of words or pictures. This is so common that it’s not a waste of memory to remember this one, it just saves so much time from clicking.

Ctrl + X to CUT lines of images, it removes but saves in an imaginary clipboard for later use. be wary as this clipboard only holds one thing and not for very long. At least until your next reboot.

Ctrl + V paste whatever you cut or copied using the Ctrl + C or X commands you used previously.

Ctrl + S Get into the habit of saving often. Saves your work with a simply tap.

Ctrl + Z undo your last mistakes! I need this button for real life. And for computers it’s limited on how many times you can undo, especially on paint and word documents. In fact, sometimes save will override this function and you can only undo until your last saved file.

On Windows or Linux GUI

ALT + F4 will close any window you are currently on. Very handy if you know what i mean.

ALT + Tab changes the Windows you are working on, it helps when you’re switching back and forth from the same two windows. Like when you need to copy and paste little bits of data a piece at a time.

ALT + Shift + Tab is similar to the last one, but in reverse. Keep holding the ALT button to see what’s currently running.

DELETE have you actually used the delete button on your computer? It does exactly what it says and works better than right clicking on something and clicking again to delete.

Home, Page UP, Page Down, End. Since the invention of the web browser we’ve relaid on the mouse to help us scroll through pages of information, but give that wheel a rest as you can now scroll sections at a time with page up and down! Need to see the bottom of the page? End. Need to go back to the top? Home.

Two Finger Scrolling. My goodness! Laptops with touchpads have needed this for ages! When two finger scrolling came into practice my only thought was “About time!”. Enabling this is only a quick google guide away, but not difficult as most laptops have this feature enabled by default, as the old method was incredibly obtrusive. Quick Guide on enabling Two Finger Scrolling

On Google Chrome

Ctrl + Shift + T brings up the previously closed tab, keep pressing T to bring up the one before that.

Ctrl + T just bring up a new empty blank tab

Ctrl + W closes current tab

Ctrl + Tab changes the tabs ONLY in the web browser. Remember the SHIFT button to put it in reverse as well, try it.

Addons: While we’re on the topic of Google Chrome… For years there have been amazing addons that make your web browsing experience either terrible or much better. A popular addon that’s been floating around for years is AdblockPlus. It’s self updating with every Chrome version so it’s very out of the way and does a great job of helping clean up ugly ads that get in the way. very recommended for safer web browsing on Windows and Linux.

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You can already know these and many more depending on the work you do in the office or on a computer, but the basics remain and this list is something everyone who works daily on a computer system should know as it facilitates our computer experience.

Blue Screen of Death (Windows)

BSOD Debug

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When you get a blue screen of death there are a few things you should try to figure out why this happened. A blue screen of death means your computer or machine has crashed beyond the point of recovery and MUST be rebooted and/or fixed. When you see this problem, it will not be fixed on it’s own. EVER, on maybe rarely. But this is a Windows specific thing since Linux and Mac aren’t common enough to have buggy software or crummy hardware fail them considering quality and build specs are usually custom built by the user or manufacturer. But since Windows can be built on shoddy hardware and be mis-configured easily, let’s see a common troubleshoot checklist.

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SupraaaaaaPaaaaad!!!!

The name’s SupraPad…. iView SupraPad…….. iView SupraPad 1700Qw Windows 8.1 x86 Intel Atom. Edition.
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It’s like the Toyota Supra of tablets! Well not really, more like the Ford Fiesta of Fords, but like bad cheap cars, they exist for a reason.

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Windows 10 Threshold Name

Windows threshold is coming out and already available as a Technical preview for those of you who are Apps developers or just like trying out the latest and greatest from the Microsoft Windows team.
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One thing that’s always bothered me is we’ve called it Windows 9, and then things changed.  If you haven’t heard already it’s been Nicknamed named Windows 10. Why?

1. Reason number 1. Window is such a huge leap from previous version that they just had to change the name to demonstrate it’s difference. Because calling it Threshold wasn’t enough.

2. Also calling it Windows 9 would have resulted in problems in the code since previous Windows 95, 98 versions in the code would conflict. See example below

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“early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form”

if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9”)) { /* 95 and 98 */ } else {
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But that name! Threshold? It’s also to show how life changing this operating system can be! Well according to internal information, there will also be three different versions of the same OS.

Windows “Desktop”
The full version of Windows that we all know and love, usually found on desktops and laptops. Runs 32bit applications and has a desktop mode. (note, I hope they don’t go all, Professional, Ultimate, Basic model like Vista and 7)

Windows “Mobile”
A version of the OS that is designed and optimized for mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Basically a crippled OS of Windows.

Windows “Server”
A version of the OS that is designed and optimized for use on servers.

These all share the same core, just like Linux does, but supports different architecture and can be as compact as not needing a shell to function or GUI as I call it. It’s become slowly more and more Linux-Like as time goes by. This might be a good thing. No need to maintain different versions of windows as they do now.

We’re also expecting a lower minimum of 4GB for space on newer Mobile Windows version. Hooray! more space on our tablets.

Windows 8 Antivirus

Well it’s about time Microsoft Windows came with it’s own antivirus built in! And not a moment too soon since I bet that most people forget to update their antivirus nor they know what it looks like. But no worries, let’s get to business.

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Simple Explaination of the Shell

Classic Shell
http://www.classicshell.net/
Not everyone loves Windows 8 or it’s new user interface, and it does not necessarily mean that everyone will flock to Linux or Mac. So will everyone have to get used to it and deal with it? When you buy a new computer or are upgrading from Windows 7 to 8, it’s not a pleasant experience since it ends up forcing the you to relearn some things that you thought you already knew. Not to mention all the boatloads of new software you’ll have to buy. And keyboard tricks….

But let’s make that transition easier. Classic shell provides a free Windows 7-like menu for you to enjoy. Not only is it OpenSource but it works well to replace the dreaded Windows 8 menu. Happy computing!

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Windows Operating System Review.

This is my review of some Windows operating Systems.

I know most Windows users or humanity in general has a short attention span. So I’ll do a quick run down review of the Windows Operating Systems I’ve used for more than a month at a time.

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WinDirStat: Windows Directory Statistics.

In this age of information and technology, it’s possible to have access to a virtually unlimited amount of gigabytes of data available for the home consumer. Does anyone still worry about data storage limitations? Well some of us don’t, but one day the time may come when we have to make a choice, upgrade or compromise  In fact, we still have small electronic devices and laptops that suffer from limited data storage space. Cellphones, Ultra-thin laptops, and old computers may not have the space you need to store your stuff or even function normally without having to delete things every now and then.

So when the time comes to choose that you have to sacrifice some of your data, how do you know what to delete, do you instantly know what’s taking the most amount of space? Is it your Pictures? Pirated Movies? Video Games? Everyone has different methods of dealing with old useless data. I’ve mentioned CCleaner and other cleaner utilities that remove junk data from your system. But that’s not enough. When it comes down to actually removing things like music files and movies, how do you know right off the bat what is taking the most amount of space? Use a program, now installing WinDirStat only takes about 1MB of space and it’s very worth it. It’s not one of those tools that you simply run and magically seems to give you more space. No, it tells you what data you have on your drive and how much it costs to keep.

WinDirStat Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, by clicking on the picture, you notice that I have some stuff on my drive. The colorful blocks below are categorized by type of file and how much space that type of file takes up. here’s an example of my external drive.

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Blue are my FLAC Music Files. Red is MP3, Green is WAVE Files and pupple is OGG. As you can see most of my music is FLAC and it takes quite a bit of space.

 

When customers bring me their computers, I sometimes get a request to clean their computer. I don’t know what people have on their hard drive, I don’t know where they store their family pictures or music but with this tools I can see what is taking the most amount of space without having to look at their data. Privacy,

This may surprise most people, but there is a tool known as KDirStat that was made for the Linux System running the KDE GUI, This was was found so useful that a Windows version was made. So plus one for open Source! You Windows users should be grateful. Also a Mac version of this tool has been made, the problem is I haven’t tested it on my Mac yet. cause it’s still on a shelf, literally. So test at your own risk here is the link.

Tools like these are literally tools that don’t make life super easy, but teach us enough to know what to do. I hope you all enjoyed this post and are able to manage your disk space appropriately in the future, so stop calling me to clean your computer!

When Windows Died (Story)

By Zerin Sakech, 2010

(Note.) Short Story I wrote while I was still in School. Keep in mind this was before Windows 8 came out or even announced.

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This is the sad but true story about when Microsoft Windows died. Yes, it happened, but not in this dimension. We’ll journey into a new dimension, one of sight and sound and computer, look there’s the sign post up ahead we’ve entered, The Twilight Zone. beedoo beedoo beedoo beedoo.

The year is 2012, the world is still spinning, and it’s soon to be the end, not for humans mind you, but for the greatest home desktop operating system. Windows XP. Windows 8 had just been released, a minor improvement over Read the rest of this entry