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September 17, 2012 by Draginol
Anyone who has an SSD already know this. But there are still people out there who aren’t sure on this.  The performance difference of putting in an SSD is greater than any single upgrade I’ve ever seen since the days back in the early 90s of going from 4M to 8M in memory on Windows NT or OS/2.
September 17, 2012 by Draginol
October is going to be insanely good.

I have a ThinkPad X1 Carbon on order for my wife.

A new Kindle white on order for me.

And of course the iPhone 5 will be generally available.

It does appear technological progress and innovation is accelerating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
September 10, 2012 by Draginol
 



http://www.systemcomic.com/2011/08/03/so-youre-mad-about-something-on-the-internet/

A great way to diffuse a raging Internet troll.
September 8, 2012 by Draginol
For the last few weeks, the poor IT team have been battling spam bots. Let’s give a shout out to all our hard working moderators who have been able to clean it up quickly and the IT team that’s been making it harder for them to do it.
September 5, 2012 by Draginol
It's no secret I'm not a fan of the way Microsoft is handling Windows 8.  So how could they have done it?

First, simplify/unify the underlying platform in a way that developers can feel confident that they're not going to get screwed over again (That Silverlight knowledge in my brain is going to be stored right with my OS/2 SOM storage).

That means .NET .NET .NET.  You make sure that if you write for .NET 4.5 that it'll work on any Windows 8 target.  I don...
September 5, 2012 by Draginol
Playing around with that this evening.  Trying to migrate from my 2010 Mac Pro. Taking a lot longer than I’d like.

I also have a ThinkPad X1-carbon on the way. I’ll let you know how that goes when I get it.
August 22, 2012 by Draginol
I'm impressed.

I can blog to the stardock ecosystem with the iPhone app
Blog Writer.

I just use my forum user Id and pw with the metaweblog URL: https://www.joeuser.com/api/MetaWeblog.axd
August 20, 2012 by Draginol
If you have Windows 8 and you’re finding it annoying to get around the desktop, you can download Tiles (it’s free). This has been a life saver for me as it lets me quickly get to the things I want to and manage them as such. It’s also completely compatible with the charms bar and the Metro (Modern UI) experience.

 
August 17, 2012 by Draginol
If I knew then what I know now…

Recently on my favorite non-Stardock site, Quarter to Three we celebrated its 10 year anniversary.  10 years ago was before Galactic Civilizations (for Windows), Sins of a Solar Empire, ObjectDock, Fences, Tiles, Demigod, etc.

So what was my biggest internet activity 10 years ago and before? Moderating our forums.  I also was a moderator of Neowin.net’s forums when it started out.

And let me tell you, nothing creates long-term animosity fa...
August 16, 2012 by Draginol
 

Freshly installed over my Windows 7 system.  Normally I would do a full rebuild but most people who are upgrading aren’t going to do that.

Remembering the experience formerly known as Metro:

First Impressions

A lot of tools are now very difficult to find.  I can’t find the event viewer. Typing it in the search area brings up nothing.  In fact, uninstalling things is actually quite a pain because now you have to first go to control panel and then th...
August 15, 2012 by Draginol
For those of you who have an MSDN subscription, Windows 8 (the RTM build) is now available.  Have you tried it? If so, what’s the verdict?

I’ll have my thoughts later this week.
May 1, 2012 by Draginol
Let’s look at 3 web stats that tell us a little bit about the demographics of who visits us.

First, we’ll use our homepage: Stardock.com.

Then, we’ll look at our most popular game, SinsOfASolarEmpire.com

And lastly, we’ll look at our most popular desktop utility, Fences.

These stats are for the month of April, 2012.

Who visit Stardock.com?

By Browser: Firefox (34%), Chrome (32%), Internet Explorer (24%) By OS: Windows 7 (58%), XP (34%), Vista (6%) Top Resol...
April 28, 2012 by Draginol
I wrote awhile back how the death of Steve Jobs affected me. This is kind of an update on how things have progressed since then.

Now, I don’t consider myself in the same league as Steve Jobs. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of the titans of our industry and their force of intellect has been humbling.

Capability aside, certain types of people are motivated by very similar things. We all have our demons.

In my case, I grew up with very little. I never felt I was good enough...
April 19, 2012 by Draginol
From the day we migrated from OS/2 to Windows, every new version of Windows meant Microsoft was going to lift some ideas for the next version of the OS from Object Desktop. And we would have to adapt. 

Think I exaggerate?

Look at Object Desktop for OS/2 (which was developed prior to Windows 95) with its ZIP files that worked as folders, DesktopX with its widgets and gadgets, Control Center with its side bar of “gadgets”, GUI Skins (where uxtheme.dll so blatantly borrowed from th...
April 19, 2012 by Draginol
Object Desktop has evolved greatly over the past two decades.

In its original OS/2 incarnation, it was designed to be a subtle, but important, upgrade to the OS. 

When it migrated to Windows, it helped spark the “skinning” revolution where users used it to radically alter the look and feel of Windows.

Here in 2012, Object Desktop has again begun returning to its roots of providing important but often subtle improvements. Let’s look at the above screenshot:

Wind...