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February 18, 2013 by Draginol
I sometimes wonder how many misunderstandings occur online due to people who don’t speak English as their native language interpreting dry humor as literal statements. 

I recently saw on a forum a discussion that quoted banter back and forth between myself and our PR rep. It goes something like this:

PR Rep: Got a 4.5 out of 5 on Game X!

Me: Oh no! That’ll wreck the Metacritic score – we want it to end up at 79. High enough for sales but low enough so we don’t have to g...
November 2, 2012 by Draginol
If you have Windows 8 and want the Start menu back, the single best way is to use Start8.
October 20, 2012 by Draginol
So far is to run it via Parallels on the Mac.  In that setup, on a MacBook Pro with the way MacOS X Mountain Lion handles full screen it actually almost works.  Now if there was only  a way to make the charms bar less obnoxious.
September 19, 2012 by Draginol
Multiplicity 2 was released today.

You can get it here:

Here’s a video of it in action:

What makes Multiplicity special isn’t that it’s the first program ever that can enable users to use multiple computers at once. You can get a digital switch to do that and heck, there’s freeware out there that will let you use a keyboard and mouse to move back and forth between computers.

Instead, what makes Multiplicity...
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

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:
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’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.