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Draginol's Articles In OS Customization
May 29, 2012 by Draginol
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October 30, 2010 by Draginol
I’m slowly putting together the 2011 business plan for Stardock. Where to budget what.  It’s a difficult challenge this year because the Windows market isn’t just fragmented but the tech market is fragmented (iOS has become a serious venue for development).

Our business model for skinning has slowly broken down over the years. Years ago, we would come up with app ideas and then look out on the net to find someone who has made something similar and work with them on a royalty basis....
October 6, 2010 by Draginol
This Fall I’m starting to get back into skinning.  For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been the interim Project Manager on Elemental: War of Magic to get that game ready for release – which I failed spectacularly at. Sometimes, the answer is not to “work harder”. But I digress.

The problem I’m seeing with skinning is business vs. passion.  That is, Windows XP users still represent a near majority of the people using our skinning programs. The problem is, Windows XP is dead as a tech...
December 23, 2009 by Draginol


One of the things that amazes me is when programs lack even 128x128 icons.  WindowBlinds and DeskScapes had this boo boo which we are fixing for an update in the next couple weeks.

But Apple’s programs? Really? Shame on Apple for that.

November 19, 2008 by Draginol

September 25, 2008 by Draginol
One of the new features of Object Desktop 2009 is the rewrite of Theme Manager.

Here are some screenshots:

September 3, 2008 by Draginol
The bad news is that Google's recently released web browser, Google Chrome doesn't play well with WindowBlinds. It works but it's visually messed up looking.

The good news is that we have it it working internally but are working through some remaining issues. 

I love the new browser though I'm not sure I'm in love with their coding implementation.

The upcoming WindowBlinds 6.3 will support Google Chrome. Right now, changing skins while it's loaded still has to be dea...
July 22, 2008 by Draginol

For those of you interested in what my desktop looks like, I'm running Aero Frost with the "Think Green" weather gadget.
May 14, 2008 by Draginol
  Rafael from WithinWindows visited us this past week and took some great pictures. I'm stealing this from his site.. Rafael is best known as the world's leading expert on uxtheme patching (XP and Vista).  But he's not just a great developer, he's a great guy too.


The wetlands on the Stardock property.

Bee hives



inside the hives



Outside the Stardock building

Rafael inside

May 5, 2008 by Draginol
Jeff Schader, the CEO of his home-based art contracting company "The Skins Factory" has decided to write about me (again).  Now, normally I try not to get involved in this kind of thing. Life is short and all that.  But what Jeff is doing is obnoxious enough that I've decided to do the one thing that I think will stop it: Write about it.

Here's the deal, Jeff will write some post or comment about me that's incredibly vile. When people naturally become outraged about what he's writte...
May 2, 2008 by Draginol
When it comes to skinning the OS, I'm a fanatic. I've been into changing the look and feel of the OS for nearly 15 years now.  From Object Desktop on OS/2 to working on the very first GUI skinning program on Windows, skinning is a passion of mine.

Over the years, I've seen a lot of programs, companies, and ideas come and go.  On the software side, there's been great programs like eFX and Chroma (to name two) along with the ubiquitous WindowBlinds.  On the content side, there'...
April 22, 2008 by Draginol


Take Windows to the next level

A look at how to completely transform your Windows experience.

April 22, 2008 by Draginol

MyColors (Stacked)  

After a full year of effort, Stardock has officially launched MyColors to the general public.

February 20, 2008 by Draginol


MyColors Theme Manager in action.

February 11, 2008 by Draginol
Skinning first started getting popular around 1999. Back then, it was mostly about skinning Winamp and WindowBlinds.  Today, people expect to be able to customize virtually every aspect of their PC experience. From the moment someone boots to the time they shut down, everything a user sees they now anticipate the ability to personalize somehow if they choose to.

In the beginning, the content came from the community. The software itself was developed within the community as well. A given ...