Visible Recycle Bin Considered Harmful

Lazy-blogging (verb): The act of letting a thought sit unblogged for long enough that someone else blogs about it instead, thereby saving you the effort. cf lazyweb. Case-in-point: Many of us OCD types find it impossible to sit with a non-empty recycle bin on our desktop. We just can’t do it. It nags at our…

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Startup processes on a Toshiba M400

Or, “What is all this stuff doing on my computer”, part II. I’ve just finished switching my portable life over to a new Toshiba M400 Tablet PC. Gig of memory, Centrino Core Duo, life is good. At least, it was good until I looked at the process list in task manager. Then it was that…

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Cultural change at Microsoft, or, "What was the point in keeping quiet?"

In an anonymous comment on “Patch for tcserver.exe memory leak on Tablet PC – at last!”, zzz asks: What was the point in “keeping quiet”? Is there some kind of NDA that stops from stating the obvious thing (holy cow we have a bug in our perfect product!) that everyone knows about? You could have…

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Developers rejoice - new API for Windows Desktop Search!

Ever since the MSN team released their first beta toolbar with Windows Desktop Search, developers have been asking how they can add its search functionality to their own programs. Well, the wait is over – the MSN team have quietly added documentation for their Windows Desktop Search API. Oh, and an SDK. And examples of…

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MaxiVista just got even better

MaxiVista is a software application that lets you use another PC – your laptop, for example – as an extra screen for your main computer. Since more screen real estate is always better, this is a Good Thing. It’s especially sexy with a Tablet PC, because you can rotate the keyboard out of the way,…

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FeedDemon vs NewsGator: why platforms are bad and RSS isn't email

Several months ago I started writing a review of FeedDemon and NewsGator, together with an explanation of why I switched (twice). Now that FeedDemon has been bought out by NewsGator, it’s probably time to finish that review… Like Alex Barnett, I actually bought both products (Alex, which one have you used the most, and why?)…

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MSN Desktop Search is out of beta - go get it!

The MSN Search team have just announced that their desktop search tool is out of beta. You can read more about it in this CNET article (via Scoble), or go straight to the download page like I did. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve become reliant on desktop search – it’s hard to imagine…

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Maxthon joins the RSS sidebar party

Right now Maxthon is my tabbed browser of choice – it’s slick, rock-solid, and uses the IE6 rendering engine for maximum compatibility. Most importantly, it’s being updated at a feverish pace that would put a pack of crazed weasels to shame. This morning its auto-update feature offered me v1.2.00, which adds an RSS sidebar to…

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Skype install problems? Try the updated installer

Like Jeff Sandquist, I couldn’t get Skype v1.1 to install when it was first released two weeks ago – the installer would happily kick off two processes that would then just sit there, doing nothing. Omar Shahine came up with a workaround of booting into safe mode before installing, but by this point I’d had…

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How to make Adobe Reader 7.0 load faster

Like most other techies, whenever I install Adobe’s Acrobat Reader I also uninstall most of the pointless plugins, to speed up its dog-slow startup process. If you want to learn more about speeding up Adobe Reader 6.0, just ask Tim or Chris or Greg or Omar or Kevin (“site:blogs.msdn.com adobe reader” is a wonderful search…

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