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Windows Sleep / Hibernate mode and programs not responding

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Posted in Windows

One thing that is totally annoying about Windows sleep mode is that so many applications crash or wont run right after you wake the computer back up. Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc) and Spotify are great examples of programs I have to end task on and then reopen. :/ I used to always shutdown my computer, but realized it was just a nice timesaver by keeping the computer on and letting it go to sleep. Although it does use more energy (not a lot as it shuts things down), but I dont have to reopen programs to get back to my last stopping point.

Often times the sound on my computer is all cracklely or static sounding. However, I did find out the way to fix that was to disable it and reenable it.

Microsoft still requires activation on Windows XP

Friday, February 8th, 2013
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So I finally upgraded my PC to Windows 7, then I setup a relative with my old PC with Windows XP. But since a few minor things changed in the hardware (harddrive, graphics card) I was then prompted to activate Windows. It would not work through their automated process and I had to waste about an hour after it was all done technician on the phone. Sure the technician was from India, but Microsoft is still wasting money on activation support for XP? Granted they probably have a contract with the company to provide support for Vista, Windows 7 and 8, but still. But I guess if given a free choice, people would use XP since it is still solid.

Why I’m still using Windows

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Posted in Windows

Now more than ever the operating system and even the type of computer you use is less important. Granted desktop apps are more usually powerful than mobile or web apps, but it depends on the context in which you need access to the app.

The only things keeping me and probably others on Windows, I believe is the following:

Ease of repair
If something goes wrong, most of the time a reboot will fix any issue in Windows. If something goes wrong on a Linux box, be prepared to ask questions on a forum.

Cheap hardware (this works for Linux also)
It’s cheaper to use a custom built PC or some Dell/HP machine you got for a few hundred bucks than a Mac.

It runs Adobe apps (so does Mac)
This is something Linux can’t do unless you are using a Virtual Machine or WINE.

Familiarity (this isn’t an issue for me as I use a Mac at work)
Most people don’t want to relearn how to use a computer. Even though Microsoft changes the names of things and where settings are located, everything else is very similar. Switching to a Mac isn’t too hard but their are enough differences to make the switch something most people don’t want to do. Linux is simple if all you do is surf the web and check email, but beyond that it gets pretty complicated. But you could argue general users don’t want high security, just enough to get by.

There’s times I think of switching to Linux, but then I think, “What if something goes wrong, I don’t want to troubleshoot it” and “It won’t run Photoshop”. Switching to Apple means hardware costs more, for example an iMac with a built in monitor (I have a big monitor already) or a $2000+ Mac Pro. Not to mention less choices in free applications, although its not as big an issue as it was years ago. Sometimes you’ll find a app that does what you want and costs a few bucks, but you know there is a free app that does the same thing for Windows.

Things I Hate About Windows XP Tablet PC

Monday, June 18th, 2007
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For whatever reason, Microsoft didn’t build this option into Windows XP Tablet PC, but the Hold Tool for Tablet PC wont give you an alt click for certain form and window elements, such as scrollbars, buttons, check boxes, radio buttons and so on. Of course this tool doesn’t work in Firefox, perhaps to it using a seperate UI?

Hold Tool Powertoy

Also the Ink Desktop takes ages to load up, and usually ends up with the Eolas bug (where outlined hashmarks appear ont he edges of an item when you hover over it). I believe if you check the option to “allow active content to run in files on My Computer” in IE’s settings this will fix the problem. And speaking of Ink Desktop, why can’t we save them as a file and scroll through them as list or print them out later?

Ink Desktop Ink Desktop Options

Although Microsoft got ArtRage 1.3 rebranded as Ink Art for inclusion, I still would of like to have had a nice drawing program similar to what the Snipping Tool 2.0 has. Granted I can use Windows Journal, I’d like to have an easy one with no background. Which reminds me the Snipping Tool needs an option to scroll down the window, like a document or a web site. It also would be nice to bring up the Snipping Tool’s editor without having to do another capture. And the Power Paint Tool PowerToy is not a good replacement at all, often I can’t get the UI to respond to my pen, its like once the button has focus it will no longer respond to changes, so you have to pick another and go back.

Windows Journal Windows Journal Options Windows Journal Options Windows Journal Options Ink Art (Art Rage 1.3)

The Tablet PC Input Panel wont let you erase what you are writing (if its in handwriting mode) with the top of your stylus, instead it writes more text.

Tablet PC Input Panel

Windows XP SP2b Requires 77 Updates

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
Posted in Windows

I recently got a new Windows XP installation cd with SP2b (it has Service Pack 2 plus some more updates) however it still required 77 updates and that did not include IE7. Not only that but that was only the critical updates. I don’t know why Microsoft doesn’t release SP3 already or at least make new cds with SP2c. I also noticed that Excite was the default search engine in Internet Explorer 7, not sure why. I don’t think it was like that on another install I’ve done before. I can only imagine if you did a fresh install of XP with just SP2 you’d probably have over 100 updates to do.