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September 7, 2017 by Frogboy
What do you get if you combine a petty little man like Tab Atkins Jr. and a far-left wing company culture? The answer:  Manipulated search results to punish those they believe "deserve it".

With the increasing evidence that Google operates with an open political agenda, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wrong-think.

Take the case of Google search employee Tab Atkins Jr.  After a Twitter spat...
June 4, 2016 by Frogboy
Got a Kindle Oasis. 

I won’t bore you with a full on review because there’s a ton of reviews that basically say it’s wonderful but too expensive.

It is a lot more expensive than the other Kindles but the screen is noticeably better thanks to having a more consistent series of lights and it is also noticeably lighter.

If you do a lot of reading on the Kindle and you’re not price sensitive, get it.
March 27, 2016 by Frogboy
How many times have you written something amazing in a forum editor only to have the page crash/disappear/self refresh?

Just happened to me. I must have had a 3 page article I was writing regarding debugging technology just go poof as the forum page refreshed.

GRRR.
February 29, 2016 by Frogboy
I got the Dell 5K monitor. It’s only 27 inches but it’s just gorgeous.  I hooked it up to an NVIDIA 980TI and have been playing Ashes with it.

Below is a screenshot I took that I lowered to a more reasonable resolution so you can see the extra detail you get when running at that resolution.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended!
January 18, 2016 by Frogboy
For some months users have complained about the Surface Pro 4 consuming several % per hour of CPU while sleeping.  In December, Microsoft indicated that they were working on the problem.

In December, Intel released a driver update to their Skylake drivers. By default, these drivers won’t work on a Surface Pro.  However, users who download the .ZIP version, extract and then update the drivers via device manager can enjoy the benefits today.

 

The Results

As y...
January 15, 2016 by Frogboy
Is Microsoft serious about its online media stores?

 

Movies & TV Let’s say you want to buy an episode of Rick & Morty.  This is what you get if you use the Microsoft store:



No previews. No star ratings.  Not even movies get a star rating.  The little “i” brings up a barely formatted tooltip. How did this even ship?

This is what the home page looks like:



 

Music Going over to music the situation is better.  You g...
January 14, 2016 by Frogboy
My Microsoft Surface is a constant companion.  It is absolutely central to my workflow.

One of the challenges I’ve had with it is battery life.  There’s a lot of things you can do to help with your battery life but one simple thing I’ve done, for now, is to set the max CPU when on battery to 99%. 

Setting the max CPU to 99% prevents the CPU from going into Turbo mode.  For me, this accomplishes two things:

(1) I get roughly an extra hour of battery ...
September 12, 2015 by Frogboy
I love my Surface Pro 3.  Windows 10 has transformed it from something I occasionally fiddled with to my primary mobile device (replacing my iPad and MacBook Pro combo for trips).

But it is, by no means, perfect.

The weaknesses of the Surface Pro 3 include:

It is almost 1.8 pounds.  That's really too heavy to use as a tablet for an extended period of time.While Windows 10 has greatly improved the issue of it getting hot and the fan blariung, the fact it has a fan means ext...
September 8, 2015 by Frogboy
Does your laptop or tablet run out of battery while it’s supposed to be asleep?

You can find out why thanks to a fairly obscure but relatively new feature in Windows.

Step 1: Open a command prompt in adminstrative mode

Step 2: Go to a temp directory (like cd\temp)

Step 3: Type powercfig /SleepStudy

This will create a file in the current directory.  Open that file in your web browser and you will find out why.

Common causes:

Notifications. Even while sl...
January 15, 2015 by Frogboy
I hadn’t used Windows XP in years.  It’s easy to get nostalgic about how great Windows was back then.  Then you load it up and try to search for a file and you’re greeted by a dog.
December 31, 2014 by Frogboy
Naturally I’m waiting until the last day of the year to finally write this.

If you’re looking for a drab, properly edited, PR approved article, this is not that article.  So hang on as we do a skim through of the hyperbole of awesomeness that’s been going on this year.

Let me get this part out of the way: If you’re a gaming journalist, we’re going to be at GDC with a suite. In that suite will be Soren Johnson (Civ IV), Bruce Shelley (Civ, Age of Empires), Dan Baker (co-author of ...
April 3, 2014 by Frogboy
Build is Microsoft’s annual developer’s conference.  It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to one of these.



This year, for the first time in some years, I feel like Microsoft is back to their old selves.  It’s like they were in an incompetent funk for a very long time.

Consider the idiocy that has flowed from Redmond in recent years:

Creation of Silverlight and subsequent abandonment (Silverlight was awesome) Windows Presentation Foundation and its abandonme...
November 8, 2013 by Frogboy
I'm writing this with the new.kindle fire hdx. 

I've seen reviews praising it. It is very light. It's even lighter than the iPad Air. But I'm not liking it.

First, the keyboard hi is terrible. As I type this, there is an additional row of commands right under the keyboard (which you can hide but they shouldn't be there in the first.place, it's.just bad UI.

The auto correct.is.even.more.obnoxious than ios. For.example.if I type ios it wants to,change it to it...
July 17, 2013 by Frogboy
I'm posting this from my Surface RT (on an airplane no less).

When I first got my Surface RT, I really liked the hardware but the software was in a terrible state. 

Now, 9 months later, I am happy to report that Microsoft has so improved Surface RT that if I bought a Surface RT today and compared it to what I had back last Fall I would think it was a "Surface RT 2". 

So what's changed?

First off, it's much faster.  Gone is the lag when I was typing or launc...
June 3, 2013 by Frogboy
My office has a lot of light in it. It’s one of those catch-22, people want windowed offices but the light can be very distracting.  Rather than constantly fighting with my blinds, I decided to try some computer glasses.

This is what I picked:



Gunnar Optiks G0005-C001

 

I can’t say enough good things about these. Not only do they let me work in a well sunlit room in comfort but they make working on my Cintiq a joy since I don’t feel like I have a flash light i...