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April 15, 2021 by Frogboy
So I keep my Mac and PC next to each other. Broadly speaking, even taking multiple monitors out of the picture, I find the PC more productive.  This is primarily a difference in how Windows and Mac work.  This wasn't always the case but over time, Microsoft has added a lot of nice little short-cuts and tweaks that just don't seem to exist on the Mac. Even little things in the Mac seem needlessly complicated. For instance, on Windows 10, I can hit Windows Key - Shift S to take...
January 8, 2021 by Frogboy
Given recent events, I was thinking that maybe there's an opportunity to rethink social media platforms entirely. The current leaders like Twitter and Facebook are actually fairly primitive from a technical point of view.  Not their fault. They were built when they were built. If you were to create a new social media site today you wouldn't be able to get away with being like those sites because the distributors of the social media apps (Apple, Google) won't tolerate the growing pains...
December 24, 2020 by Frogboy
So I got the new MacBook Air M1.  I have to say, it's pretty amazing.  It's, by far, the fastest laptop I've ever used in terms of how it feels to use.  This is likely a combination of the OS (MacOS tends just feel more responsive than Windows) and the phenomenal performance of the M1. Anyone else pick this up yet?
August 23, 2020 by Frogboy
With many people working out of the office, how are you handling it? I confess I feel pretty blessed that I get to work daily with my sons up at the lake.  One is a 3D artists and the other a systems engineer.  Here is a picture of our setup.   It’s a little messy and ad-hoc but super comfy and productive.
June 19, 2020 by Frogboy
I have a 2012 MacBook Pro that I'm using to type this on. As a Windows/PC user mainly, I am used to my PC laptops and desktops start to feel slow and obsolete after a few years.   Yet, this laptop feels as good as ever.  The display is still amazing, arguably better than my Surface Book 3 (Which I have here and yet find myself using the Mac when doing light work) and the GUI remains as smooth and responsive as ever. That is one big benefit of MacBook Pros over every PC laptop ...
April 20, 2020 by Frogboy
The first 3 rows are ones I set.  The second 3 rows are just ones MS’s “frequently used” populated.  edit: columns!!! This early, I haven’t used much. These are the apps I first install onto a new PC.  What are the first apps you install?
April 9, 2020 by Frogboy
February 22, 2020 by Frogboy
We’ve had some great discussions on Hard drive speeds over the years. One of my favorites was the one about whether SSDs was worth it. I’ve also been benchmarking my PC’s for a very, very long time: Here is a brief recap: ...
January 15, 2020 by Frogboy
As I mentioned yesterday, there is a really good use-case for the Surface Pro X as a device that uses Remote Desktop to your "main machine" when doing heavy lifting provided that it is sufficiently powerful enough to do light tasks on its own relative to say a Surface Pro 7. Now, this is for my purposes.  YMMV.    As you can see, for me, the Surface Pro X hardware has the edge over the Surface Pro 7.    It's on the software support -- from Microsoft -- where...
January 14, 2020 by Frogboy
This is my work station area at Stardock when I'm working in the Object Desktop area of the company which is located on the third floor of the building. As you can see, I have 3 monitors connected to a Surface Pro.  The reason I'm up here is so that I can collaborate in person with the rest of my team.  And the reason for the Surface Pro is that I frequently use it as a tablet for sketching on screenshots and designs. The only downside is that the Surface Pro 7, while quite power...
November 27, 2019 by Frogboy
I just got the Surface Pro 7 and I'm loving the power of USB 3.1 gen 2 (the USB-C port on the side). I have everything connected via a single USB-C dock including two more monitors. My main workstation is in the lower level.
October 22, 2019 by Frogboy
I love my Surface Pro.  It doesn't always love me.  This Summer, a firmware update caused the keyboard cover connector to not work anymore which forced me to use the Surface truly as a tablet.  It wasn't...a good experience. While I wasn't a fan of Windows 8, it was a pretty decent touch OS.  Windows 10...not so much.  A big part of the reason Windows 10 isn't good for touch is that it doesn't use the screen edges well. Windows 10, by default, has these touch-based...
September 28, 2019 by Frogboy
What an adventure... So I built "Frog-2019" and this time I bought a Fractal Design case that has a USB-C port on the front!  Great.  Well, my first motherboard, an ASROCK X299 Tachi said it had a USB-C front panel on it but when I got it, the actual header on the motherboard was missing. Ok.  That gets swapped out with an ASUS and now Windows 10 wants activation.  And this was a ridiculous situation. It said I needed to reactivate. Ah but there's a link that ...
September 11, 2019 by Frogboy
One recent feature of Groupy that I appreciate is that I can now specify how long I keep one window on top of another to group them.  Originally, this was instant but I found myself often grouping windows when I didn't mean to.  I think I'll request a half second option just to be difficult.   
August 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Stardock will be releasing Start10 v1.75 today which, amongst other things, adds dark mode support.  Start10 is designed to bring the Windows 10 start menu the full power it traditionally had. I won't pretend to understand the UX team at Microsoft.  It will come as no surprise to those who have been following Microsoft and Stardock for the past twenty years that we've been pursuing often parallel visions of where the Windows desktop should go. When our visions diverge they tend to d...