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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. www.stardock.com/products/groupy   
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...
July 31, 2019 by Frogboy
I started out with BBSes back in the 80s. Fidonet and Usenet in the 90s. Forums and later Reddit. My first BBS was for the Commodore 64.   Where did you start?
April 9, 2019 by Frogboy
One of my favorite features of my work machine is how silent it is.  I mean, silent.  Even  under pretty heavy loads it is really quiet. This means no overclocking but I know from experience that overclocking only presents modest improvements and frankly, I'd rather just buy slightly faster hardware that I run at spec (or even below) for quieter day to day operation. The key features I have going are: Corsair RM1000i power supply. I love this thing.A big heat sink (instead o...
April 2, 2019 by Frogboy
So I recently got a 4K projector for my home theater.  It's a Epson Cinema 4010 and on paper, it's a 4K HDR projector.  I have connected it to my Apple TV 4K and that's when I started to realize that HDR is still not fully ready for prime time for most people. Here's some background: Color TV is in color...but barely.  We are used to it but it's actually pretty crappy.  Luckily, we don't realize how crappy it is until we see something like HDR which stands for High Dyna...
November 27, 2018 by Frogboy
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Stardock!  As the founder, President, and CEO of the company starting from the time I was a college student, I've made a ton of mistakes that you can learn from. Below is a list of both small and large errors I have made over the years. #1 Computer Hardware becomes worthless It is really difficult to admit that a perfectly good monitor, keyboard, mouse - or even PC - eventually becomes worthless.  Over the years, I tried to find increasingl...
August 22, 2018 by Frogboy
This morning I awoke to see one of the most flagrant examples of doxing ever. Now, to be fair, this person did apologize: This event started because the social media person at a game company made a joke that this person didn't like.  To make that person pay "in real life", they took it upon themselves to find out who the person was and make their information public.  This is an ugly trend that seems to be gaining momentum.  Someone offends you with words, you try to ...
January 10, 2018 by Frogboy
I just got my new PC set up.  First new one in 3 years and it's a monster. I mostly got it for the Core i9 which has 18 cores.  The reason for this is, basically, I compile a lot.  Most of my programming involves AI coding and that means doing lots of recompiling and running.  I highly recommend 18 cores for most people as it's wasted. The other reason I wanted so many cores is for Nitrous/Cider work which is Stardock's new engine.  I want to make sure that Ash...
September 7, 2017 by Frogboy
What do you get if you combine a petty little man like Tab Atkins Jr. and a culture that promotes defaming people who don't share your ideology? The answer:  Manipulated search results to punish those they believe "deserve it". With the increasing evidence that Google some employees have no problem trying to ruin the careers of those that they disagree with, it is not surprising that its employees feel comfortable using their privileged position at Google to smite those guilty of wr...
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...