Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.
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May 10, 2021 by Frogboy
And so it begins… Make sure you check out, and in particular the FAQ and Game pages, which will give you a lot of details on what’s coming. A little backgroundBefore we start, I should introduce myself. I’m Brad Wardell. I designed and programmed the very first Galactic Civilizations game back in 1993 for OS/2. I literally programmed it out of my college dorm room after picking up “Teach Yourself C in 21 days”.  While OS/2 didn’t...
May 10, 2021 by Frogboy
I don’t know if this will be my last AAR of Galactic Civilizations III.   As I type this, the game is about to turn 6 years old and is still going strong. We’ve been working on an update for the game for awhile and are hoping to get it released before the anniversary (fingers crossed).  This AAR will kind of act as a retrospect on the game, mention some changes we’ve made and hopefully be entertaining. I am playing as the Terran Empire.  I c...
May 6, 2021 by Frogboy
DeskScapes is a program designed to make it easy to have really cool Windows desktop backgrounds.  It doesn’t just manage wallpapers - it integrates native animated wallpaper support into Windows.  Version 11 includes a bunch of cool new things that make it pretty compelling for every PC user.  Here is a quick tour of some of those features. Part 1: The interfaceOnce installed, you access DeskScapes by right-clicking on your desktop. The interface is designe...
May 4, 2021 by Frogboy
I hope you enjoyed season 1 as much as I did!It's going to be a long time until season 2 so I decided to put together an 8-episode guide prediction which I'll share here.I have no inside knowledge but I have read the comic. This post has changes from the comic that I think make it more compatible with an episodic TV show.Obviously, this isn't how it will actually go down. But it is likely to go down something like this so major spoilers. Stop now if you haven't read the comic book.Spoilers...Spo...
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...
March 30, 2021 by Frogboy
This is really interesting documentary broken up into bite sized chunks. It deals with the transition in games journalism that we saw starting around 2010 with the changes to the underlying business models of the media and in particular the games media. Here is part 1:
March 12, 2021 by Frogboy
We aren't ready to announce anything specifically yet but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of the things we have going on around here. First, there probably won't be a lot more journal entries for GalCiv III.  There will be more updates to GalCiv III but they will fall under bug fixing only.  The team has been staffed up (and we're hiring more) to focus on "GalCiv Next". So what are some of the broad strokes?  In no particular order these are the things that ...
February 8, 2021 by Frogboy
Google's streaming game platform, Stadia, has been having a rough time this past year. From Take 2's CEO publicly calling them out to the recent Terraria debacle coming right after Google's decision to close their first-party studios, it's not looking too promising for Stadia these days. The tech Stadia is run on is good.  We were deeply involved during the Yeti project and were very impressed with the potential.  We ported our engine over to Yeti and were ready to move our games...
February 8, 2021 by Frogboy
How does WindowBlinds 10 handle older skins on the latest version of Windows 10? The answer: Inconsistently.  There are some apps, like Notepad, where it always works fine.  Others, like an Explorer window it sometimes works fine.  And then there‚Äôs Edge where it rarely works fine.  Look at the results yourselves. For the next version of WindowBlinds we are looking to either update ...
February 6, 2021 by Frogboy
I am really, really enjoying CK3. These days, I generally prefer to stick to playing games that I would never want to make.  So games like Civilization VI or even Stellaris are games that I play but I don't enjoy because they feel like work (this isn't the game's fault, it's because my brain goes into analyst mode when I play them). But CK3? There's nothing else really like it and I love it.
January 19, 2021 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations II (not III) was released a long time ago.  Since then, most of the people who worked on the game have remained at Stardock but not everyone.  However, over the past year or so, we've been lucky enough to recruit and or contract back some of the original members to return working on new Galactic Civilizations efforts.  
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
Here's mine: I have no idea why the memes that use this tend to crack me up the most but they do.
January 10, 2021 by Frogboy
This article pretty much describes how I'm feeling about the recent events concerning Trump and the rapid deplatforming going on. I'm not going to miss Trump.  But I am going to miss the days when people were able to talk to each other civilly even when they disagreed.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
Where we are and where we're going. Soon... Then... And finally. The robot overlords will smile.
January 9, 2021 by Frogboy
I found this article quite thought provoking. This past week we didn't just see the banning of Trump for "inciting violence" (despite said inciting is never included for people to judge for themselves).  Countless other people were banned and even groups like #walkaway on Facebook were banned. Regardless of your politics, this is nothing to celebrate.  I remember a time w...