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Craig Matthews Craig_​Matthews Good News, Everyone!
  • Small network IP best practices advice

    And as far as how to keep track of what static IP addresses are assigned outside the pool,most everyone I know uses a spreadsheet (Indeed, on mine I keep a list of my DHCP reservations on the same spreadsheet too).

  • Windows 8.1 Bug

    When you pin something to the taskbar, as far as I've been able to determine, the following happens (any Windows 7 Ent machine I've used)

    1. A brand new shortcut to the final target is created at %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar. <-- note: changing the icon here won't do jack. See #2.

    In the case of a dragging an exe or other non-shortcut file type, the default icon is used for the new automatically created shortcut. If, however, a shortcut is dragged to the taskbar, the brand new shortcut will have it's icon set to the icon that the original dragged shortcut was set to. 

    2. The target property of the new shortcut created in the folder above is merged into the binary value located at registry location HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband\Favorites. The rest of the shortcut, including it's icon target is merged into the value FavoritesResolve.

    It appears that the Explorer (or Internet Explorer? the integration is a bit confusing and inconsistent) uses these registry keys to constitute the taskbar.


    If you want a custom icon for the taskbar button, create a shortcut on your desktop to the target, set the icon on the shortcut to what you want, then drag that shortcut to the taskbar. Then delete the shortcut from the desktop.

  • Android Trojans

    There will always be a trojan problem on Android phones as long as people keep tapping 'accept' when a flashlight app or game requests permission to 'access your contact list', 'make phone calls', and 'transmit information to the Internet.' 

    And Fandroiders who say this doesn't happen are liars.

  • Microsoft to Stop Master Level ​Certificati​ons

    Is there any sort of link or reference to this? This piques my curiosity as my rate of pay somewhat depends on certifications.

  • Someone in the options market knew a week ago that Ballmer was leaving

    Before you get too far, I just want to point out that the same reasoning was used to spread the belief that stock brokers were complicit in the 9/11 attacks. A random stock or option purchase implies nothing by itself, regardless of events going on. 

    I'm sure people in the markets were betting the stock price will rise, and others were betting it will drop, just like every single other day where people are buying and selling options, whether there's a CEO retiring or not.


  • Kudos to Windows Search Team (I think?)

    , Kental2 wrote

    @JoshRoss: Honestly, I consider that a feature enhancement.  If I want to search my email, I go into my email and search.  I have tens to hundreds of gigabytes of emails.  I could search for almost anything and I'd get a hundred hits back.  That's completely useless to me.  At the very least I'd need to be able to shut that off.

    To me I suppose it's a question of being able to search with context.  If I'm using my start screen's search, what on earth would make you think I want to search my email?  Or my documents?  Different strokes for different folks I suppose.

    If I want to search just my email, I have search folders configured in Outlook for things that I commonly need to keep track of. For something else in email, I use the search field within Outlook.

    However, I've plenty of times had to compile all file based project documentation, as well as email messages and put them all together for transmission for someone else. In my opinion, at least in my case, having an integrated, sortable, and groupable Explorer search result window and being able to simply select all and drag it to a CD or zip folder is pretty much a prime example of a task for which computers exist to begin with -- helping me find everything I have about a certain subject or project by pressing one button. Explorer saved searches are like the search folders in Outlook. My favorites bar on the left of Explorer pretty much is a one stop shop for anything I'm working on, including the related emails.

  • Do all GPSs still use COM instead of USB?

    My first guess is that it's because there are tons of software that traditionally have interfaced with GPS devices over COM port and it has to be compatible for that vs. the extremely rare use case of using a GPS as a hard drive.

  • Windows Store Apps, "Metro Style" and "​Unification​".... thoughts requested.

    , ZippyV wrote

    1. The desktop is certainly more productive than the metro environment if you are using a laptop or desktop pc. Nobody said that the desktop is dead or will be abandoned. Not all desktop applications can be converted to touchscreen friendly metro apps.

    Except everyone continues to use phrases like "when every app is moved over to metro" and "when the desktop goes away" and continue to talk about the day when we'll all be snapping 3 apps to our screens to be 'productive' and there will be no desktop.

    Nearly every post I see here talks about the desktop eventually being abandoned. The only disagreements I see is over "when" with some people at one end saying MS already abandoned it and people at the other end saying things like "at least a version or two."


  • Google Monopoly and Trust.

    "Do no Evil" is nothing but a marketing campaign started to ride the peak of the "Micro$oft is the Evil Satan Incarnate" era. I seriously doubt "Do no Evil" is considered heavily during board meetings.


  • Windows XP, the next climate forcing?

    There are ten year old computers that run Windows 7 just fine. Still, if a company is so worried about ongoing support in their computing environment, the real question is why they're running computers that are obviously out of warranty and either on the verge of failing, or needlessly eating money for parts replacements and tech salary.