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  • 2,5 Biolion only for one game ?

    So is this the new Windows background?

  • Windows 9 Leaks

    Just looked at the leaked start menu screenshot circulating in press. Some concerns after seeing the "Pin to start" instead of "Pin to start menu"::

    a) Can you pin items to the top left *list* of the start menu so that they keep their order unless *I* change the order

    b) can you still get to the first item with win+"1x down arrow"

    c) can you still get to the second pinned item (in the LIST, not the big icons) with win+"2x down arrow"

    d) Can you customize the menu to work exactly like Windows 7 start menu -

    e) .. except for the ability to create search handlers in c# with custom prefix

    eg. if I press Win then press [custom prefix key] and type something, that "something" will go to my C# dll?

    f) can visual studio include a template to create such search handlers


  • Attach VS debugger to project started with CTRL+F5 with single ​click/hotke​y?

    Sorry I can't connect the dots on how that would solve (or workaround) 1) or 2) ?

  • Which smartphone with good camera allows to take photos without unlocking the phone and Quickly?

    I'm looking to get a new smartphone and to me the camera functions are most critical along with display quality - assuming phone functionality and ergonomics/practicality is at a good enough level.

    For a camera function I think the most critical feature along with image quality is the "latency" between taking it from the pocket and getting a focused shot. When shooting landscapes during eg. sunset, the ideal lighting condition may be present just for ~20 seconds after I notice it, so there's a bit of rush to unlock my current phone and get to the camera etc.


    (of course if some people don't like such ability, option to toggle it would solve that)

  • What's your solution to attaching debugger in VS?

    I was about to suggest this but looks like I'm late.





    (suggestions use VS macros.. oh wait) http://stackoverflow.com/questions/422768/attaching-to-a-child-process-automatically-in-visual-studio-during-debugging


    The scenario is that started with F5 the app runs slower than started with CTRL+F5 and I only need the debugger when either a Break() hits or I have added a breakpoint and believe its likely to hit soon.

  • I keep logging out

    Something similar here. Trying to edit a message I posted, I get:

    • The CurrentUser field is required.
    • The Author field is required.
    1. ${Html.Avatar(UserInfoViewModel.CurrentUser)} ${UserInfoViewModel
  • Attach VS debugger to project started with CTRL+F5 with single ​click/hotke​y?

    1) Is there a way to configure VS so that you can attach VS debugger to project started with CTRL+F5 with single click/hotkey?

    The reason is that if the project is started with debugger attached, it runs noticeably slower than without it attached. I'm talking about F5 vs CTRL+F5 with Debug configuration C# console project. I'm not sure why there's such a big difference in performance - either way I really need the perf and would only like to attach debugger after System.Diagnostics.Debugger.Break() is called. But as is, that only throws up watson instead of landing me in VS when debugger was not attached.

    2) Is there a way to configure Windows 8.1 so that when debugger is not attached and Break() is called in the code, it acts just as if the project was started with F5? Then I wouldn't need a fix for 1) above. (I'm pretty sure I read there's some way to configure the JIT debugger thing to do *stuff* but I just remembered this and not sure how involved that is)

  • Here's why 'Sorting it all out' got all sorted out from MSDN blogs

    Just in time for sorting out this. As a temporary fix for what could be a VS2013 and Windows bug acting together, I changed the Format to English (Ireland) and customized some of the other settings to match my old ones.

    http://www.siao2.com/2014/08/05/8770668856267196210.aspx Sorting it all Out , reborn and reconstituted!



  • What is the future for Microsoft C++ UI technology?

    Hi. When I think about UI framework, I think about Notepad, specifically, what kind of framework would it take to do give any junior dev a task of making a Notepad that looks as simple as Notepad but was actually more like Google Wave/Wikipedia behind the scenes* without it being difficult for the junior dev to do, because the framework/libs would do all the complex things and do them so well that you could write a desktop Wikipedia killer in two weeks.

    Since you know about C++, maybe you can tell if there's something like a lib/framework that already solves this problem neatly, or atleast whether you think the features/abstractions/whatever needed to make developing this quickly, easily and correct should be in some framework:

    * Imagine a multi-user editor control where many users can edit the same content simultaneously across network so that local memory usage stays fixed to what is visible/audible + some amount forward and backwards in the shared stream - the content could be multi-dimensional (to base a 3D wikipedia, "Third"-Life etc). The content's underlying binary format may vary and should be pluggable, it could be anything, with sub-formats embedded. Ideally you could write the format specification in some sort of specification language and the specification compiler would tell you if there are issues in the specification which prevent the compiled implementation in the destination language from satisfying the requirements I inferred to above.

    edit: I just remembed DirectShow. DirectShow Editing Services is perhaps for videos about half of what I think a Notepad vNext needs for some basic functionality.

  • OLED TV as a 2nd PC monitor

    So there were some old 15" LG demo units available with tv channel logos burnt into it for deep discount and I wanted a 2nd display for monitoring purposes. The most obvious difference to LCD is the lack of backlight glow. Even some supposedly glow-free LCD's seem to have glow if not straight in front of you.

    I have a rotating desktop wallpaper on the same system and I noticed following issues.

    1. Seems to be no supported way of ensuring that the secondary display has different/solid black background while desktop is extended. The demo unit has had some TV channel logos burn in along with factory demo menus, so I'd prefer to avoid static stuff there.

    2. If not using extended desktop, I'm not sure how to get stuff in there or manipulate them.

    3. If I put full screen WMP or Youtube there in extended display config, when I hover over IE tabs in the vertical tab list that pops from taskbar, the primary display wallpaper is shown.