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Archive for October 19th, 2006

XP: 15 Windows Explorer alternatives

Posted by cascadehush on October 19, 2006

15 Windows Explorer alternatives compared and reviewed – Simplehelp:

Windows Explorer, the default file manager for Microsoft Windows, hasn’t really changed all that much over the years.

Not it hasn’t. It’s slow, prone to lockups and can be infested by spyware due to it’s close integration with Internet Explorer. If you want to move a lot of files quickly, you’d be wise to check out some of these alternatives.

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Win9x: Remove the login prompt

Posted by cascadehush on October 19, 2006

If you ever reloaded an old Windows 98 box, you know how annoying the little login box can be. Windows will tell you that if you leave the password blank that the logon box will go away, but this is a lie, it never does. Even if you are cluey enough to change the Windows Logon settings in the Network Settings, you’ll still find that annoying box still won’t go away. When you read Microsoft’s instructions on how to prevent the logon prompt you’ll see just how convoluted a process it is. No wonder that stubborn little box is so hard to suppress.

What is so appalling about this is that this bug was carried over from Windows 95 up to Windows ME.

N.B When you follow the instructions linked to above, you will get the logon prompt the next time you boot, only this time, when you leave the password blank, Windows actually does what it says it will, and never ask for a password again

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Are Linux apps crap on purpose?

Posted by cascadehush on October 19, 2006

Are linux apps the result of lazy design, the self-absorbedness of their creators or runaway group-think?

One sometimes wonders if the user interface of some Linux apps are deliberately bad. The intent being to make them in-accessable to normal computer users and thus the secret purview of an elitist club.

Given the astounding quality of some freeware/open source in the Windows and OSX worlds, I can’t help but wonder if this is true. It’s not surprising that the best Linux apps are also cross-platform, like FireFox.

This doesn’t mean every app needs flashy icons. It just means that some kind of convention should be followed so that functions can be accessed logically. It also means that screen real-estate should be used economically without being cluttered.

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