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November 1, 2008 by thomassen
Yesterday I tried a live CD of Ubuntu 8.10. After playing around for a while I told it to restart the computer.

Ubuntu shuts down, and the message that I should take out the CD from the CD drive appears. But, the CD isn't ejected. It wont eject when I press the eject button either. So I press the power button. I then start the computer again, but I still cannot eject the CD and it automatically boots into the Live CD again. I have to power the machine don and stick a paperclip into the little...
April 9, 2007 by thomassen
Came gross this little app that let you take screenshot of windows and include the shadow around them on Vista systems.
It got a couple of other interesting features as well.
April 1, 2007 by thomassen
Came across this page with a few interesting UI design elements. I particulary liked the fisheye menu.
Not sure how "innovative" the drag and drop is though. It's been around for a long time.

Does people have link other similar things?
March 31, 2007 by thomassen
Just noticed an user comment on slashdot about computer AI: http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=228857&cid=18557545


Well, one of the greatest experiences (And still is), AI wise, is Stardocks XXXX-type space strategy game, Galactic Civilizations 2 [galciv2.com]. I especially like, when on easier levels, you do something, and the AI race sends a message "It seems that you are making a massive buildup for war. However, with this difficulty level, I pretend not no notice it until you actua...
March 9, 2007 by thomassen
Whenever a legacy app needs to disable the Aero feature in Vista my screen become very slow. I can actually see things being rendered. I can only compare it to when I had XP and default graphics drivers where installed.

Is anyone else experiencing that? I don't experience that on my old computer which got an ATI card installed.

Got Forceware 100.65 installed btw and the graphicscard is an XFX Geforce 6800 GT.
October 21, 2006 by thomassen
I'm now using Vista full time. But I'm not fully ready to completely get rid of my XP partition. I've just started looking in to virtual machines. I got Virtual PC 2007 and VMWare. What I'm wondering is how I can convert an existing partition to a virtual machine?
September 10, 2006 by thomassen
Hi
I just moved house and got a new internet provider. Before I had a Bulldog and everything was fine. But I'm now with Tiscali and it's unlimited broadband got and fair usage policy that restricts us from heavey download during peak hours. (I looked quite long for anyone who didn't have such restriction, but found none. And my new housemates didn't like Bulldog as they require you to sign up for their phone service as well) So what I'm looking for now is a download manager which I can schedule...
May 8, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
WLM8 just updated itself here on my computer. I like the new look of it. I'm not sure what's new in this update though. When I clicked the "What's new" button I didn't get much info.
I keep getting messages saying I got invites for this beta program so if anyone want to give it a go just let me know.
March 16, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
Slashdot linked to a interesting blog about a concept application for managing documents. Pretty interesting videos.
Nice to see more and more people are trying to find new and better ways to handle our digital information.
March 6, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
I came across this article about how Vista handles the graphics differently from previous versions of Windows. What I found most interesting is the offscreen composition of windows and how it will, *knock wood* get rid of these strage artifacts when an application turn unresponsive. And it also indicated that there's some very nifty stuff that can be done with this. *nudge Stardock*
March 1, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
This article extremetech.com talks about the changes that's under the hood.
IMO it's these changes that's the important part about Vista. It seem many people make up their mind of what they can see from the screenshots.
February 14, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
I'm updating my Matrix screensaver. However I have run into an issue which I don't know how to resolver.
Basicly what happends is: If the screensaver start up with no transparancy it works fine.
However, if you have set it to be transpararent it will run for about two seconds and then it'll stop updating. However, if you change the transparancy level after that by pressing any of the numberpad keys it starts working fine again. It's a very odd bug which I can't for the love of sanity work out...
January 17, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
In Firefox 1.5 under the Tools menu, one of the items is "Read Mail". However, mine says "Read Mail (3 New)". I click it and it opens Thunderbird which is my email client, but there is no new email there. Does anyone know why Firefox just randomly claim I got new email?
December 16, 2005 by Thomas Thomassen
Last night I went to bed after working on a report that is being handed in tomorrow. Since I had to do a couple of minor tweaks I left my document open so I could get started on it quickly when I got up the next morning. However, when I turned on my monitor this morning I found myself looking at the Windows Logon screen. Powercut I though and hoped I had saved the last changes I had done to the document. When I logon to Windows a little green shield icon appear in my system tray and a ballontoo...
September 26, 2005 by Thomas Thomassen
I don't really want too many toolbars in my browser. Don't want to clutter it up. However, I just installed Googles toolbar for Firefox yesterday and it's pretty neat. What really got me excited was the spell checking feature. I've just tried it posting another post and it works like a charm. Since I use google so much to search, and I search a lot, I think I actually will keep this toolbar.