thomassen's Articles In OS Customization
December 15, 2010 by thomassen
I'd like to find a small free and simple utility that adds a little weather icon in the system tray. (Preferable with customizable icons as I'd like to match the icons up with the simple plain white icons of Win7.)

Anyone knows of such an utility? I search around and only stumble upon desktop gadgets - or all too complex, bloated non-free utilities.
September 29, 2007 by thomassen
My screensaver Running Matrix WWW Link has an issue under Vista where the settings set in Control Panel isn't applied to the screensaver when it's running.

I used .NET's Properties.Settings to store the settings, but for some reason it didn't work well on Vista. I tried MSDN to find out what it could be, but with no luck.

So I ended up having to reinvent the wheel and write custom code to store the settings on Vista systems.

The beta is here: WWW Link

However, when I tried it on my m...
May 14, 2007 by thomassen
I assume quite a few of you have heard of Xion by now. The skinnable mediaplayer that let you create skins by just using Photoshop.

I just came across an application that let you make interactive GUI's with Photoshop. You set up all the elements as various groups and layers in Photoshop which then gets compiled into a interactive screen.

The product page got a movieclip that gives a brief preview of how it's done.
April 20, 2007 by thomassen
Came across hits nice little collection of Q&A's about basic scripting on the MSDN site. Have a look. There is quite a few nice little snippets.
January 17, 2007 by thomassen
I use ObjectEdit allot. For making websites to gadget scripting. I have played around with it allot to tweak it to fit my own preference. I've found that using a white on warm black with subtle colours is easier on my eyes. And of course using a shorter tab indent, like 4 spaces. And I have also rewritten quite a few of the syntax files as well to they include more keywords. And I've had to write syntax files for some languages that didn't come by default with OE.

I was wondering what your se...
March 1, 2006 by Thomas Thomassen
Now, the real question is: will we be able to customize it?

I expect we'll have to look at Stardock for the answer of that question. Doubt MS will let us do that naively.
July 5, 2005 by Thomas Thomassen
Slashdot featured an aritcle today about this guy who made a new cover for his iPod in wood. What's really impressive is that the thickness of the cover is 2mm. (In imperial measurement it is... erh... very very thin.) The article features some nice closeup pictures of the finished product as well as pictures and description of how he made it.
December 21, 2004 by Thomas Thomassen
I'm seeing that the wish for alpha transparent skinning is increasing. d3adz0mbie recently wrote an article where he pushes on for alpha transparency because it'd be an easy solution to get new quality skins. While I'd very much like to see alpha transparency into WB I am not sure it'll automatically boost the quality of skins. I'd think that most likely we'll see a large amount of OSX skins with that title bar finally transparent, and Longhorn skins with transparent frames. Then a few refurbis...