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Various experimental layouts for WordPad with in-app ads

WordPad May Get In-App Advertisements

When Raphael Rivera tweets on potential in-app advertisements in WordPad, it gets me to thinking about ads within the Windows OS in general. For me, their absence beat their presence, hands down.

Comparing Windows vs. Windows.old

Examining C:\Windows vs. C:\Windows.old

In looking at the differences between the new Feature Upgrade C:\Windows folder for Build 19546 verus its Windows.old “equivalent” (Build 19541), I couldn’t help but notice more that was different than alike. Start with the intro image for this story. Windows.old (left) includes 86,332 files and 22,148 folders and is 15.3 GB in size (15.1

Windows 7 & 10 logos

Windows 7 Hits EOL January 14

Tomorrow, January 14, 2020, is EOL (end-of-life) day for Windows 7. Starting then, only a Extended Security Contract or running Win7 as a VM on Microsoft Virtual Desktop will keep that aging OS up-to-date. Time to migrate!

Slow ring info from Settings

New Roles for Slow and Fast Insider Rings

With a new definition of the Fast Insider ring as a place where new Windows 10 features and functions will come and (possibly) go, the Slow ring gains importance as the focus for detailed feedback on the next planned OS release. This changes my priorities.

Windows Insider Program Changes: What’s Up?

With the announcement for Build 19365, MS also decrees massive changes to what the Windows Insider program does and how it works. This will make life very different for Windows Insiders, so please check this out.

Windows Insiders – Time to clean install

The Windows Insider team released Build 19536 for Fast Ring yesterday, December 16. It is the seventh release in a month. Even for keen “clean installers” like me, that is simply too many to do a clean install whenever a new build is released. However, now we can be sure that there will not be

face on photo of T520 laptop

War Stories: T520 Update Issues Finally Resolved

When I see my Lenovo T520 is stuck at downloading updates, I try — and fail — to reset WU so I can try again. Catch-22! I fix it with a reboot and a disabled NIC. WU reset works, and updates begin flowing again.

Good coding – Make your code readable

In my opinion one of the characteristics of good code, be it a batch file or script or an application, is clear and precise on-screen instructions to its intended user. I recommend adding enough remarks for those reading the source code, and really doing your best to make output clear, understandable and readable. I will

1809 Users: Get Ready for 1909 Updates!

OK, then: it’s official. MS announced yesterday — December 5, 2019 — that it will now automatically initiate updates to 1909 for users still running 1809. We’ve known this was coming, because EOL for was originally scheduled for May 11, 2020. Here’s the text verbatim from the Windows 10 1909 Status Page (see text outlined

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