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Web Statistics, 2014

I think the last time I checked my website’s statistics was more than a year ago. Since I switched hosts last night, I thought I’d take a look at the statistics my old host had compiled for 2014, for the entire domain of wilcfry.com — not just this blog.

Windows 8: Imaginary Alphabetical Order (FIXED)

Categories: Customize Windows
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Published on: 2013.02.14

UPDATE, 18:17: I fixed this issue; see the addendum at bottom. Several times I’ve been frustrated when looking for a particular file in Windows 8. It shouldn’t be difficult; I meticulously name all my folders and files and always sort every folder/directory in alphabetical order. But some files or folders would never be in the[…]

Windows 8: Customizing Colors

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Published on: 2012.11.06

After a few days, I’ve grown to like Windows 8 — remember, I came straight up from XP, so some of what I like was already in Windows 7 but I never had a chance to use it. One thing I didn’t like was the default set of colors. But those are easily changeable. Some[…]

Windows 8: Shutting Down & Restarting

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Published on: 2012.11.05

I mentioned previously that I hadn’t figured out how to shut down or restart Windows 8 with native controls. I instead installed Rainmeter, one of my favorite freeware apps, and have been running a skin that contains one-click buttons for shut-down, restart, hibernate, and more. Rainmeter skin “Cobolt” But there is a way.

Windows 8: It’s Easy. Or Hard

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Published on: 2012.11.05

Tech experts are having trouble agreeing on whether it’s easy or difficult to use Windows 8. I saw one story about a three-year-old who immediately began using Windows 8 without any difficulty whatsoever — they were using it with a touchscreen of course. And maybe the reason 8 is difficult for adults is because it[…]

Windows 8: Launching Programs From Metro

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Published on: 2012.11.05

In a previous entry, I described how easy it is to find and launch programs/files from the Start (“Metro”) page in Windows 8 — just start typing the name of the program or file. That wasn’t obvious at first (because in previous versions of Windows, typing has no effect unless you’ve already opened a program[…]

Windows 8: Viewing Raw Image Files

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Published on: 2012.11.04

EDIT, 2014.05.25: This doesn’t work in Windows 8.1 In order to view raw file thumbnails from newer DSLRs in normal Windows 8 directories, you’ll need the Codec update found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34871

Windows 8: The First Day

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Published on: 2012.11.04

My first 24 hours with Windows 8 wasn’t pleasant, but the next 24 were a little better. I’m the kind of person who’ll only upgrade my operating system when I have to buy a new computer, so I’d skipped Vista (thankfully) and Windows 7 (too bad). This time, I just happened to need a new[…]

Windows 8: Boot To Desktop (Bypass Metro)

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Published on: 2012.11.04

For a desktop PC user, perhaps the most frustrating thing about Windows 8 is that it wants to start on the “Start” page, commonly called “Metro”. That’s fine if you’re on a touchscreen device like a tablet or phone, but for the rest of us who prefer normal desktop computing, there should be an easier[…]

Windows 8: File Copy Utility

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Published on: 2012.11.04

In previous versions of Windows, I’ve always used third-party software (freeware) for copy/cut/pasting files and folders. Windows’ previous copy utility seemed to run into trouble all the time, and the interface was nearly pointless. The estimated “remaining time” was never close to accurate, and neither was the progress bar.

Windows 8: Launching Programs and Files

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Published on: 2012.11.04

After some internet research, I was startled to learn that you can easily launch any program in Windows 8 from the Start/Metro page, just by typing. There was nothing on the Start page to indicate this, no message saying so, and no text box to type into, so I’d already wasted time downloading and installing[…]

Organizing Photos

Categories: How To, Photography
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Published on: 2010.08.03

You’d think there are enough blogs and websites already that tell you how to organize your photos on your computer. Not to mention the dozens of programs for sale or for free that supposedly help you do this. But apparently the world needs one more blog post about this. Almost every time I’m at someone’s[…]

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