October 5th, 2012

Windows 8 on an SSD laptop

Oops, I forgot to make this post after the last one. So yes, I have installed Windows 8 on my laptop. I didn’t want to install it on my desktop yet as driver support hasn’t been fully completed and I didn’t want any of my most used programs and games messing up under the new OS. My Sony VAIO laptop has been really good as my main machine for a few years before I got my desktop PC, even if the fan is very loud. I thought the best way to breathe life into the old computer was to replace the HDD with a Solid State Drive. MORE

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September 23rd, 2012

Windows 7 cursors in Windows 8

I recently bought an SSD and installed Windows 8 on it for my laptop. I will hopefully write a blog post about this process soon. One of the things I noticed about the Windows 8 cursors that bugged me was the link hover cursor. It has a new curved base on it and I find it too big and out of place with the rest of the cursors and Windows 8 in general; as most things in Win 8 are square, not round. I was put off enough that I decided to make my own link cursor based on the Windows 7 one. It is the same as in Win 7 except the grey gradient has been removed to fit in with the other Win 8 cursors. I know it’s a little thing but I think it’s made a big difference as the link cursor is seen often when browsing the web. I much prefer it to the default one. MORE

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August 26th, 2012

Boxes and Ladders - the damn physics of Half-Life One

I haven’t been gaming for as long as others, so I’ve missed out on some classics. Thanks to the Steam Summer Sale, I now have my own copy of Half-Life 1 (the Source version). I’ve played all the sequels but never got around to playing the original. Really enjoying it so far… except for one thing. The movement and physics. MORE

August 19th, 2012

Getting a color from a percentage in C#

Flashdeck is basically finished now, just a few more additions and bug checks to go. I’ve decided to sell it for 99p with a free trial that lets you make up to two decks with up to five cards each. The full version will have no limits. MORE

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