Friday, September 27, 2013

The Miracle of Unicode

This video is a brief, but excellent, explanation of Unicode and character encoding.
"...we have something the nearly works, and that is why [UTF-8] is the most beautiful hack that I can think of that is used around the world every second of every day."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How to Disable Website Pinning in Windows 8 Home Edition

Sometimes Microsoft adds things to the new version of Windows that are contrary to the habits users have developed. Website pinning was a new feature in Windows 7 and has been carried over to Windows 8. Luckily, Microsoft usually provides ways to get around things or disable new features.

Monday, September 9, 2013

How to Disable Aero Shake in Windows 8 Home Edition

Depending on how you work, Aero Shake is either a somewhat handy or somewhat annoying feature. It minimizes all the other open windows on the desktop when any given window is wiggled with the mouse. In How to Disable Aero Shake in Windows 8 we looked at using gpedit to disable Aero Shake in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise. Windows 8 Home Edition, known by Microsoft as Windows 8, doesn't include gpedit, but fear not. You can still disable Aero Shake in Windows 8 with a simple registry hack.