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NoelC last won the day on March 13

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About NoelC

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  1. That's kind of an understatement. Windows 10, and even 8.1 would have complete non-starters for me without Aero Glass. I kind of wonder, though... If there were no awesome 3rd party developers like Big Muscle pushing it over the edge to being acceptable to folks where it simply would not be otherwise, would Microsoft have realized they could not actually "do no wrong" and have actually kept the desktop more elegant themselves? You have to admit, Win 10 looks pretty stupid with that flat, square lack-of-theme. -Noel
  2. Installed easily without any special effort. No need to uninstall first. Just running the Aero Glass GUI tool restored my custom theme atlas. Nice work, Big Muscle. -Noel
  3. Wait, we're not already at dystopia? http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=15 http://www.zdnet.com/article/meltdown-spectre-malware-is-already-being-tested-by-attackers/ http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/16/technology/equifax-breach-security-hole/index.html -Noel
  4. Aero Glass GUI

    Try reducing the title bar size, e.g., with WinAero Tweaker. -Noel
  5. I don't run antivirus software either. I think it's silly to try to protect a computer from within. It's much better to protect it from without. I think of the patch dependency on the QualityCompat registry value as a good way NOT to get the performance killing patch, to be honest. -Noel
  6. Hm, more information... The color of the inactive GDI window seems to be unexpectedly influenced by those selected in the Glass Colors tab, so there may be a workaround. However, the colors selected in the Aero Glass GUI are getting reset at logon. What's the proper way to get the colors all set then stay set? -Noel
  7. Hey Big Muscle, were you planning to fix this inactive window border coloring problem? I'm not sure whether it's an issue of choosing the wrong theme atlas elements or coloring it the wrong way. As you may recall, my theme atlas has some blue color built into the active elements. However it's happening, it's coming out wrong for normal GDI windows. Here's an illustration of the problem with your latest test version... Note specifically the side and bottom borders of the inactive Notepad and Aero Glass GUI windows. -Noel
  8. Aero Glass GUI

    The Aero Glass GUI doesn't reset everything at run time. Try logging off then back on after making changes, so the Explorer instance running the desktop gets informed of all the changes. Also note that ribbon-enabled windows (e.g., Explorer, WordPad) have different rules governing title bar coloration. It's possible to get the colors fairly well coordinated if you choose just the right colors for the Windows interface. I think I still have some instances where the title bar text color is lacking contrast, though. I find things work better with a dark background (e.g., I have a number of astroimages I use). The Aero Glass tool doesn't - possibly can't - seem to make everything perfect. Gone are the days when YOU get to specify how things look to great detail. Basically the problem is Windows 10 and Microsoft's moves away from proper theming. The poor dears in Redmond probably found it too hard to follow a standard for desktop development. I found a picture Microsoft published of one of the current Windows 10 programmers... Ah, here it is... For what it's worth, to improve the readability of things and strengthen the color of partially transparent title bars I created my own Theme Atlas with some blue color baked into the elements that are composited together. A copy of this theme atlas (with corresponding .layout file), which I am using with Win 10 v1709, can be found here: http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/Win10/16299/RoundedCorners.zip -Noel
  9. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    Thanks, but I'm already there. Thing is, I'm getting tired of RE-tweaking it, then having to watch carefully for all the ways Microsoft tries to untweak it (WaaS Medic, scheduled tasks, etc.). And lately my v1709 Win 10 VM just won't update any more. It just gets to near completion then reverts itself, without any clue about what's gone wrong. I restored my fresh install and even IT won't update either, not even from a .msu from the catalog. It shows that all viability of this OS being the basis for a serious computing environment is gone. At this point I'm just getting fatigued from paddling against Microsoft's formidable current of spew. When v1709 came out I fantasized about waiting until the waypoint formerly known as CBB, but I didn't and nothing good came of it. The magic is SO gone. That they've eliminated CBB entirely proves that they're no longer serious about Windows at all. For 1803 maybe I just won't make an updated VM at all, or maybe only if a customer reports a problem to me that requires I bring the latest version up. It was fun while it lasted. -Noel
  10. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    I'm 110% with you cc333. Windows 10 is simply too much of a moving target, and Microsoft doing all kinds of things - like scheduling jobs that re-enable disabled services, that schedule other jobs, etc. - is just too intrusive. They want control, and they will apparently stop at nothing to get it. It's not that they're doing a bad job technically; Win 10 doesn't crash a whole lot. It's just that their policies are, well, wrong. Of all the things I've craved from my computer operating system, ceding control to someone else - someone who has demonstrated incompetence and indifference to my needs - has never entered my thoughts! Windows, you're breaking my heart! You're going down a path I cannot follow! -Noel
  11. Server 2012 Updates on Windows 8

    My security picture hasn't really changed fundamentally with any of the recent vulnerability discoveries... Basically if you don't download and run executables blithely, and you put some effort into keeping your browser from running badware blithely, your computer is fairly well protected from threats from without. I've never been under the impression that a computer can be protected from within. That's why I don't bother with UAC - it's just silly. I think of it as guarding the borders carefully, then making things efficient inside the moat. It leads to a good computing experience. It's just common sense. While it's initially alarming that browsers could potentially run Javascript that could take advantage of Spectre and Meltdown, blacklisting sites, disallowing ads, etc. are as effective as they are for more traditional exploits. There is of course always the possibility any of us could be one of the early visitors of some web site that's been compromised with a zero-day exploit, but blocking things from running in iframes and keeping browsers up to date helps with that. And anyway, it's the things that no one knows about (yet) that are the real threats. There is an advantage to being an "odd man out" w/regard to what OS you're running, or what patch level you're on, etc. is that the cutting edge exploit developers aren't targeting you because you're not among the crowd. Microsoft seems to make a fair number of new vulnerabilities in their new code anyway. So far my strategy has proven sound; I've had no attempted intrusions ever. And I don't imagine stopping the endless series of Microsoft patches will cause any practical problems for the foreseeable future, to be honest. Browser makers - even Microsoft - are reacting to the latest news by doing things like making their timers not as fine, limiting what APIs are available to Javascript, etc. And I already have several strategies in place to prevent my system from retrieving bad things from bad places on the web. I've been considering going a bit further and trying out a tool called uMatrix by the same guy who does uBlock. The intent of uMatrix is to limit the scripts that any given site can run to only those served by the site itself and select others. It's generally "deny 3rd party scripts by default" and that probably means a bit more ongoing trouble visiting sites outside one's typical destinations. That could be a significant effort since most sites seem to require scripts from all over the place. How can you really be sure a script is safe before whitelisting it anyway? They're usually obfuscated. Anyway, it's pretty clear that Microsoft has finally gone down one rabbit hole too many with their attempts to break our perfectly good systems, so good riddance. -Noel
  12. It would be nice to have a released version, but why not just run the debug version until it's released? -Noel
  13. Server 2012 Updates on Windows 8

    Actually I'm kind of immune for now from the patches in general, since I don't use an AV package and thus nothing has written the QualityCompat value. That's not going to change. But this does mark my exit entirely from the update train, so I see some logic in what you're saying. Part of me feels like a weight is being lifted from my shoulders, though. I believe the chances of my needing patches to stabilize anything are near zero (the system runs for months without problems) and owing to the more or less atypical defenses I have put up around my systems I doubt malware will ever get close enough to probe for weaknesses. Having been on 8.1 for a long time, dropping back to 8.0 would feel, well, a little weird. That being said I do from time to time crave the file system performance that was lost in 8.1 vs. 8.0. And yeah, I already don't see any evidence of Metro at all. Thanks, though, for your "think outside the box" advice. :-) -Noel
  14. Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!

    A thumbs-up from me for uBlock Origin on Pale Moon. -Noel
  15. Server 2012 Updates on Windows 8

    Not directly on topic here, but... I'd love to know what people are seeing for real-world performance degradations with Win 8 (or 8.1) and Microsoft's Spectre/Meltdown mitigations. I refuse to seriously degrade the raw performance of my system to protect it from within from something it's not going to run. Specifically, I'd love to know how much something like a Visual Studio build takes before and after. -Noel