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NoelC last won the day on July 9

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  1. I sure do miss my window borders. Don't get me wrong, I love translucency, but to me the biggest improvement I've felt from Big Muscle's software is to be able to create compositing resources that include a visible border. There is no substitute for visually finding the window border for resizing, etc. I can't tell you how many times I've been frustrated by trying to grab the corner, no, inside the corner, no just outside the corner, only to have a window underneath jump up unexpectedly or something. -Noel
  2. I'm lucky to have three powerful WIndows Workstations and one server at my disposal. I'm happy to be able to continue to run Windows 7 on one, Windows 8.1 on one, and Windows 10 on two of them, because I believe that gives me perspective. And finally I'm additionally fortunate to be able to make a number of virtual machines, because there's where risky testing can be done, with near zero consequences. In the past week I brought two of my hardware workstations up to Windows 10 v1909 build 18363.900 (June updates) and things are going pretty well I guess. It's still more a pleasure to use the desktop on my Win 8.1 system, frozen at a December 2017 update level (and measurably more efficient than the Win 10 systems at doing the same things). I also brought a VM up to Win 10 v2004 and that actually was a pretty smooth process, and it runs OK I guess, though it is more bloated than ever before and has more tendency to contact online servers (as detected by my non-standard firewall setup) via some new services. I sure wish I had some confidence that the engineering of Windows was going in the right direction. But from the most superficial (desktop appearance) to the murky, geeky depths (online comm observations, Explorer quirks, and a number of other things) it honestly just doesn't look like it's going anywhere except in a spiral around a whirlpool. Sigh. -Noel
  3. Microsoft bashing is... Sometimes warranted. Ignoring their own "desktop consistency guidelines" to what, try to make it look "different"? Just bad policy. Show me someone who honestly thinks desktop usability is "new and improved". I love the system Windows is based on. I've been a Windows afficionado since the time of NT. Second to none the kernel is. Dave Cutler's design was so many decades ahead of its time and is still better than any version of Unix, IMHO. But it is not open and it is starting to look like we have already seen the best it could become. Today Windows development appears to have become about hanging all kinds of things on that solid kernel and calling them operating system improvements, because "perception is reality". Truth be told, even as a software developer I don't need cloud-integration. But Windows is no longer a system for developers. Microsoft envies Apple, and that is a very, very bad thing. -Noel
  4. Months have gone by and I've had to do without Aero Glass for Win 8+ on several work machines. I thought that as long as I made the Title Bar size a bit smaller I could get used to it, and it IS usable but... Ugh, I can't tell you how many times I've clicked the wrong chrome to get to a window that's partly behind another one, just because I can't differentiate one window from the other. Microsoft has made Windows ugly and basic, and by outlasting people who want otherwise have forced it on us. Microsoft will get no love from me for turning something nice into something stupid. Sure, if they had another new system available that would do it all better - but they don't, and they won't. The desktop metaphor with keyboard, mouse, and monitors was - and is - actually very good still for getting work done. But those who understood how to optimize it have fallen by the wayside and now we have Marketeers whose prime function is to "reduce expectations" in charge. Kind like how you can't buy a car that's not a shade of black or earth tone any more. -Noel
  5. Wow, I thought I could get used to not having Aero Glass in time but without it I just keep losing windows over the top of other windows. Not only that, but some window chrome looks different than others. We know that'll be the case with Apps vs. Applications, but I'm also seeing it e.g., with the Pale Moon browser vs., e.g., a CMD window. The former has a dimmer single line of blue pixels around it than the latter when the window is current. Why is it so much to ask just to be able to see where the window edges are? I hate mediocrity. -Noel
  6. To each his own, but why would you want inactive windows to carry the same coloration as active? Do you not often have multiple windows open on screen to choose from? Just curious. -Noel
  7. FWIW, I've built the same multi-monitor layout on 3 different desktop systems so that I don't have desktop reorganizational issues when I RDP from one system location into another. Still to this day sometimes Visual Studio will swap its panels from the left to the right side monitor. With Windows 10 usually the icons end up okay, though, on the central (larger) monitor. Honestly, I think Microsoft should have delayed or just canceled Win 10 2004 and kept working on stabilizing and tuning 1909. This all-too-often 6 month turnaround that breaks everything that's not vanilla Microsoft, like Aero Glass for Win 8+, is just ludicrous. -Noel
  8. I have the distinct impression Microsoft breaks things in the UI on purpose just to keep control. They don't want us making it look better. They're trying to herd us into accepting less of their software. There is no other explanation for Windows being made actively worse and worse. Thanks for your work in bringing back a little elegance to the Win 10 UI, Big Muscle. -Noel
  9. Not saying I definitely want to do an update, because up to now I've had no problems after having stopped Win Updates at December 2017 on my Win 8.1 system, but I'm just pondering... If I should want to bring it up to date is there a relatively simple, direct way to use the updates you've curated here to do that? Or is this all just for 8.0? If you tell me to "read the whole thread" I'll go do so, though seeing that there are 26 pages is a bit daunting. Also, if it IS possible, are there trap doors? In other words, if I should discover performance has been wrecked or something goes wrong that didn't used to go wrong, is the "Uninstall Update" going to be available? I do have System Image backups I can drop back to in a pinch of course. -Noel
  10. 1.5.13 installed on v1909 VMs and working without messages at logon. Thank you for making Windows 10 palatable for another 6 months. Just sent you another 20 Euro. Hope it helps make your holidays brighter! -Noel
  11. Throughout time, the number of processes to support my empty desktop, with my favorite tweaks and "to work" software: XP: High teens. 100 MB. Vista: 30 or so. 800 MB. Win 7: 34. 1 GB. Win 8.1: 42. 1.2 GB. Win 10: 120. 4 GB. 3x the processes prior versions had to rock, just to get anything done. Says it all right there. No wonder it really doesn't seem to run any better on modern hardware than prior versions did on the best hardware of 7 years ago. And you can't really trim it down any more, for several reasons. Back when we thought Vista, Win 7, and Win 8.1 were bloated, we simply didn't know what True Bloat was. -Noel
  12. Sigh. End of an era I guess. Thank goodness for developers like Big Muscle who gave us Aero Glass for 10 years longer than we could have hoped to have it. I'm not quite ready to take my systems to v1909 yet, but it's inevitable. -Noel
  13. Repairable doesn't make profit from selling new ones. Competition tends to pressure everyone to make better, higher quality products, but when EVERYBODY notices that if they ALL "save a little bit" on their manufacturing costs and lower quality, they sell more product. It used to be possible to actually TELL if a product had higher quality. Nowadays making things bright and shiny and still cheap is a science. Light bulbs, for example... In the latter part of the 20th century it wasn't uncommon to still find incandescent light bulbs that had remained working and in service since the early part of the 20th century. Ever notice that lately - before the era of CFL and LED bulbs - incandescent bulbs would last EXACTLY the number of hours listed on the box (i.e., usually a few weeks to a few months of use). That's not coincidence. It's engineered-in. We'll skip CFL bulbs, but then LEDs came out, promising tens of thousands of hours of service. We all bought the ones that were 10x as expensive as an incandescent bulb thinking, "Gee, maybe I won't ever have to replace this again!" Ever notice how you're now replacing your LED bulbs WAY sooner than you thought you should have to? Sigh. Don't get me started on plumbing and faucets. Same deal. Our parents (or grandparents if you're a young whippersnapper) loathed the idea of planned obsolescence. They didn't want us to have to live in this world where our $#!+ just breaks all the time and is unrepairable. Imagine what we could do with the world if we had the time to think instead of fixing stuff that shouldn't be broken. Another thing they worried about, and which came to pass anyway: Paying by the month for things, instead of just buying them once and owning them. We still worry about software subscriptions, but make no mistake: We're already there or well on our way there for just about every piece of tech we use, INCLUDING software. -Noel
  14. Pretty much since I cut the legs out from under the Microsoft security suite (using WinAero Tweaker) I've stopped seeing Aero Glass getting trashed. And no, I don't think it's a crash count disablement thing. Windows Reliability doesn't show failures, and I'm not accumulating mini dumps. -Noel
  15. Win 10 v1909 essentially IS v1903 with some run time switches thrown. Same underlying OS build. As those of you who have been through the upgrade have seen, it was only a minor install that didn't take long to download nor restart. Not an in-place upgrade at all, but just another update. I admit NOT swapping out the OS underpinnings is perhaps the first impressive thing Microsoft has done with Windows in a long time. Hurrah! It would be awesome if BigMuscle would rebuild an optimized version of Aero Glass for Win 8+ that loosened the compatibility check and allowed v1909 just the same as v1903, without the dialog, though we can of course hit the [Cancel] button for now as a workaround. Let's hope he still has the interest to continue to develop Aero Glass for Win 8+. BigMuscle, if you're listening, it would also be cool if you'd add a version check circumvention based on a registry entry (assuming you don't already have one) just in case something like this amazing continuation of Windows compatibility should ever happen again. Thanks! -Noel
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