thoughts from shawn keene: analyst, technologist, microsoft mvp, skywarn storm chaser, fitness freak, and nerd

Woah Man, Check Out That Caption Over There

An Xbox caption scaling issue I had today triggered a memory of a Windows 3.1 app called Tiny Elvis—a piece of freeware with a UI that consisted entirely of 16×16 .ani icon in the approximate pixelated likeness of a country singer of the same name. This is back when general computing was pushing new boundaries, clearly. The software would run in the background and periodically animate the Elvis icon and play a short quip in the form of a wav…

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Windows desktop showing a transparent taskbar and Edge title bar

Increase Taskbar Transparency with OLED Switch

Because of the lack of a backlight, OLED displays can be perceived as darker than their LED powered counterparts. To maintain a similar style and prevent the taskbar from appearing black, Windows will use a lighter transparency level on OLED screens, but you can also override this to adjust your taskbar opacity yourself.

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Tell the FCC to keep the internet free and accessible for all

Without your support, the types of carriage disputes that cause national blackouts — like when CBS and Dish had a fight over thanksgiving — will come to the web.  Don’t let the cable companies turn the Internet into their package nightmares. Don’t let them censor your reach by hiding your website in an obscure or more expensive ‘package’. The web is designed to be open. Keep it this way. More than 700,000 Californians — and more than 8 million Americans…

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