I need to give some tough criticism here. The Mail app in Windows 10 is so unreliable that it really diminishes the perception of reliability for the entire operating system. I have for so long wished that I could write a blog post about the virtues of using it for all the great shell integration, but I can’t.
Have you ever been at your device when the screen goes to sleep, only to be asked for your password even though you woke it up just a second later? Or have you ever wished you could have a separate timer for the screen sleeping and a longer delay for actually locking your device?
Although the Surface Dock doesn’t have standard DisplayPorts or HDMI, it does have two Mini-DisplayPorts, and ostensibly supports a single 4K-resolution display at a 60 Hz refresh rate. Actually achieving that frame rate can be frustrating and difficult. Here’s how I did it.
My, browsers come and go so quickly these days. Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer is already shuttered now that they’ve joined the Chromium open-source project to produce Edge using that codebase. And as much as I’m all here for that, it can still be handy to have Internet Explorer–especially when you can control it programatically from PowerShell.
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…