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my random and often incoherent thoughts that fall outside the other categories

[email protected] with Surface Dock

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.

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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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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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Project Spotlight: WCC

The WCC website was originally built as a frame site by EyeOpener Creative Communications, and represents some of the last to use web 1.0 styles.  This site wasn’t responsive, and the majority of my work on the site was creating new style sheets, adding functionality, and updating graphics, a not-too-insignificant overhaul.

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Clippy’s Revenge

So, I’ve committed to blogging more often. It’s not for lack of content that I’ve been quiet, my OneNote is full of two dozen stubs but I’ve been too busy to polish them up. That being said, here’s a fresh post that isn’t on that list, courtesy of my sister.

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Testing Early AntiSpyware Software

After Microsoft purchased GIANT Company Software, Inc. in 2004 (ahem, who’s giant now?), I decided I needed to test out* the Microsoft Antispyware program by giving it a chance to remove some junk, namely Bonzi Buddy. Bonzi Buddy is actually a close relative to the infamous Clippy** and Rover in Windows XP.

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