Windows 8 a catastrophe for Games?

Interesting article by Tom Phillips interviewing developers about Windows 8 and it’s closed Windows Store, with this gem of a quote from Introversions’ Chris Delay:

“I really don’t want to see the PC becoming a closed platform. Microsoft is not a company that’s able to benignly oversee that process. They will f*** it up. We’ll all be doing Kinect support and 16 language versions, we’ll all be supporting a Microsoft Office plug-in. It’s my own worst nightmare.

[…] “The PC continues to be as relevant as it was ten years ago, despite consoles coming and going, because it is an open platform. If that changed it would be terrible.”

It’s interesting times for the gaming industry, indeed.

November 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM in Games, Windows

Modified Files – Windows 7 Productivity Tip

To quickly access the files you’ve been working on today, create a new Favorites item for these files.

To do this, open Windows Explorer and select your Libraries link on the left. Then in the search box, enter modified:today and click the Save Search toolbar button.

Enter a name, such as Libraries Today, and press enter. You will now see the new item appear in your Favorites menu.

You can select this item whenever you need to access recently worked on files.



October 5, 2011 at 9:06 AM in Windows

Host Editor 7 – Hassle free host editing for Win7-XP

I was fedup with the poor experience of editing my host file, which is often needed when developing websites. So I quickly created an AutoHotkey script for the purpose.

15:03:50 – me: anyone knows a host editor app that works under windows 7
15:04:51 – me: fed up trying to first find the hosts file, then not being able to save because I again forgot to run notepad with admin privileges.

Download @ Host Editor 7 – Hassle free host editing for Win7-XP –

July 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM in HostEditor, Windows

Smart Podcast Playlist

Create a smart playlist with all unplayed podcasts. By using this playlist you no longer have to find the next podcast on your iPhone whilst driving back home. Make sure that you include the smart playlist on the Podcast tab of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Although this seemed a great solution in theory, there are some issues with this approach in practice. As diskspace on the iPhone is at a premium you will have to limit the amount of podcast data stored on your device. However, because there is not an option to keep 1 unplayed episode per podcast in the smart playlist editor you have to set the amount of diskspace used. When you have several podcasts and some are updated more frequently then others you will end up for some podcasts not being on your device and others that are continuously listened to. Therefore I opted for InstaCast which caches 1 episode per podcast and comes with continuous playback in its latest update.

June 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM in Windows

How To Search for Asterisk in Excel

A while ago I had to normalize values in an Excel sheet where some of the values contained an asterisk (*) and some did not. However it’s not immediately clear how to search for a asterisk. It turns out the escape character is a tilde so searching for ~* is the correct way to do this.

Searching for ~* to search for an asterisk in excel

Searching for ~* to search for an asterisk in excel

April 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM in Windows