What's up with Office 2013's context menu and tooltip shadows?

Update (2015-04-22): Somewhat surprisingly, a recent Office 2013 patch appears to have fixed this issue. Update (2015-03-04): Office 2016 fixes this. Update (2014-10-03): Office 2013 running on the Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 9841) exhibits the same issue 🙁 At some point in the not-too-distant past, Office 2013 started rendering strange shadow artefacts in the… Continue reading What's up with Office 2013's context menu and tooltip shadows?

Fix Visual Studio 2013 Start Menu shortcuts

Click here to see this bug on Connect. Visual Studio 2013 configures Start Menu shortcuts differently to earlier versions. Specifically, it adds a shortcut to ‘Visual Studio Tools’ (%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\Shortcuts), where Visual Studio 2012 added a directory called ‘Visual Studio Tools’ and added copies of the shortcuts. This is all a bit confusing,… Continue reading Fix Visual Studio 2013 Start Menu shortcuts

Connecting to the internet with a Rami Levy SIM card

I recently bought a prepaid SIM card from Rami Levy for my unlocked HTC 7 Mozart. Unfortunately, I was unable to access the internet at first, despite having turned on the mobile data connection. Setting the APN manually caused everything to work correctly. These are the details I used (source): Access Point: internet.rl Username: rl@3g Password:… Continue reading Connecting to the internet with a Rami Levy SIM card

Installing an OEM Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Receiver

Not wanting to pay the full retail price for a Microsoft Xbox 360™ Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows®, I bought a knock-off from eBay. It turns out that you do get what you pay for – the drivers that came on the 80mm Mini CD were very old and didn’t work with Windows 7. For… Continue reading Installing an OEM Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Receiver

Changing the Synaptics ‘ChiralScroll’ Cursor

The Synaptics Gesture Suite enables a variety of useful features for supported laptop touchpads. My favourite is ‘ChiralScroll’, which allows you to scroll by making a circular motion on the touchpad. Synaptics actually offers generic drivers on their website now, so you can download them directly without needing to go via the usual websites. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Changing the Synaptics ‘ChiralScroll’ Cursor