Category: Miscellaneous

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Migrating from Opera to Chrome

    I’ve used Opera as my primary web browser since the year 2005. It’s never looked quite at home on Windows and its tiny market share means it’s lucky to ever be included on a website’s list of ‘supported browsers’, but still I preferred it over Internet Explorer, Firefox and later Chrome. I valued the user […]

  • SetDPI Utility Version 2

    View source on GitHub. A couple of years ago I made a small command-line program for setting the DPI/PPI of PNG files. I used the System.Drawing.Bitmap class (i.e. GDI+) to set this property, which had the unfortunate side effect of producing relatively bloated files. Given that the chunk specifying this property is only 21 bytes […]

  • Windows 8 Theme Colours Reference

    In a similar vein to my Windows System Colours Reference, I’ve compiled a Windows 8 Theme Colours Reference using the APIs I wrote about in the previous post.

  • Windows 8 Release Preview Updates

    I’ve belatedly updated my Windows System Colours Reference and post about Segoe UI to reflect changes in the Windows 8 Release Preview.

  • 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: […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • Default Password for ‘myLGNet’ Wireless Networks

    If ever you stumble across a wireless network with the name ‘myLGNet’ and have need to access it, the default password is ‘123456789a’. Of course, if the network uses only WEP for protection, it shouldn’t be hard to gain access even without that knowledge.