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My road to Windows 10 - Notification area (part 2) - I don't get it

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 11:16 PM UTC
Back to the notification area: what the hell is the logic behind it? I already wrote about notifications that don't exist but are "alerted" in the tray. Another weird thing is the "Plane mode" which should indicate if the plane mode is active or not. Plane mode means: all wireless connections should be disabled - you know that from your mobile devices [...] 

My road to Windows 10: Fonts, colors & buttons

Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:14 PM UTC
Windows 10 is a huge redesign and a facelift to the older versions, even against Windows 8.1. If you look at the new UI you can get the idea that there were very different designer teams at work because nothing looks uniform or consistent. Here is the gallery of ridiculousness... Win-X shortcut menu for the control panel Though I use the default fonts and sizes some applications are rend [...] 

My road to Windows 10: Notification area - are you kidding me?

Friday, July 15, 2016 8:43 AM UTC
One new feature of Windows 10 is the notification area which is similar to the one on Linux desktops, iOS or OSX. This is a nice thing in general, especially if there is an API for developers to create their own stuff for it. Asubset of settings is also accessible through the notification area if you expand it. The tray icon shows you if there were new notifications. But there are some caveats an [...] 

My road to Windows 10: Let me in!

Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:54 AM UTC
It is interesting to see how inconsistent this OS can be. I will show other types of stupid inconsistency later but this one is most annoying: the login. I have three machines were the login page behaves like you would expect it to do. If it appears you can instantly type your password in the by default highlighted password field. Hit enter and you are in. For some reason my office machine doesn& [...] 

My road to Windows 10 - an (un)expected journey

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:49 AM UTC
I am using Windows 10 for quite a while on several machines since it was released and available as a free upgrade. Since then I experience more or less troubles and things I find really annoying. Most of the time it didn't bother me at all as I am using the machines frequently. Now as I updated my productive machine I have to deal with it at another level. This is the start of a new blog se [...] 

Quick-Tip: "You must provide an item name" - possible cause

Friday, July 8, 2016 10:20 AM UTC
These appear to be the "quick tip days" now. This is the third post in a row. This time I stumbled upon a very strange thing: While executing a simple save action from the XSP document I got the exception "You must provide an item name". Once I moved the document save in my bean and removed the simple action I was able to track the stack trace down to a native method from the X [...]