Friday, May 11, 2007

Taskbar Shuffle

I know that I'm tight up there in the running for the biggest OS geek in the world, when I got so excited by a simple free little program that does something that I've been complaining about wanting for years.

Taskbar Shuffle made me giddy like a kid at Christmas when I heard about it, and I was grinning like an idiot when I installed it and it worked. You should have seen the look my co-worker gave me when I told him about it.

It's a simple concept, and one that I wish was in windows from Win95. Taskbar Shuffle allows you to do just that, shuffle the taskbar buttons around. If you are like me and like to have your apps open in a certain order [especially at work], to keep your work flow smooth, than his is a god-send.

All you do is grab the app's button that you want to move, and drag it to where you want it to sit. Just that simple. You can have it open with windows, show/hide the splash screen, and show/hide the system tray icon. It also allows you to change the grouping rules for the taskbar, so you can change Windows' grouping to have them be more or less likely to group under one button.

You can get this freeware app @
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Spring has sprung on the 360

The spring dashboard update for the Xbox360 has come out, and it looks pretty good. I'm not going to go into too much detail because there are some VERY comprehensive outlines out there in the tubes. But, subjectively the update has sped up the interface, and the new blade for the marketplace is nice, but the thing that I have enjoyed the most is the Live Messenger integration into the current messaging service on XBL.

The other big thing is that by highlighting the disc tray [which now shows the name of the disc in the tray], you get a quick overview of your in-game progress, including your recent achievements, and your current score over the total gamer score available.

In the game we finally have the detail of the achievement that you just achieved, that you used to have to stop the game to view. The last thing that I loved was that the new video codec support; h.264 is great for us mac users.

Well I'm going to head off to buy more storage for my network... 4TB just isn't enough anymore.

Until then,