How to Change the Behavior of Taskbar Grouping.

July 31, 2006

If you are a user of Windows XP and like your Taskbar organized, you will no doubt have the Grouping similar taskbar buttons” options enabled.

By default, when you enable the Group similar taskbar buttons option in Taskbar properties, items are grouped only when the taskbar buttons begin to get too small, and then the item that you opened first, is grouped first. This saves room on the taskbar by grouping similar entries (for example, all open Microsoft Word documents) together. However this does not always function as expected or wanted.

To change this behavior, create a “TaskbarGroupSize” DWORD entry in the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

The values for this key are:

0 – (Default) Group by age (oldest group first)
1 – Group by size (largest group first)
2 – Group any group of size 2 or more
3 – Group any group of size 3 or more

Log off and then back on for this change to take effect.

Source: KB281628


Word: Counterintuitive, Nomenclature.

July 27, 2006

Counterintuitive: contrary to what common sense would suggest.

Nomenclature: A system of naming; terminology: a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline; “legal terminology”; “biological nomenclature”; “the language of sociology.”

Example as used by Ed Bott to explain the system and boot partition:

The boot partition is the partition where the Windows system files are located. On most systems, this is the same as the system partition. On a multiboot system, where drive C contains files from an earlier Windows version and you’ve installed Windows XP to drive D or drive E, the boot partition is identified as such in the Disk Management window. (And yes, we know that it makes no sense to say that the boot files are on the system partition and the system files are on the boot partition. However, this counterintuitive nomenclature has been a part of the Windows NT family since the earliest days and isn’t likely to change any time soon. )


Joga Bonito.

July 27, 2006

Lucky guy that won a freestyle competition in Britain got to spend the day with C.Ronaldo,Zaltan and Ronaldinho.

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Word: Unabated.

July 23, 2006

Unabated – continuing at full strength or intensity; “the winds are unabated”; “the popularity of his books among young people continued unabated”; “WF does not block outbound traffic, so even in “no exceptions” mode, you can still use your browser to connect to the Internet. Similarly, other outbound connections— whether they’re legitimate services or some sort of spyware—continue unabated.”


80s Break Dance Clip Snip.

July 22, 2006

This is pretty neat.

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Ferrell Reunites Lance Armstrong with his Father.

July 22, 2006

This is funny.

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Exploding Japanese Notebook.

July 22, 2006

Although on the whole I am happy with my recently acquired Dell Inspiron 630m notebook, after reading this post, it seems that I may have made a bad decision in going with Dell. The spectacular images of the exploding Japanese notebook are definately scarey to any Dell notebook owner.

As Dell deals with its falling sales and profit forecasts this morning, it’s also facing revelations that its executives knew about severe overheating problems in its notebooks long before it issued a recall, according to a report.

Heat issues in Dell notebooks were recently highlighted by the case of the exploding Japanese notebook.

CRN has the scoop: Dell grappled with apparently severe overheating problems in scores of notebooks for at least two years before it announced a recall of 22,000 notebooks last year, according to a source close to the company.

The source allowed CRN to review documentation of investigations into the notebook problems, and the source said that documentation was supplied to Dell executives.

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To add fuel to the Dell fire, Dell’s customer support is apprently the pits, with customers going as far as calling Dell’s care service “a fraud.” For some Dell customer service horror stories, check out this post at Ed Bott’s blog.