Friday, September 28, 2012

Blogger Dynamic Views – “Sidebar” with vertical scroll

Switching this blog to Dynamic Views a few months ago I thought that would make for a nicer user experience, but then I recently realized that most people don’t know that in Sidebar view there are more posts on the left that what you see, and that you can scroll through by hovering and then using the wheel, or by clicking an entry to the start or the end of the list and that will make it automatically scroll showing more posts.

After sending the feedback to Google – which even if they will consider it, it will take a while to get it in – looking for ways to change and customize the Dynamic Views I found a lot of useful tips at http://www.southernspeakers.net/, all by simply by using additional custom CSS styles.

Then it hit me, I may be able to force the vertical scrollbar with CSS code! The solution is not perfect, as it is only renders the scrollbar for as many entries as configured to load in a batch, but it’s something and sort of plants the idea that there are more posts in there.

You can add the custom CSS style in Blogger in Template > Customize > Advanced > Add CSS.
div#sidebar { overflow-y: scroll !important; }
http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css3_pr_overflow-y.asp
http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/cascade.html#important-rules


As a tip, you can find these bits with F12 developer tools (very similar in all current browsers) and then use the pointer in the toolbar to focus the element you want to work with.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation on ASUS R2H

ASUS R2H running Windows 8 Enterprise 90 days evaluation!

Installation steps:

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation - ASUS R2H - Metro

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation - ASUS R2H - My Computer

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation - ASUS R2H - System Properties

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation - ASUS R2H - Performance Rating

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation - ASUS R2H - Task Manager - Memory

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

With my Windows 8 Release Candidate partition running a bit low on space, I remembered a good friend of mine recommending this tool a couple of months ago.

I usually size my partitions at initial OS installation just for the system and the program files, and then a separate “personal” partition to keep my data, documents etc. The third partition I can create later by splitting the second one usually with the newer Windows partitioning abilities. Before Vista / Windows 7 though I used to use GParted from a boot DVD / USB stick, but had problems with newer Windows versions, so I gave up on it (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/faq.php#faq-14).

I like when these free home edition tools show  you a comparison with the professional versions, so you can see what they can actually do, instead of finding later that’s trimmed down version with limited functionality (http://www.partitionwizard.com/comparison.html). It also says it support Windows 8, so I decided to give it a go (as you can notice from the screenshots below, I could’ve booted in Windows 7 and use the resize of the other two partitions from there :-)

The UI is not much different from the other partition tools, but that I guess can be a good thing cause you can easily find what you need – select the partition you want to work with and the action from either the toolbar or the left side. In my case, shrinking the second partition first (notice the unallocated space after) and allocating the free up space to the second partition.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition - Shring D partition

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition - Enlarge C partition

I like that it does recommend you to backup your data just in case, and so you should. I don’t do it enough either, but I do know loosing data is quite frustrating, especially thinking back that you could’ve avoided it – I’ll post soon on another free tool to image your partitions.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition - Partitions Before - Making changes

Applying the two pending operations, it can do the first one while in Windows, but the system partition will finish upon restart.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition - C partition in use

Operation completed successfully, all taking about 10 minutes I think.

Windows 8 Release Candidate - Partition resized succesfully

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx?ocid=wc-tn-wctc

The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is designed specifically to help IT professionals test their software and hardware on the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise.

About This Evaluation

The Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation provides up to a 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise. It is intended for evaluation purposes only and cannot be used for productive business or personal purposes. In order to use this evaluation, the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software.

Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation