Category: User perspective

Switching from CrashPlan and other Backup Services

A week before my annual subscription of CrashPlan would expire I got an e-mail informing me that the CrashPlan for Home service was discontinued. My subscription was extended by 60 days to give me enough time to find another service. I’ve used it for a couple of years and have been quite happy with it, except maybe for the micro stuttering I experienced. It had the possibility to back up to a local external drive as well as online (offsite) with plenty of configurable options. Read more...

Micro Stuttering Caused by CrashPlan

For some time I have tried to figure out what’s been causing the micro stuttering I’ve experienced on my Windows 10 machine. Under moderate load applications have stopped responding for short periods of time, most obvious is audio playback where an unpleasant sound has interrupted playback. I could not see any correlation between this behaviour and a specific application, high CPU, disk or memory utilisation. My machine is a desktop computer I have built myself from parts, so I thought I might have made some bad decision regarding hardware compatibility. Read more...

Switching to Franz

When my desktop application for Facebook Messenger, Messenger or Desktop, wanted me to install an update and I found out that the update wanted to install a web browser extension and otherwise pollute my computer, I uninstalled it. Having a desktop app can sometimes be convenient, even though it has basically the same functionality as the corresponding web interface. So, I googled and found Franz, a desktop messaging app that supports a bunch of messaging services and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Read more...

Enable Textarea Resize

A web feature I liked when it came was the ability to resize textboxes. Especially multi-line textboxes (<textarea></textarea>) have a tendency to be too small and this feature really helps there. To my disappointment I find that many websites disable this feature to favour design at the expense of usability. Inappropriately sized textbox with disabled resizing To re-enable this I use the Stylebot extension for Chrome. Read more...

Making Cmder Findable by Windows Search

This is just a short reminder for myself. I just found myself reinstalling Windows and thus also my favourite console, Cmder. I didn’t remember what to do to make it findable by Windows search, so here’s how: 1. Add path to PATH environment variable This can be either for your specific user or for the whole system. 2. Log off and on again 3. Voilà!  + cmder Read more...

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