Year: 2010

Windows 7 Remote Desktop Scrollbars

A couple of weeks ago I upgraded to Windows 7 and I have to say that compared to Vista it’s actually a usable operating system and I’m quite enjoying it.
However, there was one issue that was bugging me – I have several remote desktop sessions for various servers set and saved to open in a 1024×768 window, in Windows XP those RDP sessions worked great.

Windows 7 seems to have a bug where, no matter what the windows size it set to the window opens slightly to small, causing you to have to stretch the window to get it to the proper size.

Windows 7 Remote Dekstop scrollbars

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Label Maker Ripoff

Is there a legitimate reason why label makers leave such a huge margin between the text and the ends of the label; no matter how much text is printed? I’ve seen this on every label maker I’ve used. The one used to make the labels pictured is a Brother PT-1000. You can configure the PT-1000 to use a smaller margin but it still prints the same 1″ tail on either one side of the label. The only thing setting a smaller margin (either 1/2″ or 1/6″) does is print dots as a guide to cut the excess label off.

Seems like an awful waste and a good way to keep label refill sales going strong.

Update: July 27, 2010 – I added an image showing how a label comes out of the PT-1000 with the smallest (1/6″) margin set and corrected an error in the above text.

Label Maker Ripoff

Label Maker Ripoff

Label Maker Ripoff

Monster Cable – Monster Rip-off

Companies like Monster Cable were walking a fine line with their high priced analog cables because most people can’t tell the difference between gold plated, gas injected cable and coat hanger. But when the switch to digital started Monster was quick to cross way, way over that line by duping people into thinking they needed an overpriced cable to connect their HD devices. The problems is, HDMI is a digital signal and unlike analog signals (like composite video), it’s either there or it’s not. So, whether you have a $250 cable or a $6 cable your TV is going to look the same.

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