Windows 10: Choose an operating system-problem

As I was moving my Windows 10 installation from an old borken HDD to a new, fresh SSD I ended up just using Microsofts super-easy Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB stick. I booted it up and created a new installation on my new SSD after formatting it. All of this went great and I was happy as a hamster.

Then, when I rebooted, I got this horrible screen:

Horrid horrid screen
Horrid horrid screen

I had no idea why this happened and I got it on every boot, so I did some frantic googling and I found in various suspicious forums that the solution was to do this:

1. Open the windows run dialog (Win + R)

2. Enter ‘msconfig’ and click ‘Ok’run_msconfig3. Go to the boot tab (second tab) and remove all other Windows references than the one marked as default

In this screenshot I have only one Windows 10 entry, but I had two when this problem first occurred.
In this screenshot I have only one Windows 10 entry, but I had two when this problem first occurred.

If you save that and reboot (after you have removed the other Windows 10 entries your boot section should look like mine in the above image, minus the enormous red arrow).

Finished, and the problem is gone!

Windows 8.1: Setting start-up parameters to a tile

Just a short one today…

 

I wanted to set a start-up path for one of my live tiles today (power shell prompt) and I didn’t find any properties when I right-clicked on it. However, the problem was fairly simple as you do have the option to open the tile-file location (which should be somewhere in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu) and there you can edit your short-cut.

In my case it was really easy as I wanted to edit the start-up path which is available as a property for the short cut. 🙂

Remember that you might have to edit the security settings for the Start Menu folder in order to edit the files.

You might ask yourself why you need to do this? I don’t know but it is my firm belief that Microsoft wants you to know that they added a feature where you are the administrator of the system but you haven’t been given right to edit the files in a particular part of the file system of which you are the administrator. However, since you have administrative rights you can give yourself that right thus showing how pointless the entire system is. It’s sort of like bitching with yourself outside your house at three a clock in the morning whether or not you should let yourself in through the door (which you have the key for) or if you should just break a window and crawl in like a burglar.

Android: recording a video of your application

As I am releasing a new application any day now (Kludd) I was in need to record some gameplay from the app in order to do some kind of video promo. I had no idea how to record from a telephone (I knew how to take screenshots on my Samsung Galaxy S4 which was by holding down the on/off-button and the home button simultaneously) so I googled it.
I found that you could do it using your Android SDK. These are the steps in short:

* Connect your android phone to your computer
* In a command prompt, step into your android sdk directory and then platform-tools directory
* Enter the following command: adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/FILENAME.mp4 (cancel/end the recording by pressing CTRL + C)

(don't mind the errors, the recording still works!)
(don’t mind the errors, the recording still works!)

 

After that either go in on the phone via your computer explorer and enter /Phone/ and you’ll find the video there or find it using whatever exploration app you want on the phone.

GIMP: Kill gimp when accidentally launched

Have you ever started GIMP by mistake on a slow computer? I have. I have then tried to end my life. Luckily, GIMP takes so long to start on your average computer that you can come up with several colorful ways of killing yourself before it opens so that you can close it.
No more though. These days I kill GIMP instead. Thoroughly.

I’ve just created a small BAT script and put on my desktop with the following content

taskkill /im gimp-2.6.exe

Just change the version to fit your GIMP version and save it as gimpKiller.bat on your desktop. The next time you accidentally start GIMP, double click on the file and it will end your suffering…

Remove specific site from history in FireFox

Sometimes when you want to test something out in a web application you notice how certain aspects of your app or page is cached even though you don’t want to. This could be an unexpected browser feature or a parent site behavior. As I was making a facebook application I noticed that when facebook loaded my application it seemed to cache a whole lot more than I wanted it too which caused problems when I made small CSS or javascript changes. I had to go to “Tools => Remove all history” all the time to force empty the cache. This however ruined it for all my history that I didn’t want removed.

It turned out that in FireFox you can actually selectively remove history. To remove the history for a specific site in FireFox, go to History => Show All History, press Today and you’ll see something like this :

To remove all history for facebook, just right-click on the entry and select Forget about this site:

That’s it, you’re done!

MRU tabs in FireFox

One thing that’s been bugging me with FireFox for a long time is the lack of MRU tabs (Most Recently Used). Instead of jumping back and forth between the tabs you use it simply sends you to the next tab whenever you press ctrl+Tab or ctrl+shift+tab.

Well, there was a very simple to solution available to solve this problem. It turns out MRU tab behavior is built in from the start. To get it working enter “about:config” in the address bar, accept the warning of certain doom and search for “ctrltab” and change the browser.ctrlTab.previews from false to true. Tadaa, now it works! If you hold in ctrl+tab you’ll see a window with all your tabs but if you just press it normally it’ll switch without the preview.