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Archive for April 17th, 2014

Some Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon on the home screen. Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon and power off button at the top right side on the home screen.After the interesting piece at Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP I decided to make sure it is installed on all my Windows 8.x systems. That wasn’t so easy as “apply this update”.

There are various reasons the update can fail (at least one is even lying, see below) and there is no obviously automated way to check it has been applied.

First of all, two checks to see if Windows 8.1 Update is installed. From my question Batch file: how to check if Windows 8.1 update is installed – Super User I learned this simple statement:

reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v BuildLabEx

If it returns a value of 17031 or higher, then Windows 8.1 Update is installed. The second and third scripts at How to differentiate Windows 8.1 Update 1 from Windows 8.1? are elaborating on that version number.

But for the average user it is even easier: on the home screen, check if the search icon (magnification glass) is visible. See the image on the right.

Potential error messages

Quite a few users get error messages when installing the update. Some of them are these:   Read the rest of this entry »

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Interactive Maps of Amsterdam / Interactieve kaarten van Amsterdam

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

via Gas and Electra usage map of Amsterdam I ended up at Interactieve kaarten van Amsterdam.

Nice! Comparing the energy usage of your household with others in the city.



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Flickr: The Help Forum: Can’t view my original sizes; solve this manually with a simple URL workaround

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

In every new update, Flickr either seems to hide, or move useful options away.

About a month ago, this was the case with the “View All Sizes” of a photo. Having multiple sizes of a photo is one of the key features when Flickr was introduced. There is even a naming scheme for these resized photos.

A very useful option when you need thumbnails (for instance when you write a blog).

It later got resolved, but now the option is tucked away like 4 mouse clicks (on various areas of your screen) deep:

When selecting ‘download/all sizes’ a ‘view all sizes’ link now appears.

If there is nothing wrong with your typing skills, this is a very quick workaround: add `/sizes` at a specific part of the photo URL.

For instance, these URLs:     Read the rest of this entry »

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cool: “A small app to browse through which is what in css” (via: This is why I Code – Google+)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

+This is why I Code has pointed me to a really nice app called CSS Vocabulary which interactively shows you what is what in CSS.

Click on the CSS code or the column with CSS syntax elements on the right to see their correspondence.

The app is written by About Ville – Foolproof by design and source code is at the sakamies/css-vocabulary · GitHub repository.

The blog entry is at CSS Vocabulary – Foolproof by design.


via: This is why I Code – Google+ – “A small app to browse through which is what in css. Has….

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Awesome – boldport: Beatiful functional circuits.

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

Thanks Stefaan Lesage for pointing me to boldport: Beatiful functional circuits.

Just look and be amazed at how awesome electronic circuits can be.


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