Minimize the blur on Windows 8.1 scaled applications

If you have an ultrabook that can dish great resolution, Windows 8.1 does some interesting things around scaling in the UI. This has caused me some grief with my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro that wants to dish 3200×1800 natively.

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Display Settings

Windows 8.1 will try and do some scaling options for you and it feels like a bunch of adjustment areas that you just need to play with for a while to get what you like. You have scaling, screen resolution, magnifier, and other options in the various display settings to mess with. But, even if you do that, some apps can look a little blurry. This is along the lines of the issues Mac users have with their retina screens.

No matter what you do with the various display settings, you should also look at messing with the compatibiltity settings in Windows for the apps directly. If you have a shortcut pinned to your taskbar or on your desktop, you can right-click and go into properties.

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Once in the shortcuts properties, you can check a flag to disable the scaling Windows wants to do to to the application rendering under the compatibility tab. Check the disable scaling checkbox.

disablescaling2In my testing, this has helped tremendously on many different occasions. For example, on GoToMeeting it has been critical to kill the blur as Windows tries to offset the high DPI with scaling up or down. You can right-click the GoToMeeting icon when it is running to change the flag. It does require the application to be restarted to take effect.

This is not a silver bullet to fix blurred windows or fonts and it should be tried after you have done what you can inside the various display and fonts scaling areas in Windows Control panels.

Phishing emails are getting very good

I know what to look for and check and this took quite a while. Wow. Of course, the largest tip-off that this is a fraud is that someone at Wells Fargo (or any bank) is actually trying to proactively help you with anything. That never happens. But, digging deeper into the message source, you see stuff that I haven’t seen before. They are inserting more “Received:” headers to mask the real one from Taiwan.

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Most people will never even look at the message source at all, but even when you do and see this, it still takes a while because it can really look legit with all the bogus wellsfargo.com and postini references.

Man, it’s tough out there in email world nowadays. The payload was a .scr file for Windows by the way in a Zip file.

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This is going to levels I have never seen before. I don’t know how regular folks on Windows will be able to survive even with security if this continues to accelerate and get more and more sophisticated. I suppose just not allowing any files to be sent via email is going to be the eventual step that might curb this sort of malware infection path, but I’m sure there will be more and more doors opening for every one we close.

Anne Giovannoni Painting

We had this painting hanging in my house growing up for as long as I can remember. For the last 30 years, it was sitting in storage with more stuff from my father. My wife, Sarah, decided to try and clean it up a bit and remove the bad frame.

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The artist is Anne Giovannoni and I can’t find anything on her on the web, so I’m posting this in the hope of someone knowing something about her. The painting has had decades of neglect, but the cleaning really improved it.

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I have no idea where my father bought it or when. If you have any helpful information, please let me know. You can comment here. Thanks!

Evernote Web Clipper On iPad and iPhone via Safari On iOS 7

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I posted the original bookmarklet to bookmark hack a few years ago and have continued to maintain it. Apple changed their iOS GUI pretty dramatically with the release of iOS 7, so I thought it would make sense to update the quick guide specifically to show iOS 7 users how to clip webpages to their Evernote accounts with the javascript to bookmark hack.

[OPTIONAL] If you don’t like a bookmark bar on your browser, you can skip this. If you do want a button always around to quickly clip a page, go into Settings > Safari and flip the switch to “Show Favorites Bar” to have a persistent bar across the top of Safari. You will see the guide with this option enabled.

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1. In Safari on iOS 7.x, go to http://www.evernote.com and add the page to your favorites with the arrow box before the location field. Click the “Bookmark” box. You can do this on another tab in Safari if you want.

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2. Change the name of the new bookmark from the site title to “Evernote Clipper” or whatever name you prefer. I will refer to the bookmark as this title for this guide. Save it after you rename it.

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3. Now select the entire text below. I have it posted as code or you can click the link to the text file and Safari will open it and show the pure text. You need to click this link to open the code in a new text page to easily select all and copy to your iOS clipboard to paste in a later step.

iOSEvernoteClipperCode.txt

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Example of the copy text you will need to perform

4. Go to the favorities icon in Safari to the right of the url location field and open your favorities and edit the Evernote Clipper one.

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5. You are going to clear the address the bookmark you just made.

20140308-135602.jpgand paste the entire code you copied from step 3 into the address field. Save the changed bookmark. This is your clipper now.

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6.  With the clipper code now in the bookmark, you can to Evernote. Go to a different website now in Safari. The example below is Google. When the site is up, click the Evernote Clipper button on the bookmark bar, or use the favorites button to the right of the location bar to select the Evernote Clipper bookmark. Either method will work.

20140308-135621.jpg If all goes well, you will be prompted for the initial login to Evernote. Enter your Evernote username/password.

7. The Evernote dialogue will open and you will be able to add more details to the page you are clipping before you save.

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8. After you save the quicknote from the clipper, you will see it in your regular Evernote account on your devices.

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Appreciating Wittgenstein Now

Studying Philosophy back in my early 20s, I thought Ludwig Wittgenstein was somewhat interesting but I didn’t spend a lot of time with his work.

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From The Philosophy Book by DK Publishing

Now in my 40s, I see the genius of his connection of language and understanding to the world. If I look to the various larger political issue debates over the years, or look back at any discord I’ve experienced at work with others, the language and “pictures” of the world around us have been critical to the disconnects and misunderstandings.

How individuals initially see the topics being discussed usually has set the stage for either parallel opinions and outcomes to be the ultimate result or being able to achieve intersection of understanding. Many of the larger political debates are destined to be on parallel paths because the fundamental assumptions are taken for granted or too difficult to delve into to really make an eventual difference.

I wish I would have connected with Wittgenstein more when my professors were urging me to do so back in the day. It would have helped me more back then and I could have seen the patterns earlier than I did.

The flow picture is courtesy of the Wittgenstein section of The Philosophy Book from DK Publishing. The book provides a wonderful and simple overview of the very complex history of Philosophy. It is a wonderful, accessible gateway for people into an amazing history.