Grand .NET Project Update

As noted previously, Visual Studio 2015 has an excellent free Community edition that prompted me to revisit my .NET resources. Today it’s the turn of my four remaining .NET projects: Tektosyne, Class Diagrammer, Hexkit, and Myriarch. First, a pleasant surprise: VS2015 can read existing VS2010 solution and project files without requiring any update process or […]

Updates for VS2015 & .NET 4.6

With Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft finally provides a free Community edition that’s both reasonably feature-complete and legal to use for any purpose by individuals and teams of up to five, or of any size for non-commercial projects. That’s a huge step up from the shamefully crippled Express editions of previous versions, although those strangely continue […]

Check .NET Version updated for 4.6

After a long hiatus, I reinstalled Visual Studio since the 2015 Community edition is finally both free and reasonably feature-complete. I’ll go through my various Microsoft-related pages to see if anything needs updating, and today I start with my popular .NET version checker utility. Check .NET Version with Inno Setup now supports all .NET Framework […]

Windows 10: Something Happened

I’ve been running Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10 on my Dell XPS 15 (model 9530) for a week now. Yesterday I detailed the changes to DPI settings, today I cover the installation process and my general impressions of the new Windows version. I’m focusing on the traditional desktop experience as I always have a keyboard and […]

DPI Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 has once again modified the user interface for high DPI settings. Currently these changes are completely undocumented, as far as I can tell. Microsoft no longer ships any decent user documentation with Windows, the developer documentation so far only covers Windows versions through 8.1, and a promised article on the official Windows blogs […]

Villa Stuck & Friedensengel

Nearly forgotten today, Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) was a popular and highly acclaimed artist in his time. Stuck designed his Munich villa (built 1897–98) as a rich homage to European art, from antiquity to contemporary styles. Like most late 19th century attempts to revive historical aesthetics in the industrial era its splendor borders on kitsch, […]

Tainter’s Collapse of Complex Societies

The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press 1988; paperback 1990, 250 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-38673-9) is Joseph A. Tainter’s magnum opus and deservedly considered a classic. Tainter packs an overview of explanations of collapse, analyses of historical cases, and his own overarching theory into one slim book, soberly argued from quantifiable data yet quite readable. […]

Sony SEL90M28G Macro Lens

Sony has finally released its new full-frame macro lens, the Sony SEL90M28G (FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) which fits my Sony Alpha 7R camera. Since I like macro photography but made do with the Marumi Achromat screw-on filters, I got this dedicated macro lens despite its hefty price tag. Was it worth it? To […]

Etruscans & Greeks

Munich’s museums lower their ticket prices to €1 on Sundays, a great opportunity to check out interesting special exhibitions. Last Sunday the Staatliche Antikensammlungen opposite the Glyptothek featured a large number of remarkable Etruscan pieces. I took a couple of pictures with the iPhone 5s, and also some from the regular Greek exhibition in the […]