Category Archives: Applications

Applications and devices

yWorks yEd & UML Doclet

The core products of yWorks are the yFiles libraries for Java, .NET, and JavaScript which handle graph analysis, layout, and visualization. The libraries are enterprise-priced (thousands of dollars) but yWorks also offers some very interesting free tools. Aside from the yGuard bytecode obfuscator, these are all diagramming applications based on yFiles. yEd Graph Editor The […]

Quest for EML Viewers

Having recently switched my e-mail accounts from POP to IMAP (highly recommended!), I wondered what to do with my archived e-mail. With POP everything is stored locally, so the archive was naturally part of the local folders in my Thunderbird installation. With IMAP everything is stored remotely by default, unless moved explicitly to local folders. […]

Microsoft Surface Pro Impressions

Microsoft’s long-awaited Surface Pro has made the rounds among reviewers… and the reactions are surprisingly subdued. While everyone agrees that the Pro is miles better than the immature Surface RT, the new device still falls shorts of hopes and expectations. Let’s start with some positive aspects. Penny Arcade’s Gabe is an artist by profession and […]

EditPad Pro, EmEditor &c

From days immemorial (i.e. for about a decade), Yutaka Emura’s EmEditor was my preferred editor for all kinds of plain text, including HTML/XML documents and source code outside of full-fledged IDEs. Back in the day, EmEditor was one of the first editors to fully support Unicode. Indeed, I switched to EmEditor from two earlier favorites […]

Asus Xonar DGX on Windows 8

Every operating system upgrade involves the popular guessing game, “I wonder which drivers will break this time?” I’m happy to report that my MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard is generally well-supported by Microsoft’s built-in drivers. My AMD HD 6970 graphics card works nicely with AMD’s Windows 8 drivers, too. Intel’s Chipset Device Software has already been […]

Classic Shell for Windows 8

In a fit of madness I installed Windows 8 Pro on my desktop machine. I’ll have my review up shortly (spoiler: stick with Windows 7) but I wanted to call out Classic Shell, a free and extremely useful program that entirely replaces Windows 8’s absurd new Start screen. Why hello there pretty! This picture shows […]

Surface RT Game Performance

Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has just published its Microsoft Surface RT review. Richard Leadbetter generally agrees with earlier impressions: the device is promising but rather disappointing in its current state; the upcoming Surface Pro should be much more desirable. However, Leadbetter also takes a look at the Surface RT’s launch lineup of Windows Store games, and […]

Microsoft Surface RT Impressions

Microsoft launched the Surface RT last week to decidedly mixed reactions. I’m not getting one myself – I think it’s rather overpriced and much less useful than the upcoming Surface Pro. However, the device is the first manifestation of Microsoft’s new tablet strategy, so its reception should be instructive. The emerging picture is one of […]

Hardware Failure Analysis

Back in April 2011 a Microsoft Research team published an interesting paper, Cycles, Cells and Platters: An Empirical Analysis of Hardware Failures on a Million Consumer PCs, which I found through Joel Hruska’s summary at ExtremeTech. The team analyzed crash reports sent from ca. 950,000 machines over an 8-month period in the year 2008. While […]