Notepad++ 8.0 released with a dark theme!

Yesterday (7 June 2021), Notepad++ 8.0 reached general availability. The key feature of this release is a dark theme. The release announcement contains a witty joke.

Why do developers prefer the dark theme? Because the light attracts bugs.

Now, look at the following screenshot; you might find a different meaning in this release joke.

This image shows Notepad++ 8.0 with the dark theme enabled, having opened a Markdown file. As you can see, there are still many bugs in Notepad++ to fix.

Looking at its GitHub repo, Notepad++ had 1,309 open bug reports, some of them dating back to 2015.

Managing Windows event logs from PowerShell

When it comes to managing Windows event logs via PowerShell, finding the proper command could be difficult. PowerShell’s verb-noun naming scheme does very little to help. In this article, I’ll show you what to use.

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Cumulative blunder for .NET Framework!

On 11 May 2021, Microsoft announced the release of the May 2021 cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 (KB4601554). This update was supposed to be made available through Windows Update, WSUS, and Microsoft Update Catalog for Windows 10 version 20H2.

Unfortunately, this update is faulty.

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How to properly paste scripts into the PowerShell window

In most Windows apps, the keyboard shortcuts for the copy and paste commands are Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. Command-line enthusiasts, however, have learned otherwise. Within the console window, Ctrl+C transmits the abort command. Unless you are using Windows 10, Ctrl+V does nothing. To copy a piece of text, one would select it via the mouse and right-click. To paste text, one would right-click without having an active selection.

Now, the question is: How do you paste a script block (i.e., multiple lines of code) into PowerShell?

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Command palette reveals all secret features of Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is Microsoft’s latest attempt to improve the command-line experience that so many people love. Using the command-line interface (CLI) has always been cool. In the movies, you see computer experts rattling on the keyboard all the time. This image is not far from the truth. CLI is perfect for automation, and Windows Terminal makes it a lot better with tabs, themes, full color support, and advanced rendering.

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Fun with game stories: République

It’s been a long time since video game developers started embedding stories (with plot twists) in their video games. Let’s take a look at some of the fun aspects of them.

Promotional rendering for République: This image is an intellectual property of Camoflaj. Copyright © 2020.

A word of warning though. This game is rated M (“Mature 17+”) by ESRB. And this article is full of spoilers.

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LastPass generates false warnings

LastPass is an online password management service. As part of its services, it notifies its subscribers of their old passwords, so that they may change them once in a while.

Unfortunately, its old password notification system is broken. I was unable to find a way contact technical support for this issue. It is broken as well.

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Fun with game stories: Need for Speed: Payback

It’s been a long time since video game developers started embedding stories (with plot twists) in their video games. Let’s take a look at some of the fun aspects of them.

The startup screen of Need for Speed: Payback, a 2017 video game by Ghost Games

A word of warning, though: This article is for grownups.

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666 facts about clickbaiting; #333 will astonish you! 🙄

Sarcasm alert! I don’t have 666 facts about click-baiting. I only have one piece of advice: Don’t browse articles whose title reads like this. They are clickbait.

Know that if I (or anyone worth their salt) ever create a list of 666 facts, the one that is guaranteed to astonish you is not #333, but #1.

I thought six years after 2014, the clickbait would go away, but it hasn’t.

The driver that almost bricked my computer: Intel USB EHC

Two days ago, I decided that one of my computers needed its Windows 10 replaced. In all previous versions of Windows, I’d erase the OS partition and reinstall Windows from scratch. On Windows 10, however, I used the “Reset my PC” feature. It reinstalls Windows along with its device drivers and Microsoft Store apps.

Screenshot of Windows 10’s device manager, showing that Intel enhanced host controller drivers have encountered a problem and are not starting up

When the so-called “Reset” ended I discovered that my mouse and keyboard were not working. Windows 10 only responded to the power button. I managed to force the computer into booting Windows Recovery Environment, but to my horror, the mouse and the keyboard didn’t work there either.

The “Reset this PC” feature promises a faster revitalization of system. Instead, I had a system that was working before (even if not optimally) and not working after.

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