First Ring Daily 1111: Important Personal News and Personal Windows

Posted on August 30, 2021 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 32 Comments

On this episode of First Ring Daily, Brad has some news to share, Microsoft forgot to share some news, and some things never change.

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32 responses to “First Ring Daily 1111: Important Personal News and Personal Windows”

  1. bluesman57

    That's great, Brad. I'm a long time Stardock customer as well, starting with Windowblinds on Windows 95

  2. wright_is

    All the best Brad. I hope the move to Stardock is all you hope it will be.

  3. geoff

    How does Microsoft allowing 'unsupported' hardware to stay on the Insider program make any sense at all?


    Why use that hardware for TESTING new releases of Windows, when Windows is not being developed for use with that specific hardware?


    This makes no sense at all.

    • hrlngrv

      Insiders with an old PC to burn could still find bugs and submit useful feedback. Given what MSFT's paying Insiders for bug hunting, can MSFT really be picky about the hardware they use? Heck, if the bug were specific to unsupported hardware, that could even be a selling point for MSFT. No down side I can see,

  4. thewarragulman

    Shame you're leaving the site but glad the podcast will continue, FRD is one of my favourites next to Windows Weekly so I'm glad it'll stay. Best of luck at Stardock, hopefully some new products can come out to fix some of the Windows 11 annoyances like the Taskbar.

  5. robinwilson16

    Congratulations Brad and thanks for keeping us well informed on Microsoft/Google/Apple over the years here and on Petri alongside Paul.

    I have used WindowBlinds and also Curtains and do really like all their products. I feel there is too much crossover between the two skinning products though and that possibly curtains should replace WindowBlinds and perhaps that was the original intention. They could do with some more simple skins as the majority are very busy with swords for scrollbars etc. (Curtains does have a few but still has the same limited selection it had when it was in beta more or less) which can be nice for a change but less so long term (I know I could go and design my own too). I find it useful to have different skins on each PC then if RDPd I can easily remember which one I am on.

    Some products don't work as well when you have screens with different resolutions on each screen - if main screen is a high resolution then with CursorXP the cursor ends up huge on other screens or vice versa. Once products started being removed from Object Desktop I cancelled my subscription (plus it had issues with my beta builds) but once there are some exciting Windows 11 skins I will look at it again as I know it is quite reasonably priced for what it does. I'm sure you can get the team to sort out the minor issues above!

    • robinwilson16

      I just want to say again that I do like and recommend WindowBlinds and have used it since Windows 95 (as far as I remember).

      Another reason I uninstalled was because my Surface Pro 7 was overheating and I was trying to remove everything I could (in the end it had to be sent back as was faulty). Since getting a new PC Windows 11 happened so I had a new refreshing interface anyway!

  6. doon

    Congratulations and good luck Brad!

  7. erichk

    The new gig sound great ... but thank goodness you're still going to hang around here in some capacity ... I need my daily dose of Brad Sams.

  8. pecosbob04

    Just for grins I thought I would see if I could access the first FRD podcast but was unable to navigate past the first page of shows. If they still exist would you be able to make some (or all) of these early podcasts available?

  9. hrlngrv

    Good luck.


    Request: Since Windows 11 supports Cairo Desktop Environment both on top of Explorer and as replacement for Explorer as desktop shell (thus proving it's still possible to do so), Stardock should finally make a complete, comprehensive replacement desktop shell. Not just Start11 or ObjectDock, but drawing the desktop, desktop icons, taskbars (optionally more than one, as possible in several Linux desktop environments), as well as Start menu. Probably doesn't need to be added that Window Blinds should support sharp, rectangular corners. Heck, why stop there? Add a utility which appears just after entering password, PIN or other logon authentication prompting the user to select from available desktop shells, something most Linux GUI greeters allow users to choose before logging in.

  10. rcalafato

    Congrats Brad! Are you going to keep the Sams Report going?

  11. navarac

    Stardock is a good company, of which I am a customer. Innovative, Stardock put into Windows what Microsoft leaves out/removes/ don't care about. Well done, Brad.

  12. crunchyfrog

    Will you be changing the name to, "Half Ring Daily"?

  13. ShadowWings

    Congrats and good luck with the new job Brad!

    Nice to hear that the podcast with the two of you will still continue.

  14. sirjowrick

    Congrats Brad! Quick Question, will the BS report still continue? ?

  15. viperx2352

    Sad news!!! Good luck and please continue to do the podcast!

    Now Microsoft will buy Stardock, and Brad becomes a Microsoft employee. lol

  16. ronv42

    Do we get discount codes for Stardock software ?

  17. nbplopes

    Congrats on the good job you have been doing. Looking forward to see the results of you next venture. Wish you both all the best …


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