Leo, Richard, and Paul discuss Windows 11, the end of WordPad, another Notepad update, hardware events, antitrust, Xbox, and much more.
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New Windows Insider builds:
- Canary: some changes to the Dynamic refresh rate feature, no more Power & Battery page in Settings, etc.
- Dev: Bug fixes
- Beta: File Explorer fixes (INTERESTING given last week’s rant) – note a recent full-screen revelation: File Explorer is hot garbage
A moment of silence, please: WordPad will be retired.
- Also, the secret life of WordPad via its source code release and it being an example for developers (over time) of MFC, open Word document format support, the ribbon, and more.
- Also, it’s time to move past RTF and even pretending that this matters. The future is open plain text: embrace Markdown.
Notepad and Snipping Tool are getting new features
Microsoft is changing how it counts your OneDrive storage usage – “Double-dipping”
Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, others are all gatekeepers, EU says
Zoom would like the FTC to unbundle Teams/M365 in the US
Google is heading into an antitrust trial against the DOJ next week. Remind you of anything?
Margrethe Vestager is stepping aside to bid on a new job
FINALLY: Microsoft to add auto OneDrive upload to Xbox game clips
Xbox September Update is here with Discord game streaming
Here are the new Game Pass titles for early September – Starfield among them
Your Xbox Series S has arrived, Mr. Vader
Lenovo has a Steam Deck competitor
Tips and picks
Tip/app pick of the week: Digital decluttering
I’ve spent the past five weeks digital decluttering my documents archives and digital photos, replicating them across a NAS and OneDrive/Google Photos, and will be pushing them to GDrive and M365 commercial soon. I never thought I’d finish this, let alone do it so quickly. I learned a few things. For starters, don’t let this happen.
Series here – most recent article
- A few strategies around working locally (sync/copy from cloud/NAS) data replication, file compare/de-duping, dealing with the largest files first (and ignoring the tiny files/dupes that don’t matter), etc.
- A few tools: WinDirStat, Directory Opus, Duplicate Cleaner Pro – Xcopy/robocopy might have helped
- And a hunt for a new NAS (and why)
- Next: finish up the paper scanning/digital archiving
RunAs Radio this week: Breach Reporting with Troy Hunt
Brown liquor pick of the week: Old Perth 23