The Old New Thing

An unexpected application of negative numbers to gift-giving

A college classmate of mine informed me that one of his colleagues had planned his wedding so far in advance that on his negative-first anniversary (i.e., precisely one year before his anticipated wedding date), he gave paper to all of his friends. Said my classmate, "It's too bad that neither of us had been born on his −50th ...

How do I suppress the default animation that occurs when I hide or show a window?

A customer wanted to know how they can disable the default fade-in/fade-out animation that occurs when a window is hidden or shown. "I don't want to use WS_EX_TOOL­WINDOW because that causes my window to disappear from the taskbar. I tried Dwm­Enable­Composition but that affects the entire desktop and is too jarring. We want to ...
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Microspeak: Granular

Today's Microspeak word is granular. Here are some citations. Please bring your cost estimates at the granularity of 3, 5 or 10 days. The archive function archives all data older than the date specified. Is there a way to get the archive to be more granular than just a date? Our database covers multiple accounts, and we'd like to choose a ...

What's the difference between F5 and F8 at the boot screen?

Ian B wondered what the difference is between pressing F5 and F8 while Windows is booting. I have no idea either. My strategy was to just mash on the function keys, space bar, DEL key, anything else I can think of. Keep pressing them all through the boot process, and maybe a boot menu will show up. The F5 hotkey was introduced in Windows&...

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