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Most recent submissions by user "patternjake"

Registered since: May 31, 2009

10 +16/-6 votes

Long Zheng : Register Windows8Taskforce.com?

Submitted by patternjake on January 13, 2010 to Website suggestions

Well since the recent talk of Windows 8 (Even if that is its codename, it is just good reason to assume that Windows 8 will follow Windows 7 to stay logical), I think it would be a good idea to at least register windows8taskforce.com because I am sure (more...)

Register it now! ;P

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(16 comments)

20 +23/-3 votes

GDI+ Acceleration in Windows 7 is broken

Submitted by patternjake on January 8, 2010 to Bug, Legacy, Usability

OK, this is rather difficult for me to explain, but I will try to explan this issue as detailed as possible.

Because I am a developer I frequently disable the theme service, or just run in Aero basic mode on Windows 7 to make sure all my (more...)

A simple solution, Enable acceleration of traditional GDI model like in Vista and XP. It was fine then, dont break it so we have to move to Direct2D or WPF.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct2D

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(19 comments)

28 +29/-1 votes

Background on icon in sharing tab (file properties)

Submitted by patternjake on September 20, 2009 to Aesthetics, Bug

There is a strange grey background area on the sharing tab on the folder icon in file properties.

Update the dialog so the shading does not appear.

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-5 +7/-12 votes

Replace the Color 1 and Color 2 with Stroke and Fill (external patch)

Submitted by patternjake on September 20, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

In the new Windows 7 Paint, very oddly the colors have been kept as Color 1 and Color 2. This is very annoying. Therefore I have created a very simple and easy patch which replaces these texts with Stroke and Fill.

Fix is avaliable for download here : http://elementsoftware.co.uk/dev/jakejackson/mods/windows7paintpatch/
(more...)

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(1 comments)

This submission [Windows search broken?] has been removed because

Technical problem

6 +17/-11 votes

Windows search broken?

Submitted by patternjake on September 13, 2009 to Bug

Clicking the see more results after a search brings up a cannot find this dialog error everytime the action is performed, meaning this feature is broken (Windows 7 7600 RTM)

How to duplicate- Click Start, Type anything in the search bar. (more...)

Oh my. This is completely broken in Windows 7, in Vista it used to bring up the advanced search options window.

Microsoft, fix this since it is broken in Windows 7 RTM, and renders this feature of Windows Search useless.

Also (more...)

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26 +28/-2 votes

Inconsistency and bug in include in libary menu in explorer

Submitted by patternjake on September 13, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Usability

There is no fade effect on the include in libary menu when clicked on, when there is on other explorer menus. Additionaly the colour and style of the hover effect is inconsistent with other menus in explorer.

Recent findings when I digged (more...)

See the screenshot- make it more consistent with other menus in explorer and allow fading.

Also let me know why libaries was developed outside of explorer???

Just also noticed that the same effect happens with the icon view (more...)

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-8 +10/-18 votes

Alignment in Programs and Features is wrong

Submitted by patternjake on September 13, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

The alignment in the UI of the programs and features control panel is wrong. Firstly the toolbar should be aligned at the top of the window, below the address bar to remain consistent with explorer and IE, instead it is in the middle half way down.
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Make it more consistent with the rest of Windows, by moving the toolbar so it is always at the top, like explorer, remove the uneeded title and expand the list box where the white space was.

This also applies to the font control panel, (more...)

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(1 comments)

18 +21/-3 votes

Update Phone Dialer UI *UPDATED*

Submitted by patternjake on August 21, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy, Usability

The Phone Dialer UI (also includes an old icon) is horribly outdated and does not match Windows 7 Styling.

Update the UI to Windows 7 styling, or better still, make it look more like the new calculator wich has a very nice interface

See my actual working mockup for details!

(preview and DL)

UPDATED FILE: Some ppl (more...)

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26 +32/-6 votes

Integrate Internet Options into control panel

Submitted by patternjake on August 19, 2009 to Legacy, Usability

Why does all the options of Internet Explorer have to be buried into inetcpl?

Alot of the functionality in this dialog also changes some system wide settings, so it would be more suited surely to be integrated into the control panel.
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Integrate Internet Options into the control panel, and create a link to inetcpl.cpl to the new control panel so web browsers that use it (i.e avant) dont break when it is called upon

See my mockup for an example of this.

Note; (more...)

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(1 comments)

34 +37/-3 votes

Why does MSCONFIG.EXE have to be buried? And why was Software Explorer removed from Defender

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

Since Software Explorer was removed from defender (And god knows why microsoft did it ????) I have been using msconfig to manage startup entries.

Trouble is i have to manually type it, create a shortcut to it or run the app in the system32 (more...)

Unbury it, put it in control panel under advanced settings, or even better, LET US HAVE SOFTWARE EXPLORER BACK.

What were they thinking????

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31 +34/-3 votes

Why the redudant (and old) add new hardware exe applet?

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy

Windows already provides a completely new hardware management feature and dialogs, so why is this old Add Hardware exe still kept in the system32 folder?

Either remove it since it is not called upon anywhere in the control panel or windows or update it to match aero style or simply make it launch the new hardware wizard

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This submission [SQL Client Settings not using aero style and buttons] has been marked a duplicate of

"Local information wizard"&SQL Client" are totally outdated...

Please vote and comment on the original submission.

18 +20/-2 votes

SQL Client Settings not using aero style and buttons

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy

When setting up some SQL databases for some clients recently, this dialog popped up alot. However it is inconsistent with the rest of Windows.

Update it to Aero Style. See mockup for proposed changes.

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20 +24/-4 votes

Proposed update (mockup) for the sysdm.cpl applet

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

The sysdm.cpl in Vista and Windows 7 is essentially the same sysdm.cpl that was found in XP, minus the tab with the windows logo on it and the system information (it was integrated into a fake page in control panel)

However we are left (more...)

Update it so that it is easier to use and settings are presented as more easier to get to. (This wouldnt even be needed to be integrated into control panel, just left where it is but do what they did with UAC, put it in another control panel of its own)
(more...)

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(1 comments)

30 +34/-4 votes

Mockup for Windows Internet Explorer 8 Welcome

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

The current IE8 First run wizard is very scratchy and some of the icons are pixellated.

Update the IE 8 first run to be more user friendly and more aesthetically pleasing.

See my mockup for a suggestion.

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27 +32/-5 votes

Update the DXDIAG to be more useful and automatic

Submitted by patternjake on August 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

The Dxdiag interface (the main DirectX interface, and just about the only UI avaliable for DirectX) is as old as I can remember. I think it is about time for it to be updated too, and make it more helpful for a user to solve problems with thier games.
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As seen in my mockup, DXDiag could automatically check the users computer settings, run some tests and then use Windows Action Center to resolve any problems that has been found. It could also apply patches to peoples games with further integration with (more...)

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