Windows 10 Issues

posted on: Friday, December 11, 2015 by: jhildeman


First of all, I have been Microsoft person for years.  I generally prefer the Windows/PC approach of customization over strict convention (i.e. Apple approach - this is the right way and that's the way it works).  It pains me to dump on a tool I have been using since literally Windows 1.0 (yes I actually did have a Win 1.0 install on some weird box but never used it much), mostly Win 3.0, 3.1, 3.11 WFW, Win95, Win98, WinNT, Win2000, WinXP, Win7, Win8, 8.1, Win10..  I use a Windows Phone (although my HTC One is really buggy now - will probably go iPhone next time around).  I am a developer so I work with Windows from the front end to the back end, as a user and as a developer and admin, as someone who browses the web as well as someone who builds for the web.  That being said, here are my opinions as submitted to Microsoft.

I use Windows 10 in "tablet mode" on a Dell XPS 12 9q33 64-bit".  I also use Windows 10 on an HP Pavilion Elite HPE.


Specific Issues/Objections

  • Every so often, it jumps out of tablet mode and back to that ugly partial home screen.  No specific reason, it just stops being in tablet mode.
  • Workflow: Open Outlook, open email, close email and I end up back at the home screen instead of in outlook.  WTH? Why not back to Outlook where I started.   There are a lot of little situations like this where the context is lost and workflow broken.
  • List of apps does not show the "snipping tool" - where did it go?  I can just type in it's name and search for it.. Say what?  Then what...can I add it to the apps?  No.  Can I "favorite" it?  No.  I can pin to task bar or pin to the start screen.
  • Start button list - no ability to "favorite" something - instead I get a stupid "most used" which continually changes and never seems to be what I actually used most.  It cannot be counted on to find my important tools.
  • Microsoft Edge - again this useless "most used" list which never reflects what I use the most
  • Microsoft Edge - again useless "news feed" with very limited customizability.  Let me put my own pages there and stop pushing things at me.  Not a fan.
  • Microsoft Edge - no ability to dictate what page opens in a new tab.
  • Snapping to one side or the other used to be very nice, very simple in Windows 7.  Very predictable and simple - half screen snaps.  Now they have incorporated 1/4 screen snaps that makes it hard to get a simple half screen snap to work.  I don't like that you make me reselect what application I want snapped opposite.  If I keep snapping something to the left, I have to keep reselecting the same thing on the right side.  Poor.
  • I cannot open a .MOV video file with anything.  Suddenly all the HD video from my Canon Powershot SX40HS is unviewable.  Thanks.  I know it's an Apple format and I don't care - neither should you.
  • Windows Media center is gone and you gave us NO REPLACEMENT!  Now I have a TV Tuner card in my HP desktop that is useless.  UPDATE: I have currently trying out Media Portal.  I'll post an update as I have it.
  • The old desktop behavior of clicking on an app on the taskbar and click it again toggled between minimized and restored...that's gone.
  • Upgrading my Win 8.1 on Dell XPS 13" lost my customizations to my home screen (all groups gone, my icons gone).
  • Home screen live tiles cannot be "renamed" to something "that I find useful".  Example:  link to a web page with a big long ugly SEO title and you get a useless live tile "shortcut".  No rename.  No choices.
  • No ability to set a live tile icon that might mean something to me.  Seeing the Edge logo on 10 links I use all the time is not useful.
  • The other day my Dell XPS magically reboots as I'm looking at it and applies updates for the next 1 hour.  There was no advanced warning.  There was no ability to delay the reboot while I saved my work.  In addition, it was as I was ready to leave work -- not very convenient -- hope I didn't have anything that needed saving.
    • UPDATE: there is a setting that prevents this annoyance.  Start/Settings/Updates/Advanced Settings/ and goto "choose how updates are installed".  By default, it is "automatic", change it to "notify to schedule restart"
  • Cortana does not work with my microphone - useless even though I have a high-end Dell XPS convertible (i.e. not a cheap machine)
  • How are "settings for tablet mode" a "notification"???
  • One good thought…OneNote is still awesome in all clients (Metro, 2013 desktop, phone).  When are we bringing Ctrl-dot (bulleted list) to Outlook??
  • Preview pane fails to preview when used in an "insert a file" modal window


General Thoughts

  • Windows 10 strikes me as a poor over-reaction to too many customer complaints about wanting Win8.1 to be more like Windows 7.  You had finally started to head down a "refined design path" (like Apple) and Windows 10 feels like you just dumped that and went back to Win7 plus.  Windows 10 should really be called Windows 7.5 if we're being honest.  By the way, what happened to windows 9?
  • Microsoft Store:  Lookup the TD Ameritrade App (and others I've used before) say "This App will not work on your device".  Why?  How?  What next?  No context.  No help.  Just another "it doesn't work like it used to".
  • It feels as though Microsoft has forgotten that "Software Applications sell the operating system" and not the other way around!!  The windows 8 and 10 apps are just not that mature or rich.  They are all staying as "desktop apps".  Illustrator.  Photoshop.   Even the good metro apps are not well known,  publicized or advertised - everything appears equivalent in the store.
  • Why should I buy Windows?  How about because of One Note - you still WAY, WAY under market this golden jewel of an application.  How about marketing your top notch applications, maybe something like "StaffPad" that demonstrates amazing stuff with the pen.
  • Have you guys read the book "Don't Make Me Think"?


I am sorry if it stings but that is my honest assessment as of December 11, 2015.  Updated 12/30/2015.



What exactly were the changes...

posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by: EngageTeamAdmin

DEV: Can you approve the code changes so we can include them in the release? We corrected an error that was causing your transactions not to load. blah, blah, blah... You ran them in TEST. yada, yada, yada...Here is the output of the testing. You can review the results in the app in TEST. Is there anything else you need?

Cust: Can you tell me **exactly** what the code changes were?

DEV: Well...we changed the type of variable to match a shared function that had changed since the last release. Here is the code change.

Dim AcctID As String = ""

Dim AcctID As Integer = 0

Cust: With my limited IT exposure, I'm afraid the description you provided doesn't help me that much. I am hoping you might be able to walk me through what the changes are exactly. I just want to understand the change a little better and any potential risk this might include.

DEV: Sigh... {in George Kastanza voice} Chapter one. In order to manage risk we must first understand risk. How do you spot risk? How do you avoid risk and what makes it so risky?


29 comments - Monday 13th

posted on: Friday, August 17, 2012 by: jhildeman

Keynote - Leon Gersing, "YOU"

Monday, August 13th, 9am



  • Boundaries
    • Most people's boundaries are "too loose" or "too rigid"
    • Help others understand what you need and "know thyself"
    • Be Honest - communicate what you want/need
    • Be Flexible and Receptive
    • Unhealthy Boundaries
      • Walls - put up barriers to keep people out
      • Triangulation - two gang up on one
      • Control - has to be in charge
      • Isolation
        • Just go "talk to the person"
        • Programmers:  "You're not going to die from communicating with someone"
  • Choices
    • In most cases, "you've already made your choice, now understand it"
    • Introspection happens outside of you - share what you're thinking/deciding
    • You always have a choice
    • You're never as trapped as you think you are
    • Own your choices
  • Words Matter
    • Empathy - seek to understand others you work with, ask what is it they need?
    • Hear - hear why they saying certain things.  Is it because of fear, feeling I'm lost, feeling I don't matter
  • Change
    • You only have so many heartbeats
    • Start doing what you want to do TODAY!
    • Change is possible with understanding
    • Understand why you make choices
    • I make choices because of values and concern over perceptions
  • Failure
    • Fail early and fail often!
    • Create a culture where people aren't afraid to say "I don't know that"
    • Create an environment where it's OK to fail and learn from others
    • Experts fail too
    • Code is a living representation of you, right now.  Not a year from now, but right now.
    • "I've yet to meet a developer showing off their code, who didn't start with an apology."  -Awesome quote!



How HTML5 makes Windows suck less

Brandon Satrap

Monday, August 13, 2012

2:38 PM




  • Text Links Academic --> Yahoo Directory --> jGoogle, -->  eCommerce business Amazon --> outlook web access --> 
  • 2008: html 4.01 and css, talking about XHTML  which "gladly died"



  • Frameworks: KendoUI mobile( - compares with PhoneGap and Appcellerator
  • Any application that can be written in Javascript - no seriously
  • Developers do love complexity, but simplicity always wins out.
  • To do App devleopment for IOS, Android and WP
    • Need an API
    • Intermediate compile
    • Deploy and/or compile/deploy
  • Windows 8
    • HTML5, Javascript, CSS
    • Native API
    • No intermediary
    • MS offically supports HTML5 on the platform
    • Semantic Markup
      • <header><h1><
    • Data- attributes
    • - Windows 8 HTML markup is completely valid
    • SVG is resolution independent - resizing doesn't loss resolution
    • CSS3 Grid Layout - like 960 grid
    • CSS3 Flexbox -
      • ms-flex-direction
      • ms-flex-align
    • Media Queries
    • Animations
      • CSS3 Animations - #keyframes slize {
        from { transform...
    • WinJS
      • WinJS.Namespace.define("Game", {
      • XHR - like jquery $.ajax("")
      • WinJS.UI.Animation.fadeIn(originalImg);
      • WinJS.UI.Animation.fadeOut(originalImg)
      • Adds CSS3 animations behind the scenes for you
      • WinJS.UI.Animation.enterPage([main], [source, target])
      • WinJS.xhr(call, [promise worked], [promise failed])
    • WinRT Projections
      • WinRT Accellarometer
      • Compass
    • Future



  • Where is the grid-layout implemented?  Answer: IE10, FF is looking at it


Going mobile with mvc 4

  • Speaker: 
    • Steve bodner
    • @stevebodner
    • Adaptive rendering
      • @media only screen and (max-width: 850px
      • { header: centered}
    • Mobile first Design
      • Define the most important content and get that to mobile devices
      • Then, build up to more capable devices
    • Media queries in html4 and css2
      • Braille, handheld, print, projection, screen, tty, tv
    • LESS: CSS compiler with variables
    • Graceful degradation - old concept
    • Feature detection - new concept
    • Adaptive
    • Responsive design -
    • Mobile First
    • Responsive frameworks: twitter bootstrap, zurb,

Open Spaces - mobile tools

  • Mono Touch
    • Great performance
    • Totally worth the $
    • One codebase + UI in native tools = native experience
    • Edit UI using native tools but store in shared file area within Visual Studio project directory
    • Mono Wraps camera, contacts, geo-location etc
    • If it's not in the API, direct native API access is always available
    • "Test flight" is better than Titanium
  • Mono Touch Dialog
    • Nice solution for tables and forms
    • Table layout and hierarchy
  • Titanium by AppCelerator
    • Need to rebuild each native UI
    • Javascript based solution
    • Abstraction for contacts etc
    • Cloud database
  • PhoneGap
    • Abstracts away what device you're on
    • If it's not in the API, you're out of luck
    • Lowest common denominator approac
  • Eclipse is really buggy and not a great IDE
  • Development Approach

UI Made easy


  • Jon VonGiller
  • @vongiller


Page One

  • "Visual weight should match information relevance!"
  • UI Metrics
    • Keystrokes
    • Mouse travel distance
    • Gaze shifts
      • Humans scan "top-to-bottom" faster than "left-to-right".
    • Mental Delays
      • Compound interest that can bankrupt you
      • Recall
      • "user mental model not developers"
  • Good UI
    • Clear
    • Consistent
    • Concise
  • Tools
    • Contrast - black/white - visual difference between two elements
    • Color -
      • Hue - Blue vs. Teal
      • Saturation - Vibrance
      • Value - dark/light
    • Tables - less lines (light grey) and more content (bold headers)
    • Fonts
      • Serif - better on long text blocks
      • San-Serif - quick to read
    • Shapes
      • Arrows
      • Squares
    • Motion
      • Easing should be 200-400ms
      • Fade in/out should not change the flow of the page
  • References:
    • Use a CSS framework: SASS and LESS
    • - color contrast checker (
  • Examples
    • (Bad) Don't use multiple colors when asking the user to choose "shape labels"
    • (Good) Labels on checkboxes should always be clickable


Page Two

  • Whenever possible do things "in parallel" not "serial" (i.e. no modal)
  • Use list boxes over combo boxes (drop down is an extra step)
  • Glow
    • Use glow on text to make readable over multi-color background
    • Dark/light background = dark text over light glow
  • Gradients - help transfer "gaze"
  • Proximity - similar data close, similar functions close
  • Immediate Feedback
  • Telemetry - what is a user doing?
    • Crazy Egg
    • Google Analytics
  • UI Checklist
    • 3 most important screens
    • 3 most important pieces of a screen
    • 3 most important fields in a section

11 comments - 2012

posted on: Thursday, August 16, 2012 by: jhildeman

I just got back from 2012 and it was excellent.

The daily keynotes were:

  • Leon Gersing - YOU
  • Scott Hanselman - Scaling Yourself 
  • Richard Campbell -

Great links




posted on: Monday, August 29, 2011 by: EngageTeamAdmin

Newest blog entry...HERE!


Host underscores

posted on: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by: jhildeman

Apparently, RFC 592 (I just need to read more) states that we are not allowed to use underscores (_) in "host names" (what IIS calls host headers, others call host names, not the same as domain name rules).  In this case, our WMI scripting allowed us to create a site and slap a host header on it that contained an underscore.  This is where the issue began. 

RFC 592 states…

1. A "name" (Net, Host, Gateway, or Domain name) is a text string up to 24 characters drawn from the alphabet (A-Z), digits (0-9), minus sign (-), and period (.).  Note that periods are only allowed when they serve to delimit components of "domain style names".

Bottom Line:  Apparently IE expects standards to be obeyed (imagine that) and does not allow this invalid "host name" to be written into a cookie (Cookie:  Thus, SiteManager says we successfully logged in (according to the database logs) but because the cookie never got dropped (even when  I put it in "allowed sites" and lowered my security).  Result: we get bounced right back to the login page as if nothing happened (but ONLY IN IE). 

If you change the name of host to "" then everything is fine.


Umb Courier - first look

posted on: Thursday, October 7, 2010 by: EngageTeamAdmin

Alright, we have a site that needs upgrading from v3.x to v4.0.2.1.  I've been wanting to look at Courier and see what it can do so here we go. 

First question we'll try to answer is can it take and old version and move it to a new "empty" version. 

Backup everything first (both dirs, both dbs)
1) Install courier for Umb 3.x package on v3 site
1a)ISSUE: Install package assumes /Umbraco directory which we don't have because
          of rebranding which is why we bought the Pro package.  Grrr.
   Moved everything under /Umbraco to our rebranded directory
1b)Looks good.  Looks like we have a "transfer to staging" option in the context menu.
2) Install courier for Umb 4.x package on v4 site
3) Copy .lic file to both /bin directories
4) Right click "[Send to Demosite]" and we get the "Error with Licensing" page.  Checked with support and it turned out that it was a .lic file that was set only for .local domains.  They will send a new .lic file.


Unable to read project

posted on: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by: EngageTeamAdmin


Unable to read the project file 'xyz.vbproj'. The Web Application Project xyzApp is configured to use IIS. To access local IIS Web sites, you must install all of the following Windows components: Internet Information Services IIS 6 Metabase and IIS 6 Configuration Compatibility ASP.NET In addition, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account. By default, Windows runs applications in a limited-privilege user account even when you are logged on to the computer as an administrator. To run Visual Studio with administrative privileges, right-click the Visual Studio icon and then click 'Run as administrator'.



After upgrading my machine from WinXP to Windows 7 this .vbproj would not open giving the above error. I realized that XP=IIS6 and Win7=IIS7 and read the MSDN article on converting. RESOLUTION: I just wanted to run the app using the development web server so I just wanted to get rid of the attempt to use IIS. After digging around, I found some settings in the .vbproj file. I manually edited my xyz.vbproj file and set:

  • "UseIIS" = false
  • "IISUrl" to be empty

Success, the project loads and everything is running.