Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Place a Fully Functional Recycle Bin on your Windows 7 Taskbar: Edit

Aaron Says... This is a great idea and a good article, it needs a few tweaks tho. While you're changing options for "Show Title" and "Show Text", you really should select "View..." and select "Large Icons" to make it fit the Win 7 Taskbar aesthetic better. Also, if you like you can place the recycle bin in another folder, and create a second toolbar for the "Quick Launch" in question, since some users may still like this functionality.

Place a Fully Functional Recycle Bin on your Windows 7 Taskbar

By Matthew DeCarlo on September 15, 2009
Editor: Jose Vilches

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I'm not exactly sure when it became cool to abandon the use of your operating system's desktop, but a growing number of people these days prefer the "clean" look. Recent releases of Microsoft Windows seem to encourage this. By default, Windows Vista and 7 strip the desktop of all icons but the Recycle Bin.

Try as you may, ignoring this lone icon is impossible. Sure, you can hide it in just a few seconds, but at the cost of losing quick access to deleted files. You could also drag the Recycle Bin icon to the taskbar, but then it will appear pinned under Windows Explorer -- requiring an extra click to open and offering half the functionality.

In this tip, we will show you one method of bringing a fully functional Recycle Bin to your Windows 7 Taskbar, so you can clear off your desktop once and for all with little to no compromise.

To get started, we'll have to bring out the Quick Launch bar. Rest assured, it will not replace the new Windows 7Superbar -- in fact you won't even know Quick Launch is there. Right click on the Windows 7 Taskbar, hover overToolbars and click New toolbar.

When prompted to provide a folder directory, enter the following string of text:%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

After doing so, a labeled Quick Launch bar should appear near the clock. Odds are it will have several icons onboard, but since we won't be using this bar for anything apart from hosting the Recycle Bin I would just delete all of the shortcuts.

Right click on the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar if it isn't already. Now, right click on your Quick Launch bar and uncheck Show text, as well as Show title. Finally, right click and hover on View to select the size that your Recycle Bin icon will be -- I chose large to match my Superbar icons.

With the Quick Launch bar configured, all you have to do is drag and drop the Recycle Bin onto it. Feel free to grab the dotted lines and drag the Quick Launch bar to your preferred location. I would recommend either pulling it all the way to the left near the Start menu, or all the way right near the clock.

When you are satisfied with the position of your Quick Launch bar, relock the Taskbar and hide the Recycle Bin on your desktop by right-clicking an empty space and selecting Personalize, then clicking Change desktop icons in the left column of the Personalization window and un-checking the appropriate box.

Did you know?
Apple sued to prevent other software companies from offering graphical user interfaces similar to its own. The company lost most of its claims but courts agreed Apple's Trash icon was original and protected by copyright. Non-Apple software must use other metaphors for file deletion, such as Recycle Bin, Smart Eraser, or Shredder.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Idea for Google

I'm an idea man. I always think about new inventions, concepts, all kinds of stuff. I've had this idea for a while, but not sure of the best way to suggest it to Google. Today, I decided to spell it all out for Google and see what they say. I will post the mock up tomorrow and publish it as much as I can. I'm very excited! I hope Google hears my idea and brings it to fruition.

UPDATE:
http://www.chiphead.org/timeline.google.com

I posted it on my website, Issuu and Flickr :) The Flickr page is where the conversation is going on! Issuu embed is below.

Have fun with them!

Open publication - Free publishing - More timeline

Friday, March 20, 2009

World Builder - Awesome video

Took him a day to shoot the video, and a year to render all the buildings and stuff. Nice.


World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Now THIS is cool! I've been thinking about buying some of these, although I've been calling them darts and not collar stays. They're printed! With neat designs! And pretty good prices, I think I've seen 'em for $20 in stores 'round these parts, and they're not as pretty.

http://collarink.com/collection.html

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Multi Touch LCD Coke Vending Machine

I think this is a great idea. I've always thought the big fronts of these machines were a waste of space.

Now, what they need to do is steal an idea from Japan, and let you call a number and charge the drink to your cell phone account. Come on people, Japan loves us, why don't we love them?


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Star Wars


Friday, February 16, 2007

Creativity is hard. Or, Art is Hell.

My frustration over the past few days has been proceeding with one of my latest obsessions, building a new website. The website in question is for an invention of mine. It's a modification of the usual registry that comes with your checks. I don't write checks, so don't carry my checkbook but the registry was important to me to keep track of my spending. Hence was born the DebitTracker! (Name pending) I have two styles so far, each of which fit nicely into the wallet next to, or around, your debit card.

Now I said "new" website, because one does exist for this product. Trouble is, I hate this website. It was a struggling half-assed attempt at a web presence. See for yourself!

http://www.chiphead.org/registry/

Ugh. Hate. Pain. Disgust.

Anywho. I just watched a great tutorial video set which clued me in to the absolute power that CSS provides. Which should be enough inspiration to whip together a site in mere days! Um, er. Wrong. :(

But I'm getting it together. It will work! I just need to relax a little. I will let y'all know when I get it finished.

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