RainWallpaper - a slightly biased review.RainWallpaper is just a wallpaper tool, nothing more, nothing less. You can select an animated wallpaper from the default list or take a wallpaper from the online gallery. It displays an animated wallpaper image on your system background, on the main monitor or the second.
So, on to two installations to test the product, first of all the bad review and then the much more positive review. I give you my reactions in the order I tested.
The installation was easy and simple though the download was quite large and took a while to complete. When installed it is easy to run and places a small RainWallpaper icon (a raindrop) in your systray for access to configuration options.
This was the point at which I started to worry - using the Wallpaper functionality on my base system (a quick enough 2.5ghz core2duo laptop with 4gb or RAM and a fast hybrid drive) it consumed 65-85% of system resources to place an animated background image with moving snow or steam or smoke... My immediate reactio
First Encounters of an Xwidget kind - RainWidgetsUpdate 2. 28th September 2018
The first alpha/beta of the RainWidget engine has just been released. What is RainWidgets? - I hear you ask. Well, RainWidgets is the spiritual successor to Xwidgets - though before you rush out to try to download and install it - hold on! RainWidgets is NOT Xwidget 2.0. Firstly, there is no upgrade path from Xwidgets, second, there is no IDE and finally, there is no simple and easy way to create widgets using a few cores and some .js glue.
Rainwidgets is a pure widget engine and that's it, no IDE, no prettiness, no padding, just an engine for HTML based widgets. So, before you get upset and feel depressed and annoyed that Xwidgets has taken the wrong direction be placated by the fact I am fairly sure that RainWidgets has actually taken the correct direction. So far it has the feeling that it might just be the tool that a lot of desktop customisers and web developers have been looking for. A really rather good tool for putting HTML based widgets on
Spectre and DeviantArt users update Windows todayUPDATED: Added comprehensive lists of CPUs affected, Intel, ARM and AMD, ARM situation updated, Intel Microcode patch problems *4, re-organised certain paragraphs.
I've written this tutorial/journal item for all Deviantart users. Most of us use computers now to create our art and so what follows is really ultra-relevant to all of us. I have tried to distil the important facts regarding the Spectre/Meltdown exploits and how they might affect you. There are a lot of words here but please don't let let that put you off. You need to read and understand at least some of it as it WILL affect you.
There exists a nasty set of issues that will affect almost all Windows, Apple or Android systems, this is a CPU exploit that all the major o/s makers are attempting to fix today even though it isn't their fault... There is a processor flaw in almost all CPUs used in our computers that simply put, allows rogue programs to read private data. You will hear two names, Spect