Jack of all trades, master of none.
T-Man's Articles In WinCustomize News
July 25, 2007 by T-Man
On Thursday July 26th, 2007 from approximately 7:30am to 9:30am (Easter Time Zone) we will be performing server maintenance.  During this time we will be closing the WinCustomize Skin Gallery. This will aftect most of the site, including the Personal Pages. However, the Forums will still be open for your reading pleasure.

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope for all you diehards that it does not cause any mental break downs.  Consider this a moment to spend some time wi...
October 3, 2006 by T-Man
WinCustomize, in cooperation with Pageflakes, is happy to announce the addition of the WinCustomize SkinCast flake to the Pageflakes gallery. The WinCustomize SkinCast flake allows you to view the newest WindowBlinds visual styles posted to the WinCustomize Gallery. Visit Pageflakes now and add the WinCustomize SkinCast Flake to your page today!

Pageflakes is a personalized start page with email checking, movie finder, RSS feeds and various other features. In other words, think of it as a w...
June 7, 2006 by T-Man
The database server upgrade is now completed.  The process was pretty smooth and painless so that was a big sigh of relief.  And so far it appears that site is definitely running better with the new DB Server in place.  There is still always room for improvement but this was definitely a big step in the right direction.

Let us know how things are running for you.  Does the site feel faster, slower, the same?  We are interested in hearing from you how everything is w...
May 22, 2006 by T-Man
Well, it appears that our database servers performed much better while the personal pages were off.  Not only was the database happier but we saw a significant increase in traffic to WinCustomize because there were less problems.  So its good that we have seen our traffic increase.   But its bad because it means there is a problem with the personal pages that is causing significant database congestion.

So here is the plan.  Later today (around 3:00) we plan on turning...
May 17, 2006 by T-Man
If you are interested in desktop customization, which I suspect you are, then you will want to check out Pageflakes.com. Pageflakes is a personalized start page with email checking, movie finder, RSS feeds and various other features. In other words, think of it as a webpage where users can easily add gadgets (or flakes as they call them) to a page making news and information readily available. Pageflakes, using AJAX technology, is completely customizable allowing you to move your flakes any wher...
May 3, 2006 by T-Man
Bill Gates announced that Microsoft is partnering with the New York Times to develop a new prototype application called "Times Reader".  Times Reader is supposed to improve "on-screen reading" for online newspapers such as the New York Times.  The application promises to automatically resize text, photos and advertisements to fit any size screen.  And the reader is designed to match fonts and other design elements of the print to so that publications can maintain their d...
October 21, 2005 by T-Man
Stardock Systems, Inc., a provider of desktop enhancement software, is seeking a Microsoft .NET Web Application Developer to develop and maintain the company's community websites and web-based services.  The ideal candidate must have a minimum of 2+ years experience in both web application development experience and object oriented programming.  Job Description: Developer will work on reusable class components, new application modules, and provide support and incremental patches t...
August 24, 2005 by T-Man
Paul Boyer announces his new podcast site, Under The Skin:

Under The Skin: (We have a home!)

Last week we recorded our first episode of  the new Skinning Podcast, Under the Skin. My original plan was to host it on my Wincustomize.com website. This was a bit of a cheap solution because I was concerned about the cost of bandwidth. However, once again, Stardock has stepped in to give me a hand.
Under the Skin, will now be part of the PowerUser.tv "network". We will have our own h...
May 5, 2005 by T-Man
For those stat fanatics who keep track of all their stats we have just added a new download stat.  The old system reported the total number of downloads, but actually that number really represented something closer to the total number of unique downloads.  We have now added a new stat that shows the Total Number of download attempts.  What does this mean?  If you download a skin more than once the download stat would generally only increment once.  The new stat counts bo...
February 7, 2005 by T-Man
After much delay the Watchlist has finally been updated so you are now able to view and manage the articles that you have added to your watchlist!

For those of you who are not familar with the watch list, it allows to you select specific articles that you are interested in and combine them into a unified list where you can easily view them.  Also, when new replies have been made to that article an email is sent to you notifying you of the new activity.  This is great for those who p...
January 4, 2005 by T-Man
A letter from Joh6nn, the newest member of Coolplayers development team:

Hi All. I'm joh6nn, the newest member of Coolplayer's dev team.

There are currently a number of problems surrounding skinning Coolplayer. Probably the biggest one is that the UI for skinning the playlist is currently broken. A close second would be that Coolplayer has two completely different skinning systems: one for the player itself, and a separate one for the playlist. I'd like to fix as many of the skinning is...
October 8, 2004 by T-Man
I finally became tired of creating a complete listing of all the new WinCustomize Personal Skinning Pages so I finally took the initiative and create an index page that will list all the sites that our skinners have created.  If you look up in the link bar above you will see a new addition "Site Index".  Click on it to check out the listing of the new personal pages.
October 5, 2004 by T-Man
The WinCustomize Personal Pages are coming along nicely and we have received quite a bit of positive feedback on them.  Today we have extended the access to create your own personal page.  Now anyone who has Master Apprentice access or above or a WinCustomize Subscription can create his/her own WinCustomize Personal Page. 

To create your own personal page goto http://skinners.wincustomize.com/createsite.aspx. Just logon and fill out the form and submit it!
January 5, 2004 by T-Man
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our Skin Library.  Once again we apologize for this inconvience.  We have a trouble ticket in place with our co-lo facility and hope to have the skin library running as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.
November 3, 2003 by T-Man
Please welcome Hippy as our newest administrator to WinCustomize.  Hippy has proven to a great leader in the community and it is only deserving that we recognize that by promoting him here at WinCustomize.  Without a doubt Hippy will make an excellent admin and we are glad to have him here.

Welcome Hippy!