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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!
September 16, 2003 by T-Man

As a massive hurricane surges toward the East Coast, Red Cross is appealing for emergency donations.
All eyes are on the path of Hurricane Isabel. Who knows how destructive and expensive this storm will be?
The Red Cross is mobilizing staff and lifesaving relief — food, water, shelter, and other aid, but our Disaster Relief Fund is empty.
Donations have been down sharply based on various factors including the rough economy. From July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003, the Red Cross spent $1...
July 8, 2003 by T-Man
The WinCustomize Library is temporally closed for non subscribers while our ISP moves our server to a new network segment. We do not have an ETA on when it will be back online but hope that we will return to full service shortly.

Thank you for your understanding.
May 15, 2003 by T-Man
Whew that was fun. NOT!

Well, after some server difficulties WinCustomize is back online and with minimual data loss (only a couple hours worth).

It is possible that there might be a few glitches here and there that we have not seen yet so if you notice any problems that we may have overlooked please respond to this news item and let us know.

Thanks for your patience during our rebuilding phase!