Sunday, September 13, 2015

Forget PONO Play get Windows 10 Tablet/Phone and play FLAC audio

Open up your world to the entertainment of playing FLAC files for free on any Windows 10 device.

A little talked about feature and with the release Windows 10 audiophiles, music enthusiasts and music lovers just got a great jolt in the arm with Windows 10.

A FLAC file is a file which contains audio compressed with the FLAC audio encoding algorithm. FLAC is very good because is is a lossless audio codec and reduces files size from 50-60%. Lossless means the original data to be perfectly reconstructed from the compressed data, not like MP3 which is sampled and missing data to reduce file size.

Historically, FLAC is not widely supported by hardware vendors, so it can happen that your Audio (MP3) player won't play FLAC files, because they are generally larger files. With storage prices coming down this is less of the issue, but the music industry is supprising reluctant to change. 

Open source is important so that this codec will improve and keep the costs down on new players/phones on the market. Hey you Android nuts, now you can manage and sync those FLAC files.

Hence, the PONO player, but who wants to bonoed for $400, you can buy a tablet for that!

Now there's a solution for you wanna-be audiophiles with Windows 10. That means any phones that upgrade to Windows 10 including the Lumia 635, Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 will play FLAC files.

That's right for a free upgrade you can now play FLAC files for free, with a pretty good audio player software. Previously on Windows, you had to use Winamp ( an empty promise) to rip and play FLAC, but long time lost support and last good now build is Winamp 5.666 Full Build from years back. 

Other players are not need now, Windows Media Player 12 now supports ripping and plays FLAC files natively!!!! About time~ 

Hurray, a great move by Microsoft. 

Possible issues with importing FLAC Files:
Installing the 
WMP Tag Plus plug-in should add FLAC library and tagging support to WMP.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Prevent auto upgrade to Windows 10 - Microsofts Official Instructions

Odd case, I clicked reserve Windows 10 thinking this just reserve a copy to install at a later date or create an ISO file. I was expecting to see the image below, according to Microsoft's Windows 10 FAQ

But it was try to install automatically, without the Install pop-up occurring!

Windows 10 in is being rolled out through Windows Update, and most users have automatic updates set as default. Windows 10 upgrade is alike any other update, and download silently in the background and the next time you reboot your computer it will try to upgrade your computer to a new version of Windows. 

An attempt was made on my computer but luckily it failed.

This has been problematic for some users that are not comfortable with Windows Metro Tile interface.  

Even-though this is free upgrade, users believe they should be able to choose before going to whole new version of Windows. This really is not the intent of Windows Update. Windows Update was to keep your current version of windows, updated.

There's been quick a stir over this and Microsoft has officially responded.

Here's how to stop automatic upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft Support 

Below is url and the actions you must take

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cleaning Windows 10 TEMP Folder - Disk Cleanup or Delete ALL

A detailed examination of Disk Cleanup for Temporary files in Windows 10.

Disk Cleanup for Windows 10 continues to perform the same way in regards to deleting temporary files form the c:\TEMP or c:\Windows\Temp folder.

Files are only deleted if they are older than 7 days.

But you actually want to delete all the files now!

One suggestion is to modify the registry LastAccess dword value from 7 (days) to 0 (days). There are two locations in Windows 10

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Temporary Files

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Temporary Files

Sounds like a great idea and I tried it. It did not work! I also tried all combination of Flags, but that did not work either.

After some long research, I have discovered why.

Simply put it Temporary Files calls dataclen.dll
to clean up the actual files, but this dll does not implement a IEmptyVolumeCache2 handler which respects LastAccess value.

If it implemented IEmptyVolumeCache2 we would see a View Files button beside Temporary files.

is missing for Temporary Files 

It only implements IEmptyVolumeCache handler, which does not respect LastAcess or Flags settings.

You can actually create your own Files to Delete category/handler to delete files you want
and is well documented at this Microsoft MSDN article entitled

Creating a Disk Cleanup Handler

Final Solution

So in the end, if you want to delete all files in TEMP folder;

Enter these shortcut string into Windows Explorer location bar

 for you 
appdata\local  directory
%windir%\Temp  for you windows\temp directory

and do the trusty select all (CTRL-A)  and DELETE.

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