Can somebody tell me why is Thumbs.db flagged as a System File? I mean, yeah, I know it IS a system file because it’s used by Windows, but it could just as well not be flagged a system file and nothing would really change. Flagging Thumbs.db as a system file results in the above screenshot: Moving a folder from one location to another will almost always display the message: “Are you sure you want to move this system file?”
Let’s look at it from an average user stand point: Let’s say he wants to move 3.2GB of photos from his documents to an external Hard Drive. After 10 - 15 minutes, all files are moved except all Thumbs.db. He is then is asked: “Are you sure you want to move this system file? If you move this file, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly […] Thumbs.db […] Do this for all current items (23 found)”
-Wait… What? I never saw a Thumbs.db in any folder? Let alone 23 of them! System file? If I move it Windows may not work correctly? I don’t want that!
So he clicks “No” and returns to the source folder only to find out that all files have been moved but all folders are left there…. empty (as far as he knows)… “Where are all those Thumbs.db files???”
So the next time this happens, he clicks “Yes” and all the files and folders have been moved and nothing really bad happened.
Look, I’m all for Thumbs.db because I do understand it’s use. Personally, I have a lot of folders with a large collection of photos in them which I browse them quit often (if you want to get rid of it, luckily, there is a way). But Thumbs.db will be generated automatically anyway, so I don’t see why I have to answer this question over and over again.
So here’s a really simple suggestion: Don’t make Thumbs.db a system file. Just leave it hidden.
So I was interested in participating in the Age of Empires Online closed beta. In order to do this, I had to:
Sign in with my Live Account (or create on if I didn’t have)
Create a Connect account (or sign-in if I already had)
— Fill out my information
— Fill out my Live Gamertag
Answer some questions
— What games I have played
— How many hours I play
— Which hours I play
Wait to get a confirmation IF I get accepted
About 3-4 months ago, I wanted to participate in the StarCraft II closed beta as well. In order to do this, I had to:
Request a beta key using my Blizzard account (or create a blizzard account)
Wait to get a confirmation IF I get accepted (which I did after about 2-3 weeks)
It’s fascinating how Microsoft is completely disconnected with there 21034823098 services (Windows Live, Microsoft Connect, Gamertags, etc.) even though you use the same credentials in every single one of them. For instance, even though I had a Live account, I STILL needed to fill out my information in Microsoft Connect. Similarly, even though I had Live and Connect, I still had to give my Gamertag username (and fill it twice, in case I made a spelling error).
In addition to providing more robust exposure bracketing, an intervalometer and even the ability to trigger the shutter based on loud sounds, the Canon, Olympus and Sigma-friendly OCC can be expanded with almost limited functionality by other open source apps as they become available. Unfortunately HDR Labs doesn’t plan on selling the Open Camera Controller, but they have provided detailed instructions on how to make your own, in this case creating the interface cable from an old GBA WarioWare: Twisted cartridge. There’s some wiring and soldering involved, so the project isn’t for the faint of heart, and technically it’s far from free, but how many other DSLR controllers let you play a game of Mario Kart DS on your break?