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- Read the first post here It took a long time for me to build the Windows 8.1 version of the Explorer8, but I had a good reason for it. The new version is designed and implemented from scratch. The whole system has been renewed and the result is a much better experience for users to enjoy. This version has an abstract view of the folder items which makes it possible to add support for network locations, cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. plus the I/O operations (copy/ move, etc.) has been rewritten to take advantage of the new model. Also, the entire logic has been rewritten and re-imagined to make the app much more robust. In addition, the device list and the tree view have been merged. The new control will give you a lot of free space and control. Remember, to...

Have you ever had that feeling where you said an application in your favorite OS should be like this or that? Many do! Some people in deviantart try to create mockups and show the people what they wished it was. I had the same feeling for Windows 8’s file explorer. It’s not very modern. We had the same explorer for years. Not much is changed. I wanted something beautiful and useful. Something that I would used. I thought the new SkyDrive app would be better since it’s a Modern app, but it really is very simple. So I decided to create one for myself:   I spent a lot of time thinking what I as a user would want. Not what is convenient for me to build. I’m a big fan of dark themes, but maybe you’d prefer a light one. So here’s one for you: The app consists of several main regions:...

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Back in 2012, I wrote a post about how to scrape a podcast (or any web page for that matter) from the Internet. In that post my idea was to prove a point that it is possible to scrape the information from web pages with PowerShell. However, if you’re trying to download all the posts, I’d suggest you to use a better strategy which is to use the podcast’s RSS feed. In this post, I’m going to show you just that… Just note that I’m using the same podcast I used back then to point out the differences. Link to the Hanselminutes podcast (which is one of my favorites) is this: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HanselminutesCompleteMP3 In PowerShell you can use any of the .Net libraries. Combining this and the PowerShell’s pipeline feature makes shell programming a heaven!  In just one line, you will...

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A couple of hours ago [with a lot of excitement] I tried to download the Windows 8.1 preview. The instruction for the update is easy: Download one little (15MB) update from Microsoft and install it http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview After the restart the Windows Store will ask you to update if you’d like. I downloaded the update and tried to install it. However I got the error: "The update is not applicable to your computer". I tried several times with a lot of tricks but couldn’t install it. Then it occurred to me, maybe I’ll be able to use the same method we used for installing .Net 3.5 offline on Windows 8. To do this, we have to use the dism.exe and extract (expand) the update package. To install, create an empty folder named “8.1” and copy the...