Pinning the recycle bin to the taskbar in Windows 7

Windows 7I really like Windows 7 release candidate: it is everything that Vista should have been and more. It runs on low spec hardware, it is slick, looks good and it Just WorksTM in so many ways. I have it installed on an old 1.6GHz single core laptop and yet, even with Aero Glass enabled, it feels faster than my dual-core 2.5GHz main machine. Being a fan of the Dock on OS X machines, I really like the new taskbar too. I have one major gripe with it though: you cannot pin the recycle bin to it. If you try to, it gets hidden away by the Windows Explorer icon that is already there and is accessible only through right-clicking on that icon.

Help is at hand though with this one failing of Windows 7. It is possible to add the recycle bin to the taskbar (and have it support drag and drop). In short, the solutiuon is to create a new toolbar that contains a shortcut to the recycle bin. Full details can be found on sevenforums. See below for the results:

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Never mind the recession; here’s Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach 09

It’s nearly summer time and so it’s nearly time to start planning for a very special beach event: Flash on the Beach. This great Adobe Flash-related event returns to Brighton for its fourth year on the 20th – 23rd September.

If previous years are anything to go by, expect a fun mix of presentations ranging from the awe-inspiring, artistic and inspirational to the informative and educational. Previous years have seen presentations on designing adverts and using the “power user” features of Photoshop, through to building your first Flex app and some good best practices for software development.

Tickets are on sale now. The earlier you buy, the cheaper they are. In previous years they have all sold out too. Leave it too late and you’ll be left kicking empty bear cans on Brighton beach whilst everyone else enjoys the Flash on the Beach party. So get yourself over there now and sign up to join in.

ps, getting naked and really flashing is not advised. Doug McCune discovered what happens when you take your clothes off at Flex360 this year. You have been warned… 🙂

Flex Builder is dead. Long live Flash Builder

flashbuilderLast Friday, Adobe announced that Flex Builder 4 will actually be called Flash Builder. As many folk use Flex Builder to create non-Flex SWFs, it does make sense. Remember Flex is little more than just a bunch of ActionScript classes after all, so Adobe could well have been limiting sales of Flex Builder with its old name.

What seems odd though is that there seem to be no plans to rename the Flex SDK at the same time. The Flex SDK is equally inappropriately named as it contains all of the core Flash classes, the compiler, ASDoc generator etc, as well as the Flex classes. Also without a change to the Flash Pro designer tool, confusion will continue to reign as Adobe will have two products called Flash Pro and Flash Builder Pro respectively. Such a half-baked name change smacks of some poorly thought-out marketing decision at too low a level within the company.

Another oddity of the name change is with regard to trademarks. According to the Adobe website, the fully qualified name of Flex Builder is the ridiculously cumbersome Adobe® Flex® Builder™. Presumably Adobe will try to slap a trademark on Flash Builder too. I’m no lawyer, so may be wrong here, but I suspect that as existing products using the name Flash Builder have been around for years, the TM on Adobe’s Flash Builder will mean little more than “Totally Meaningless”. See a4desk.com and the flashbuilder tool on tucows for example. Third party software houses will presumably therefore be free to use the term in their products too. Given how anal Adobe normally are over trademarks, I’m surprised at the name choice therefore.