Island Dog's Articles In Personal Computing
February 24, 2017 by Island Dog
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $10 each!

Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.

Fences lets you organize your icons and shortcuts by placing them into fences, which are customizable shaded areas located on your desktop. You can even create folder portals, which gives you easy access to freque...
February 17, 2017 by Island Dog
Fences, Stardock’s desktop organization app, has become quite a fan favorite since it was first released. The app lets you automatically organize your desktop icons and shortcuts into fences to keep your desktop area clean and organized. The latest version, Fences 3, added several new features, including compatibility with Windows 10.

Get Fences here.

Fences has lots of cool features to help you organize your desktop just the way you want it. I’m going to share my top 3 ti...
November 2, 2016 by Island Dog
If you are a Windows 10 user, we have a great set of apps that can help you customize and enhance your user experience. The best part is, this can be done for under $5 each!

Below is a quick overview of each app and what it can do to improve your Windows 10 experience.


Start10 is one of Stardock's most popular apps for Windows 10. It is an alternative Start menu that brings additional customization and functionality to the Windows 10 Start menu. If you prefer the look of t...
October 26, 2016 by Island Dog
Microsoft is having a Windows 10 event today at 10am ET.

You can watch the livestream here.

Here is some info on what to expect to be announced and shown today.

September 27, 2016 by Island Dog
Ever since Windows 8 came out with the missing Start menu, Start8 has been a very popular Stardock app because it brought users back to Start menu they were familiar with. Even when the Start menu eventually returned, Start8 remained popular since it still offered Windows users a variety of options and customization.

Fast forward to today and now we have Windows 10 with its own take on the Windows Start menu. That’s where Start10 comes in, and just like before, gives Windows users the f...
July 29, 2015 by Island Dog
Windows 10 is here today and we’ve seen lots of questions about compatibility with Stardock software. I wanted to take the time to post a chart with compatibility so you can know what to expect when you update to Windows 10.Now is a great time to be an Object Desktop subscriber. Learn more about Object Desktop here.Note:Please note that even though we say it’s working on Windows 10 doesn’t mean full compatibility or supported and there is always the chance that issues...
March 19, 2015 by Island Dog
Many thought it would be later in the year for the holiday season, but apparently Microsoft is confident that Windows 10 will be ready for a summer release.

"We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Windows has always been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today. That’s why it was particularly fun to...
February 23, 2015 by Island Dog
I'm using a Microsoft wireless 2000 keyboard which I've had for a while now.  It has actually been real good for everything I do including gaming, but this one needs to be replaced and I'm looking to see what to get next.

Looking at the Logitech wireless illuminated keyboard. Like it because it works with the Logitech unifying receiver, but not sure I want to spend that much.

Not really a big fan of wires, but also looking at the Logitech G105 gaming keyboard. 
February 21, 2015 by Island Dog
We had server issues today which affected many of our sites and services since early this morning and throughout the day.  We have been working to get everything restored and as of this posting, everything should be working as normal.

We apologize if this caused you any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience while we worked this problem.
February 17, 2015 by Island Dog
If you follow my posts you might have seen I planned and recently finished my new PC.  Putting together a new PC is a bit of work, at least assembling all the parts together and making sure everything works.  That's only one part of it though, as you also have to install Windows, install all your apps and games, and then get your data moved back.

My new PC doesn't have an optical drive, so I loaded up my Windows 8 ISO onto a USB drive and installed it.  It didn't ta...
January 21, 2015 by Island Dog
As posted earlier, Microsoft had a media event today to give more details on what’s upcoming in Windows 10 for PC, tablets, mobile, etc.  They showed lots of features of Windows 10, announced that upgrades will be free for the first year, Cortana integration, Spartan browser, and also showed off some cool new technology.

I’m also going to link to some articles that gives much mor...
January 21, 2015 by Island Dog
Today at 12pm EST, Microsoft is holding a media event to discuss the upcoming Windows 10.

You can watch the livestream here, and it will also be on-demand after the event.

February 11, 2015 by Island Dog
You might have seen me mention it before, but my current main/gaming PC is around 7 years old.  I really can’t complain though, because it has lasted and really hasn’t caused any problems until now.  I built it then for around $600 or so, and it is the main PC I work with and play games on.  The past couple of months it has been difficult to start and keep running efficiently, so it’s time to start looking at a new build.

In a previous post I mentioned I was l...
December 10, 2014 by Island Dog
At the beginning of the year I posted about a new gaming mouse I picked up.  It was an E-Blue Mazer 2000 which I picked up on Amazon for around $20.  It’s been a fairly good piece of inexpensive hardware, but after a ton of use the scroll wheel was starting to wear down, so it was time for something new.

Around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend Amazon had a bunch of Logitech stuff on sale, so I picked up the Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse for about $44.  That’s ...
November 11, 2014 by Island Dog
Black Friday 2014 is approaching, and while I don't even think about standing in line at a store any more, there are usually some good deals to be found online.  There's really nothing in particular I'm looking for, but since I'm getting ready to piece together a new PC, maybe I can find some components on sale.

Good resources:

Anything you are hoping to grab on sale?