Posts tagged Hack

Windows 8 – Desktop on start up

Update: I thought it’d be easier to just give you the .reg file to download that will quickly update your system, just download and double click the .reg file. You can open it up in notepad and see what the file is going todo, simply changing the Shell key to the new value. :)

I’ve just switched to Windows 8 at work, and its taking some getting used to. One annoying feature is that when you log in the metro ui is shown first rather than the desktop, now since i spend 99% of my time on the desktop, I want to see that first.

After a bit of googling I found a solution, without having to install 3rd party apps. Just a quick registry edit.

Open up RegEdit and head to…

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogin

Then find the ‘Shell’ key.

By default, it is set to “explorer.exe”.

Change the value to “explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe”

Arduino IR Transmitter

An upcoming project i intend to tackle is creating an Arduino based IR transmitter. My friend has purchased a small in car LED matrix, allowing him to output messages to other drivers, the matrix comes with a complicated remote, with around 80 buttons, its pretty difficult to control while moving in the car.

I was thinking of a simple Arduino based solution, learn the specific codes from the remote control, program them into the ardunio, along with several buttons to control what messages and when, and then send these messages via an infra-red (IR) transmitter to the matrix system.

After looking on the web i came across this nice little library, link. Looks like i could knock this up for less than £40 and will be a nice step into the world of Arduino.


- 38kHz Infrared (IR) Receiver link


- Arduino Board