Russia goes to winter time

After living for three years in “eternal” DST, on October 26, 2014, Russia will turn the clock 1 hour back to the standard, or winter, time.

Operating systems installed the corresponding updates. The time zone changed to UTC+3, and its title has RTZ 2 specification in parenthesis.

Windows 7 notifies: Daylight Saving Time ends on October 26, 2014 at 2:00. The clock is set to go back 1 hour at that time.

Windows 7: Daylight Saving Time ends on October 26, 2014 at 2:00. The clock is set to go back 1 hour at that time.

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Gifts from Super User

Today Yesterday I received a package from the USA. It was my mouse and t-shirt—the prizes I won in the Windows 8 challenge at Super User.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse:
Box with Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

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…And a bit of luck!

I took part in challenge devoted to Windows 8 release. And I reached level 2.

Level 1 prize is Super User t-shirt:

Super User Windows 8 Challenge: Level 1 prize - T-Shirt

Level 1:

  • 2 posts with a score of 1 or more
  • 1 post with a score of 3 or more

Everyone who completed Level 1 will receive the t-shirt.

The prizes for Level 2 are limited. There were selected 15 winners (from 69), and I’m in the list. I’ll receive Microsoft Arch Touch Mouse:

The Mouse of Champions

Level 2:

  • 5 posts with a score of 3 or more
  • 1 post with a score of 5 or more


Windows 8 Challenge

Super User had a challenge with prizes to support the release of Windows 8.

There were two separate challenges: Levels and Tiles. You complete those by asking and answering questions.

It was here that I was spending all my free time during the last two weeks. Here’s what I managed to achieve:

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

My tiles in Super User Windows 8 Challenge

Unfortunately, I found the challenge quite late. If I had known about it from the start, I could have fight for the main prize, Surface RT tablet, and I would have reached the Level 3. Anyway I just wanted to get the t-shirt 🙂

Super User Windows 8 Challenge: Level 1 prize - T-Shirt

Well, why would one give up on other levels? So I continued answering questions. And Level 3 was really close…

By the time I joined the challenge, many questions had been asked and answered. And I didn’t have access to Windows 8 from some time and therefore I couldn’t answer some questions because I had no way to check. Nevertheless I tried to do my best.

On November 2 I earned 180 reputation points. If I had earned 20 points more, I would have received Mortarboard badge. And 155 points earned my answer to : How can I stop others from formatting the hard drive in Windows 8?

In my opinion, this question was not directly related to Windows 8.

There are lots of questions which are not very useful, yet they earned many upvotes. Sometimes the answers were rather obvious. So you just have to play by the rules.

Windows 8

Windows 8

On October 26, Windows 8 has been officially released. It’s the new generation of Microsoft Windows operating system.

Windows 8 Pro

And now you have the opportunity to download Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99.

Or you can get boxed version for $69.99.

Important note: the offer is valid for upgrade only. To install this copy of Windows 8 Pro, you must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Windows 8 Release Preview

On May 31, Windows 8 Release Preview became available for download.

This was also announced in Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview post with additional details on what changes were incorporated to it since the first preview last September.

Personally I haven’t tried the previous release. I only read about it. I am not fond of the new Start menu where (multi-)touch is the key of user experience. I don’t have any devices with touch. So it’s the first release of Windows that I am not excited about.

I understand the reasons why they made it that way. It’s rather expected step to converge user experiences across multiple devices. On the other hand, it assumes all new computers in offices should support touch, doesn’t it?