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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Menu Alignment

My answer to the question Why all menus in windows are floating left with dual monitor? was not quite right. The author of the question commented my answer and updated the question with the screen shot of the entire desktop.

Menus on their desktop are right-aligned, and it’s not because the menu would fall out of screen with left-alignment.

Usually, menus are left-aligned:
Left-aligned Help menu in Notepad

But menus can be right-aligned:
Right-aligned Help menu in Notepad

Windows allows changing alignment of the menus, but it provides no UI to control this setting.

So to fix user’s problem, I wrote a simple application MenuAlignment.exe.

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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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Consider changing your password

Every three months Windows reminds about changing password. And Windows 7 does in unobtrusive way:

Consider changing your password: Your password will expire in 3 days.

Consider changing your password: Your password will expire tomorrow.

Windows XP shows a dialog box asking whether you would like to change your password now, when you log in or unlock your computer. You have to click a button to continue working. I like the way Windows 7 does it better. Moreover there are email reminders sent in 21 days before your password expires.

Users don’t see such messages at home: Who wants to make oneself change one’s password every three months?

Do you have a password on your home computer?
Have you ever changed it since you setup Windows?


…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

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.


The time has come to change my antivirus software suite. For a long time I’ve been using Kaspersky Internet Security, and I’ve had no issues with it until recently.

Last year in October, my desktop started to be sluggish after it wakes up from sleep. I contacted technical support. The support ticket is still open, I regularly do tests they ask me to do, add more details… There’s no solution. I already have no hope to get my issue fixed.

A similar problem occurred on my new laptop several times. Although I do not believe KIS is the source of hangs, it surely contributes to the issues with system stability.

So now I’m looking for alternative solution. I’d like to have a complete suite with antivirus and firewall, anti-banner is also a plus. Anti-span is not crucial anymore because I mostly read email online.

What antivirus do you use? What are its advantages and disadvantages?