Author: philipyip

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Updated


The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

Has been updated to Redstone 3 – Version 1709 (build 16299.15)

The Media Creation Tool only allows one to select Windows 10 under Edition. However the new installation .iso appears to be multi-Edition including the new Windows 10 S Edition and the European Commission N Editions:

The new Windows 10 S (Secure) only lets you install Apps from the Store. In other words it is limited and you are only allowed to install Apps from the Windows 10 Store.

This is what happens if you try and launch an .exe:

You get this error message:

With the failure of Windows Phone, Microsoft must be desperate to get developers writing Apps for their Store and are using a cheap base Edition of Windows as a ransom for many end users to entice developers to do so.

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Flags of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom


So I had a little attempt at vexillology. This chart shows the Floral symbols, Coat of Arms and Flags of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom including Overseas Territories and State Flags.

Let me know what you think. I had fun making this. Click to maximise (or right click and select save as…) to view in detail.

Bonus question, how many “Union Jacks” are on the chart?

Extended chart (double click to maximise or right click and select save as…):

Basic chart (double click to maximise or right click and select save as…):

Windows 10 Redstone 3 Version 1709 (Build 16299.15)


Windows 10 Redstone 3 (RS3) Version 1709 (Build 16299.15) is available on the Fast Track for Windows Insiders:

Currently the best way to get it is to Download the Windows 10 Insider Preview .iso build 16292 and perform an in place upgrade.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewadvanced?wa=wsignin1.0

Then right click the button and select Settings → Update and Security → Windows Insider Program and change your settings to the Fast Track. Although updated RTM installation .isos will likely be available via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool in a couple of weeks.

Microsoft Edge now can be used as a proper PDF reader. Microsoft have finally supported PDF bookmarks into Microsoft Edge something I’ve requested since the original release of Windows 10 TH1 (Version 1507):

There is also a tab preview and more support for writing with a stylus:

Also they have put in the ability for full screen viewing:

Timeline of the Flags of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom


I took an interest in the Union Flag and the historical ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom:

CANZUK Flag Timeline Updated 5 to 3

YouTube video showing the evolution here:

0832 Scotland 1118 England 1198 Royal Standard of England 1222 The Royal Banner of Scotland 1365 Flag of the Kingdom of France 1542 Royal Standard of the Kingdom of Ireland 1707 1. Kings Colours Construction 1707 2. Kings Colours 1707 3. Kings Colours 1707 4. Kings Colours Red Ensign 1707 5. Kings Colours Blue Ensign 1707 6. Kings Colours White Ensign 1707 8. Kings Colours British East India Company 1783 Ireland 1801 2. Union Flag 1801 3. Union Flag 1801 4. Union Flag Red Ensign 1801 5. Union Flag Blue Ensign 1801 6. Union Flag White Naval Ensign 1801 8. The Irish Green Ensign 1801 9. The British East India Company 1858 Nova Scotia 1867 New Zealand Blue Ensign 1868 The Canadian Red Ensign S. All

Shield 1. Ontario (St George’s Cross and Maple Leaf), 2. Quebec (Fleur De Lis, Royal Lion of England and Maple Leaf), 3. Nova Scotia (Thistle and Fish) and 4. New Brunswick (Royal Lion of England and sailing ship).

1873 The Canadian Red Ensign S. All

Shield 5. Manitoba (St George’s Cross and bison who roamed the province), 6. British Colombia (The royal crest of the Imperial Lion upon the Imperial Crown), 7. Prince Edward Island (Three oak samplings denoting the Island’s three counties beneath a mature Oak which represents Great Britain).

1896 The Canadian Red Ensign S. All

Shield 6. British Colombia Updated (“The sun never sets on the British Empire”)

1901A StarConstellations 1901B TheSouthernCross 1901C The New Zealand Red Ensign Construction Part 1 1901D The New Zealand Red Ensign Construction Part 2 1901I All TheNewZealandRedEnsign 1901J All TheNewZealandRedEnsign

New Zealand had a referendum on changing their flag. They decided to keep their Blue Ensign:

The Southern Cross Crux α-Crux 9 sided, β-Crux 8 sided, γ-Crux 7 sided, δ-Crux 6 sided and ε-Crux 5 sided. The number of sides in each star denotes the relative brightness of the Southern Cross.

The Commonwealth star 6-sided representing the 6 states of the Commonwealth of Australia.

See the first Australia Red Ensign restored to its glory:

1903B TheAustralianRedEnsign2 1903C TheAustralianBlueEnsign2 All stars in the Crux updated to 7 sides. This emphasises the Commonwealth star which is updated to 7 sides denoting 6 states and a territory (and any future territories).

1907 The Canadian Red Ensign S. All

Shield 7. Alberta (St George Cross above Rocky Mountains and their foothills followed by grass prairies and cultivated wheat fields) and 8. Saskatchewan (Royal Lion on yellow field – similar to the Royal banner of Scotland and three gold sheaves of wheat representing the province’s agriculture)

1907B TheAustralianRedEnsign3 1907C TheAustralianBlueEnsign3

All stars in the Crux updated to 7 sides. This emphasises the Commonwealth star which is updated to 7 sides (6 territories and a state).

1920 The British Royal Airforce Sky Blue Ensign 1921 The Canadian Red Ensign 1. Construction 1921 The Canadian Red Ensign 2. Construction 1921 The Canadian Red Ensign 3. Construction 1921 The Canadian Red Ensign S. All 1921 The Canadian T Blue Ensign T. All 1923 The New Zealand Royal Airforce Sky Blue Ensign 1940 The British Royal Airforce Sky Blue Ensign 1941 TheAustralianBlueEnsign 1946 The Canadian Red Ensign Flag Proposal 1948 The Australian Royal Airforce Sky Blue Ensign 1953 TheAustralianBlueEnsign 1957 The Canadian Red Ensign 1957 The Canadian T Blue Ensign T. All 1964 The Canadian Maple Leaf Design Proposal

The change of flag was forced upon Canada by the Liberal government despite the popularity of the much loved Canadian Red Ensign (my personally favourite flag). If a referendum had occurred on the flag change it may have likely failed like the case with New Zealand. See the Great Canadian Flag Debate:

1965 The Canadian Maple Leaf 1967 The Australian White Ensign 1968 A. The New Zealand White Ensign 1968 B. The Canadian White Ensign 1982 The Australian Royal Airforce Sky Blue Ensign 1982 The Canadian Royal Sky Blue Ensign (Airforce Ensign)

150th Dominion (Canada) Day


I wish all Canadian’s a Happy Dominion Day.

Since today is Canada’s 150th Dominion Day I have put together the following chart highlighting the historical ties between the United Kingdom and Canada. Please feel free to share and distribute it.

Canada Dominion Day

Canada – Kanata (Iroquoian) means “Settlement, Village or Land".

On this day 150 years ago (1st of July 1867) Canada became a Dominion of the British Empire. A Dominion is an “autonomous Community with the British Empire". In other words a political equal to the United Kingdom equal in status and in no way subordinate in any aspect. Dominions are united by common allegiance to the Crown and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam
They desire a better country

A Mari Usque Ad Mare
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth

And for Dominion Day my Canadian Red Ensign is out flying. Another grey sky in Glasgow, Scotland.

Philip Yip

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Improvements in Windows Update


With Windows 10 Build 15063 Microsoft have made updating more flexible for Windows 10 Pro.

Active hours now has a maximum of 18 hours opposed to 12:

There is now the Current Branch for Business (which gives more of an emphasis on Security opposed to Feature Updates and gives only thoroughly tested Updates):

There is the option to pause updates for a week. This means you can safely set up your computer for an overnight measurement/render/simulation without worrying about Windows 10 auto-restarting:

For more details see Managing Windows Update in Windows 10.

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