Island Dog's Articles In Personal Computing
February 20, 2018 by Island Dog
For many of us who work with computers all day, it can get a bit boring to look at the same bland desktop all day long. While Windows has made some improvements to the user interface over the years, it's still the same as everyone else's in your home or office. I like to customize things, especially items I use often, and my PC is no exception. 

You can customize your desktop as much or as little as you would like with a variety of custom themes and skins found at I wan...
November 21, 2017 by Island Dog
Start10 is a popular choice for Windows 10 users who appreciate the look and feel of the classic Windows 7 Start menu. Its range of customizations and options make it an ideal choice to install with the OS. I wanted to focus on one feature in particular today, which is using custom images for the Start button. Start10 already includes several options for you to choose from, and there are many more available for download at WinCustomize. 

Get Start10 for $4.99

Changing t...
October 31, 2017 by Island Dog
Fences is one of our most popular desktop apps for Windows! It allows you to sort and organize your icons and folders into customizable “fences” on the desktop. Some of the coolest things about Fences are the customization features you can apply to make your fences look and function how you want them to.

Get Fences here.

In this guide, I'll show you some common customizations and how you can adjust and apply them to your fences.

Adjusting color and...
August 4, 2017 by Island Dog
Exciting news! Dell's revolutionary Canvas 27 display is available for order! Why is this exciting news for Stardock? Because one of our most popular desktop organization applications, Fences, is an essential aspect of the product's design. Fences provides specialized creative space on the Canvas desktop. Imagine, Canvas users can drag and drop items into Fences and assign certain projects specific rules to organize files, folders and shortcuts automatically!

Read more here....

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.

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 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 ...
October 27, 2014 by Island Dog
Amazon announced the Fire TV stick device, and if you are a Prime subscriber you can pre-order one for just $19 for the next couple of days.


Seems like a pretty good deal for a streaming device for $19.