Windows 8

A success story: the Aussie Wine Guy app

Time for a quick timeout — It recently came to my attention that the Aussie Wine Guy app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is doing a pretty decent trade.  It’s ranked amongst the top apps in the competitive Food & Dining category in the Windows App Store.App Store

This is really an awesome and encouraging result.  Although I don’t get nearly half as much time as I used to have to publish more content on the AWG website, it is really great to see the app hitting some decent adoption numbers – well over 300 downloads since it was published in late April this year.

Apps that publish content are a great example of the advantages of full screen viewing, and the Aussie Wine Guy app provides plenty of insight into the world of excellent wine and accessories.

Check out more details on the Aussie Wine Guy website.. and please, keep on downloading and reading!

Aussie Wine Guy App

Windows 8 doesn’t display image thumbnails 2

imageThis is a quick tip for those running Windows 8 who encounter this occasional problem where the Windows Explorer doesn’t display image thumbnails.

Now, I’m going to assume that you’ve already checked the Explorer settings, and so on.  This fixes a condition where the thumbnails appear very briefly (they flicker on then off) before displaying the default icon.  The standard settings don’t have any effect.

The trick is to delete the local icon cache.  The steps are relatively easy – first make sure you have killed all instances of explorer.exe before beginning.  Best way is to fire up Task Manager and end any explorer.exe process.  Then run a command line (as administrator if UAC is enabled). 

At the prompt type:

  • cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
  • del IconCache.db /a
  • cd\
  • explorer

This will delete the local icon cache and reload an explorer instance.  It works for me.