Change the Windows Sticky Note Font

The Windows sticky note font is hideous.  Every rebuild I do (and I do many, as I use virtual machines) means me looking up how to change this font, because Microsoft hasn’t made it easy, or even possible, without drastic action.  It uses the font Segoe.  So you could go in and try to delete that font altogether (which could be an arduous process unto itself, as it’s protected).  It’s easier, however, to go into the registry and repoint that font title to another font (and this way you can choose the font you want for sticky notes.

  • Open the registry and head to HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts
  • If you’re the nervous type, make a backup of this container of settings by right clicking the Fonts folder.
  • Find the item titled either Segoe Print (TrueType) or Segoe Script (TrueType) – it was the latter on my latest 7 64 bit build – and double click it.
  • Change the value to the .ttf of the font you’d prefer.  The example below changes it to the Consola font.  Remember, you’re pointing to the actual ttf file, not the friendly font name.
  • Repeat the process for Segoe Print Bold (TrueType) or Segoe Script Bold (TrueType).


That’s it.

Lacing techniques

I’m a weak but aspiring runner who hasn’t done it much lately because I’m anti-cold weather (I bike on a trainer during the cold months).  Considering I struggle with form and technique (eg: I have a tendency to be sloppy and wind up with sore knees and/or illotibial bands) I found this interesting:


The Floors Redux

“What happened to the floors?”  asked the imaginary people who visit this site.  Well, the flooring company miscalculated their estimations on square footage and came up lacking.  We had to wait an additional 2 weeks for more flooring to arrive and acclimate before the downstairs could be completed.  But it’s now finally done.


Now we’re in the midst of trying to finally move into our house proper – 4 months after arriving.


There’s still a LOT left to do.  Tons of painting.  A new water heater.  Eventually a new stove and hood.  A fence.  The exterior of the house needs painting desperately.  A fix for The Door To Nowhere.  Welcome back to home ownership!  I’m split between hoping Bend grows so that this investment pays off and hoping Bend stops growing so that I’m not wanting to leave at all.

Floors Pt 4

And on it goes…

IMG_0119Our room, complete save for trim.



IMG_0122The hall…

IMG_0123And the unfinished bonus room.

IMG_0125The stairs are a complicated affair.

IMG_0124We repainted all the removed trim.  amazing how much of it came off without trouble.

Floors Loom Pt 1

Finally, after way longer than intended, the disgusting carpets are being replaced with hardwood.  We spent the weekend basically moving back out of the house, emptying all the rooms into the garage, storage crawls, bathrooms, laundry room and my office.  I discovered that we don’t own a lot of stuff (which I’m absolutely good with) and that this house has ample storage.  We didn’t even use attic.  Mom and son are staying at a hotel down the road.  The cat and I are holed up in my office, camping luxury style.

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And Now These Days Are Gone

My first Fishbone show was a transformative experience.  Prior to it I had been a metal head with punk and hardcore overtones.  The show was as intense and physical as any hardcore set, perhaps even more so.  As opposed to other shows, this one was overflowing with positivity.  Slamming and diving were encouraged.  So was supporting one another and keeping each other safe.  Unlike punk or metal shows, if you fell in a Fishbone pit a sea of hands were instantly there to drag you back to your feet.  Midway through the show the whole of the crowd in attendance – young and old, black and white, male and female, punk, metal, funk – were inducted into the Fishbone Familyhood.  We became Fishbone Soldiers, sworn to protect one another and stand up for what was right.  Later in the show the band encouraged a young man to attempt his first balcony dive while the pit below was commanded to ensure the nervous boy’s safety.  He was grinning ear to ear as he leapt into the void and touched down on his new familyhood.  In the end it was less a show than it was a religious experience.  Fishbone broadened my horizons.   Fishbone changed my life.
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Rebuilding Workstation Tips

New hard drives have arrived for my workstation and laptop.  They’re desperately overdue for a rebuild.  I love rebuilding and I hate it.  I love it because newly built machines run so smoothly, so cleanly, and have that new-machine smell.  It’s like virtual spring-cleaning.

I hate rebuilding because there’s so much stuff on my machines.  I’ve done a better job over the years of compartmentalizing (and even backing up) my data, but there’s still a lot of it – more than I’d like.  And the applications.  I use so many applications!  Every rebuild I think “I don’t need 3/4 of these apps.  I’m not putting them back on.”  But eventually, inevitably, as I work on this and that my installed app list grows, and I find myself installing a significant amount of the apps I insisted I wouldn’t.  Such is the curse of the breadth of things I work on, I suppose.  Just this morning a coworker from a completely different department commented that I’m the bitch for my department.  I work on whatever needs working on.  My boss generously calls me his “tool belt.”  Bitch is, honestly, more accurate.

Anyway, here are a few things that make my rebuild process less arduous.

  • I always build fresh onto new drives, holding onto the old ones.  Drives are cheap.  There’s nothing worse than blowing your drive away, rebuilding, and suddenly remembering something of Significant Importance™ that you forgot to back up.  Don’t sweat that.  Take the time to decrypt your current drives (you do encrypt them, don’t you) and set them aside. Build on a new drive, and keep your old ones around for a few weeks just to be sure.  Then you can wipe them and use them as scratch drives or external storage or replacement drives for that friend whose drive craps out or whatever.
  • Make a list of your installed applications.  It’s easy:
  1. Open a command prompt with elevated rights (Start > Run > type in CMD.  When the CMD icon appears, right click and Run as Administrator).
  2. Type in WMIC.
  3. Type in /output:c:\path\to\installed_list.txt product get name,version where path\to is, well, the path to wherever you want to write your installed_list.txt.
  4. Wait for it to finish. Enjoy list of apps.

I’ll add more to my list as my latest rebuilds commence.

Remote Software Scanner

I was writing a script that would scan remote Windows systems and return their installed software, complete with version information (a requirement), and quickly discovered that the process was more arduous than I had originally anticipated.  How to pull it?  WMI?  Use PowerShell?  Glean the information from the registry?  I fiddled with each and, given that I was working with a broad array of OS levels and a mix of 32 and 64 bit, each option had its annoying pitfalls.

Sometimes it’s better to let someone else do the work.  This is one of those times.

I found the EMCO Network Software Scanner, which does exactly what I need and much more, and amazingly enough is also free!

So much props to EMCO.  I’ll be keeping their commercial products in mind down the road.