Why Are Some Programs Being Filtered From The Start Menu?

The Start menu for Windows XP and Vista automatically displays the user’s most frequently used programs (called a most frequently used list). Only shortcuts to .exe files are displayed in the list.

Have you ever noticed that not every program you access goes into that list on the Start menu? Well one easy answer is that if the program is already pinned to the top of the start menu, it won’t be duplicated on the Start menu. But wait, there’s more! :grin:

If any of the following strings are included in the shortcut name, the program is not displayed in the most frequently used list:

-  Documentation
-  Help
-  Install
-  More Info
-  Readme
-  Read me
-  Read First
-  Setup
-  Support
-  What’s New
-  Remove

The preceding list is located in the AddRemoveNames value at the following registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ FileAssociation

The following list of programs are also excluded from the most frequently used list, if you’re familiar with Windows and/or a computer geek then most will appear to be obvious:
-  Setup.exe
-  Install.exe
-  Isuninst.exe
-  Unwise.exe
-  Unwise32.exe
-  St5unst.exe
-  Rundll32.exe
-  Msoobe.exe
-  Lnkstub.exe
-  Msascui.exe

The preceding list is located in the AddRemoveApps value at the following registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ FileAssociation

Programs can also be registered to be excluded from the most frequently used list by creating the following NoStartPage string value:

(The REG_SZ string value must be empty or blank) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Applications\ <Appname.exe>

The following programs have the preceding setting by default:
-  Explorer.exe
-  Icwconn1.exe
-  Inoculan.exe
-  Mobsync.exe
-  Navwnt.exe
-  Realmon.exe
-  Sndvol32.exe


Pepsi Ice Cucumber Drink

This is one reason why I admire Japanese society, they’re constantly innovating, pushing the envelope in some aspects of pop culture, in technology and also combining different foods and flavors.

Take for instance the new cola from Pepsi, their ICE Cucumber made for the Japanese market.

Japan Probe reports that it’s now officially on sale for a limited time, that it’s not so much a cola type of taste to it, that it takes on a somewhat sweet and fruity flavor but with a noticeable essence of cucumber. Read their full report here and find out what the verdict is once the aftertaste has kicked in…

 Pepsi ICE Cucumber


[Found via AkihabaraNews]


What Is That??

WOW.  What can I say; I’m in awe of the many guesses we got for last weeks WIT image!  Keep them coming folks, we want you to have fun while you’re here :)

So is it just me, or is everyone blindly stumbling through their days, intoxicated by the oncoming summer months?  Lots of planning involved!  Heh, well that has nothing to do with our WIT picture this week, though.  So, instead of leaving you in the dark…


Now…I’m off to search for a uncrowded theatre to see the new Fantastic Four movie!  Good luck on your guesses in comments!

What Is That?

The Cutest Dictionary Illustration Never Published (Until Now)

Remember last week I posted the reminder about the upcoming Dictionary Society of North America is occurring this week. Head on over to Erin McKean‘s blog ‘Dictionary Evangelist‘ to see what’s going on in the conference including the cutest dictionary illustration never published. If her name sounds familiar does Word-Lover’s Boot Camp (‘crappyjack’) help ring a bell?

Anyway, today she informs us about about a presentation at the conference that gives us a taste of an art book called the Pictorial Webster’s which is essentially a visual reference book containing the artists renditions of important words or subjects or people from the 19th century using the original engravings that appeared in dictionaries at the time. These were, for the most part, the things that were deemed important to that era.

Read about the project and how it came to be a labor of love at Quercus Press. At roughly $4000 we won’t be seeing this in Amazon soon, but I’ll hold out hope of one day getting a copy in my own hands.

Pictorial Websters

Word Geek

City Of Heroes Doubles The Pleasure!

Here’s an announcement for you Closet Heroes and Villains out there:

Hey everyone!
Clear your calendars for the weekend of June 15th! Double XP is coming back, for one weekend only! I’ve gotten the go ahead to fire up a little “Double XP” to kick the summer off right! That’s right, in honor of all things summer time: school’s out, Father’s Day, graduations, and even my very own birthday, we’re activating Double XP (along with double influence/infamy and double prestige) on June 15th, 16th, and 17th.


Double XP Event Timing:
Start: Friday, June 15th at 8:59am PST / 11:59am EST
Finish: Sunday, June 17th, 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST

Hopefully all of you can make it into Paragon City and the Rogue Isles over that weekend to partake in the Double XP. An email reminder will be sent out before the event, but you all can start spreading the word to your servers, supergroups, and friends right now! If you have a friend who wants to join in the fun but hasn’t played before, send them a free 10 day trial and earn free game time through the Referral Program!

Remember the date, June 15th through the 17th!