Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
by Alan German
In a previous newsletter article (Pushing Back on
Windows 10 Updates;
June 2016), I discussed how to avoid having Windows 10
push updates automatically by telling the OS that the
computers Wi-Fi system was running over a metered
connection. I havebeen using this tactic for quite some
time on my laptop computer. (I dont actually have a
metered connection, but Redmond doesnt need to know
So, the good news is that I no longer have updates for
Windows thrust upon me. The bad news is that I no longer
receive any notice of updates being available. With
Windows Update being effectively disabled, its now
up to me to go looking for, downloading, and installing
any pending updates.
Now, I can live with this situation. For me, this is
preferable to having my machine hang without
any apparent cause (the actual cause being automatic
downloading and/or installing of Windows updates!)
However, one thing I like to keep really up to date is my
anti-virus software and, since I currently use Windows
Defender, I decided that I should ensure I have a
reminder that Windows Update has to be run manually.
My first thought was to stick one those little yellow
notes on my computer screen indicating that the Wi-Fi
system was running as a metered connection. But, rather
than using a physical note, my preference was to use an
electronic version. So, I tried the Sticky Notes app that
comes with Windows 10. It was easy enough to establish
the note, but I found that, while I was able to change
the background colour of the note, I was unable to change
My solution to this dilemma was to switch to a similar,
freeware offering Stickies from Tom Revell
at Zhorn Software in the UK. This package does basically
the same job as its Microsoft equivalent but has far more
In the screenshot of the programs context menu, we
can see that the options include, setting the notes
title, colour and opacity. A notes appearance can
also be customized with one of more than 250 skins
(layouts). My preference was to download the xp.ssk skin
a Windows XP look-alike. An interesting feature of
this skin is that the minimize button on the notes
title bar causes the note to roll up, with
the body text disappearing and leaving just the title bar
displayed. The button acts as a toggle between displaying
the full note or the rolled-up version.
Clearly, there are many more options (e.g. one can set a
reminder alarm), but for my purposes this simple note
being displayed in the top-right corner of the screen
when I boot my machine is sufficient for my needs.
Tom Revell, Zhorn Software
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