Why dogs are different than other animals ....

Once in a while, someone engaged in a discussion on the ethics of eating animals will ask, "why not dogs? What's the difference between a dog and a cow?"

Here is my answer to why dogs are special among animals. It's why I think Michael Vick should never have been allowed to play in the NFL again, for example. It's why I have no sympathy for whatever cultural preferences exist that allow people in some cultures to kill dogs for meat.

Missing 3 year old girl found in missouri cornfield with dog by her side

When I start seeing stories like this about cows or salmon then I will reconsider dogs' special status as partners of humans. In the meantime, dogs do and should enjoy a special, elevated place in our homes and hearts.

Windows 10 Explorer APP

Try this at home: create a new shortcut on your desktop. In the Location field, put this (but without the quotes) - "explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App"

Then finish the shortcut.

VoilĂ  ! You have the File Explorer App. Which can have a dark background ... very easy on the eyes. It's not as full-featured as File Explorer but if you just need to browse your files it's much much nicer to look at.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Microsoft's inexplicable intractability

Once upon a time, you could set a Windows taskbar to do the following:

a) NOT autohide, which caused it to  continually be popping up and down every time your mouse got near the bottom of the screen; and

b) still go underneath your active window (i.e. if you have a browser open and maximized, the taskbar should be underneath it, not on top of it eating up screen space).

You could get your taskbar to act this way using only the Windows taskbar settings. I mention this because it establishes, definitively, that such a thing is possible.

But in Windows 10 this option is not available anymore. Why? Because fuck you, that's why. Because a lot of their customers want it, and Microsoft has to show them who's the boss. Why do you think that they removed the option to control the background color of application windows? Because fuck you, that's why.

Enter 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. It lets you get back this basic functionality, and in addition does some other nice stuff for the taskbar (I…