Autostart Ordner in Windows 8.1

Wer denkt, den Autostart Ordner in Windows 8.1 gebe es nicht mehr, der irrt.

Er ist nur von Microsoft so blöd versteckt worden, dass er nicht mehr so leicht zu finden ist.

Beißen kann er einen aber immer noch.
In meinem Fall hatte dort ein dämliches Installationsprogramm (von HP!) einen Eintrag abgelegt, war sich aber zu fein, den nach der Deinstallation der Software (ein simpler Druckertreiber…) wieder zu entfernen. Gute Arbeit HP! 🙁

Also, wie kommt man dran: ganz einfach, auf die START Oberfläche gehen (also nicht das Desktop!) und ganz einfach eingeben:


und schon ist man da.

Wer sich die Mühe machen will, den Ordner normal zu suchen, bitte ist auch möglich, aber mühselig und langweilig. Folgt dem Pfad:

$HARDDRIVE(meist schlicht“C“):\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Alles mit $ müsst Ihr durch Eure Daten Eures Systems ersetzen (und da geht der Ärger meist schon los, welcher normale User kennt die Daten schon, die meisten denken zwar, sie wüssten das, aber spätestens beim $USERNAME gibt es oft Überraschungen).

Gruß, Andreas.

PDF thumbnails im Explorer – Adobe Reader vs. Foxit

PDF Dateien hat man in aller Regel viele. Wirklich viele.
Die haben Namen, ohdumeinegüte. Also – Vorschau – ja, ok, geht in Windows 8.1.

Aber konnte man da nicht mal die Dateien direkt im Explorer als Thumbnail anzeigen?
Das war doch cool.

Aha – geht nicht in Windows 8.1 64Bit.

Hmmm – warum nicht? Scheints weil Adobe einfach ein lahmer Haufen ist

Viel gegoogelt – einiges probiert. Vergesst. Klappt alles nicht.

Installiert einfach den Foxit Reader. Dann gehen auch die Vorschauen.

Was Adobe die Riesenbude nicht hinkriegt (Lamer!) – Foxit kriegts hin.
Welchen Viewer ihr dann wirklich zum angucken benutzt (Adobe Reader oder Foxit) hat damit nix zu tun und ist auch egal.

Adobe, peinlich, peinlich.

Gruß, Andreas.

out in the countryside –

buying Max part II

So my problem was – yes I was going near to where Max was waiting for me – but on a tight business schedule I did not know if I could find the time to set out to take a look at her.

But then – everything seemed to come together – I found a place and the time to rent a truck & trailer, weather was ok, a free evening showed up and so I went out into the countryside on that Sunday evening in early May 2015.

After two and a half hour driving out of the big city I finally pulled up to the house of the owner.

Ford Mustang 1968 - Max

Seeing Max for the first time – May 2015

Ford Mustang 1968 - Max

Max 2015

Ford Mustang 1968 - Max

Max 2015

Together we took a look at her, everything was as expected, no surprises.

We did a short test drive, but on a small secondary road my courage ended earlier than Max‘ capabilities, so 75 Mph was all we did, errr – 55 of course, sorry… 🙂

So the deal was perfect, up on the trailer she went and just after nightfall I was back on my way into the city and to the place where Max would be waiting to be picked up for shipment to Germany.

That journey back alone was worth it all, if you and I meet some day, I must tell you the story in person. It involves cooking trailer brakes, a super-helpful gas station guy, a super-correct young police officer who pulled me over, unloading Max alone at the company and some raised eyebrows the next morning.

Max on the trailer 2015

Max on the trailer 2015

For me it was worth it all, I had found exactly the Mustang I was looking for, Max.

buying Max – 2015

So Max was bought in 2003 in Mason City, Iowa by her previous owner.

When he moved (back) to Minnesota he took her with him.
But Max didn’t see much of the streets of Minnesota as I was told by her previous owner.

He took care of her, fixed some things, got her licenced and stored her safely in a barn.
After around 12 years of having her (2003 – 2015) he found that he might not have enough time and finally decided to sell her.

Jeremy – did I put this right? 🙂

Thats when I enter the story.

I had already been looking for a Mustang Coupe, V8, build years 1967 / 1968 for quite some time at that moment in early 2015.
There were lots of cars available on the market in Germany, in various states of preservation and within various ranges of pricing.

None really caught my eye, not a single one caused that „click“ of „must-have“.

That’s when I found Max on a large internet platform.
In an act of frustration I simply had ommited the limitation of only searching in my home country and changed the search criteria to „worldwide“.


There she was. She instantly looked like the perfect match.

Technically mostly ok and running, in need of some attention to body and painting.
Sounds like just mine.

I made contact to the owner, we talked about pricing and details of her state of preservation.

After we came to an agreement I took a look at her location and to my surprise it was in a reasonable distance to a place I was going to in the US anyway.

So I decided to take a look. Read on in „part II of the buying“ soon…

Threema existiert – wozu braucht man noch Whatsapp?

Das ist der Punkt:
(Zitat aus den FAQ von Threema)

Werden meine Adressbuchdaten übertragen?

Das ist Ihre Entscheidung – Threema kann auch ohne Adressbuchzugriff verwendet werden. Wenn Sie die Synchronisation in Threema ausgeschaltet haben, werden keine Adressbuchdaten ausgelesen. Sie müssen dann Ihre Threema-Kontakte manuell hinzufügen (durch Eingabe der ID oder Scan des QR-Codes).


2,49 EUR Preis für die App?
Das ist ein Witz.

Meine Privatsphäre und meine Kontakte sind viel teurer.

Wenn ich einen meiner Kontakte mit einem Wert von 1 EUR fiktiv berechne, dann „kostet“ mich Whatsapp 300 EUR.

Wer rechnen kann… 🙂

Just my 2 cents.
Gruss, Andreas.

the gap 1968-2003

1968 to 2003 – What happened to Max in between these 35 years remains a mystery – at least until now at the time of this posting.

That’s a massive gap.

The only information that seems secure at the time of this writing is that Max has been with a family that lived in Mason City, Iowa.

Rumor has it that she went through 3 generations in the same family within that time.
From grandfather to father to son and back.

Looking at a map all this seems to fit the mould.
Mason City is not that far away from Des Moines where Max most likely has been sold as a brand new car from some yet unknown Ford dealership.

But was someone in this family the first owner of Max? – Unknown.

All I know is that she was bought in 2003 by her previous owner in Mason City.

Have you sold a dark green Mustang ’68 Coupe in Mason City about the year 2003?
Let me know.

the showroom in the Midwest 1968

So we talked about how Max has looked like in that showroom in the Midwest.

But where was it? Where did Max go after leaving the factory beginning of March 1968?

At the moment all I know is that the District Sales Office that was responsible for her was the Office in Omaha, Nebraska.

And her factory code tells us that she was planned to be delivered to Des Moines, Iowa.

The few details we know of her later history at the moment seem to indicate that in fact she was sold out of a dealership in or near Des Moines, Iowa.

Have you sold her? Do you know more? Please contact me.

specs and build sheet – the showroom

Today we’re going to look at what was Max like when she left the factory at or a little later than the 29th of February 1968. That’s an important part in a restoration.

Was she a BTO car – made especially for someone who ticked certain boxes on an order form? Longingly awaited by that someone?

We may never know. But let’s be honest: It’s not likely.

Looking at her specs it’s almost certain Max was produced on stock order recommendations that existed back then. These are said to have been issued by Ford to let the dealers know what would sell out of the showroom.

And Max was built to exactly reflect that, let’s take a look at the details, found in the archives of Ford, researched be the Ford Customer Service Division and officially issued to me in September 2015:

8 1968 Model Year
F Manufactured at our Dearborn Assembly Plant
01 Ford Mustang, 2-Door Hardtop
C 289 CID 8-Cylinder 2V Engine
161xxx Consecutive Unit Number

This vehicle was produced on 02/29/1968 with the following options:

• Acapulco Blue Exterior Paint Color
• Blue Interior Trim Color
• All Vinyl Bucket Seats
• 3-Speed Automatic Transmission – C4
• 2.79 Conventional Rear Axle Ratio
• Visibility Group
• 6.95×14 4PR WSW Tires
• Power Steering
• AM Radio
• Deluxe Seatbelts
• District Sales Office: Omaha

Looking at that data you can almost be sure she was a stock order, Acapulco Blue was a nice, fresh, metallic paint color, appealing on first sight to most customers, surely attracting onlookers that wandered around the dealership.
The Automatic Transmission was the logical choice for a small standard V8 of the time, powered by a standard 2 barrel carburetor, putting out close to 200 bhp.

While the AM Radio back then was a very popular choice, the Factory Power Steering was not completely common at that time and surely was a welcome extra to add a little luxury.

White Sidewall Tires, Visibility Group and Deluxe Seatbelts added to that little luxury.
The Visibility Group at that time meant some nice things like the Left hand remote mirror, under hood lights, trunk lights, glove box light and lock, ashtray and underdash lamps and a warning light for the parking brake.

So what were we looking at in that showroom somewhere in the Midwest?

A nice, appealing luxury cruiser.

Sure she would sell fast.

Did you or your father / mum, grandfather / grandmother buy her?
Her first owner is still to be found – please contact me if you know more.