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March 23, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Welcome to the weekend! Today we are featuring the Innocent skin for WindowBlinds by IceBabee. This is a perfect skin for anyone looking for a clean and minimal design for their desktop. 

Download here:

This article was originally written in 2001 as Stardock was nearing it’s 10th anniversary but it is as true now as it was then.

Companies often give lip service on customer support.  But in my experience, few companies really understand that supporting customers isn’t just a moral issue, it’s also good business.

The New NEW Technology Economy: The Customer Is God

If one good thing is going to come out of this recession, it’s that the dot-com’s will not just have simply...
March 22, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We have been putting a lot of focus on our Facebook and Twitter pages and it has resulted in new customers and new members of our community.  Since we have quite a few, I wanted to post a list of all of them so you can easily “like” them.


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In preparation for the Game Developer's Conference we wanted to put a polish pass on the planets in Star Control: Origins.

There are about 3,000 unique planets that are split into roughly 75 different classes.  Each class of planet has its own challenges, as well as its own mineral deposits that you might want to collect (along with ruins, cities, smugglers, creatures, etc.).

Today, I'm going to walk you through how we create our planet classes.

Unique, Procedural and Hand-Crafted ...
March 20, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
As much as it pains me to admit it, I’ve been out of college for awhile now - 10 years in April, to be precise. Still, I have fond memories of Ren Faire, campus life, apartment living, and a community of close friends. The less fond memories include apartment living (two sides to every coin!), tuition, and those sleepless nights of crunchtime because I forgot about (or procrastinated on, let’s be real here) a paper that was due the next day.

I did some crazy fun stuff in college&h...
The premise of Galactic Civilizations is that you have united your homeworld and are now ready to send your first colony ship off into space.  What kind of alien worlds do you think we can settle?The reality is, many worlds are not going to be safe for us.  We'll have to live in environmentally sealed enclosures at first.  Not because they are too cold or lack the right atmospheric conditions (though that is an issue), but rather because many worlds will have microbes that just ar...
March 20, 2018 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Hey there, Multiplicity Devs.

I have a triple boot system on the other end of the house from my main rig. I know this isn't currently possible, but is there any way it could be in the future?


I'd like to be able to reboot from one OS to another via KVM. But, of course, Multi. isn't loaded yet when I see the OS choice screen.


Is it even in the realm of possibility for a future version?


March 16, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
The weekend is almost here, WinCustomize! We had some real nice skins come in this week but the one I wanted to feature this week is UniGlo by LightStar. This is a Master WindowBlinds skin and I just can't get enough the color design in this skin. Definitely one of my recent favorites. 

Remember, if you are a WinCustomize subscriber you get 20% off Master skins. If you're not a subscriber already, head over here and get started.

Get it here:
March 15, 2018 by Iben on Iben's blog site
We have a space outpost 1 light year from earth that we want

to send a message to in much less than a year.

We have a collection of satellites in large orbit around earth

and a collection of satellites in large orbit around the outpost.

Each satellite will have a large mirror for collecting, focusing and reflecting

our transmissions. Each satellite will travel at 99% the speed of light.

When we transmit our message from earth we will utilize a satellite near earth

and a sate...
March 15, 2018 by Zultar327 on Zultar

Greetings Offworld CEOs! Work continues on Offworld, but we don’t have anything to show off just yet. However, with the recent launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, this seemed a good time to touch on an idea that’s core to Offworld Trading Company: the privatization of space back here on Earth.

It’d be pretty difficult to have an open, competitive market on Mars if we didn’t have companies there to do the competing. While we’re still a fair wa...
March 14, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We celebrated Pi Day at Stardock with a competition!

Kristy took home first place for her "banofee (banana toffee) pie, while Amy placed 2nd with her fudge walnut pie and Sarah took 3rd for her pizza pie!
March 14, 2018 by Hankers on hankers
March 14, 2018 by Matchbook on Wallpapers!
The world feels slightly dimmer without him, but I'm thankful for his massive contributions to the world of science.

I miss the guy, already.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don't just give up."
March 13, 2018 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Birthday, WinCustomize!

17 years ago, in the aftermath of the dot-com bust that took out many popular skinning sites (anyone remember, we launched WinCustomize. It's now the largest site on the Internet dedicated to GUI customization with thousands of user-submitted skins, screenshots, and more.

Do you have a favorite download from WinCustomize? Share it with us!

People don't like to be taxed.  They really don't like to be taxed if they don't have a say in it. The principle cause of the American revolution was not taxation in itself, it was that the colonists didn't have a say in who and what was taxed.

Now, let's imagine how this would be handled when you are talking light years. To understand how distances work in Galactic Civilizations, we need to understand Hyperspace Projection.

I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map! you m...