Windows 10 time format and the Welcome screen

If you’re like me, you live on a twenty four hour clock for work. And while Windows 10 is easily adjusted to display the time in my preferred format within my user account, one of my pet peeves is how the Welcome screen continues displaying the “wrong” time when I’m not signed in.

So I was delighted to learn of one more step that is available to easily update the time format on the welcome screen that I’d not seen before. Shawn Brink provides all the nitty gritty details over at Windows 10 Forums, but for the tl;dr inclined:

  1. In region settings, change your short and long time formats.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click on the Administrative tab.
  4. Click the Copy Settings button.
  5. Check the Welcome screen and system accounts button.
  6. Click OK.

Voilà! Now my eyes don’t twitch every time I wake my laptop and log in. Thanks Shawn!

Sharing is caring and Google is a geek’s best friend, y’all. If you’re working a problem, don’t suffer in silence. And if you learn something new, share it somewhere so that others can learn and build on your experience.

It’s the right thing to do, y’all. And I’m going to start doing more of it here.

Happy Friday!

The Human Factor

Horrible news today out of Ethiopia, with the loss of a second Boeing 737 MAX 8 resulting in the deaths of all aboard. I’m grateful to learn that the recorders have been recovered, though one was severely damaged. Hopeful Boeing and the authorities can piece things together quickly.

Reading the initial reporting on today’s incident, this amateur plane nerd’s first reaction was a single word: Prius.

Remember when shortly after the Prius hit the mainstream there was a series of unfortunate events involving vehicles and their occupants sailing through hedge bushes and shopping mall storefronts? Toyota did eventually issue software updates to help prevent crashes, but over time the platform also became familiar to the public. Now, we see more and more models with push button starts and unconventional shift levers and transmissions.

This is the Prius, at scale. Boeing is already working with the FAA to deploy software updates to improve safety, and I’m sure they will help prevent future events. But training and familiarity with an aircraft and, now more than ever, it’s software, will always win the day. Like when you hit birds and determine your best bet is to go for a swim.

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