stop unwanted tabs from opening after a edge crash or forced close

How To Easily Stop Windows Edge From Opening Unwanted Tabs

You accidentally found yourself on one of those malicious sites that won’t let you leave unless you agree to their demands?  Happens to the best of us.

After forcing your window to close, you’ll notice Edge will always try to force you to relive that nightmare.  It may not be a virus.  So scanning it with virus software will turn up nothing.  It’s merely Edge trying to recover the last thing you had open before the perceived “crash”.  You’ll want to reset Windows Edge, but can’t by conventional means.

It seems the solution out there involving editing your registry.  Forget that noise.

To stop Windows Edge from opening all the unwanted tabs after a crash or forced close:

Simply just delete everything in  “C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_____)\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default\Recovery\Active”

 

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Some of us want very much to like Microsoft again.  But our faith is always rewarded with stupid crap like this.

 

Be Yourself

Dipify’s Play Store (Mock-Up)

Looking at Dipify’s playstore statistics, I noticed it had a rather low conversion rate outside of Thailand.  Here are some of my suggestions on how to add a bit more excitement and class to it.

 

The Current Playstore

The Dipify’s Playstore listing was optimized for the local Thai audience, who had a hard time understanding the Dipify concept.  It is a real challenge explaining an app that introduces you to people when you watch YouTube on other apps and websites.  (Although I didn’t survey these results myself, I believe them to be true).

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Thais tend to not like to read themselves (many actually entrust friends and others install the apps for them).    But for the expats, we went with minimalism, in order to avoid overwhelming people.  Sadly, the dull grey leaves the screenshots something to be desired for a techie and tinkerer.  We also chose 4 pictures, in order to remedy people becoming too confused with too many options.

 

The Dipify copywrite read as the following:

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and wanted to talk about it with someone?
Awesome. YouTube videos are a great conversation starters.
Connect to Dipify, watch any YouTube Videos; and we'll introduce you to new friends if they watch it at the same time.

Feel Safe:
*Nobody knows what you are watching unless they are watching the same thing.
*No need for public profiles (optional). Meet people with what you do; not say.
*We don't store any history.
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We are a new startup. We are currently working to add more features. Stay-tuned.
Please review the app, send us your comments and constructive feedbacks in order for us to bring improvements to Dipify's community on Android. Thanks! :D
Find out more about Dipify on http://www.dipify.com/app.

Have you spotted the first mistake?  “Have you ever watched a YouTube video and wanted to talk about it with somebody?”  is an old Pitchman’s sales tactic.  The method was to relate to the audience, and get them into the habit of saying yes off the bat.  In this usage case, even I would have to same “No.”  This doesn’t appear to be a common issue.  A more common issue would be “having trouble starting a conversation?”  Which leads to the next error.  It’s important to address a clear benefit, and what it means to your audience.  The only mention of being introduced to new friends is near the end of the paragraph.  The call to action is attached to the instructions— I’m not sure if that counts.  And finally the use of the word “if” drains from my excitement.

Another tweak the probably should be made is using more keywords.  Judging by the related apps, Google is having a hard time figuring out what Dipify does as well.  A Playstore listing should simple enough for a robot to understand; most of our audience probably in that mindset.   And there it ends.  This case was optimized in order for an English-Speaking-Thai audience to understand— long story.  

 

The Mockup

If Dipify was targeting an international audience, I would definitely apply some of the lessons I learnt when surveying North Americans.  I found Americans had no problem understanding how the app works.  However, they were not imagining how the app applies to them, and what kind of people they expected to meet (the most important thing to them).  We spent so much time explaining what it does, and doesn’t do, we completely forgot to story tell.

Make FriendsShare StoriesShare ideasDiscuss MusicDiscuss ArtBe Yourself

My goal with this collection was to imagine and illustrate what users can do with Dipify, rather than what Dipify does.  In the case of daters, I hoped to indirectly portray an ideal, interesting suitor.

Dipify seemed to strike a nerve with intellectuals.  Many people who were genuinely enthusiastic about Dipify imagined using it with lectures.  One American girl expressed excitement towards ted talks.  I personally want to see who is as excited about the snowboard season as I am.  However, in my experience in online dating, traveling/stories and food are my most effective conversations (probably cause I know a lot about those)— I probably should change art to hobbies/passions.  I stuck the last screen “be yourself” because Natawon seemed to like that saying.  Based on regions I would change the pictures.  (i.e. Thais appreciate drama and pop culture more than art— don’t shoot the messenger!).

I chose to go with a collection of 6.  They all say the same thing, opposed to the current one showing a new feature.  I don’t see a confusion there.  For those who actually look at screenshots (many don’t).

 

 

If I was to edit the copy, I would write along the lines of:

Dipify is the most natural way to meet new people, make friends, and "maybe more."  Somewhere, somebody is watching the same video as you.  Connect with Dipify to meet them.  Don't just comment; share, chat, relate and mayb flirt with like-minded people at the right time.

Enjoy more privacy than any other social/dating network.
*You do not need a public profile to be discovered.
*We delete your activity every 30min.  We don't store/share anything.
*Nobody knows what you are doing unless they are doing the same.

More features, to connect you with awesome people, are on the way.  Check us out at Dipify.com  and Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

As you see, I started with a clear concise benefit.  I dabbled into how Dipify works, leaving the rest to mystery— don’t give it all up on the first go.  I followed up with a call to action.  I differentiated Dipify from simply commenting on YouTube.  I took a brief moment to address a few of the initial concerns some had with Dipify (and crammed a couple more keywords).

Based on Dipify’s immediate goals, I would also consider changing the final statement to read:

Bump into friends as well.  Lets make Dipify a real community.  Share the serendipity.

 

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Also the comment has been made that the logo leaves something to be desired.  So here it is, enclosed in a chat bubble.  (background for illustrative purposes only)

 

Experimentation & Analytics

Of course the work doesn’t stop there. Having an effective Playstore takes time and experimentation. If I was able to apply these changes, I would be required to monitor its effectiveness on Google Analytics.

There is always room for improvement.  Have the courage to experiment and conviction to see it through.

How to Really Fix Online Dating

How to (Really) Fix Online Dating.

How to Really Fix Online Dating

 

We hear a lot about how “online dating is broken”.  But is it?  Or is it the way we communicate what online dating and membership quality really is?  Before the fixing begins, start ups need to understand what’s really broken, the culture.  Online dating is, in many ways, just as hopeful or sad (depending on how you look at it) as real life.  So in order to inspire change for the better, we need to cultivate it.

 

Here are 4 practical ways to encourage membership quality in Online Dating:

 

Create an Environment

Tinder broke the barriers to entry for casual daters’ with simplicity and ease.  There is still room to create an environment that is either more fun, or engaging.  Thumbs up to Loveflutter and Worthy are great examples.  These two created just enough effort to dissuade unwanted behavior, yet made the process fun enough to keep me engaged.  The day online dating becomes fun, like clubbing without the morning regrets, is the day online dating truly triumphs.

 

Provide Guidance

If offline dating events taught me anything, it’s that people need guidance.  If we left a bunch of singles in a room, and eventually they’ll tear each other apart.  Just look at the comments on YouTube or Twitter.  Errr… Maybe not so dramatic. That is why online daters experience poor behavior, excruciating profiles, and irrationally high expectations.   People’s first instinct is to seek familiarity and security in an insecure environment.  One way I was able to improve  participation and interaction at my events was providing a host.  If social start-ups, such as Dipify, succeed in becoming a host or a friend, users could be more responsive and positive towards each other.  Games anyone?

 

Work on Communication

Tinder, for example was made a media darling as a hook-up app.  It seems almost unfair to demonize somebody looking for a Tinder hook-up.  Most free dating apps are very vague in what they want to accomplish — neither encourages nor discouraged any sort of behavior.  To settle things, somebody should just come up with an online dating app (just like Tinder) for serious relationships, or the same app strictly for hook-ups— enforced by their own respective policies.  People will eventually gravitate towards what works for them.  I imagine many would utilize both apps.

 

Start with Marketing

Marketing is the blood of online dating— The trend being to stir up some controversy for the press.  But there is light in the end of the tunnel.  I found Tinder in Bangkok, of all places, boasts many reputable men and women seeking honest friendships. The way Thais adopt new technology is strongly based on referral.  Without the local press painting it as a hot new hookup app, Tinder has a lot less ick moments than local dating sites.  I wonder how long that lasts.

 

It essence, it doesn’t take fancy gimmicks for start-ups to inspire membership quality; it takes a stronger effort to communicate what membership quality is.  “Membership quality” is cultivated in Frat Houses, Sundays services and real life experiences, and works accordingly.  If start-ups want to build a better community of [blank], they should say so, and market to so.

 

Do you have ideas to improve online dating? I’d like to hear it @derekonomy.

Snowboarding Changed My Life

How Snowboarding Saved My Life

I struggle to remember any of my birthdays prior to 3 years ago.  My facebook page (joined 2009) had no updates until 2011.  That’s when I was born again; after an old friend spontaneously dragged me five hours out of the city.

 

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My previous years were plagued with heavy alcoholism, drug abuse, and occasional violence.  Although I was never a bad person, never screwed anybody over, I spent years looking over my back.  It seemed no matter how I overcompensated, new beginnings always ended with old stories and occupational hazards.   Depression had been eating away at me for years, as it became less apparent why I should bother to stay clean.  On the outside I looked like any other douche, laughing over normal decibels.  I never told anybody about how hopeless I felt in side.

 

I really just went to get out of the city and drink in a cabin.  I almost didn’t bother getting on the hill at all.    It had been over 10 years since I last been on a mountain.  I had never snowboarded before.  I was feeling groggy.  It was cold.  One-by-one my friend shot down any excuses I gave him to lounge around.  So I rented equipment and prepared *glug glug glug* to get my ass kicked by the bunny hill.  Bruise after bruise I paid my dues.  Each tumble, a reflection of my life.    staying on my board naturally.  At times I wanted to give up  (also an ongoing trend in my life).  But this time each fall was met with humor, notices of improvement and another swig of my flask.  The more I let loose, the longer I stayed on my board and maintained momentum.  By the time I sobered up, I was tentatively carving, and in love.  Although, next morning I felt every fall from the previous day, I was inexplicably happy.  When I returned to Vancouver, I bought all my gear and continued to snowboard on local mountains every week.  Up there I felt a new person.

 

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One day I came across a YouTube trailer that would forever change my direction.  When I first feasted my eyes on Travis Rice’s incredible feats over nature’s grandest designs, my imagination was overwhelmed with excitement.    I immediately saw that all I ever wanted laid within my backyard —within my reach.  But fiirst, I needed to get better.  There was a lot of catching up to do.  I proceeded to spend every other day on the mountain; each session brought a new surprise.  I descending my first double-black before I did my first black.  I landed my first 50 foot jump shortly after.  Every second of air was minutes of freedom.  Every epic spill, was met with more determination— except for the fractured ribs.

 

By the next season boarding culture had taken hold of every facet of my life— music, fashion, down time, friends.  My whole lifestyle shifted.  Big city problems gave way to a summer of anticipation.  I did my best to stay clean and healthy.  My hopes were hallmarked by memories of fresh pow, cedar cabins, hot tubs, drinks, fireworks, home cooking, and road trips with loved ones— with the added dream of adventure.  It sounds cliche to say; but everything seems insignificant when you are surrounded by trees and snow.  By December I was spending every other night on the mountain, overlooking the city.

 

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I separated myself from my old night life.  I drifted apart from let go of a lot toxic people.  And as the seasons rolled on, my snowboard circle got bigger and bigger.  It started with just three of us,  always gathering around YouTube videos, whenever we were at a parties.  By spring there was 12 of us.  Soon our frequent, satisfied smiles caught the attentions of more people.  By next season, our road trips involved up to 30 people.  With each new person, my life kept evolving and evolving, spilling over to new Summer past times.

 

I probably wouldn’t have become a  snowboarder if it wasn’t for the people who continually supported and joined in on my excitement.  It goes to show that friends are the backbone of passions and growth.  Some climbed out of a few steeps with me; others pushed me down them.  Heck, I even loved the countless hours I put in with the newbies.  We bonded over our encouragement and praises.  It’s almost kinda depressing to say, I never really felt that before.  None of us did.  I remember sharing a chuckle about that— I’m starting to have memories too!

 

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At this moment I’m laughing as I compare my driver’s licenses, only 1 year apart.  I could barely recognize myself, nor believe how anybody with common sense could take a mugshot like that.  Every year since 2011, I have been living differently.  Snowboarding was not only an amazing revelation for me; it was an unbelievable impact on the people around me.  Some of us became outdoor, day people— utilizing our weekends.  Some friends eventually kicked nasty habits as well.  I even convinced a few to join me in volunteering time to snowboard with under-privileged youth.  There is a serious trickle effect around inspiration.

 

It feels like such a long time ago, since I first went on that road trip.  So much has happened since then.  I still have a lot of catching up to do in life.  After a year overseas, I’m home anticipating a new snowboard season.   Right now, even bad days feel like good ones.

 

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I created Dipify to connect people with the experiences my friends and I had.