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Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme

Posted on 13 September 2015 by The Secular Nerd

Settings Panel Dark Theme

Settings Panel Dark Theme after applying Registry Value

 

How to Enable the Hidden Dark Theme in Windows 10

There is a hidden feature in Windows 10 that allows you to make most apps, including the Settings Panel to go Dark!

Below, add these two registry DWORD values using Regedit (Instructions on how to get to and use Regedit are below the screenshots):

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
“AppsUseLightTheme”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize]
“AppsUseLightTheme”=dword:00000000

Additionally, for a quicker way to add them, simply download the Dark Theme Reg file and the Light Theme Reg file (Right-Click and save as) for quick switching back and forth (or if you don’t really care for the Dark Theme after all). No need to log out or reboot, simply close the Apps and reload them. Feel free to inspect the Reg file before double clicking on them to switch between the two (it’s a good safe practice to always inspect registry key settings prior to importing them, no matter where you get them).

 Settings Before Applying the Dark Theme

 

Settings Light

 

 

Settings After Applying the Dark Theme

Settings Panel Dark Theme

 

 

Store Library Before and After

 

StoreLight

 

StoreDark

 

Instructions on how to use RegEdit:

  1. Hold down Windows Key on your Keyboard and press R to bring up Run (Or right click on the Start Button and click Run).
  2. Type in Regedit and press Ok.
  3. You will see a tree like view of keys. Expand each of the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize
  4. Inside the “Personalize” Folder right click on the right and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Rename it to AppsUseLightTheme
  6. If it already exists, double click on it and change its value to 0 and press ok (Keep it on Hexadecimal).
  7. To change it back to light, simply change it to 1.
  8. Do the same for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize
  9. If you don’t have a Personalize Folder in Themes, simply right click on Themes Folder and press New > Key
  10. Rename that Key to Personalize, then do steps 4-7

 

 

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Nerdy Fun Fact of the Day #16 – PHP

Posted on 06 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

 

While PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, it now stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, a recursive backronym. PHP code can be simply mixed with HTML code, or it can be used in combination with various templating engines and web frameworks. – [Source]

The Secular Nerd:

I run a hosting and programming company at Praeon Technologies. We are extremely Secular friendly! I know, shameless plug.

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Breaking: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter gets funded in one day

Posted on 29 May 2014 by The Secular Nerd

Screenshot right when it hit 1 million at 6:58pm Central Time

 Screenshot right when it hit 1 million at 6:58pm Central Time

 

 

Well folks, LeVar freakin Burton did it. In one day, he managed to get “One Million Dollars” for a web based Reading Rainbow expansion. As A kid, I grew up with Star Trek and of course Reading Rainbow. His Kickstarter barely even had a chance to exist on the internet, and he got backing. That whooshing sound you heard, were the thousands of netizens opening up their wallets.

This speaks volumes for the impact Reading Rainbow had on all our lives, and to have it continue to new generations gives me warm fuzzy feelings inside.

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Obama’s Victory for the Future

Posted on 07 November 2012 by The Secular Nerd

It has been such a very long and hard campaign. Facebook ablaze every day with Romney’s antics, fact checks, and some good old fashioned poking fun pictures. Thank the flying spaghetti monster it’s all over. There were quite a few victories on the 6th, for a country divided in two. What does this mean though, for the red states?

My opinion on this, based on being in a red state (Arkansas), is that it’s time to either get with the program, or be left in the dark ages. Marijuana became legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington last night, while medical Marijuana was blocked in the south (Arkansas) by people with pitch forks. Yes it’s an exaggeration, but I’d be lying if I said they didn’t have anything in their hand (the bible) while they made that choice to block medical marijuana from people who could greatly benefit from its uses.

A good friend and co-worker of mine has a daughter, who is going through the harsh lifestyle of treating cancer. The synthetic cannabis that she uses has been helping her get through it, in the ways that it can. If Marijuana was legal for medical purposes, it could of helped thousands of people dealing with glaucoma, cancer, and more. I wonder sometimes, if these people who are so greatly against it, are so blinded by their faith, that they forget about everyone else around them. I think a lot has to do with experience.

My good friend is religious, yet he strongly supports medical marijuana. Why? Because he’s compassionate. Because he’s living with the worry every night, for his daughters recovery. That’s just one man, and one person, out of thousands upon thousands of others every day, worried for their loved ones or friends. It’s almost in comparison to preventing people from getting flu shots, because X god will take care of those people. If it’s “his” will to take that person to heaven, then people accept that. Instead of preventing that person from getting sick in the first place, or treating the illness, people commit legal murder every day.

I stayed away from Facebook until Obama’s victory speech, because I was sick of the politics, sick of the bashing, sick of the worrying. It’s over now. We have four more years to stick with the plan, rebuild America, move it forward, and make red states realize that child abuse, legal murder, and bigotry has to go. I’m going back to my secular humanism side now, and dumping my militant tendencies since the election is over, and rational people got what the country needed. Now it’s time to focus locally.

-The Secular Nerd

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Reason In The Rock Oct 27th in Little Rock AR

Posted on 24 October 2012 by The Secular Nerd

Reason in the Rock is rapidly approaching in the bible belt (October 27th in Little Rock, AR), and I’m very proud to have been a part of it all. From the gatherings in a local pub, to members houses, it’s been a roller coaster of fun, stress, excitement, and determination.

I am a member of Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, based in Little Rock, Ar. A group dedicated to spreading the good word of logic, reason, and critical thinking. Being that I am on the Internet Committee for it, I have had the amazing opportunity to help spread the word for RITR, from making the website, to handling the majority of the functions for the Facebook Page.

From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist) to Jerry DeWitt, to AronRa… this event is going to be so jam packed with awesomeness, that words can’t even begin to describe how awesome Saturday will be. I’ve met Jerry and AronRa before, and let me tell you, they electrify the room.

Speaking of room, unfortunately this year it will be a rather small room in the Library, with about 200 people max that will fit in there, and seating for 150. Next year, the  word through the grapevine is that we will seek a bigger venue. Reason In The Rock will continue on throughout the years, getting bigger and better every year. I will continue to ride that roller coaster, because it’s worth it. Every bit of it.

Recently though, it’s gotten some publicity from a local TV station (KARK 4). Let me tell you, their Facebook comments were set ablaze with angry Christians. Whatever happened to love thy neighbor and all that stuff? It goes out the window whenever you don’t believe in their god, that’s for sure. A lot of lax religious people did pipe in though, and pointed out the irony of the angry god-fearing, god-loving people. Those are the religious people I can respect and tolerate.

With RITR less than a week away now, it’s been struggling to gather enough donations to fund all the expenses it requires, to host all the wonderful speakers coming. I’m hoping to try to improve the visibility of RITR a pinch more, in the hopes that there are people out there who may not necessarily be able to attend, but just love donating to the secular cause. Visit the site at http://www.reasonintherock.org/ to donate, and make sure we show people we aren’t going anywhere!

-The Secular Nerd

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Falling prey to World of Warcraft and Lost

Posted on 07 October 2012 by The Secular Nerd

Mists of Pandaria

As with any other person who plays World of Warcraft more than they do normally when an expansion pack comes out, I have fallen prey to the devils game again. As of this post, I have a level 47 Pandarian Monk. It should be a lot higher now, since the game came out last week, but I have also been working, spending time with That Heathen Girl, and watching Lost for the fourth time.  I’ve been keeping a steady dose of everything, just so I don’t get sucked into the game again. I guess you could say that I have an addictive personality. World of “Warcrack” as I call it, can be extremely addicting when a new expansion pack rolls out.

The thing with this expansion pack this time around, is that I have an overabundance worth of things already on my plate. I started work on a major project that I will call “Project: Secular Awareness” for now. I have also been working hard on my Freelance contracts. On top of that, watching Lost again has been rewarding. Each time I watch it, I catch new things. That Heathen Girl has been watching with me for the first time. It’s always fun watching her predict what will happen. A lot of times, she has been spot on. Other times, it’s scary how much she can call it.

Getting back to World of Warcrack, I have actually been having fun just goofing around this time with it. The new pet battles (read as Pokemon) is actually kind of fun. Not a whole lot of strategy involved with it, but if you pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of your pets, compared to your opponents, you could seriously have the upper hand. The Pandarian island is beautiful. I love what they made. It’s very appealing to the eyes, because I love Asian culture. The Pandarians themselves are cute (except for the male ones). I love the new Monk class. Healing seems extremely balanced. I have dabbled in DPS some with it, but healing is where it’s at for me. So much so, that I have decided this monk is my new main. I am moving my Druid to second place.

If you are anything like me, with how you play World of Warcraft, I would highly recommend picking up the new expansion pack if you are on your usual hiatus. It’s worth it.

– The Secular Nerd

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Freelance programming can be liberating

Posted on 17 September 2012 by The Secular Nerd

One of the things I enjoy most about Freelance programming, is the fact that I work from home most of the time. I get out of bed, pop my morning allergy and caffeine pills, power on my computer, and I check Facebook and e-mail. By the time I do that, I am as ready as I will ever be, to continue work on my latest contract(s).

Over the course of the last 10 years, my full-time employment opportunities were either short lived due to lay-offs, or I simply despised doing the same repetitive tasks time and time again. I am a creature of the night as well, so some of my best programming has come “after hours”.

It wasn’t until I moved down south, that I found out what my true calling was in this world. I always wanted to be a computer repair person when I grew up (at the age of 5), then I refined it to Network Administrator (age 14), and I kept with that until 26.

I had a lot of experience programming through that time span, but always got burned out doing it. I think in part, because of what I was programming, as well as the circumstances arising in my early 20’s. Life hasn’t always been peaches and cream, but computers kept me going.

Down south, I found many opportunities that were non-existent (as far as I knew) up north. My reputation spread like wildfire (some great, some bad). I would either have short lived dry spells of contracts, or a ton of them drop on me like a pile of bricks. Either way, it was the programming that kept edging itself to the top.

My field of expertise in coding is customization and integration. I work with semi proprietary software that usually always accesses a form of SQL (MySQL, MS SQL). I highly enjoy slapping a WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server on their servers, make a portal using AJAX and web 2.0 techniques, and just go to town. Enhancing the capabilities beyond what their software can do has always driven more work to me when they have an idea.

Thinking outside the box, and removing the phrase “It can’t be done” from my vocabulary has kept food on my table, a roof over my head, and has opened the doors to many other ventures. One key component to all of this, is critical thinking.

Critical thinking isn’t just for religion, politics, or philosophy. It’s a way of life. Bringing critical thinking into programming has pushed me far beyond what I had ever imagined. It has challenged me to rethink my programming style, enhance old techniques, and broaden my horizon on what I can apply it to.

The sad thing, is critical thinking can’t be taught. It’s like one of those Neo moments on the Matrix. “I can only show you the door” etc. It just gradually develops, but when it does eventually hit you full on, the best way to explain it is using a phrase from a friend of mine up north “It’s like reality shifting without a clutch”.

– The Secular Nerd

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My story, told by someone else

Posted on 30 August 2012 by The Secular Nerd

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A lot of people suffer, or have suffered from depression and/or social anxiety disorder in their lives. It can affect anyone at any time. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that video games can not only be therapeutic, but also used as treatment for depression and social anxiety disorder.

I encourage everyone to take the time to watch this video, come back, and see the rest of this post. You won’t regret it, I promise you this.


That is Boogie, and you can find his Channel on YouTube, and his page on Facebook. I have been following him for awhile now, watching the silly videos, the serious videos, and watching his transformation as he works on controlling his weight.

You might be asking, why is this so important? It’s because he told my life’s story exactly, from the games, the living situation, the mental illnesses, to the resolution. He’s not alone either. From helping soldiers with PTSD to anger management, video games have a beneficial therapeutic response. Boogie, myself, and others have come to find the benefits of on-line, off-line, and real world table top gaming to help us get through our darkest hours and come up on top.

A quick search on YouTube revealed this video about a former High School football player who found video games to be therapeutic, a huge confidence booster, and a purpose for him. Stories like these greatly contradict the negative press video games get, from blaming them for murderous rampages, theft, etc. As a rather avid video gamer myself, I have never felt compelled to go off on a murderous rampage, steal a car, or find a prostitute, bang her, and leave her for dead in an alley way (completely random, but Grand Theft Auto has been blamed for a prostitute death).

– The Secular Nerd

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The Dalai Lama had a point…

Posted on 24 August 2012 by That Heathen Girl

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

What if all the religions sacrificed the need to build monuments and temples to their faith and instead built schools, houses, even hospitals. If they instead used kindness to their fellow man instead of living in fear of some unknown entity. Helping their fellow man because they care, not out of fear of some unknown entity. Not to say I condemn them for their beliefs, because I’m just not that kind of person. I live in the bible belt, and there can be up to 10 churches in one town around here. That’s just way too much! If they used that money to help the community instead of building fancier and fancier churches, they could help their fellow man.

I’m That Heathen Girl, and I figured since the Secular Nerd posted such a thorough opening post I’d introduce myself.
You can check out our bio’s to learn more about us. We will also have links to our personal sites at a later date.

The kind of posts you can look forward to from me are going to be the entertainment reviews. Some of my nerdy points of interest are:
– Books & Movies
– Graphic Design & Photography
– PC Gaming

Welcome to the site and enjoy!
– That Heathen Girl

 

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It all started with a big bang…

Posted on 24 August 2012 by The Secular Nerd

It all started with a big bang…

The Secular Nerd said “let there be nerdy reasoning” and so it began…

We are extremely thrilled to start what is going to be a very exciting journey into the world of secular nerds. What are secular nerds you ask? Let’s explore these two words in detail, shall we?

sec·u·lar
[sek-yuh-ler] adjective
1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as
religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secularinterests.
2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with non religious subjects.
4. (of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order;not bound
by monastic vows ( opposed to regular).
5. occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.

nerd
[nurd] noun Slang .
1. a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

Our first word “secular”, is very important to many people. It is the pursuit of a world not connected with religion. We live in a society that’s focused on many different agendas. The pushing of a religious agenda is one huge conglomerate of many sub agendas, meaning there are many different religions, and many different interpretations of their religious dogma.  The forcing of these many different religious beliefs in our world has caused not only wars, but skewed day to day habits that infringe on many peoples way of life.

You might be wondering where I’m going with my take on this. It’s simple; get religion out of politics, government, and public places. Don’t get me wrong when I say that though. I consider myself a secular humanist. I believe people are free to believe whatever they wish to believe, but I don’t want your beliefs interfering with my day to day life, or that of humanity as a whole.  One very bright, shining, and painful example of what I mean, is marriage equality. The term used a lot against marriage equality, is “the sanctity of marriage must be upheld. It is a union of one man, and one woman”.

Let’s look at the word “sanctity” before you claim that religion has nothing to do with marriage equality.

sanc·ti·ty
[sangk-ti-tee] noun, plural sanc·ti·ties.

1. holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
2. sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
3. a sacred thing.

Let’s talk about “the sanctity of marriage” for a moment. Marriages between one man and one woman happen everyday. They also divorce everyday. What happened to the sacred oath they have taken? Till death do you part, right? People divorce all the time, yet there is no war against divorce lawyers. The war is against what peoples beliefs are. In a secular government, you would have none of this. We would already have marriage equality. We, however, do not live in a secular world, we do not have a secular government, and we have the religious agendas to thank for this.

The above, is what you can expect on the secular side of this website. It won’t always be “militant”, but it sure will be blunt, and straight to the point. I am a nerd which embraces many of the “nerdy” genres. Let’s look at them in a fancy bullet list!

My nerd expertise:

  • Computer Programming (Website design, application, databases)
  • Network Administration
  • Table-top Role-Playing (Dungeons and Dragons, White Wolf’s World of Darkness, etc)
  • Collectible Card Games (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, etc)
  • MMO’s (World of Warcraft, Star Wars, etc)
  • Computer Strategy Games (Starcraft, Command and Conquer, etc)
  • Social Network Marketing
  • Live Action Role-Play (Vampire: The Masquerade, Dagorhir, etc)
  • Star Trek AND Star Wars fanatic

When it comes to any of these topics, I become an elitist monster. I’m very passionate about these topics, but I also enjoy a good clean friendly debate. Why, you may ask, did I list my hobbies and skills? Because those are the topics I will discuss, along with a secular twist (but not always).

So here’s to a very exciting journey together!

– The Secular Nerd

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