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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):



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






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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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 to donate, and make sure we show people we aren’t going anywhere!

-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

World of Warcraft Logo (c) Blizzard

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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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?

[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.

[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.

[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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