Almost 10 years ago I wrote a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget which I called Bluetooth Auto Lock Gadget. It was based off a Coding4Fun project called Bluetooth Screen Lock. Over its life in the Windows Gadget store it had over 50,000 downloads at my last check up until Microsoft discontinued gadgets in Windows 7 due to security concerns and their then new direction into Live Tiles.
On the Windows Insider updates they just announced:
Introducing Dynamic Lock: Dynamic Lock automatically locks your Windows 10 PC when you’re not around based the proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone. If your Bluetooth-paired phone is not found near your PC, Windows turns off the screen and locks the PC after 30 seconds. To enable Dynamic Lock, make sure your phone is paired to your PC via Bluetooth and go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and toggle Dynamic lock to “on”.
It was a useful gadget and I’m pleased to see this functionality will now be available built-in to Windows 10.
I don’t know if it is the files I have on my computer, but each of my machines’ index file size occasionally just goes out of control. This covered KB 2838018 The Windows.edb file grows very large in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. Unfortunately however even after the hotfix is installed, as seen below, 66 GB for the index on a 439 GB drive seems very much like the symptom described.
The instructions in the KB cover how to rebuild the index. I find just stopping the indexing services, deleting the file and restarting the services a quicker space recovering resolution. Note that your search everywhere in Windows, even applications from the start menu, won’t work for a little while.
Finding space to free and finding this rogue file is very easy with Space Sniffer, it is the best disk space visualization since Space Monger 1.4. Be sure however to run it as Administrator, otherwise those system files will not be shown.
The file is located at
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows. After a rebuild it is a more reasonable 1.8 GB.
Just some unfounded speculation. All Windows is under Joe Belfiore. Windows Phone for OEMs is free. All Windows Phones 8+ are supported for updates. Windows 8+ for OEMs for all PCs, tablets, 2-in-1s or otherwise, under 9” screens is free. Office Online is free. For Office on your devices Office 365 starts at quite a low per person price. Windows 8 upgrade offer from Windows 7/Vista on release was very cheap.
With Windows Threshold, i.e. 9, I wonder if they are ready to remove the revenue from the Windows platform for consumers completely. Always up to date Windows. Will they go completely free, or package with an Office 365 account at no extra cost?
Update 9 Feb 2015: Although it was announced Windows 10 and free upgrade for the first year of release for consumer versions, Microsoft has just trademarked Windows 365. Perhaps for businesses?