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We have already hit March and that means it’s time to post your desktops to the monthly desktop thread in the WinCustomize forums. This is a great way to show other members what skins and themes you are using on your desktop.

Head over to that thread and post your desktop screenshot, and let everyone know what skins you are using.

Post to the March desktop thread here:

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It’s a sad day for sci-fi fans around the world in learning that Leonary Nimoy passed away today at 83. Last year he announced he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with complications from that. Sadly, he passed away this morning at his home. Leonard Nimoy is most famously known for playing the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise.

Born in Boston in 1931, he started acting in local theaters at the age of 8 and eventually made his way to Hollywood where he picked up roles in numerous films and television shows. In 1966 he joined the cast of Star Trek as Spock — the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer which lasted until 1969. After Star Trek, Mr. Nimoy continued to pursue acting and had roles in other television shows such as Mission: Impossible and Gunsmoke.

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Even though the original series was cancelled, that wasn't the end for Mr. Spock. Leonard Nimoy would play the Spock character in several of the Star Trek movies, and has even appeared in small roles in the recent movie reboots. Playing Spock was a big part of his acting career, but it certainly wasn't all of it. Mr. Nimoy also directed a couple of the Star Trek films and also had an impressive list of voice acting credits to his name in both films, video games, television shows, and more. Mr. Nimoy was also had a passion for photography, and also authored two autobiographies. He also released five albums of vocal recording of popular song covers and folk music.

Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet:

For many people, including myself, Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration for science and technology through both the roles he played and in real life. Some actors would distance themselves, but Mr. Nimoy never did -- and even embraced the culture that I feel he had a part in creating. How many people out there thought about playing with a real tricorder that Spock would always use? Funny enough, we’re seeing that technology come about today and the inspiration came from shows like Star Trek and from characters like Spock. The impact things like this had on society is huge and very positive.

The world is missing a great person today, but I am thankful for having had the opportunity to witness Mr. Nimoy’s impact on that world. Myself and my colleagues at Stardock send our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Nimoy and his family.

Live long and prosper.

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The newest Master skin for WindowBlinds has hit the galleries this week, and is called Ethera by LightStar.  I really like the overall design and colors used in this skin, and it’s a fantastic skin for daily use that’s not distracting at all.

Get it today and if you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, be sure to grab your 20% discount on Master skins.

Ethera by LightStar

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The Object Desktop suite just keeps getting better! The latest update includes access to the Start10 beta, Stardock’s all new Windows 10 start menu alternative.

Start10 adds a classic or enhanced start menu to the Windows 10 January Technical Preview with the features you're already familiar with and more. The beta is available now for current Object Desktop™ subscribers. If you don’t have a subscription now is a great time to join for as low as $3.99* per month.

Start10 Key Features:

  • Add a classic or enhanced Start menu to Windows 10

  • Unified search for apps, settings and files

  • Access desktop and Modern apps from the Start menu

  • Skinnable start button

The Start10 final release is expected to be available by the time Windows 10 ships. To learn more about Start10 visit

How to get Object Desktop:
New subscriptions are available at:

Current subscribers can download the Object Desktop Manager application from:

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Master Skinner neone6 has shared two new Master skins with WinCustomize this week.  First is a WindowBlinds suite which contains the Hexagon WindowBlinds skin, CursorFX theme, wallpapers, Xion skin, and Sysmetrix skin.  This is a highly-detailed skin that looks great on the Windows desktop.

Next we have Hexicons which is a matching IconPackager theme, but still look great on their own.  If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber you get a 20% discount on all Master skins.

Hexagon by neone6

Hexicons by neone6

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Dominator is the latest Master WindowBlinds skin from Vampothika.  This unique skin has lots of detail, and this also includes a set of icons, wallpapers, and Sysmetrix skin.  Be sure to grab this today with your 20% discount for WinCustomize Subscribers.

Dominator by Vampothika

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I'm using a Microsoft wireless 2000 keyboard which I've had for a while now.  It has actually been real good for everything I do including gaming, but this one needs to be replaced and I'm looking to see what to get next.

Looking at the Logitech wireless illuminated keyboard. Like it because it works with the Logitech unifying receiver, but not sure I want to spend that much.

Not really a big fan of wires, but also looking at the Logitech G105 gaming keyboard. 


Not really sure what I want to get yet, so thought I'd ask and see what you all are using or like.

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Feb 21, 2015 8:00 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

We had server issues today which affected many of our sites and services since early this morning and throughout the day.  We have been working to get everything restored and as of this posting, everything should be working as normal.

We apologize if this caused you any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience while we worked this problem. :)

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Feb 17, 2015 10:24 PM by Discussion: CursorFX

We have released an update for CursorFX today, and you can download the v2.15 update now.  CursorFX allows users to create and use custom cursor themes, or use one of thousands available for download at

Included in this update:

  • Windows 8 compatibility
  • Several bug fixes

You can download CursorFX from your Stardock account


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Feb 17, 2015 10:18 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

We have released an update for CursorFX today, and you can download the v2.15 update now.  CursorFX allows users to create and use custom cursor themes, or use one of thousands available for download at

Included in this update:

  • Windows 8 compatibility
  • Several bug fixes

You can download CursorFX from your Stardock account.


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