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  • Blog Post: Get to the root of an Explorer window

    Found this great tip from Ed Bott . You can take advantage of the explorer.exe command line switches to scope a view to only contain the subfolders. For example: explorer.exe /e,/root,"C:\Windows" will open the Explorer Shell showing the Windows directory and all it's subfolders while hiding the...
  • Blog Post: Show/Hide Filenames in XP Thumbnails View

    Did you know that if you hold down the SHIFT key when selecting Thumbnails View or opening a folder, the Filenames for the items will not be displayed? I didn't, but just found out because for some reason I had no filenames in any of my Thumbnails view and could not figure out why. This seems like an...
  • Blog Post: Digital Audio Tools

    Eric Virro has a great site that covers all aspects of ripping digital audio. Highly recommended reading if you are curios about lossless, transcoding, cleaning, converting etc.
  • Blog Post: Groove Virtual Office

    Wow. I installed Groove a few days ago on advice from Dennis and tried the File Synchronization feature. There are few things I will say this about. It's Magic . I can just drag stuff to a folder and it replicates to all my machines, w/o the use of a centralized server. Yes, this is basically doing P2P...
  • Blog Post: Guide to ripping CDs

    Chances are, you have ripped some of your music. More than likely you chose a lossy encoding. Probably it's in MP3 format. Maybe not. Anyway, I have continually refined my ripping strategy. It's optimized for getting the best audio quality on the device I am using. This includes: Windows Media...
  • Blog Post: Make ico files from png

    I found this great freeware utility, png2ico , which will take a png and create an ico file. I wanted to create a favicon for my web site, and this made it super simple. This will also come in handy when I need to make icons for my .NET applications. the VS.NET 2003 editor can't handle 32 bit icons...
  • Blog Post: Skype 1.1 Install Problems

    Jeff is having problems installing Skype 1.1 . I am having the same problems. This is the first time I've ever used Skype, so this is not leaving a good impression. Anyway, booting into Safe Mode allowed me to install it. Not sure why.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft AntiSpyware

    Not very often does a piece of software come along that blows me out of the water. A few months ago I got a very real experience dealing with spyware. Even after coaching my sister through fixing her computer, on my visit home over thanksgiving I found that all the spyware she had was still installed...
  • Blog Post: Do Not Deliver Before

    My buddy Reeves just pointed me to a sweet Outlook feature that I never knew about called Do not deliver before . In a recent post I commented on how I'm trying to get in the habit of not doing work email on weekends, vacations etc. Well one problem with this is I could be on a plane or a train and I...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP File Association Fixes

    The other day I was unable to open a .cab file on my PC. I had no idea how the file association got messed up. At the same time my .zip file associates were bad. I stumbled onto this great site that has some registry entries you can download to fix some of these common problems.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DigitalPersona (Biometric Fingerprint Reader)

    Who ever said Microsoft doesn't innovate is just full of it. I just picked up the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader . This thing is so utterly cool. The software it comes with is awesome. Basically it works like this. You install some software, reboot, plug in the reader and train it on any of your...
  • Blog Post: CD/DVD Burning in XP

    <rant> I really want to know why the top two windows CD/DVD burning programs as such big fat junky programs. For many years I used Roxio Easy CD Creator. In fact, I used Toast on the Mac for many years (same company) and was super pleased with it. For a while Easy CD Creator annoyed me so I...
  • Blog Post: PDF SpeedUp

    I have previously written about how darn slow Adobe Acrobat 6 is when launching. I don't understand why Acrobat is so darn annoying. Here are some things I don't care for: Don't create a “My eBooks“ folder in My Documents when I have nothing to put there. Don't load 500 plugins when...
  • Blog Post: Spyware

    A few days ago I got one of those dreaded phone calls from my sister. It went like this: sister: “My internet is broken” omar: “Huh?” sister: “When I launch Internet Explorer it quits right away” omar: “Uh oh. Did you do anything unusual the other day?”...
  • Blog Post: Nikon RAW image thumbnails in XP Explorer shell

    I've been mildly annoyed by the fact that I can't see thumbnails of my Nikon NEF (RAW) image files in the XP Shell. Luckily someone has a product that takes care of this. http://www.softwhile.com/product_nv.html Update: check out this post for another software package:
  • Blog Post: Explorer Status Bar fixed in XP SP2

    Holy cow, how did I miss this gem? [Tony Schreiner] New Pet Peeves Fixed The disappearing status bar bug should be gone for good. We also fixed most of the scenarios where the URL you were typing in the address bar would get stomped or disrupted if a navigation happened while you were typing...
  • Blog Post: QuickTime support in windows without the player

    Want to use Windows Media Player to watch QuickTime movies without the Apple player (which I find has a poor user interface, and non standard windows controls)? http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm The best part is that it includes a DirectShow filter. This means that any...
  • Blog Post: Haha, deny explorer access to reg setting

    Found a solution for my annoying toolbar changing behavior between IE and Explorer . Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser and Set the Permissions for your account to Deny. Haha, take that Windows. Try and change things now.
  • Blog Post: Offline Files made easier

    Jonathan Hardwick has an excellent post on Offline Files support in Windows XP. I posted some of my annoyances on his post, but today I found something that makes offline files so much more tolerable. My main complaints with Offline files are: It seems to sync at the wrong time. Every time my...
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