Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Open Command Window Here" in Vista

The Microsoft PowerToy "Open Command Window Here" for WinXP doesn't work with Vista, and I couldn't find one I understood, so I wrote a simple registry file to do it instead. Copy and paste the text below into notepad:


@="Open Command Window Here"

@="cmd.exe /F:ON /K \"cd %L\""

Now save this as CmdHere.reg (or any other file name with a .reg extension), and then double-click to run it, observing the usual UAC and permissions rituals. Now you should see the familiar "Open Command Window Here" entry when you right-click a folder name. This code will also work on Windows XP and Windows 2000.

Lighten Up a Little!

This applies to me too. Lighten up! Thanks to my brother Andrew for this link.
And thanks to the Onion for a great news item:

Economists Warn Anti-Bush Merchandise Market Close To Collapse

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Attack Ads Fuel American Racism

A simple report by Aljazeera about racism in the American heartland (like we didn't know it already exists) has caused a storm of outrage, not at the views expressed, but that a TV reporter would include them in his story.
Any outside observer would include these remarks, so what's the fuss? Apparently the US media ignores these comments, and expresses outrage if someone else doesn't ignore them. Sounds a bit like our old Apartheid SABC.

Surviving Internet Explorer

IE7Pro - The must have add-on for Internet Explorer
I normally use Firefox for browsing, but for the past week I've been forced to use Internet Explorer 7 on a different machine. What's more, this machine only has an 800x600 display, so some of the web sites have been a bit weird.
I don't have permission to install Firefox, so I did the next best thing: IE7Pro. It's an add-in to IE6, IE7 and IE8 that allows you to do a number of really useful things that IE doesn't normally do. The most important of these is to block ads, but the other is to do tabbed browsing properly.
Many of the sites I visit have been opening multiple IE windows, which gets incredibly confusing after a while. IE7Pro has a useful option under "IE Settings" called "Always open popups in a new tab" which effectively stops multiple independent IE Windows, and keeps everything more organized so you don't have to go searching for windows using Alt-Tab. This has saved me considerable time and frustration.
Another useful goodie is the weather plug-in, which gives a 5 day forecast when you hover over the icon on the status bar. There are also some useful user scripts and safety features, and a download manager. It's amazing how a few small things like this can make a huge difference to my productivity. If you use IE a lot, check it out!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Soweto Beach Party

I was aghast at this video, which I saw last night on Aljazeera English TV. The traffic cops didn't show up, so there was traffic gridlock and a near riot. The newspapers I read didn't even mention the event! Is this how the city plans to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup?
I'm glad that a concert of this size has been a regular event, and just wish I'd heard about it locally. See you there next year!