Feb 25, 2010
Having worked with Windows 7 for a few weeks now, when working with the taskbar, hover don't click. What I mean by this is with XP, taskbar interactions require a lot of clicks. If you want to minimize an application, click its name on the task bar. If you want to give the application the focus you click it.
Well doing that in Windows 7, always seems to result in two clicks. One to select the application you want, and once to select the Window. But this is not what you want to do. Instead, try hovering over an application on the task bar. The open windows for that application will automatically pop up. If you hover over once of the mini preview windows as shown above, then Windows 7 hides the other open windows and highlights the window being hovered over. Once you know which window you want, then you click it.
Its a completely different mindset, but once you get used to it, hovering will become your friend.
Feb 24, 2010
The problem I have been running into is there seemed to be no easy way to set the default font size for a page. Using the built in formatting options, you can highlight all the text and then set the font. However, this does not actually set a global font, but instead wraps each piece of content with nasty
<font>tags. Then when you add some new text, it does not get wrapped and you end up with a mess.
Google Sites does actually allow you to edit the HTML directly, with some limitations. (This is how I found out about the nasty
<font>tags.) For example, you cannot use the style tag to add CSS to the page. However, you can use
style=""attributes to tags. So, to set the default font do the following.
- Edit the page and choose the HTML option to edit the page.
- At the top of the content add the following:
<div style="font-size: 11pt;">
- At the end of the content add
<div>statement, you can control the default font size for all the content between the
Feb 23, 2010
- Log into Solaris as
- Type the following command to add a user:
useradd -d /export/home/username -m -s /usr/bin/bash -c "User Full Name" username
- To set the password type:
- When prompted enter the new password twice.
-d option specifies where to create the users directory. The
-m option actually creates the directory if it does not exist. The
-s option sets your default command line shell.
-c sets the users full name. The new username is the last option on the command line. This sets up the account, but does not set the password.
rootand you can log into your new account.
One of the utilities I have used a lot since the days of MS-DOS is the
editcommand line editor. It is like
vifor Unix, its the editor that is always there on any system.
Well with Windows 7 64 bit, its gone. After Googling around for it and such, I finally ran across a definitive statement on the subject. In Windows 7 64 bit, a number of DOS utilities have been discontinued and Microsoft has created a list here.
So this begs the question, is there something I can use as a command line editor? Well so far, the only thing I can find is a 64 bit version of VI Improved (VIM). I have not had a chance to try it out yet, but it looks promising. And of course, if you are not a Unix person, this editor is not for the faint of heart. :) But it looks like the best option available at the current time.
Update: There is a Windows version of the Nano editor. It is quite a bit easier to use than VI. Get Nano for Windows here.
Feb 17, 2010
I like to run multiple browsers. Firefox as a development and default browser. Chrome or Safari for web surfing, and SeaMonkey for those multiple profile sort of situations.
Chrome Firefox Safari SeaMonkey
Cygwin - Want a Bash shell on Windows? Want some of your favorite Unix utilities? Then Cygwin is for you.
NetBeans - A great Java open source IDE.
SQLite - File based SQL database.
Subversion - Windows 7 64 bit command line version.
Filezilla - A secure FTP client for Windows. When transferring files with a Unix system, FTP or SFTP is still your best choice.
Open Office - Open source office suite.
Paint.net - Open source graphics program
SVG Anti-Virus - Great free or paid anti-virus you can buy and install online.
ls -lon Windows 7?
A: Yes there is, the
lsis equivalent to
ls -lis equivalent to
My brain is so hardwired for the bash shell now, that I make batch file equivalents for these programs. I create the following programs in the
c:\Windowsdirectory. To create files in this directory under Windows 7, you need to run as Administrator
@dir /w %1 %2 %3 %4 %5
The 5 numbers allow you to add parameters to the command for example
For a long list I use the common alias of ll.
@dir %1 %2 %3 %4 %5
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
A: This "feature" is not part of your screen saver settings. As you might guess, it is part of your energy settings.
- Navigate to your screen saver settings.
- Right click on the desktop.
- Select Personalize from the popup menu.
- Click on the Screen Saver Icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Click on the Change Power Settings link.
- This should bring a list of power plans for your machine.
- Click on the Change Plan Settings option for the currently selected power plan.
- The Edit Power Plan settings dialog is displayed. You can set all sort of power related options here. (But we must dig deeper. )
- Click on the Change Advanced Power Setings option.
- This brings up the Advanced Power Options dialog. At the top of the dialog, you should see a Require Password on Wakeup Option. This is the setting that is logging you off your machine. But the options are grayed.
- To change the Wakup setting, click on the Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable link.
- Clicking on the link enables you to change your wake up options.
- Change the wakeup options from Yes to No.
Feb 12, 2010
So I'm going to be posting tips in a FAQ format as I figure them out. It seems everything is there from before, but is always in a different place. :) After I get a few of these tips posted, I will create a summary page that I hope other people will find helpful.
- Right click the desktop.
- Choose Personalize at the bottom of the menu.
- Click on the Screen Saver Icon in the lower right hand corner of the dialog.
Feb 10, 2010
Since the tool has not been rolled out to my account yet I haven't had a chance to try it. But my first impression is this seems like a bad idea. With e-mail I try to read and process all the messages I receive. Twitter and RSS feeds are completely different. Those I browse for just the stories that interest me. Sometimes I might miss a day or two of the feed. There is simply too much information to read it all. Having this avalanche of data pile up in my inbox does not seem like an improvement to my data browsing habits. But I will reserve further judgement until I have a chance to try it out.
Feb 9, 2010
|Command+Shift+3||Capture entire screen and save as a file on the desktop.|
|Command+Control+Shift+3||Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard.|
|Command+Shift+4||Capture dragged area and save as a file on the desktop.|
|Command+Control+Shift+4||Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard.|
|Command+Shift+4 then Space bar||Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file on the desktop.|
|Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar||Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard.|
With OS X Leopard, the files are saved as PNG files. With the clipboard option, you can save the image to a graphics tool, or use Preview and select File -> New Image from Clipboard.
And you get a link at the top of your search page like this:
Once you click on the link, you get a page like this:
Quick and convenient. Enjoy.
Feb 4, 2010
A: From the user interface, do the following
Click Start -> Computer -> System Properties -> Advanced System Properties -> Environment Variables -> Select Path under System Variables.
The computer option can be found on the right side of the Start menu. The System Properties option is on the main menu of the Computer dialog.
It seems to work pretty much like it did in XP. It is just a little harder to find.
Feb 3, 2010
The basic format is:
Where blogname is your blogs name on blogger. The labelname is what
appears in the URL of your blog label page.
Here are a couple example URLs from the article.
Example URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/search/label/personalization
Example Feed: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/personalization
This approach does not appear to work with FeedBurner, but I think I really only want to annoy folks with ads in my main feed anyway. :)
Feb 2, 2010
Finally, I added a "Lastest Posts" section at the top of the right column. This should allow you to scan the latest posts on the site if you stumbled upon the site with a browser. I using a built in Blogger widget for this. I would really like to have more post headers there and style each line a little bit better. So I may be rolling my own widget to do that in the future.
Update: The widget just isn't working. So you won't see in the right column until I can write my own.
A: Use Expose. By default Mac OS X assigns three function keys to assist you in managing windows.
F11 - Hide all open windows.
F10 - Show all open windows of the application with focus.
F9 - Show all the open windows of all applications currently running.
Once the function key has been pressed, you can use the arrow keys to select the window of your choice.
If you have a multi-button mouse, you can also assign mouse buttons to perform the same function as the function keys.