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Manipulating arguments to a batch file

Posted by onlydarksets on December 10, 2008

I am creating a batch file, and I needed to parse out the arguments (e.g., get the filename, change the extension, etc.).  I always forget these (and where to find them), so I’m copying them here.

%~1 - expands %1 removing any surrounding quotes (")
%~f1 - expands %1 to a fully qualified path name
%~d1 - expands %1 to a drive letter only
%~p1 - expands %1 to a path only
%~n1 - expands %1 to a file name only
%~x1 - expands %1 to a file extension only
%~s1 - expanded path contains short names only
%~a1 - expands %1 to file attributes
%~t1 - expands %1 to date/time of file
%~z1 - expands %1 to size of file

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Mounting multiple ISOs

Posted by onlydarksets on November 17, 2008

When installing Office, etc. from our Microsoft Partner MSDN library, I usually take the lazy route and use 7-zip to unpack the ISOs.  ISODisk lets you mount up to 20 ISOs simultaneously, and it seems like a more efficient path.

Posted in Microsoft, Microsoft Office, MS Sharepoint, MS SQL Server, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Phone-based two-factor authentication for LogMeIn

Posted by onlydarksets on October 27, 2008

I haven’t setup LogMeIn because I’m skittish about security.  PhoneFactor looks like a promising addition to the chain that could alleviate my concerns.  It provides a second-factor authentication (the first being your username/password) by requiring you to answer your phone before it lets you in.  If you (or, more likely, a would-be hacker) don’t have the phone, you can’t get in.

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The evolution of Windows

Posted by onlydarksets on September 26, 2008

While searching for “Evolution for Windows“, I came across a history of the evolution OF Windows.  Although I didn’t start with Windows until v3.0, it’s all a trip down memory lane!

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Evolution for Windows installer updated

Posted by onlydarksets on September 26, 2008

When I’ve had to access different Exchange servers for my company and a client, Evolution for Windows has come in handy (instead of using MojoPac). Looks like they have an updated installer out (XP only?).

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Free PDF markup tool

Posted by onlydarksets on September 22, 2008

I had to markup a file I had in PDF-only format, and a quick search turned up an incredibly powerful and FREE (even for commercial use) tool called PDF-XChange Viewer.  In addition to being a lightweight (4MB) and fast PDF viewer (with a portable version and with IE and FF plugins), it also provides markup tools like highlighting, text boxes, comments, and drawing.

For Windows, of course.

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Turn off iPhone backups in Windows iTunes

Posted by onlydarksets on September 4, 2008

When the iPhone syncs, iTunes will often perform a backup that is excruciatingly slow.  Mac users have an “easy” (i.e., available to anyone) way to prevent iTunes from doing backups.  A less publicized version of the same method exists for Windows:

  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. Press Win+R (opens the Windows Run dialog)
  3. Type or copy the following command:
    “%CommonProgramFiles%\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\defaults.exe” write AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
  4. Open iTunes.
  5. Connect the iPhone.
  6. Make Sync without backing up.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use the command line, a company I have never heard of has released an application called “iPhone Backup Switch“.  As the name implies, it simply turns off or on iTunes’ iPhone backup process.

If neither of those work, there is also a method that involves editing the iTunesPref.xml file.

Posted in iPhone, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 6 Comments »

Firefox Tip: Copying history to a new tab

Posted by onlydarksets on July 9, 2008

I’m trying to limit the non-original content, but this was too good to pass up.

When you want to backtrack a few paces in your web surfing clicktrail but not lose the page you’re on, in Firefox 3, click on your current tab, hold down the Ctrl key and drag it. This will duplicate the tab and keep its history in the copy—that way you can back out and stay where you are in another tab. Sadly this trick only works in Firefox for Windows, not on the Mac.

Source: LifeHacker

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Windows keyboard shortcuts overview

Posted by onlydarksets on May 23, 2008

Amazing – Windows Help actually has…answers!  I was looking for keyboard shortcuts, and found the most comprehensive list I’ve seen.  This is verbatim from the help file (after the break).

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Explorer hangs in XP when selecting a Quicktime file

Posted by onlydarksets on April 29, 2008

This is just downright ludicrous.  There is apparently a conflict between Windows Live Photo Gallery and Quicktime, where even single-clicking on a MOV file in Windows Explorer causes Explorer to hang for up to several minutes.  I “fixed” this problem by renaming the culprit: wlxquicktimecontrolhost.exe

The file is located here:

C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Photo Gallery

Just rename it to “WLXQuickTimeControlHost.del”, and the problem should go away.  You can’t do Quicktime previews through Windows Live Photo, but you can at least move QT files around without having to take a coffee break every 2 minutes.

What makes it ludicrous is that MS appears to have known about the problem for some time, yet they haven’t fixed.

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