New to using the command prompt? Check out the Windows Command Prompt Beginner’s Guide
If you run a lot of scripts from the Command Prompt, I’d like to share a quick tip that saves me time every time I open it.
Ever watch a commercial and think “I would NEVER buy that product” or “what kind of people watch this show? Why would I want to use/buy xyz?”
To focus online ads, many advertising companies track your activity as you browse from website to website (where their ads are displayed) and will build a profile of you to present more useful ads according to your interests and assumed demographics. These companies don’t collect personal information like your name and address; thus, you may find this information gathering helpful as you find yourself being offered more customized advertisements.
Or, you may see it as a violation of your privacy.
Simply disabling cookies will not alter the fact that your public IP address is available to these companies and, if you’re the only person/family using that address, you’ll still be profiled. If you’d like to opt out of these types of ads, you can do so very easily.
If you’ve downloaded a file and are not sure you can trust it before opening it, did you know you can use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to scan it for viruses without running a full virus scan? MSE lets you do this and it can help give you peace of mind before opening an unknown file.
This feature can be particularly useful if you’re opening a file from removable media (CD, DVD, external HDD etc.) and MSE’s real-time virus checker has not had a chance to do a preliminary scan at the file yet. If you’ve turned off real-time virus scanning, this will also help you avoid virus infection.
Caution: Even if a virus checker doesn’t detect a virus, never open a file from an untrusted source.
You might remember my post on Legal Music Streaming back in December 2010. The post compared two great streaming solutions Grooveshark and Spotify (Read it one more time here). Today (July 14th, 2011) Spotify announced the release of Spotify US. You might remember that Spotify offers a totally free service (with some limitations) for everyone who loves music. All you need to endure is a few seconds of advertising at random intervals. Read the rest of this entry »
As the experienced Windows user you are, you are familiar with the Computer view (previously known as ‘My Computer’). This folder contains the (physical or virtual) drives connected to your computer. But that is not all it is capable of displaying.
Should you ever want to customize the content of the Computer Folder, then this is how:
If you are anything like me, every time you sit down at your PC you think of all the component upgrades you could invest in. The problem is that there simply isn’t enough cash in the world to do everything you’d like to (for most of us at least – good riddance to those of you that have that kind of cake). Using my own experience I’ve compiled a short list of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make to boost the joy you experience every time you use your PC. Read the rest of this entry »