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Saturday, 08 October 2011

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Windows 10 ways for a quick shutdown / restart
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 06 September 2015

Well to shutdown or restart Windows 10, you need to go to Start, then Power, then choose Shut down or Restart.

Well this requires to move my mouse, so pfff! not an option!

Well I could always Win+R and type shutdown -s -t 0 and enter, to do it by keyboard but I'm not that weird yet (shutdown -r -t 0 , to restart).

If you are on the desktop or move to the desktop (Win+D), you can always Alt+F4, then click enter to shutdown or go down once (using down arrow key) and then enter.

But I wanted something faster, because there are cases that calling gui controls might take a few secs to respond...(without trying to be too bitchy about SLOW Start menu, no option for refresh periods of apps etc ...)

And contributing to my happynes, there is another way! Win+X opens the Power User start menu and by clicking U, you get to the shutdown option and by clicking U again you get it to shutdown or by clicking R you get it to restart.

So Win+X, U, U = Shutdown

and Win+X, U, R = Restart

Note that with this option, if you are using another language for interface, you will have a different keystroke for the final action, depending on the option shortkey underlined.

 

Last updated ( Sunday, 06 September 2015 )

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How to Open Colour Mixer in Windows 10
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 09 August 2015

Click Win+R to open the Run interface and paste

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced

click enter and voila you can now change the colour using 50% of the colour mixer (only the max and min values of Brightness work and the Hue bar works)

Last updated ( Sunday, 09 August 2015 )

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Windows 10 - How to disable Win Defender
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 09 August 2015

Windows Defender is annoying, demanding on hard disk and you should be able to turn it off!

(Uninstalling it, would be better but lets not make this discussion right now...)

Use Regedit to change the registry key and DWORD value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender

DisableAntiSpyware DWORD

0 = On - This means it runs...
1 = Off - This means it will not run...

For those who are familiar and have access to gpedit.msc, use gpedit instead. (gpedit is the local policy editor, but it's only available on entreprize and pro editions)

Download REG key to turn it OFF from here.

Btw when an antivirus is installed the above flag is not considered, if an anti-virus is present and active, defender will not run (real-time).

Last updated ( Sunday, 09 August 2015 )

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What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+) part 3
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Written by Administrator
Saturday, 08 August 2015

This is part 3 from a series

part 1 - What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+)

part 2 - What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+) part 2

 

VLC

First we need to get us a nice skin for VLC.

One of the less known but rather nice and clean skins is made by onehalfkiller and can be downloaded from here .

The download button is on your right column.

Open a File Explorer and write on the address field %ProgramFiles(x86)%\VideoLAN\VLC\skins and press enter.

Then extract the downloaded content in this path.

Now open VLC, and press Ctrl+P, to go to options (or from the menu Tools/Options)

Select "Use Custom Skin" and then click on choose. Inside the skins folder you will find the new extracted folder and within it the vlt file.

(hint: use the adress path)

Now click on "SAVE" and close VLC. When you reopen it, it will use the new skin and its nice and minimal and looks like this.

 

 Just a reminder VLC also comes with a host of possible addons.

 

foobar2000

This is the resident music player and will turn into our music server for other devices in our home.

Go to http://www.foobar2000.org/components and download, UPnP/DLNA Renderer, Server, Control Point .

When the file is about to download it will ask you to run with foobar directly. Click OK.

The foobar2k will ask to confirm that you initiated this request. Click Yes...

Then the click apply and the DLNA server will be initiated, so you need to allow to exit the firewall. On the following popup, Allow Access.

If you want to shutdown the DLNA server, you can stop the server through the menu Library/Stop UPnP Media Server

Apart from the usual things, you can use this server to...

- Stream audio to a PS3, XBOX360 (using their interface), iPhone (PlugPlayer)
- Push audio from either your local foobar2000 Media Library or another UPnP Media Server to WMP12, an iPhone (PlugPlayer) or another foobar2000 instance on the network.
- Control foobar2000 playback from an iPhone, WMP12, or any other Control Point.
- Control a Linn Ds product including making playlists, switching sources, etc.

 Now lets add a nice visualization option, go to http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_vis_shpeck and download this addon as well.

Unzip the contents (dll file) to %ProgramFiles(x86)%\foobar2000\components

Download this 7z file from here. And extract it in the foobar2k folder. %ProgramFiles(x86)%\foobar2000

Now close foobar2k and reopen it, go to Library/Preferences - Visualisations and lets find the path to where we saved the winamp directory.

Once done it will look like the pic below.

click OK. Then go again back to Library/Preferences and open Keyboard Shortcuts. Add a New shortcut, find the "Start Milkdrop..." function under main / visualizations, set a key to your liking (I chose M) and click OK.

Now when you play some music by pressing M you open the visualisation window, double click to make it fullscreen.

 

More to come shortly...

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What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+) part 2
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Written by Administrator
Thursday, 06 August 2015

This is a continue from What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+).

So now that we installed most of the software lets set it up to properly run in the background adn change some settings.

Auslogics Defrag Free

Go to Settings / Program Settings

On tab SSD Drive Support, check "Use only SSD defragmentation"

On tab, Disc Cleanup, check "Delete temprary files...", "Empty Recycling bins...", "Clear Windows Updates..."

and click OK.

Then go to Settings / Scheduler and lets put this on schedule.

Click "Defragment automatically", change period to "Monthly" (everything less than a week is an overkill and useless waste of time and resources) and click the option to "Stop defragmentation when a program launches on fullscreen" so as to avoid issues when playing a game or a movie and the damn thing starting in the meantime.

Now on the 1st day (or next applicable) of everymonth it will automaticaly defrag your pc.

 

CCleaner

This is one powerful little tool!

It's probably one of the best and most thorough cleaners in the market allowing you to set many options and program specific options.

However what is very useful is

1 - The registry cleaner (If you are not sure what this does, please refrain from using it. There are some very rare cases that you might actually create an issue where there was none)

2 - Under Tools the Startup feature - it allows you to have full control of what is loading when your pc starts and even control addons on all major programs.

3 - Choose which cookies to keep. Most sites use cookies to store information, some of theese cookies are useful (for example in online games they store browser information, login credential to remember you and so on) but some of them are blatant security risks and unless you are using a site regularly there is no point in keeping them around. So you get the option to choose which cookies the cleaner will keep regardless of default settings. To allow a full path for example all cookies from facebook.com, you just add either facebook.com or *.facebook.com .

 

 Notepad++

This editor comes with full whistles and bells and Santa and his raindeers. What few people know is that it also has some of the most useful addons, that can turn this editor into a solution for an increasing number of small issues.

Ever wanted to read a csv file without first loading into an excel and somehow be able to query its columns. Use "SQL" addon.

Ever wanted to convert a JSON string into a tree, use "JSON viewer".

Ever wanted to compare two files and spot the differences, use "Compare".

 

Now onwards to media on part 3.

Last updated ( Saturday, 08 August 2015 )

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What apps to install on a clean installation (Windows 7+)
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Written by Administrator
Thursday, 06 August 2015

You just bought a new pc, or decided you had enough and just a made a clean install... wouldn't it be nice to get a list of all the apps you should install, the things you should tweak to make them better and a few tricks up your sleeve to make life easier ?

The following list of applications are what I deem as best choice. There are many excellent applications and some ingenious software developers but this is not a list of best applications just a list of what I think would be an awesome windows installation.

The application list is applicable only for windows 7 and above (windows 8.1, windows 10)

Frameworks:

.NET 4.6

JAVA 8

System Utilities:

Auslogics Defrag Free - One of the Best disk defragmenters around. After using ccleaner to unclatter your system, use Auslogics defrag to properly defrag your files. please note Auslogic installer might some times contain an option to install some other useful utility (NOT MALWARE) feel free to decline or accept according to your needs.

IMPORTANT: SSD drives DO NOT require any type of defragmenting, quite the opposite, you will render them useless if you defrag an SSD drive.

CCleaner - General cleaner for browsers, windows updates & cache, registry and many other specific apps.

TeraCopy - This changes the copy function in windows with one that is much better (and MUCH faster). Avoid it if you want to use it in a highly policied (domain/group policy) environment, because it might collide with powershell scripts run by sys admins.

Notepad++ - Notepad alternative, very usefull for programming, handling of all type of ascii files and can be extended by addons. If you do any type of scripting this is one powerful application.

Compression:

Peazip - Note: This includes 7zip functionality and 7zip binaries as well among a host of other encryption/compression stuff.

Media:

CCCP - Codec Pack with many uses (The main components of Combined Community Codec Pack are the LAV Filters, the Haali Media Splitter, the xy-VSFilter, and Media Player Classic Home Cinema.)

The main components of Combined Community Codec Pack are the LAV Filters, the Haali Media Splitter, the xy-VSFilter, and Media Player Classic Home Cinema. - See more at: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/combined_community_codec_pack.htm#sthash.CbIWUMBC.dpuf
The main components of Combined Community Codec Pack are the LAV Filters, the Haali Media Splitter, the xy-VSFilter, and Media Player Classic Home Cinema. - See more at: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/combined_community_codec_pack.htm#sthash.CbIWUMBC.dpuf

VLC - General Player (plays almost everything in exceptional quality and relative resources), very good option for broadcasting to other devices.

foobar2000 - Best lightweight music player, can be expanded by a multitude of addons.

If you generally use subtitles, you might want to try BS.Player FREE that has an option to automatically download subtitles for whatever is playing.

Documents:

If you can't have office 2013+, a very good alternative is OpenOffice.

OpenOffice

FoxitPDF Reader (Best PDF Reader in my opinion - great integration with Firefox and Chrome). If you are a latex user Sumatra PDF is recommended (supports better integration)

PDFCreator (This is the most powerfull tool for creating PDF and Image files of your documents, also works as a virtual print server)

IMPORTANT: PDF Creator, provides options during installation to install other software, you just decline and go on with installation.

Browser:

FireFox - Best browser in my opinion. Chrome is a powerful option as well.

Anti-Virus:

AVAST FREE - I use the paid edition because it is worth it, but the free edition is lightweight and powerful enough to cover most needs.

Malwarebytes - An exceptional anti malware software. Another option is Ad-Aware.

Torrent Client:

Deluge - Simple, well featured, a good option for private trackers among other things.

Remote assistance:

Teamviewer - Another option is Ammy if you don't like teamviewer but the featureset may be a bit lacking in some cases.

Other:

Steam - One does have to play some games once in a while. Do not install on default location, within program files, create a separate folder if you intend to use mods on your games. (Windows security policies unless explicitly defined will create issues with mods that create local files)

Skype - Although slightly turned to bloatware by MS, it still is one of the best communication/VOIP applications around. Another easy to use alternative is Hangouts by google. Hangouts is an extension of Chrome browser.

BitTorrentSync - Create your own dropbox like service between your pcs and it runs smoothly in the background. You share one or many folders between your pcs or some third person through a single link. Comes with many options and features.

VirtualBox - General-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

You can use Ninite to install most of these silently and in mass. Ninite is a powerful installer, updater that I use professionaly to mass install programs and roll out updates. The completely free edition will do the installation on its own without any hassles and protect you from any type of bloatware, malware or shit software.

 

Now that you installed the software, we need to set it up, so that it runs smoothly.

Instructions follow on part II .

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MS SQL Management Studio Addon
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 05 January 2014

Ever needed some good intellisense to go along with SQL Management Studio.

Well in this case you are in luck... There exists an addon by the name dbforge SQL Complete. It has a proffesional and a free version. Both are extremely good at what they do and works wonders as an addon for express studio as well.

The addon can be found here.

The download page is here.

You must have SQL management studio 2005+ .It also works for Visual Studio.

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf

dbForge SQL Complete

dbForge SQL Complete is a useful add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio. Free and advanced paid editions of the SQL code formatter offer powerful autocompletion and formatting of T-SQL code that replaces native Microsoft T-SQL Intellisense.

- See more at: http://www.devart.com/dbforge/sql/sqlcomplete/?gclid=CMee0tWX6LsCFY5b3godsV0A_g#sthash.u80YtPAY.dpuf
Last updated ( Sunday, 05 January 2014 )

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BrownCenturyTheme for Windows7
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 05 January 2014

BrownCenturyTheme for Windows 7.

Theme includes backgrounds

Sound pack

Font changes

Screen Saver (included in zip file)

-no custom changes in windows files are required-

 

To download it click here.

Last updated ( Sunday, 05 January 2014 )

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SoftOne Theme Export and Package Creator
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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 09 June 2013

Just finished a program to export and create automated installers for themes on SoftOne ERP.

Last updated ( Sunday, 09 June 2013 )

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SoftOne Theme FlatBlue Installer
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Friday, 07 June 2013

 A new theme for SoftOne ERP.

The new theme is called FlatBlue, I'm still unable to automatically insert gadgets with the themes but I'm still working on it.

Last updated ( Friday, 07 June 2013 )

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