Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cooking Rice

I keep forgetting how to do this.  So I’m posting it here where it’s easy to find.

Cooking Long-Grain White Rice:
2 teaspoons butter or cooking oil
1 cup long-grain white rice (not converted)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat butter/oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat.

Add rice; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 3 minutes.

Add water and salt; bring to boil, swirling pot (not stirring!) to blend ingredients.

Reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 15 min.

Turn off heat; let rice stand on burner, still covered, to finish cooking, about 14 min. longer.

Fluff with fork and serve.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

PC–App to convert FLAC to WAV and many other formats

Converterlite is a freeware program I’ve downloaded and used to convert FLAC files to WAV files for the purpose of creating ringtones for my Galaxy S II phone. 

A very simple interface and good results.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Using AutoHotKey to automate mouse movements

Great tutorial video on how to create scripts that will automate common computer tasks (here)

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Truth About Physical Wireless Range Between G and N

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Windows Run Commands

Control Panel
  • CONTROL: opens the control panel window
  • CONTROL ADMINTOOLS: opens the administrative tools
  • CONTROL KEYBOARD: opens keyboard properties
  • CONTROL COLOUR: opens display properties.Appearance tab
  • CONTROL FOLDERS: opens folder options
  • CONTROL FONTS: opens font policy management
  • CONTROL INTERNATIONAL or INTL.CPL: opens Regional and Language option
  • CONTROL MOUSE or MAIN.CPL: opens mouse properties
  • CONTROL USERPASSWORDS: opens User Accounts editor
  • CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 or NETPLWIZ: User account access restrictions
  • CONTROL PRINTERS: opens faxes and printers available
  • APPWIZ.CPL: opens Add or Remove programs utility tool
  • OPTIONALFEATURES: opens Add or Remove Windows component utility
  • DESK.CPL: opens display properties. Themes tab
  • HDWWIZ.CPL: opens add hardware wizard
  • IRPROPS.CPL: infrared utility tool
  • JOY.CP: opens game controllers settings
  • MMSYS.CPL: opens Sound and Audio device Properties. Volume tab
  • SYSDM.CPL: opens System properties
  • TELEPHON.CPL: Opens phone and Modem options
  • TIMEDATE.CPL: Date and Time properties
  • WSCUI.CPL: opens Windows Security Center
  • ACCESS.CPL: opens Accessibility Options
  • WUAUCPL.CPL: opens Automatic Updates
  • POWERCFG.CPL: opens Power Options Properties
  • AZMAN.MSC: opens authorisation management utility tool
  • CERTMGR.MSC: opens certificate management tool
  • COMPMGMT.MSC: opens the Computer management tool
  • COMEXP.MSC or DCOMCNFG: opens the Computer Services management tool
  • DEVMGMT.MSC: opens Device Manager
  • EVENTVWR or EVENTVWR.MSC: opens Event Viewer
  • FSMGMT.MSC: opens Shared Folders
  • NAPCLCFG.MSC: NAP Client configuration utility tool
  • SERVICES.MSC: opens Service manager
  • TASKSCHD.MSC or CONTROL SCHEDTASKS: opens Schedule Tasks manager
  • GPEDIT.MSC: opens Group Policy utility tool
  • LUSRMGR.MSC: opens Local Users and Groups
  • SECPOL.MSC: opens local security settings
  • CIADV.MSC: opens indexing service
  • NTMSMGR.MSC: removable storage manager
  • NTMSOPRQ.MSC: removable storage operator requests
  • WMIMGMT.MSC: opens (WMI) Window Management Instrumentation
  • PERFMON or PERFMON.MSC: opens the Performance monitor
  • MMC: opens empty Console
  • MDSCHED: opens memory diagnostics tools
  • DXDIAG: opens DirectX diagnostics tools
  • ODBCAD32: opens ODBC Data source Administrator
  • REGEDIT or REGEDT32: opens Registry Editor
  • DRWTSN32: opens Dr. Watson
  • VERIFIER: opens Driver Verifier Manager
  • CLICONFG: opens SQL Server Client Network Utility
  • UTILMAN: opens Utility Manager
  • COLORCPL: opens color management
  • CREDWIZ: back up and recovery tool for user passwords
  • MOBSYNC: opens Synchronization center
  • MSCONFIG: opens System Configuration Utility
  • SYSEDIT: opens System Configuration Editor (careful while using this command)
  • SYSKEY: Windows Account Database Security management (careful while using this command)
Windows utility and applications
  • EXPLORER: Opens windows Explorer
  • IEXPLORER: Opens Internet explorer
  • WAB: opens Contacts
  • CHARMAP: opens Character Map
  • WRITE: opens WordPad
  • NOTEPAD: opens Notepad
  • CALC: opens Calculator
  • CLIPBRD: opens Clipbook Viewer
  • WINCHAT: opens Microsoft Chat Interface
  • SOUNDRECORDER: opens sound recording tool
  • DVDPLAY: run CD or DVD
  • WMPLAYER: opens Windows Media Player
  • MOVIEMK: Opens untitled Windows Movie Maker
  • OSK: opens on-screen Keyboard
  • MAGNIFY: opens Magnifier
  • WINCAL: opens Calendar
  • DIALER: opens phone Dialer
  • EUDCEDIT: opens Private Character Editor
  • NDVOL: opens the mixer volume
  • RSTRUI : opens Tool System Restore (For Vista only)
  • %WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\RESTORE\rstrui.exe: opens Tool System Restore (for XP only).
  • MSINFO32: Opens the System Information
  • MRT : launches the utility removal of malware.
  • Taskmgr : Opens the Windows Task Manager
  • CMD: opens a command prompt
  • MIGWIZ: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (Vista only)
  • Migwiz.exe: Opens the tool for transferring files and settings from Windows (for XP only)
  • SIDEBAR: Open the Windows (Vista only)
  • Sigverif : Opens the tool for verification of signatures of files
  • Winver : Opens the window for your Windows version
  • FSQUIRT: Bluetooth Transfer Wizard
  • IExpress opens the wizard for creating self-extracting archives. Tutorial HERE
  • MBLCTR: opens the mobility center (Windows Vista only)
  • MSRA : Opens the Windows Remote Assistance
  • Mstsc : opens the tool connection Remote Desktop
  • MSDT: opens the diagnostic tools and support Microsoft
  • WERCON: opens the reporting tool and solutions to problems (for Vista only)
  • WINDOWSANYTIMEUPGRADE: Enables the upgrade of Windows Vista
  • WINWORD : opens Word (if installed)
  • PRINTBRMUI : Opens migration wizard printer (Vista only)
Disk management
  • DISKMGMT.MSC: opens disk management utility
  • CLEANMGR: opens disk drive clean up utility
  • DFRG.MSC: opens disk defragmenter
  • CHKDSK: complete analysis of disk partition
  • DISKPART: disk partitioning tool
Connection management
  • IPCONFIG: list the configuration of IP addresses on your PC (for more information type IPCONFIG/? in the CMD menu)
  • INETCPL.CPL: opens internet properties
  • FIREWALL.CPL: opens windows firewall
  • NETSETUP.CPL: opens network setup wizard
Miscellaneous commands
  • JAVAWS: View the cover of JAVA software (if installed)
  • AC3FILTER.CPL: Opens the properties AC3 Filter (if installed)
  • FIREFOX: Mozilla launches Firefox (if installed)
  • NETPROJ: allow or not connecting to a network projector (For Vista only)
  • LOGOFF: closes the current session
  • SHUTDOWN: shut down Windows
  • SHUTDOWN-A: to interrupt Windows shutdown
  • %WINDIR% or %SYSTEMROOT%: opens the Windows installation
  • %PROGRAMFILES%: Opens the folder where you installed other programs (Program Files)
  • %USERPROFILE%: opens the profile of the user currently logged
  • %HOMEDRIVE%: opens the browser on the partition or the operating system is installed
  • %HOMEPATH%: opens the currently logged user C: \ Documents and Settings \ [username]
  • %TEMP%: opens the temporary folder
  • VSP1CLN: deletes the cache for installation of the service pack 1 for Vista
  • System File Checker (Requires Windows CD if the cache is not available):
    • SFC / scannow: immediately scans all system files and repairs damaged files
    • SFC / VERIFYONLY: scans only those files system
    • SFC / Scanfil = "name and file path": scans the specified file, and repaired if damaged
    • SFC / VERIFYFILE = "name and file path": Scans only the file specified
    • SFC / scanonce: scans the system files on the next restart
    • SFC / REVERT: return the initial configuration (For more information, type SFC /? In the command prompt CMD.

Display the Run command in Windows 7

The Run command is not present by default in Windows 7.  You can access the traditional windows “run Box” by simply typing the word “Run” in the start menu search box.  If you want the run command present in the start menu permanently try this….

  • Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties.
  • In the Start Menu tab, Click customize and check Run Command. Then click OK and apply.
  • The Run Command will now be permanently displayed in the Start menu (under help and support option)

How to Share Game Bonuses with Specific Friends on Facebook

I’ll admit it.  I play Farmville on Facebook. 

Sometimes you want to share a certain gift or bonus with one person and prevent the rest of your friends from seeing that particular bonus.  An easy way to do this is to utilize the built in features of Facebook.  In fact, this feature also allows you to share wall posts with specific friends while keeping it from the view of others.  You could post a message to facebook that says “Everyone remember to tell Dan Happy Birthday at work tomorrow, then simply exclude Dan in the privacy settings for that post, and he’ll be none the wiser.  Whether you are creating a wall post from an application like a Zynga game or just creating a wall post with some text or posting a link from the internet, anytime you publish to facebook you have the options to customize who can see that post.

So let’s get started, the window below is pretty standard.  It will pop up when you are going to share a post with your friends on your wall. 


First When you see this box asking you if you want to post to your wall, you select the small padlock next to the Publish key. 


Once have clicked on the padlock, I menu will slide out, as you can see, the default is “friends of friends” you will click on the “Customize” option.

This will result in a new window opening.


You will click the down facing triangle in the drop down menu for “These people:” and highlight and click on “Specific People”


Once you select specific people this will allow you to type in the name of individuals or groups from your friends list who will be able to see the post once you publish.  As you type the names, Facebook will auto complete the selection.  once you’ve selected a name by hitting enter you can begin typing the name of another person or friends group.


You can also select people or lists of people that you want this post hidden from.  In this example I used the same example, more than likely when you utilize the “hide” function, you would leave “these people” set to “friends” and simply enter into this line the names of friends you want to hide your post from.


Once you’ve clicked on “Save Settings” you will then see this window.  If you now mouse over the padlock you will see that it now displays the name or names of the people who or distribution list that you will allow to view the post.


On your wall, this is what the post will look like. Notice that if you mouse over the padlock here you also see the name of the people that will be able to see the post. 

It is very useful to create friend lists in Facebook.  If you are not familiar with what they are or how to create them Facebook has a great article in their help section describing the process.  You can find that page by clicking here.

I hope you find this useful. 



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PC Mag reports best free software of 2011

Each year PC Mag puts together a list of the best free software available.  It’s an article that I bookmark every year because you never know when you might be looking for a specialized piece of software. Also I like to see how PC Mag rates software that I use.,2817,2381528,00.asp


Sunday, April 3, 2011

How to Determine the Program or Process that Owns an Error Message Window? - The Winhelponline Blog

How to Determine the Program or Process that Owns an Error Message Window? - The Winhelponline Blog Ever have an error box show up in windows and don't know what program generated that error message? This blog post will show you how the program "Process Explorer" can quickly solve this mystery for you.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Facebook: How to Unblock Apps

In facebook sometimes we block apps that are a nuisance.  Later we may want to actually use these apps.  It’s rather easy to unblock an app and here’s how you do it.
1. Click on Account at the upper right of your Facebook screen
2. Select Privacy Settings. 
3. At the bottom center of the window under “Block List” click on “Edit your list”.  It’s in blue. 

Once you’ve gotten to the Block List, you’ll see all of the blocked apps listed.  Simply find the app you would like access to and then click the “Unblock” hyperlink.  That’s it.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rein in the unbound storage appetite of Vista System Restore | TechRepublic

Rein in the unbound storage appetite of Vista System Restore TechRepublic

Recently I tried to restore on my Windows Vista machine. I found that I only had two restore points available. So I started investigating and it and found a fairly easy fix.

The link I've posted here will show you two things.

First: it will show you how to find out how much space on your hard drive is set aside for restore storage. Secondly: it will show you how to modify this setting.

Very useful information.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


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