Getting the Most out of Windows Command Prompt

If you are like me you use the command prompt a lot.  It seems each time I logon to a new system I have to setup the command prompt just the way I want.  The first thing I do is create a shortcut in the Quick Launch toolbar.  Next I modify that shortcut so it […]

Create Windows Shortcuts With a Script at the Command Line

If you are like me you 1) access numerous Windows computers, in my case mainly servers through Remote Desktop; and 2) like to have your Windows desktop setup a certain way.  Here are some examples of a quick and easy way to create shortcuts with a script.  These examples are Visual Basic Scripts (.vbs) and […]

5 Great Notepad++ Features

Notepad++ is probably the best text editor for Windows – and it’s FREE. It has a huge range of features for working with text files, scripts, HTML files, etc.  Here are some pointers on just a few of those features. 1. Set Language to match your codeOne very nice feature of Notepad++ is the ability […]

Best free PC Benchmark tools for Windows

Prime95 – test system stability. Prime95 has become extremely popular among PC enthusiasts and overclockers as a stability testing utility. It includes a “Torture Test” mode designed specifically for testing PC subsystems for errors in order to help ensure the correct operation of Prime95 on that system, which effectively stress-tests a PC. HD Tach – hard […]

Alternatives to HyperTerminal in Windows 7 and Vista

Beginning with Windows Vista Microsoft removed HyperTerminal (aka HyperTerm & Hyper Terminal).  Of course, this means it isn’t in Windows 7 either. There are several options you can use to replace its functionality. PuTTY – My Recommendation PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm […]

Adding Ubuntu to Windows Active Directory

This is a step by step guide for joining a Ubuntu-based computer to a Windows Active Directory Domain. After a successful join the computer can then be accessed by AD users (as long as they have the required permissions). The Operating System used in this example is Ubuntu 9.04 but this guide should work for […]