Starting Powershell from Explorer and vice versa

There is an interesting thread in StackOverflow, which discusses the different ways to quickly start Powershell from Explorer:

I really liked two of the tricks:

  1. In Explorer, you can press Alt+D to go to the address bar and type in powershell to run PowerShell. (The same also works for command prompt – just type cmd).
  2. In PowerShell you can type ii . to run Explorer in the current directory. (ii is an alias of the Invoke-Item cmdlet).

Hotmail POP3 Support

As it turns out, Hotmail supports POP3 access:

According to the articles, the settings are as follows:

POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
POP SSL required? Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com
Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25 or 587)
Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
TLS/SSL required? Yes

This is very useful, as Outlook connector is not performing well when you have several Hotmail accounts. The only problem is that you have no access to the mail in your Junk folder via POP3. In other words, a normal e-mail may get filtered and end in your junk folder and you will not even know it is there, unless you sign into your hotmail account via the web interface.

Six interesting articles

1. How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking
http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2010/05/how-and-why-to-stop-multitaski.html

2. Lessons learned from 13 failed software products
http://successfulsoftware.net/2010/05/27/learning-lessons-from-13-failed-software-products/

The blog contains other very good articles:
http://successfulsoftware.net/

3. Tabnabbing: A New Type of Phishing Attack
http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/a-new-type-of-phishing-attack/#

4. Why doesn’t the Windows Vista copy progress dialog show the names of the files being copied?
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2010/05/25/10014185.aspx

5. 67 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/62-windows-7-tips-tricks-and-secrets-643861

6. Four variants of agile development methods
http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/tech-manager/?p=3664

Download the full Skype installer

As you have probably noticed, when you go to http://www.skype.com/ and click “Download”, instead of the full installer, you get a small (about 1-2 MB) downloader. The downloader gets the setup file, stores it in your %TEMP% folder and then starts it. This is not very helpful if you want to download and store the installer for future use. Of course, you can just go to the temporary folder and get the installer from there. However, there is a better (and faster) way.

Today, after reading this document, I found out that Skype also provides a link to the full installer. Actually there are two links – one for the stable version and one for the latest beta:

Just for your reference, here are the links to the downloader (aka Lightweight Installer):

Windows 7 / Vista Settings Folders (aka “God Mode”)

I learned about this feature from those two articles:

Understanding Windows 7′s ‘GodMode’
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10423985-56.html

Windows 7 has lots of ‘GodModes’ (exclusive)
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10426627-56.html

In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you can create a folder, which will contain all of the system’s settings (the so-called “God Mode” folder). You create it like a regular folder and it can be placed anywhere in your directory structure (e.g. “C:All Settings”, “C:TempAll Settings” and so on). What makes the folder special is its extension. There are several extensions and each one will create a different type of folder. The point of this functionality is to provide fast access to settings that are otherwise accessible through the Control Panel – it will not give you any new options. Here is a list of the available extensions:

{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}
{00c6d95f-329c-409a-81d7-c46c66ea7f33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025a5937-a6be-4686-a844-36fe4bec8b6d}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206f5f1-0569-412c-8fec-3204630dfb70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1d2680c9-0e2a-469d-b787-065558bc7d43}
{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}
{208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
{2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
{241d7c96-f8bf-4f85-b01f-e2b043341a4b}
{4026492f-2f69-46b8-b9bf-5654fc07e423}
{62d8ed13-c9d0-4ce8-a914-47dd628fb1b0}
{78f3955e-3b90-4184-bd14-5397c15f1efc}

The first extension in the list is the God Mode folder. Here is an example of how to create it:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Go to “C:”.
  3. Create a new folder.
  4. Name the new folder: All Settings.{ed7ba470-8e54-465e-825c-99712043e01c}

Note that you can use any name for the folder – it is only the extension that matters. For example you can call the folder “Test”, “My settings folder”, etc. Below is a batch file that you can use for testing purposes. Just create a new empty folder and run the batch script there to create the folders.

REM The first one below is the original all settings folder (aka Vista GodMode)
mkdir {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
mkdir {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
mkdir {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
mkdir {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
mkdir {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
mkdir {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
mkdir {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
mkdir {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
mkdir {1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
mkdir {1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
mkdir {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
mkdir {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
mkdir {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
mkdir {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
mkdir {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
mkdir {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}.{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
mkdir {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

Important! Although the settings folders are available on both Windows 7 and Vista, some users of 64-bit Vista have reported crashes after creating them.

Facebook Chat via Miranda IM

Today an official annoncement appeared on Miranda’s web site, stating that Facebook’s chat is open for 3rd party clients:
http://www.miranda-im.org/2010/02/10/facebook-chat-now-available/

So, I got the the latest stable Miranda release and after a little search, I found this FAQ:
http://www.miranda-im.org/2010/02/10/facebook-chat-now-available/

As of the time of writing of this post, it states that the settings for Facebook Chat are as follows:

Protocol: XMPP
Username: your Facebook username
Domain: "chat.facebook.com"
Password: your facebook password
Connect port: 5222
Connect server: chat.facebook.com

SSL and TLS are not supported. You will have to disable them or your client will not be able to connect. (In case you wonder what this means: the information you exchange with others will be unencrypted.)

The tricky part is that you must have a Facebook username in order to be able to log in and no, your e-mail address won’t do. You use your e-mail to sign up and log in, but Facebook also offers a username. You can choose one from your profile’s settings. Keep in mind that the choice is permanent and you will not be able to change it at a later time. When you pick a username, you will be able to access your profile with a nice URL in the form of:

http://www.facebook.com/john.smith

instead of the more cryptic id-based:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=123456789

Finally, here are some useful links:

You can obtain the latest stable release for Miranda from:
http://www.miranda-im.org/.

Also, Facebook has a page dedicated to its chat:
http://www.facebook.com/sitetour/chat.php.

Работа с форматите на Office 2007 в Office 2003

Пиша този текст, заради проблем, с който напоследък се сблъсквам все по-често – изпращам .docx файлове, за да открия, че човекът, до когото са били адресирани, не може да ги отвори. Повечето хора не знаят това, но решение има и то е сравнително просто. Трябва да се инсталира т.нар. “Office 2007 Compatibility Pack”. След това ще можете да работите с форматите от Office 2007 в Office 2003 и Office XP. Compatibility Pack-а е напълно безплатен и можете да го изтеглите оттук:

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

След като го инсталирате, хубаво е да инсталирате и следния Service Pack:

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 2 (SP2)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4F97AB2F-1F7D-49A3-9123-7CA3E703B916&displaylang=en

Другата алтернатива е да използвате Windows Update, който автоматично ще инсталира Service Pack-а.