Print to PDF’s

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Mar 06 2007

Thanks to Download squad I can once again print to searchable PDF’s without the need for Adobe professional installed (I hate that software). The software they talked about is called doPDF and it is basically just for printing to PDF. The readers left some comments to some other PDF creators that are probably worth a look. Some mentioned were cutePDF, PDFCreator, and BullZip PDF Creator.

I went ahead and attached doPDF v5 to this post for some reason if the site gets taken down I couldn’t figure that out.

Microsoft Photo Info Edit tool

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 07 2007

I saw this tool and found it very useful for managing large photo collections. It helps if you already have things somewhat organized but this will allow you to edit all that information that is usually hard to get to. Below is a quick review I copied from gizmodo also.

Microsoft just released its Photo Info Tool that digital photogs will dig. Without messing with the actual photographic image, it lets you edit the metadata that accompanies each image without having to open Photoshop or any other image editor. You can access all of its functions right there in Windows Explorer with a quick right-click, and then you can change metadata such as copyright information, the title, keywords, the capture date and all other EXIF properties. You can edit a single image or lots of them at the same time. Plus you get a lot more information about each photo when you hover your cursor over it. It’s free.


How To: Transfer your PuTTY settings between computers

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Feb 01 2007

You can backup your putty settings with this quick command in a run dialog box,

regedit /e “%userprofile%\desktop\putty.reg” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\<Your_username>

or you could just use PortaPuTTy.

Just in case you can’t figure it out from those two tips, here are the full instructions.

I am taking this right from one of my favorite blogs.

Exporting Your PuTTy Configuration

Putty stores its settings in the Windows registry. To save a backup of your Putty settings, you’ll need to export this registry key to a file.


(Simon Tatham is the original developer responsible for PuTTy)

1. Click Start->Run and type “RegEdt32″ in the “Open” dialog. Click “Ok”

2. One RegEdt32 starts, you’ll be presented with an application which looks something like:

3. Press “Ctrl+F” to bring up the Find dialog. Enter the name of the key, “SimonTratham” in the “Find What” field, and make sure only “Keys” is checked in the “Look At” section of the dialog. Finally, click “Find Next”

4. The search may take a while, reminding us that the Windows Registry is a large and mysterious place where dragons be. Let’s use these few seconds to reflect on the fact that you should never, ever, never change things in the registry unless you are absolutely, positively, totally, completely, 100% dead sure that you know exactly what you’re doing. When the search completes we’ll see the key name for which we’re looking.

5. Click File->Export. Give your file an appropriate name like, “putty.reg” and click “Save”

6. We’re done! Save the putty.reg file somewhere safe. The file doesn’t contain any passwords or actual SSH key values so, it’s relatively safe from prying eyes. Still, it does contain your configuration and that kind of data is a private matter.

Importing Your PuTTy Configuration

To import your saved PuTTy configuration on any other Windows computer simply copy your exported registry key, right click on the file and click “Merge”

Windows will ask you for confirmation that you want to import this set of registry values. We know this file is safe, because we created it but, you should never import registry information from an unknown source.

That’s all you need to know about moving your PuTTy configuration from one machine to another. This can be really useful information when upgrading to a new PC or, if you’re an office IT guy where your users all have a standard list of servers they need to connect via SSH, you can create a reference configuration on once machine and “share” it between every computer in the office.

Print directory tree to file in Windows XP

0 Comments | This entry was posted on Dec 30 2006

I have been trying to figure this out for a very long time. I know I was able to do it once but I couldn’t figure out how to do it again so I am posting it here for myself and the rest of the world to know.
Open up a command line and type “tree c:\” This will display a tree of all the files on your c drive (way better than dir if you ask me). If it is taking a while just push Ctrl+C to make it stop. Now type “tree c:\ > c:\tree.txt” That will save the whole directory listing to the tree.txt file. I am very excited I finally got this to work.
If anyone else has some nice command line tools that they have been wanting for a while post them in the comments.