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Scripting Host File Changes

The Windows host file is both a powerful tool and a pain in the posterior. It's powerful because you can do so much with it. Build a poor man's site filter, create shortcuts to local resources, that sort of thing. It's a pain because Windows doesn't want you to edit it. If you've ever done so, then you know the hoops you have to jump through because Windows wants to protect you from dangerous changes to system files. How kind of them.

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Running Calibre as a Service with NSSM

Calibre (pronounced like the bullet) is one of my all-time favorite applications. It allows me to store, manage, and remotely access all of my ebooks in DRM-free formats, across a number of appliances, and share them with my family as well. It supports dozens of powerful community-written plug-ins, allows batch meta-data editing, has a built-in web-server, and converts books to and from multiple popular formats. But it was written as a single-user desktop application, which comes with certain limitations that are difficult to work around.

Actions on USB Recognition

I endeavor to keep a sort of "Chinese Wall" between my work and personal computing and, as such, try not to install or store personal stuff on the company hardware. I generally make an effort to keep stuff like music files and media players on thumb drives or, for larger stuff, USB drives. Sometimes, to save a few steps, I like to automatically kick off related activities when I insert or remove USB devices. This is how I do it.

Poor Man's Clipboard

I'm a huge fan of TeamViewer, and a slightly less huge fan of VNC. These are pretty good tools for managing a stable of servers. One thing, however, that has been a source of annoyance for me for quite some time is the inconsistent performance of the clipboard function, particularly between Windows and Linux.

Evernote Due Date Workaround

Man, I love me some Evernote. It's like Texas Pete: I use it with EVERYthing. But the folks running the shop there are a bunch of turtle-neck wearing iSnobs, and all the coolest stuff they do comes last to Windows. And it arrives buggy. And kinda stays that way.

Productivity is a bit of a hobby with me, so I was rather happy when Reminders finally came to Evernote on Windows. But the reminders come with an amazing failure: There is no simple way to view notes that are due, or overdue, today. And, oddly enough, those are the only notes I really care about.

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