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Start All Your Programs With One Click

Today I am going to show you an easy way to launch all your favorite programs with the click of one icon.

Normally I leave my computers running 24/7. I know that’s not very green of me but that’s what I do. On the occasional reboot I have several of the same apps that I constantly use and I hate to click each one and wait for it to load so I created a batch file that will launch the ones I use the most with one single click.

Here is how its done.

Lets say you want to launch Firefox, Microsoft Outlook, Opera, and Pidgin. These will need to be installed on your computer of course.

First open notepad and copy and paste the following into it and save it as something like “startall.bat”

@echo off
cd
c:
start /d “C:Program FilesPidgin” pidgin.exe
echo Launched Pidgin!
start /d “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefox” firefox.exe
echo Launched Firefox!
start /d “C:Program FilesOpera” opera.exe
echo Launched Opera!
start /d “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12” outlook.exe
echo Launched Outlook!
exit

Remember that when in notepad go to File then Save As and notice the Save As Type in the dialogue box? Change that to All Files or it will default to a standard text document and this will not work.

That’s it! Save your batch file to your desktop labeled to something like I said earlier like StartAll.bat and there you go, double click it and all your apps that you coded into the file will launch.

Let me teach you how to find your own apps to add to this code above.

Through lots of trial and error I finally figured out the magic behind all this and its simply start /d and you have to have the correct quotations in place.

On your computer double click My Computer or click Start and click on My Computer and then Click your C drive and navigate to Program Files. Here lets look for programs that we want to launch when we want to.

For fun I have navigated to C:Program FilesInternet Explorer and within that directory I see iexplore.exe which is indeed the Internet Explorer Application.

Now if I want to add that to my StartAll.bat file I would simply need to modify the code a bit to look like this:

start /d “C:Program FilesInternet Explorer iexplore.exe

Just to be clear on the syntax for this I am going to retype this below and for spaces I will use [spacebar]

start[spacebar]/d[spacebar]“C:Program[spacebar]FilesInternet[spacebar]Explorer”[spacebar]iexplorer.exe

I hope this makes sense and helps you out.

If you have any tips or improvements to this please list them in the comments section below.

Operation Chokehold

attfailOperation Chokehold: Hey its worth a shot right?

I’ll tell you something — I’m really sick of the sorry ATT network as of late. It is extremely pathetic. I hear the engineers are friggin livid. And, because they’re engineers, and they can, they’ve come up with a plan to teach AT&T a lesson. They’re calling it Operation Chokehold. Last night I got this email that they’ve been sending around inside Apple, encouraging people to join the crusade:

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

If anyone has ideas, use the comment strings. Tell your friends. Get people involved. We have a few days to create a movement and plan a major assault.

Remember to turn OFF your Wi-Fi during that hour. There would be NO point if a bunch of people are browsing YouTube in their office or home and they are using their daily Wi-Fi without knowing. This would not affect ATT in the least bit.

Turn off your Wi-Fi, if you have no better choice, just browse through the YouTube app

Remeber folks this is to be done at NOON pacific time, that’s 1 p.m. Mountain time, 2 p.m. Central time and 3 p.m. Eastern time.

I myself plan on watching some YouTube videos or listening to Slacker radio for an hour.

Gmail Folders and Filters

gmail-logo2Recently in a previous article, I discussed a really cool free tool used for video surveillance called VitaminD

The tool is AWESOME!

The only problem I have is that sometimes my inbox is overloaded with small still captures notifying me of what is going on. At first I thought is there a way to limit the number of emails that VitaminD sends? Then I thought, no that would defeat the purpose. I need these emails. I just need to manage them a certain way.

I basically knew what I had to do. I needed to create a folder in my email and create a “rule” for incoming mail that would send the mail from VitaminD into the correct folder. This is easily done in Outlook using the create rule wizard, but I don’t use Outlook. I use Gmail.

Gmail takes a different approach to this. Instead of Folders, Gmail uses Labels. Using labels and filters, you can have Gmail sort your incoming mail by sender, subject or other criteria to your custom folders(labels) — out of the Inbox.

Let me show you how.

To make Gmail route certain mail to particular “folders”, bypassing your Inbox:

  • Open Gmail and go to your Settings in the top uppper right.
  • Click on the Filters
  • Click Create a filter.
  • Enter the desired criteria.
  • To filter all mail from somebody, type their email address in the From: field, for example.
  • Click Next Step.
  • Make sure Skip the Inbox is checked.
  • Also check Apply the label:.
  • Select an existing label (folder) from the Choose label… menu or: Select New label….
  • Type the desired name for the label (folder).
  • Click OK.
  • Optionally, check Also apply filter to conversations below to move existing messages matching your criteria to the folder.
  • Click Create Filter.

Thats it!

Now new messages matching your rules will arrive in their labels (i.e. folders) only. This is very easy to manage isnt it?

Mozy Backups

Ok I am pretty sure all of my readers out there are backing up their data using some form of media like backup tapes or maybe even CD’s and DVD’s and storing them offsite like in a bank safety deposit box or in your office at work or something right? …..right?

Please tell me you are… If its one thing everyone should know about computing its BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!!!
Backup your important data. Your pictures, your financial data, your music that you paid for online. It makes no sense not to have digital copies of this elsewhere.

Wait ….what….? You dont back up!?!

Oh No! What are you going to do with all those precious photos you have of your newborn baby girl, or those pics of fluffy your little Yorkie, or your Grandmothers 80th birthday? Oh you planned on backing them up to DVD but just never got around to it huh?

Let me try and paint you a mental picture and give you something to thing about. Its a stormy night, lightning abound striking hard to the ground with such loud crackling booms that you feel its right outside the window. The power surges on and off repeatedly within seconds. You didn’t think to turn off the computer, but that’s ok, the storm caused a power outage in the neighborhood and now you don’t have to worry about that. The next day you decide to power it on and check your Facebook and Twitter pages along with email, but wait…. whats that clicking sound? The power light is on but I hear this odd clicking coming from inside the case. Whats this on the screen? NTLDR is missing? What the hell is that?  Then you think oh no…my computer must have gotten zapped in the storm. My power-point presentation that I had been working on for 3 weeks was on there. Then panic sets in and you think of all the other things you have now lost and you have an empty feeling inside.

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Get your VitaminD

Have you been wanting a web surveillance camera system but were afraid of the cost? We let me introduce you to VitaminD.

VitaminD makes it easy to turn your usb webcam or networked camera into a full fledged monitory tool, and best of all its FREE!

This program allows you to specify the size of the objects that will trigger events. You can setup a certain area for detection like a door or window.
You can easily scan video for motions that it detected. You can have screenshots sent to your email and in turn to you cell phone if you wish. Its truly amazing and crazy that its free!

Check out the demo below

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