Prepare yourself – here comes an ultra geeky tip.

Say you have this folder chucked full of files and for whatever reason you need a list of all the file and folder names inside that folder. No simple screenshot will work because you’re a nerd you want to see rows and columns and auto filter the names by characters and then cross reference them with another folder list. Ok, or you’re a normal human being and you just want to copy and paste the list of your music collection onto your Facebook profile. Either way, no will judge you if you bust out this little “DOS” command. Ya, I said “DOS.”

Stay with me. Open Windows Explorer and locate the folder that you want to save a list of files from. Hold down the SHIFT key, right click the folder, and select the Command Prompt item.

In the command prompt, type the following command.

dir > filename.txt

Press ENTER.

Make sure the command includes the spaces. This will create and place a text file in that folder called filename.txt with a list of all the files in the folder.

TIP: If you don’t have an “Open Command Window Here” option, you’re probably on Windows XP. You can download Microsoft’s “Open Command Window Here” powertoy from here.

For Mac users, the same can be done, although not as easily, using Automator. This tip comes from

[box] Automator makes it easy to get the contents of any folder on a Mac as a text file ready for printing, batch processing or any other purpose. First, open Automator and from the list of Finder Actions, double click on Get Selected Finder Items (or drag it from the Action list to the right side of the window). Then, double click on Get Folder Contents, and finally, double click on New Text File from the list of TextEdit Actions. For more flexibility, under the New Text File action’s options, check Show Action When Run and Show Selected Items with both Save As and Where options checked. The Finder will in return, ask you where to save the file and how to name it. Save the action as a Finder plug-in, and control-click on any folder in the Finder to run your newly-created action from the contextual menu. The contents of specified folder will be saved in a text file (one item per line), incredibly useful in certain situations. (Now, if scripting is your niche, I also find it useful to trim the path of the file and keep the names only…)[/box]

What I love about this is that it’s built in – you don’t have to download any software to make this happen. So now you’re set the next time to need a list of those files.

27 Nov 2009

Been Busy?

Sorry I haven’t updated with any sort of real content lately.  I think I’ve been busy. But I’ll take this time to mention that I’m looking for people who like to write to join the tech savy-ness of Tech4Eleven. If you’re reading this and you’re even remotely interested, drop a note using the contact page.

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Pandora, you’re great, but I need you more than how long you offer yourself and…let’s face it, I’m not paying money for any kinda of internet service.

Pandora sets a 40 hour listening cap on its free “subscription” and resets the number of listening hours at the top of every month, but I always hit that cap with like 2 or 3 days to go AND the last day of the month for me is always the longest, even longer without good music. So I need Pandora more. And until today, did not think it was possible.

Thanks to the wisdom of those at OSX Daily they have provided us with a way to “delete” this limit on a Mac, yes, but also on Windows (thanks for not leaving PC users out in the cold). Not having written about many Windows tips lately, I will post here how to do this on Windows.

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Sharing files by email is stupid. Sharing files with Dropbox is nice. But sharing files by UNC path is just plain awesome.

WINDOWS: According to Everything Guru Wikipedia, UNC “is short for Universal Naming Convention or Uniform Naming Convention, [which] specifies a common syntax to describe the location of a network resource, such as a shared file, directory, or printer.” What? Ya. Basically, in the most elementary sense, UNC is two back-slashes before a name (“\”) and is used to access shared files or folders. So, if I wanted to access some files on a friend’s computer (on my network), at the very least,  I would go to Start>Run, type in \myfriendsPCname and press Enter. A window will pop up on my computer showing me what folders/files I can access. My friend has to assign Share rights on what he wants me to access. Right away, this is a ton easier than using extra software or email.

Here’s how to set it up on your PC(s) on XP Pro


To share a folder, right click it and go to properties.  Go to the “Sharing” tab and select “Share this folder” then give it a name. Press apply and ok….unless you want to assign permissions on it, say if you only want a certain person to have access to it, then there are more steps included. But if you just want to share it right away and with anyone, you’re done. Do this on folders, CD drives, plugged in USBs, etc. It’s never a good idea to share your entire “C:” drive though. If you want to share just a file, you’ll have to put it in a folder, as Sharing can only be set on the folder level.  One extra cool thing about sharing like this is that you CAN share a CD in your CD drive. They actually access YOUR cd on YOUR computer FROM their computer. Pretty cool. I actually did this today at work from my PC because I was too lazy to walk back to the server room to install Office on a server.

Ok, so when you press OK to accept the sharing information, look to your folder now, the folder will have a hand underneath it, signifying it’s being shared. isharedicon


Share Properties


Now that your friend has some stuff to share with you, you’ll want to access it. Of course you’re on the same network, otherwise we’re talkin’ about a lot more steps. So on your PC, go to Start>Run and type in \yourfriendsPCname and press enter. This will take you to everything you can access on your friend’s computer. To go to a folder directly, add a backslash after the above and then the shared folder name. I should mention this: to get the name of a PC, press Windowskey+Pause/Break or Right Click My Computer>Properties>Computer Name tab>Full Computer Name.That’s it.


Run Dialogue

If you’re a Linux or Mac lover, I would love to hear your procedure for doing this. Chime in below.

I hated entering in my so secretive password on my cellular every time I needed to check my voicemail, so I fixed it. Now it’s all automated. I call my voice mail number and it patches me straight into my messages. Why is there the password anyway? I mean are my messages SO secret that I need to encrypt them? Come on.

Here’s how to make a quick call into your messages…

Go to your contacts and select the voicemail number (on Verizon, it’s pre-programmed in as *86). Get to where you can edit the number and after the number, enter in at least one pause (P) [found in a menu within the edit contact window], then enter your password. Save. Now when you call to check your messages, the phone will dial the number, wait (or pause), then enter your password.
You can do this for just about anything. Just try it out and you’ll work out the kinks. So I did this too for my work extension. I have a couple different pauses in different places for that one. The number looks something like this:
Nice hu?

Windows: Tucked away in a small crevice of your Window’s Start Menu resides a powerful, but otherwise relatively unknown tool.

Follow the path to Start>All Programs>Microsoft Office>Microsoft Office Tools>Microsoft Office Document Scanning and Whallah! – Power at your fingertips.

You have a paper, a project, a document, something with text on it, and you need to revamp-edit-rework it, but of course you don’t have the digital file. What’s a person to do? Well, luckily, you have a scanner and M.O. tools.

Open lid-place document on scanner-fireup up MODS-choose your preset-click “Scan” – and Whallah! again – One Scanned Document.

Now here is where the super powers come in…What you have before you looks like nothing more than a normal scanned, un-editable document. But, press the “convert to Word” button and the text in the scanned document opens up in Word and therego, you can edit, omit, add, reduce, reuse, refunctionate. You will loose your original formatting, but you really can’t complain since now you have regained/recreated a digital copy of your project where once it was lost to the wind. Whallah! Time Saver! Lifehacker!

To start off this simple post topic, I would like to start with a clip from “Garden State:”


The video is no longer available and thus, the post:

I love the part where the dude is making his pitch and he says “I know I do.” It resounds in my head whenever I am faced with something that I know I can do. Well, you will be saying it too once you see how EASY it is to NEVER be bothered with spam in your GMAIL account again!

You’ll want to check out this post “Hide to Hide or Remove Gmail Spam Counter” brought to you by My Digital Life.

For since I can remember, I have been making my very own ringtones for my mobile cellular handheld. All done via a simple yet powerful utility entitled Audacity. Why pay a bundle for a less than 30 second song when you can crop your own for free. (This is a comment not a question) Granted there are a few good ways of transporting that song onto your phone, but the one that I choose costs just as much as it does to send a pix message. (Boo I am with Verizon) This route still is much more cost effective than being suckered into the wiles of the devilish VW dictators. (I’m waiting for my contract to expire) Well, it use to be simple…
Before within the last year (some say) you use to be able to make your own ringtone, save it as an .mp3 and email it to yourself via your mobile email address (for verizon- I have accomplished this a handful of times, until recently…Verizon sucks out more features. Now my phone (the VX8500 as it were) can play .mp3s through the removable memory stick, but now, for some reason, it cannot accept any type of audio file. This is happening all over the world. I have tried all sorts of tricks…renaming the file extension, compressing and converting to midi/qcp/wav/wma… in return, I get an email saying the file was denied. As it is, Verizon scans each request that is sent through its servers and if there appears to be any audio file types, it denies it. (dang servers) The savior? is much like which I have also used, but it said it would take a couple hours for the message to be received and in fact, I never received anything. The same thing was said using, yet I received my own created ringtone within 20 minutes, sometimes within 10. Myxertones uses a round about way to, for free (except standard text messaging fees), send to your phone your very own created ringtone, or one of their 200,000+ (most free). The site stores all your ringtones in your account, lets you adjust the volume for each, and lets you crop any full length song right within the page. How can you go wrong.
(not a question)
BTW, I am more than willing to create ringtones for anyone who needs. Just let me know.

Now playing: Neil Young – A Horse With No Name
via FoxyTunes

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