Macgyver your keyboard with Keytweak

Cory Blog, Software

I recently had a co-worker ask me if it were possible to change a key on her keyboard to be something else, something more convenient for her daily spreadsheet handling. I went straight to Google and found Keytweak (for Windows)- the macgyver of all keyboard remapping tools. Why? Because it’s simple- almost DIY. All you have to do, after installing …

Save Windows Icon Location

Cory Blog, Software, Windows

I’m all about sharing things I find useful,  so writing about this little post about this little app fits right in line. At work, I have all my desktop icons arranged exactly how I want them-“minimally” really, because I hate a cluttered desktop. But every now and then I am working away from my desk, thus need to remote into …

XP Desktop Icon Annoyance

Cory Blog, Windows

Sometimes the icons on your desktop will have color behind them, making it SO 1990. And its really not obvious how to change this so there’s NO color, or so that it’s transparent. These tips are all over the internet, but I’ve collected two main fixes here. First: Go to this path: Control Panel> System> Advanced Tab> Settings button under …

Your Service is not Needed

Cory Blog, Security, Windows

Today I needed to delete a service in Windows XP because on this PC there were remains of an old virus- good ‘ol _qbot. Even though you can disable services that are running on your PC through start>run>msconfig> startup tab AND in services.msc, their “remains” still exist, or at least their annoying name.  So, with the help of theeldergeek.com, a …

\Shareand Share.alike

Cory Blog, Other Tricks, Windows

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.” …

SFC Lightweight Champion of the PC

Cory Blog, Troubleshooting

SFC sounds like a wrestling division. But it’s not. It’s actually one of my new favorite PC troubleshooting tools… built into to every Windows computer, which is always my favorite. When something is “goofy” (technical term) with the PCs that I work on, at some point I usually will open up a command prompt (Start>Run>cmd) and bust out a fancy …

Digital Coloring

Cory Blog, Software

Ok, I’m no proclaimed graphic artist, but with what I do create, I often need to use certain colors that are placed here or there on my screen and I’m not sure what the color is “called.” On my mac, the DigitalColor Meter is built in. It lets me navigate over any color on any window on my desktop. It …

See-Net; for Reviews and Purchasing Help

Cory Blog, Software, Web

Way back when, I fell upon a site with countless free downloads and reviews on software applications, a not so little site called download.com. At download.com I can search for any type of software I want either by category, popularity, or by guessing. Then I can sort those results by paid, trial, or free, again by popularity, by rating, and …

Steady As She Goes: Windows User Control

Cory Blog, Security, Software, Windows

Windows Only: The last two days I have spent most of my time setting up the tech bar at a local coffee shop. This gourmet beverage delivering company hosts two public access computers for customers to browse the net while they down their drinks. Long story short, after years of use and neglect, they both needed to be redone, completely. …

Be proficient with Microsoft Office Document Scanning

Cory Blog, Other Tricks, Windows

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 …

IE for FF

Cory Blog, Software

Since I started my new job, I have been using windows and PCs more often. The sensation is kind of like when you go away to a distant country for a very long time, then return to the land of your fathers and revisit things that you now think were important to you before you left-it’s that instance of-[picking up …