Dec 27

Here is a handy method to print a directory tree in Windows Explorer.

1.  Follow these instructions to open a CMD window while using Windows Explorer.

2.  Click on the CMD window’s upper-left icon to show the menu.  Click Edit > Paste to paste the following command in the CMD window:

dir /o:gn /s > %temp%\DirTree | notepad %temp%\DirTree

Paste in CMD window

The directory tree will open in Notepad, where you can easily print or save it to a file.

Dec 21

Distimo Report. Copyright © Distimo B.V.Distimo has released its Full Year 2011 Publication on the mobile app market.  This report provides data on how the leading app stores grew in 2011, indicates which store generated the most revenue, and lists the most downloaded apps of 2011.  The free report covers the app stores during the period of January through November 2011 in the United States.

Following are some of the key points in the Distimo 2011 report:

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Dec 20

If you change the nameservers of an Internet domain, it may take a few minutes or even hours before the changes appear in your web browser. 

A brief delay occurs while the new nameserver values propagate over the global DNS.  But typically that happens within minutes.

The greater delay is usually from the DNS cache on your PC and in your browser.  DNS values are stored locally to speed website lookup, and they’re updated infrequently such as once per hour.

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Dec 19
Christmas Gifts 2. Copyright © Wong Mei Teng. Used under license. On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me:

Twelve cores debugging,
Eleven named-pipes piping,
Ten laptops loading,
Nine apps compiling,
Eight mice a-moving,
Seven smartphones syncing,
Six geeks a-coding,
Five I-D-E’s,
Four calling cards,
Three iPads,
Two monitors,
And a cartridge for my H-P.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace to You!

(Originally published Dec 24, 2010)

Dec 17

2012 is a great time to be a kid — or an adult who’s a kid at heart.  With computer technology and miniaturization accelerating at an exponential rate, gadgets and toys are becoming more powerful and sophisticated every year.  This is especially true with geek gifts, which tend to exploit the latest technological advances.

Following is a list of our favorite geek gifts, all available now for purchase online:

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard

This miniature keyboard is a great accessory for your PC, laptop, PS3 or home theater PC.  Only 6” long and 2-1/4” high, this QWERTY full-function keyboard fits in your pocket and works from up to 90 feet away.  The keys are backlit for easy use in the dark.  The touchpad works well when holding the keyboard horizontally or vertically.  It has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  View Product

Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

Easily download pictures from your digital camera to view on your Apple iPad.  The kit includes two connectors: The Camera Connector features a USB interface to connect your digital camera or smartphone to the iPad.  The SD Card Reader imports photos directly from your camera’s SD card.  Then when you sync your iPad to your PC or Mac, the photos on your iPad are added to your computer’s photo library.  View Product

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