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To permanently delete files instead of just throwing them into the waste-bin with Del, select them and press Shift and Del simultaneously. Confirm the appearing dialogue and you’ll have made sure that your trash does not overflow with forgotten data:
With the rename function of Windows that is called with F2 you can rename great amounts of files simultaneously. This is done by selecting all files at once and pressing F2. You are then asked to rename one of the files, but the input will apply to all selected files – to distinguish between the equally named files, an ascending number will be appended to the file name in parentheses:
To boot your Windows machine faster, it is possible to disable the graphical user interface used during system start-up (the Windows logo loading screen). To accomplish that, hit Windows key + R on your desktop to call a Run prompt and enter msconfig. On the appearing window, go to the Boot tab and activate the No GUI boot checkbox. Hit Apply and/or OK and reboot the machine afterwards for the changes to take effect.
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for encryption and decryption, processing of S/MIME signed or encrypted mails, generation of certificates and more. To use it on Windows (32 and 64 bit versions), download the OpenSSL tools from code.google.com/p/openssl-for-windows/downloads/list.
Uncompress it anywhere you like and start it by double-clicking the openssl.exe executable in the \bin folder.
If you create files with OpenSSL, they will appear in the \bin directory by default.
To create a self-signed SSL certificate, you first need a key. Create it like this:
genrsa -des3 -out server.key 4096
Type in your desired key (password) and confirm it. Next, you need a certificate request. Create it as follows and give the path to the config file in the -config option (it should be in the directory where you unpacked the files to):
req -config C:\path\to\openssl.cnf -new -key server.key -out server.csr
Next, sign the certificate request:
x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt
The -days option specifies how long the certificate will be valid – mine will be for one year. Now you have a signed certificate.
However if you want to use it with programs as Thunderbird or similar, you will need the certificate to be in the .p12 format. To accomplish this, enter following:
pkcs12 -export -in server.crt -inkey server.key -name “Your Full Name” -out server.p12
Mp3Tag is a program on Windows that lets you import the most common sound files you have got on your computer and quickly change their tags like artist, name etc. It is that fast because it enables you to select a whole group of items at once and change the tags they have in common in one action.
Download Mp3Tag on http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html
Follow the installation instructions and start the program:
Select the files to tag by either dragging and dropping them on the white item panel or selecting a directory in the system panel. After each tag action, save the current file state. Mp3Tag is able to gather tags from various internet databases to help you get the correct information.
Functions in Powershell are called without any comma or parenthesis, although they are defined using them. The correct way to call a function with two variable parameters would be:
test $local1 $local2
The wrong way is:
If you put parentheses around your parameters, your input is treated as array and thus the processing might not run as you expect. If you want the input to be an array and to be converted to a string inside the function, use the out-string cmdlet. Type out-string -? for more information.
You can time a shutdown on your computer easily by creating a short vbscript that contains either only the shutdown command, or a shutdown command with an integrated second timer. If you do not add a timer, you can also use Windows’ Schedule Tasks function to have the computer shutdown at a specific time. The vbscript to shutdown looks like this:
Set objShell = wscript.CreateObject(“wscript.Shell”)
If you want a timer, add
to the quoted expression in the second line, where x is the number of seconds to count down. Enter this code into a notepad and save the file as .vbs. Do not save it as text file.