Helpful tips for August

Mark. Now, drag over the area you want to copy, hit Enter and the text is copied to the clipboard. Similarly, you can click on the icon in the title bar and choose Paste to paste the text you already have on the clipboard. You can also do this by right-clicking inside the command prompt window 3. Hit F7 for command line history Hit F7 and you will get a complete list of commands that you executed. Use the arrow keys to highlight the command you want to run again or just hit the number key corresponding to the command that you want to execute. 4. History keys Use F1 to paste the previous command one character at a time, F2 (followed by a number) to paste the previous command up to the said number and F3 to paste the previous command. 5. Run multiple commands You can run multiple commands by separating them with &&. Note that this doesn’t run the commands simultaneously. Instead, the command towards the left is run first and if it completes successfully then the second command will run. If the first command fails, then the second command will not run 6. Go fullscreen Hit Alt+Enter and now you have the entire screen to enter your commands and view the output. Sadly,. this doesn’t work as expected in Vista and you might have to do some additional tinkering. 7. Change window size So you thought you knew the previous one? How would you change the size of the window? Use the mode command. Use mode , to change the size of the window. For example, mode 100, 50 will make the window 100 characters wide and 50 lines high 8. Get help Linux users turn to the man command when in doubt, while Windows users don’t have complete manuals to refer. All is not lost. You can get some help for most commands by using command /? or command -help. You can also use the help command to see a list of available commands, although the list is far from extensive. 9. Filter command output If you are only interested in part of command output and don’t want to spend time scanning the entire output, you can pass the output over to the find command. for example, use the next line to only list the entry for Firefox if it is running. tasklist | find “firefox” 10. Sleep or pause for some time If you have ever written a batch file and wanted to wait for a period of time before you start executing the next command, you might have been amazed to find the “sleep” command missing. You can however hack yourself a sleep command using ping! Use ping -n 5 > NUL 2>&1 to wait for 5 seconds. Be warned that the timing would not be exact so don’t just bet your life on it. _________________________ 25 Useful and Time Saving Computer Tips Here is the original article where all the tips came from on Monday through Wednesday. I am providing this in case someone wants the article as a complete package. The link to the page were the article is located is found at the end of todays tip/article. This is from Windows and Mac users can take some time and tedium out of computing using these tips. It’s the little things that make using a computer easier and faster. Things that make using the internet easier, such as typing only the name of the site you want to go in your browser, no www.. If the address uses .com, hitting Ctrl + Enter on your keyboard will automatically add the .com and take you to the site. If a web address ends in .net, hit Shift + Enter, the .net will automatically be added and off you’ll go to the site. Not only that, but most browsers will take you to a .com address if all you do is type in the name. Try typing “microsoft” (minus quotes), or a site you prefer to visit into your browser address bar, hit enter on your keyboard and see what happens. Want to go to a site that has a .org address? No problem, just type the site name, .org, (example: hit enter on your keyboard, and your browser takes you there. Those are a few tips off the top of my head, the article at has more. Even better, the tips are organized into Windows/Mac, Windows only, and Mac only. 25 Useful and Time Saving Computer Tips _________________________ Certain Phrases You Shouldn’t Enter In Search Engines BBC NEWS Warning on search engine safety Some net searches are leading users to websites that expose them to spam, spyware and other dangerous downloads, reveals a report. According to the research the most dangerous words to search for are “free screensavers”. The report found that 64 percent of the sites found using this phrase were flagged as causing problems for users. The authors urged search sites to tighten up rules to ensure users are not inadvertently exposed to harm. Dangerous game It is well known that visiting sites offering porn, gambling and free MP3s leaves users at serious risk of falling victim to spyware and adware. However, the research by Ben Edelman and Hannah Rosenbaum reveals that those carrying out searches for innocuous subjects are at risk too. The report looked at the websites returned for 1,394 popular keywords searches found via Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and Ask. The results returned for each search term were then analysed using the Site Advisor security tool. Once installed this piece of software warns users when they browse websites known to be dangerous. The most benign of the pages that Site Advisor flags up try to change browser settings, to redirect people to ad sites, and the most dangerous deluge users with spam or bundle adware and spyware in with downloads. In one case signing up with one site led to a test e-mail address getting more than 300 spam messages per week. DANGEROUS KEYWORDS Free screensaver Bearshare Screensavers Winmx Limewire Download Yahoo messenger Lime wire Free ringtones Some of these risky sites use security flaws and loopholes in browsers to install software without users’ knowledge and can lead to that machine being hijacked or to a user losing personal data. The riskiest search terms were associated with downloads (such as “screensavers” and “free ringtones”) and file-sharing (such as “Bearshare” and “limewire”). Searching under these categories returned a substantial proportion of dangerous sites. The authors speculate that spammers and scammers are turning to websites to try to snare victims as efforts are made to stop spam before it reaches e-mail inboxes. “Where internet users go, attackers follow,” wrote the authors. Across all searches approximately 4 to 6 percent of sites returned were flagged as dangerous. The authors noted that this was more “alarming” than it first appeared because American net users carry out almost 6 billion searches per month. This translates to 285 million clicks on these potentially dangerous sites every month. “Even a single visit to a dangerous site can have serious and lasting implications for the average internet user,” wrote the authors. The number of risky sites increases when users click on sponsored results, the adverts generated to accompany particular search terms. Dangerous sites are two to four times as common in sponsored results found the research. “We are troubled by the untrustworthiness of search engines’ ads,” said the authors. The authors urged the search engines to get much tougher on those who buy adverts to accompany searches and expose those that abuse visitors. “We’re alarmed by the scope of these problems – by the many ways search engines lead users to sites that can be harmful, or provide wrong information. _________________________ Security tips for home computer users By the business desk team One of the most intimidating things for any home computer user these days is being able to stay one step ahead of those hackers and cyber pirates. It is simply no longer enough to be able to just install the necessary software. You need to know where to get it, why you need to do so, and how to install it. This could all be very time consuming at the best of times! It could also be very daunting and frightening and after a long hard day, you really don’t want to spend time looking for information on the Internet. You would rather just have someone supply you with what you need to know. Impossible you say? Not really! Here at, our research team can provide you with all kinds of information that will help you to stay one step ahead. You request it and we provide it! Research is our business. Here is some free research info for you. +++++++++++++++ Your Printer Could Be a Security Sore Spot PCWorld By Eric Geier, PCWorld Your network printer or copier can be a serious security liability. After all, these machines often handle sensitive documents and information, and they could provide an access route to other computers on the network–so you … Read more at: +++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++ 10 commandments of Windows security ARNnet With the introduction of Windows 7, many PC and notebook users may feel more secure than they did using older versions of the Microsoft operating system. Read more at: +++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++ Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks PCWorld Along the way we assembled tips and hints for performing advanced cloud storage … such as using the Home Sharing feature in iTunes or online services like … Read more at: +++++++++++++++ So what do you think? How long do you think it would have taken you to find this piece of info? So the next time you are stuck on how to do your research, no matter how big or small it is, drop us an email at and we would be delighted to help.]]>

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