Command prompt here in Explorer Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

As a developer, the ability to open a command prompt from within Explorer in the current folder, or selected folder is really useful. The alternative is to navigate using “cd whatever”. Well, not so obviously, Windows versions since Vista have a neat little feature that allows you to open up a command window from a selected folder from within Windows Explorer.

The trick is to right-lick on the folder you want to open in command prompt using SHIFT right-click and then selecting “Open Command Window here”.

Credit goes to @clawr on StackOverflow for this.

If you want a Visual Studio Command Prompt here, then you can add this to the registry. Here is an example for Visual Studio 2013:

If you want a different version of Visual Studio then change the version number! Credit goes to Chris Carroll.

If you want Linux style tools on Windows, I.e. those commands which you find on Unix systems (e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, etc) then I find it easiest to install Git Bash.

Revolutionizing measurement with a smartphone-connected laser distance meter

“We build precise, sensitive devices for smartphones,” Eichenwald said. “The product that we’re working on right now is the worlds’ smartest laser distance meter. It’s directed to two big groups right now, so we’ve made one app that’s directed at do-it-yourselfers and consumers (a floor plan app), and for our B2B customers we’re doing a price quote app so that electricians or heating guys for instance can walk into a building, enter the price-per-feet of their systems and quickly generate a quote.”

via Senic Wants To Revolutionize Measurement, Starting With A Smartphone-Connected Laser Distance Meter | TechCrunch.

As someone who works with companies that have a desperate need to quickly size up rooms, Senic appears to be a great step forward in this market space.

Your Google location history on a map

Are you worried about the privacy of your location history leaking from your mobile / cell phone or wifi usage. Does it bother you that Google can track where you are and when you were there? Do you want to know what Google has stored about you?

A lesser known feature of Google’s know-everything-about-you is the location history tool. Not only can you filter by date ranges, but it also tracks your total distance traveled.

My location history is switched off. I find it rather intrusive. I also have the feature switched off on my Google Nexus 4, even though it degrades the Google Now feature quite significantly. The NSA ruined this kind of innovative feature if you ask me.


Photo credit: these birds are watching by José Pedro Costa