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GoogleCL: Your command line might get more love now

With all of the projects that Google's been working on lately, it's easy to forget that not everything has to have a glossy UI to function well. Sometimes a service can function more efficiently with the entire visual element stripped from it, and that's exactly what Google's allowed the geeks among us to do. Users can now interact with several of the most popular Google services via command line...

Turn Google Chrome's search bar into a powerful Quix command line

I'm a big fan of Quix, the handy scriptable bookmarklet that works like a command line from your browser. Wouldn't it be cool if you could use the search bar as a command line, though, instead of triggering a Quix window? If you use Google Chrome, you can. This neat little hack requires setting up Quix as the default search engine, which will require copy-pasting a little bit of code. To get...

How to force your web browser to start in private browsing mode

Just about every major browser now includes a private browsing (yes, yes..."Porn") mode. What you might not have known is that you can force your browser to go straight into private browsing mode when you launch it. It's as easy as adding a simple command line switch. Not sure how to add a command line switch? It's simple. On Windows, just find the shortcut for your browser and right-clic...

Beeswax: command-line productivity app

One of the longest ongoing debates in the productivity/Getting Things Done crowd is about which app works best for keeping tasks in order. Different factions support everything from power tools like OmniFocus to good old pen and paper. Apparently, though, some people miss classic command-line productivity apps like Lotus Agenda. If you're running a Unix-like OS, and you need a solid GTD system, ...

MacVim: Vim port for Mac OS X

MacVim is a port of the popular open-source text editor Vim for Mac OS X. It supports tabs, full-screen editing, and transparent backgrounds. The toolbar is also helpful as it provides easy access to save files, run vim scripts, make a project, save/load sessions, and undo editing. MacVim also has handy syntax highlighting to make editing/reading text files easier on the eyes. If you need to edi...

Flipping the Linux switch: Misplace a file? Find it quick!

It happens to the best of us. We forget where we put things. Car keys. Flash drives. Yes, sometimes we even forget where certain files are on our computers. We can't really help you with the car keys and flash drives (although we inexplicably find things like that in the refrigerator here), we can help you out with finding missing files. Coming from a Windows environment, you might be familiar wi...

Flipping the Linux switch: New users guide to the terminal

The command line. It strikes fear in the hearts of many a new Linux user. They open their terminals reluctantly, and there the prompt sits, with the cursor blinking in rhythm with their racing hearts. What does that blinking cursor want? It's expecting something... It wants something... All right, so maybe it's not horror movie material. But it is intimidating for many new users. Navigating the c...

LeopardMOD - tweak Leopard settings sans command line

LeopardMOD 2.3 (for Mac 10.5 only) provides an easy way to change some Leopard interface options without having to use the (gasp!) command terminal. The tool utilizes the tabbed look found in some Mac system pref panes, with tabs for Finder, Dock, Dashboard, Safari, and Menu Bar. LeopardMOD lets you change the menu bar to a solid color (white or grey) instead of the Leopard default of transparent....

Tab completion on the Windows command line

Have I mentioned that I use the command line a lot? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have. At any rate, one of the most useful features of the Windows command line, which I'm sure many of you use very day, is tab completion. In short, instead of having to type out an entire long filename, you can just type the beginning of it, press tab, and its name will be completed for you. This is especially handy for ...

Console: Tabbed command prompt for Windows

I spend about half my time in Windows with at least one command prompt window open, and usually more than one. Some things just go smoother with a CLI to work with, though that obviously depends a lot on what kind of computer user you are. But after a few days this week of having three consoles open constantly I began to wonder about tabs. My web browser has tabs, my text editor has tabs, why not ...

Microsoft releases PowerShell (formerly Monad) RC1

Remember Monad, the next-generation command shell that was supposed to be part of Windows Vista? It's still not going to be part of Vista, but development continues and yesterday saw the arrival of the first release candidate. Microsoft has given it a new name, Windows PowerShell (I gotta say I liked Monad and MSH better), and given it its own web site where you can learn how to use it and even it...