• Managing Twitter lists made easy

    Tags: tools

    I like structuring things. I like folders, lists, categories, labels, you name it. Twitter has the ability to group your contacts into lists, but that is not something they advertise very clearly. The Twitter website as well as most of the clients offer a limited user experience to managing lists, if they implement the feature at all. You can do it, but it is tedious and very easy to miss something. There is not a single view to show you all your contacts along with their group membership. Luckily for people like me, the web is filled with clever people who know just how to create solutions for this. Look at this:

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  • Content Definition menu missing in Orchard 1.7

    One of the changes in Orchard 1.7.x is that the functionality to create custom content types was moved from a tab in the "content" section to a separate menu item in the dashboard. So far, so good, but after setting up a fresh blog on Orchard, this menu item was missing in my installation.

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  • Re-assigning Dell Latitude media keys (E6520 and up)

    Tags: Autohotkey

    The Dell Latitude E6520, E6530 and E6540 all come with a numeric keypad that contains an extra row of keys. These "media keys" are labeled Calc, Previous Track, Play/Pause and Next Track. By default, these are assigned using the Dell Feature Pack that comes pre-installed on the machines (or which you can re-install manually).

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  • Using an Apple keyboard on Windows

    I love the Apple keyboard. To me, the low profile with very low physical resistance to the key presses makes it an ideal developer keyboard. It has a 2 port USB 2.0 hub hidden beneath the keyboard as well, which could be a bonus for people travelling with laptops with a limited number of USB ports.

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  • Auto-replace anywhere using Autohotkey Hotstrings

    If you are familiar with MS Office, you know that for instance Word replaces things you type as you go along. This might be to fix common spelling mistakes, replacing characters with emoticons, etc. By using Autohotkey Hotstrings, you can have this functionality in all applications in Windows, from browser windows to login dialogs, anything. You can auto-replace acronyms of your choice with the full sentences but you can also make a shortcut for entering your email address. On my machines, if I type t@work it will automatically insert my work email address.

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  • Autohotkey Autoinclude

    Tags: Autohotkey

    If you like Autohotkey, you probably have a lot of scripts you use or want to try out on a number of different computers. This leads to 2 challenges: running a lot of scripts separately is inconvenient (many separate AHK processes, many startup tasks), but combining them by hand is tedious at best. Also, you can sync scripts using OneDrive or Dropbox, but not all scripts may make sense (or even work) on all machines. In my case, I only use Outlook and Lync on my work laptop, so all the Outlook/Lync hotkeys only need to be active on that machine.

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  • Autohotkey introduction

    Tags: Autohotkey

    Often when people look over my shoulder (or are watching a presentation I am giving), they ask how I get my computer to perform specific tasks without ever touching my mouse. I could write on a long-winded post on being the master of your own tools and all that, but the answer is actually quite simple: I use AutoHotkey. Their tagline says it all: Automation. Hotkeys. Scripting.

    Using Autohotkey (or AHK for insiders), you can automate virtually anything by sending keypresses and mouse clicks. You can create hotkeys, auto-expanding strings (convertion "burl" into "http://tijmenvdk.nl/" for instance), create an entire GUI if you want to, and easily compile scripts into portable executables.

    To give you an idea of the things I do with Autohotkey:

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