Microsoft Windows is a group of several graphical operating system families, all of which are developed, marketed and sold by Microsoft.
As of October 2018, the most recent version of Windows for PCs, tablets, smartphones and embedded devices is Windows 10. The most recent version for server computers is Windows Server.
Resetting the terminal colors on Windows
I have no idea how I came to this point, but the yellow colors in my terminal (both cmd and PowerShell) are not bright yellow anymore. So I want to reset my colors back to the old values! Turns out that getting them back is not as straightforward as I had hoped…
Finetuning screen brightness with PowerShell
When I work in a low-light environment I like to have fine-grained control over the brightness of my monitor. When I change the brightness using the special function keys on my keyboard, it changes in steps of 10%! That’s a lot. PowerShell to the rescue!
PowerShell snippet: check if software is installed
Some deployment scripts need to check if certain required software is installed on a Windows Machine. You could check if the file is present at a certain location, but there is a better way to check if software is installed: the uninstall database in the Windows Registry. PowerShell makes it really easy to query the registry!
Swap alt and cmd in Windows 10 (MacBook Pro)
As a .Net Developer, I need my MacBook Pro to run Windows. I did so using Boot Camp (which was okay, but my mouse wouldn’t scroll) In Windows I use alt+tab a lot. But the cmd and alt keys are not in the right place (from a Windows keyboard perspective). I use the Windows key a lot too (like Windows+r for run). So let’s swap those keys!
Fixing Air Mouse 2 Scrolling Windows 10 (Boot Camp)
Installed Windows 10 via BootCamp? Missing scrolling on your Air Mouse 2? After hours of searching I’ve found the simple solution: update the Apple software using the Apple updater located in your Program File directory.
A small batch file to compile and execute… Java
Entering a javac (compile) and a java (execution) command seems tedious, so I wondered if those could be scripted into a good old .bat file.
I’ve created a file called yall.bat to help with the process. It has been a while since I’ve been playing around with batch files. I’ve seen my father do it… it still looks like a dark – and ancient – art to me.
How to debug a StackOverflow crash in a .Net application on an IIS (production) server?
Today we had a problem on the server: our app was causing the application pool to crash. Windows error reporting didn’t give a clear result of what was causing a stack overflow exception within the app. No stack-trace, no nothing. So how to solve a problem like this?
Comparing files with PowerShell
Sometimes you want to test if two files are the same. You could run MD5 or SHA hashes of the files, but it might take some time to compute them. A byte by byte comparison might be the faster instead. I’ve wrote a script doing it in PowerShell.