News Archives 2021
is a new console program to check the PATH
variable(s) for empty or non-existing entries.
It will show all directories in the PATH
if they exist, otherwise in red
, and it will show empty entries as "<empty>
If any errors are found, the program prompts you to open the System Properties settings windows' Advanced tab, allowing you to edit Environment Variables.
• As an experiment, to practice working with classes in PowerShell, I created PowerShell Computer Class
It can be used to hold "all" available hardware information for the local computer, info that can be viewed in a general overview, or in detail.
See the help text, displayed after running the command
, or the PowerShell Computer Class
product page for more details.
is a new cmdlet to manipulate the console window state, i.e. minimize it, hide it, etc.
Most of its code was found in an answer by Hansson0728 on StackOverflow.com
, I added more parameter handling and help (try
You may want to add this function to your PowerShell profile
is a new GUI tool to convert between Unicode characters, HTML entities and URL encoded characters.
is a new helper tool to list selected or all properties and values of .NET's
• Several new and updated items on the PowerShell Snippets
page... including a way to check if mouse buttons are swapped without P/Invoke.
• The PowerShell Snippets
page has been updated again: you can now use filters and highlights to find code snippets by category.
• The RUNDLL32
page has been updated again: you can now use filters and highlights to find commands by category.
• Francesco corrected an error in the PowerShell command line in the "Find
RUNDLL32 commands yourself" section
now uses the proper curly braces.
While at it, I also included the "pure" PowerShell commands, for PowerShell 5 as well as 7.
• I updated and restyled my RUNDLL32
• I restored the Site Search link in the menu: though I cannot confirm it myself, it seems to work for some visitors.
Work in progress...
• I removed the Site Search link from the menu because Startpage.com no longer supports it.
• Another minor update for Hardware.hta
: when running without elevated privileges, the HTA will use Internet Explorer, ignoring the
• A minor update for Hardware.hta
: when you right-click a field its content will be selected, allowing faster copy and paste of individual fields.
• A bug-fix for Edit.bat
: it will now work correctly in Windows 10.
• Up till now, Mause.exe
ouse enabled pAUSE
) would read keys froms the keyboard buffer, unlike the real
This behaviour has now been corrected, the updated version of Mause.exe
flushes the keyboard buffer when it is started, and then waits for keyboard or mouse input.
To make it accept keys from the keyboard buffer again, use the optional
The code to flush the keyboard buffer was provided by gandjustas on StackOverflow.com
• A bug in CaptureDate.exe
has been fixed: it should now handle relative paths correctly.
has been released.
It was derived from CapsLockIcon.exe
but uses a slightly different approach to read the ScrolLock status:
Control.IsKeyLocked( Keys.Scroll )
• A new optional timeout feature has been added to Mause.exe
is a M
ouse enabled pAUSE
command: use it like the ordinary
command, allowing the user to either press any key or
click with the mouse or move the mouse wheel.
This program relies heavily on the ConsoleListener class by SWdV
• Like CapsLockIcon.exe
also has a new feature: hide when OFF.
It will optionally show the NumLock icon in the Notification Area only
when NumLock is ON.
has a new feature: hide when OFF.
It will optionally show the CapsLock icon in the Notification Area only
when CapsLock is ON.
• A bug in InputBox.exe
has been fixed: the input field now gets focus when the dialog is loaded.
Previos attempts to accomplish this had failed, setting the input field's
property to 0 did the trick.
has been updated:
- The color DarkYellow, chosen for comments in highlighted text, does not exist in CSS and hence would be ignored in HTML output; this has been reported and fixed by Alfons van Zwol
- Calls to external commands would generate false positives if
%~dpn0 like constructions were used; this was also reported by Alfons van Zwol; the current version handles these constructions correctly, but "ordinary" variables (e.g.
%ProgramFiles%) still lead to false positives, which is next on the ToDo list
• A bugfix for Hardware.hta
: it should now properly restore its window a couple of seconds after startup.
• Often, these days, computer related support has to be done remotely.
Due to travel restrictions and overcrowded parks in Amsterdam, a friend of mine who is not quite computer-savvy, to put it mildly, spends most of her weekends photographing and filming birds on the balcony of her appartment.
Some of her bird videos turned out to be rotated, however, and we spent many hours before we found out how to use VLC Media Player
to rotate and save
the video... certainly not for the faint-of-heart!
Being convinced there must be an easier way, preferably command line, I went on searching until I stumbled upon a solution using FFMPEG
instead of VLC to rotate (and save) videos
Rather than trying to make my computer-illiterate friend type the correct commands, I wrote a simple HTA wrapper: RotateVideo.hta
Thanks Alexy and Akshay
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