Wednesday, 14 January 2015

use xcopy command to copy to another folder without prompting to overwrite existing files

Let's say you want to copy files (which don't change) to another folder on your network as a backup. And you want to automate this process daily for example so that you won't have to manually copy the new files to the backup folder.
Thanks to the xcopy command and task scheduler, windows has the built-in tools to do this.

First create the batch file by right-clicking on the desktop and creating a new txt file. Then enter the following command, customizing to your needs:

echo n|xcopy "C:\Users\DonaldDuck\my files\*.*" "Z:\my files" /d/i/e

echo n| makes xcopy skip the 'do you want to overwrite the file' if it already exists on the destination
/d copies files whos source time is newer
/i assumes destination is a directory
/e copies subdirectories
more xcopy parameters at Microsoft

Save the text file and rename file extension from 'txt' to 'bat'
Under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel, create a task in the Task scheduler by following the instructions.
Under General choose a name for the task, choose the time of day under 'Trigger'. Under the 'Actions' tab, choose the location of the previously created batch file (with the xcopy command). Select Conditions and Setings and hit OK.
This is a good way to backup new files that you create or download from the internet but which don't change in content. To backup files which change in content, such as spreadsheets, text documents and photos that you edit, Windows 8.1 has a function called 'File History' that if turned on will automatically backup your files to a folder (preferably other than your local hard drive) that you specify.

Source: Thanks to TheFunPolice on Experts Exchange who found this command line

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Transfer fotos, documents and files between devices
If you find yourself regularly wanting to transfer files (such as images) from an iphone/android phone to a PC for example, have a look at Shareit by Lenovo.

 It's an easy to use utility which allows you to send and receive files from different devices whether they are on the same network or not.

For this to work, all devices should have the free app installed for their respective platform. Then launch the app on both devices and click send and select the fotos/music/files that you want the other device to download.

A great way to exchange files (wirelessly) with devices you use regularly without having to bring along USB flashdrives.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Remote desktop windows with concurrent users
The server version of windows allows multiple users on the same network to log on to one machine using Remote Desktop. 

But what if you only have the normal windows version on which you want to log on using remote desktop while another (local user) is still logged on without kicking out the current said user?

Thankfully there is a small utility called 'RDP Wrapper Library' by binarymaster, which, after you've installed it on the host or 'server', will allow you to do just that. At the moment it's also being updated quite regularly and the current version (v. 1.5) is actually quite stable.

The PC on which you want to have multiple user sessions should be quite powerful and have good cooling since doing this can be quite cpu intensive. So if you're using a notebook for this purpose for extended periods of time, it may get quite hot. Desktop PC's just have better cooling than laptop or notebook computers.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Simcity 2000 special edition free at Origin
If you were fan of the first Simcity game released in 1989, you probably played Simcity 2k also when it was released a few years later.

Now that Electronic Arts bought up Maxis, the company that originally created the simulation game, it is offering the second Simcity game for free (for a limited time) over it's game distribution platform called "Origin", which is something similar like Valve's Steam.

To be able to play the game for Windows you'll have to sign up for a free account at Origin in case you don't already have one, download and install the Origin client and finally download the free game. If you prefer a more recent game however, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare can be played in Multiplayer version through Steam for free at the moment.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Remove Windows.old to free up disk space

In case you have upgraded your computer from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or 8.1, during installation, the computer users files will be automatically copied to a folder named "Windows.old". This usually contains user created files, music and videos from your previous windows installation.

If you already verified that you don't need them anymore, you might want to remove this folder to get more free space, especially if you have a SSD drive. However, there is a bit of a work-around. Deleting the folder in Windows Explorer won't do it.

Instead, right-click on your C-drive and select properties. Under the "General" tab, click the 'Disk-Cleanup' button then click on the "Clean up system files"-button. Wait a few minutes then soon under "Files to delete" box you'll see a new entry called "Previous Windows installation(s)". Check that box and hit OK and Delete Files to free up some valuable space.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Printer Pro for iPhone free today
In case you don't have an airprint compatible printer to call your own but still want the ability to print directly (PDF,JPG,Word, Excel and Web pages) from your iPhone, get printer pro which is available for free today from the App store as part of the App of the Day feature.

You'll have to install a helper program on your PC or Mac first though for this to work and the iphone from which you want to print needs to be on the same network as the printer that is connected to the PC which has the printer pro helper program installed.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sega’s classic game ‘Crazy Taxi’ available free for iOS
The universal game is currently available for free on iTunes. The car racing game first came out in 1999 for gaming arcades and arrived a year later on Sega’s Dreamcast gaming console.

The game has been recently ported as universal App for iOS, meaning it’s playable on the iPhone, iPad and iTouch that have iOS version 4.3 or above. The game runs at full screen on the iPhone 5. The game in which the player is a taxi driver is centered in the city of San Francisco, is a full game without in-app purchases. It usually costs around $5 so grab it while you can.