Feed subscriptions April 2013 10 April 2013 at 08:53

With the shutting down of Google Reader, I've had to think about how I want to receive my favourite blog posts and podcasts. I've looked at all sorts of alternatives - Feedly, ifttt, but none of them has really done it for me. I've finally resorted to the technology I used 5 years ago - Microsoft Outlook. It actually works really well, but it's not easily portable and available everywhere I go so I thought I'd at least document my current list so I can easily set them up when I find a provider that works for me.

Blog Posts

Podcasts

Update: Subsequent to this article, I reverted to feedly, which I'm actually really enjoying now, despite my initial misgivings.

Customising Console2 05 April 2013 at 08:08

Every time I get a new machine, I always have to set up Console2 again, and because I have the memory of a goldfish, I always forget how. So this time around, I thought I would blog the minor changes I make.

Add Visual Studio Command Prompt

The first thing I like to do is make sure I can open tabs to the relevant Visual Studio command prompts. Go to Edit...Settings...Tabs, and then set up a new tab as per the screenshot below (you can copy and paste the actual location of your command prompt by viewing the properties of your visual studio command prompt shortcut):

I also like to set up a custom icon for the prompt, but that is obviously optional.

Add shortcuts to your context menu

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellConsole2]
@="Open Console2"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellConsole2command]
@="C:\\Matt\Dropbox\\Utilities\\Console2\\Console.exe -d %1" 
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryBackgroundshellConsole2]
@="Open Console2"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryBackgroundshellConsole2command]
@="C:\\Matt\\Dropbox\\Utilities\\Console2\\Console.exe -d  \"%V\"" 

Create a console2.reg file with the above as contents, making sure you change the paths to correctly point to your console2.exe file. This will give you two context menu additions:

  • When you right-click a folder, you will have an option to open a console at that folder location
  • When you right-click inside a directory, you will have an option to open a console at that directory location