Run Traceroute in Windows

If you want to track the route taken by a data packet from your computer to a remote site (e.g. sjwrc.com), you can use the traceroute command. In windows, this can be accessed via the tracert command in the command prompt:

Windows Tip: Disable DPI scaling

If you use Windows 8/8.1 on a high resolution screen, you can gain more screen real estate by disabling DPI scaling in Windows. To do so, go to the ‘Screen Resolution’ section under the Display option in the Windows Control Panel and click on the ‘Make text bigger or smaller’ link: You will be taken […]

Linux Tip: Learn to use a command line text editor

If you’re working with *nix systems, you will eventually come across the need to edit a file from the command line. Fortunately, most systems come with a plethora of text editors (Vi/Vim, Emacs, nano, etc.). Of these editors, the one that is more or less guaranteed to be installed is Vi. For a new user, […]

Windows Tip: Enable file preview in Windows Explorer

If you’ve used OS X’s column view feature, you know how useful it can be to have a preview of a selected file. You can enable a similar option in Windows by enabling the ‘Preview Pane’ option under the ‘View’ tab in any Windows Explorer window. If you also enable the ‘Details Pane’ option, you […]

Office 2013 tip: Disable backstage when saving files

If you want to go directly to the traditional save or open dialog when accessing files in Office 2013, you can enable the ‘Don’t show the Backstage when opening or saving files’ option. This can be accessed under the ‘save’ section of MS Word’s options. After enabling this option, the setting will be carried over […]