Introducing Explorer8: The Best Way to Manage Your Files in Windows 8+

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- Go to Explorer8′s Home Page

Have you ever had that feeling where you said an application in your favorite OS should be like this or that? Many do! Some people in deviantart try to create mockups and show the people what they wished it was. I had the same feeling for Windows 8’s file explorer. It’s not very modern. We had the same explorer for years. Not much is changed. I wanted something beautiful and useful. Something that I would used. I thought the new SkyDrive app would be better since it’s a Modern app, but it really is very simple. So I decided to create one for myself:

 

Explore8 - Dark Theme

I spent a lot of time thinking what I as a user would want. Not what is convenient for me to build. I’m a big fan of dark themes, but maybe you’d prefer a light one. So here’s one for you:

Explore8 - Light Theme

The app c.

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Downloading a Podcast with PowerShell

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Back in 2012, I wrote a post about how to scrape a podcast (or any web page for that matter) from the Internet. In that post my idea was to prove a point that it is possible to scrape the information from web pages with PowerShell. However, if you’re trying to download all the posts, I’d suggest you to use a better strategy which is to use the podcast’s RSS feed. In this post, I’m going to show you just that…

Just note that I’m using the same podcast I used back then to point out the differences. Link to the Hanselminutes podcast (which is one of my favorites) is this:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/HanselminutesCompleteMP3

In PowerShell you can use any of the .Net libraries.

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Fix the Error "The update is not applicable to your computer" for installing Windows 8.1 Preview

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A couple of hours ago [with a lot of excitement] I tried to download the Windows 8.1 preview. The instruction for the update is easy:

  1. Download one little (15MB) update from Microsoft and install it http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview
  2. After the restart the Windows Store will ask you to update if you’d like.

I downloaded the update and tried to install it. However I got the error: "The update is not applicable to your computer". I tried several times with a lot of tricks but couldn’t install it. Then it occurred to me, maybe I’ll be able to use the same method we used for installing .Net 3.5 offline on Windows 8. To do this, we have to use the dism.exe and extract (expand) the update package.

  1. To install, create an empty folder named “8.1” and copy the d.
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How to use Proxifier in Windows 8 [Video]

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A lot of people still have problems with Proxifier in Windows 8. Hopefully, this video will help them solve their problems.

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Iniesta, Zidane, Raul, Messi or Ronaldo?!

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Today I was reading an article from Guillem Balague which compared Iniesta with Zidane and even concluded that Iniesta is a better player.

The article goes on and compares the number of titles both players have won with both their clubs and national teams. Then it adds some quotes from other players and basically says that Iniesta is better.

Personally, I don’t think the stats mentioned count that much. They are important factors, but they don’t prove anything. How can the number of league titles prove that a player is better than the other? I’d agree if he used stats like the completed dribbles, successful passes, successful stops, goals scored, etc. These are the kinds of stats that the amazing WhoScored.com website provides.

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Love Command-Line with ConEmu (Console Emulator)

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If you’re like me, you just love command line stuff by default! What’s not to love about them? You start the command prompt, type a few words and bam, you get what you want. If not, here are a few reasons for you to love them:

  1. Sometimes some features/settings in the operating system or some programs are just available via command line. Not all of the features will have their GUI.
  2. If you’re good at it, it’s just super fast! You can’t compete me with a mouse for a lot of things.
  3. You can automate things. This is the most beautiful property of command lining. You can write scripts to do a lot of jobs and scheduling them. They can do your job without you being there.

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Will the World End in 2012?

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It’s the popular December 2012 and many, many rumors are floating around in the Internet. Even though I’m not a professional in this field, I thought maybe I should post something to inform some people that visit my blog.

The short answer is: No.

NASA has officially rejected any rumors regarding the 2012 being the end of the world. Many have been saying silly stuff and toying with more naive people and unfortunately, some have believed them. You can read below some of the questions and answers from NASA.

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html#end

Update (12/17/2012):

Below is a leaked video from NASA, basically saying “Told you so” and explaining why the world won’t end.

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Top Utilities of 2012 for Windows

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Scott Hanselman, has a long list of utilities which is absolutely worth both reading and trying. Recently he asked for suggestions and while I was posting a few suggestions for his list, I though it is a good idea to share the list of tools I use with you. This list is much shorter and one might say more practical with no particular order. Here we go.

MediaMonkey (free + premium features)

MediaMonkey

Hands down, the best media player ever! Especially if you’ve got a large library of muslockhunter.comic. Believe me, I’ve tried all media players: Winamp, Foobar2000, Zune, iTunes, MediaPlayer, etc. This one does it all. Auto-Tagging, File Management, Skins, Global shortcuts, Party mode, anything. The screenshot you see is a skin I created in one day for this app.

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Get a password manager and remember only 2 passwords

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That’s right, 2 passwords. Ready why at the end of the post.

First of all, let me just say that, my memory is good. I am, and I always have been, good at remembering stuff. Specially passwords. But that doesn’t mean I have had the best password set for all my accounts. Let me explain more.

For years, I’ve had a good password for my important accounts (such as emails, etc.) and remembered them. But I have numerous amount of accounts for a lot of websites (forums, etc.) So, I had to use the same account for normal, not-that-important accounts and used it for all of them. The downside was that if somebody knew one of these accounts, he/she could’ve easily guessed got into any other account of mine.

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Downloading Multiple Files with .Net 3.5, 4 and 4.5

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Lately I’ve been developing quite a lot of simple download managers. What I needed was a very simple file downloader with these requirements:

  • Concurrency: 1 thread is just not enough. I wanted to download multiple files at once. On the other hand I wanted to be able to change the number of concurrent downloads.
  • Simplicity: I didn’t want to nor did I have the time to go into details to create a complex download manager. I wanted to use as much framework classes as possible.
  • Logging Support: I wanted to be able to support the logging feature. I wanted it to be both simple and flexible enough and be as abstract as possible.

The code that I’ll be demonstrating will be in C# but you could easily convert it for other .Net languages.

First, for logging, I created an interface for logge.

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