Update: Bad link fixed
In computers, deleting a file is analogous to tossing a piece of paper into a trash can. Anyone could simply retrieve that piece of paper from the trash can; so could anyone undelete the file.
Proper data erasure, however, is possible; it is analogous to tossing a piece of paper into a shredder or burning it. Read the rest of this entry
The default text style in Notepad++ v6.6 and its past versions (as far as I remember) adds an inconspicuous amount of white space between each line, preventing the block characters in each line to connect to the ones on the top or bottom. This problem also appears with two of the other themes, namely “Hello Kitty” and “Viberant Ink” but not in any other theme.
I normally wouldn’t care for a slight amount of space as I am not a consumer of ASCII art and don’t use table characters in my source codes either. But as with any other curious human, I wanted to know why, just out of curiousity and not because of practical need. So, I set out to investigate. Read the rest of this entry
The sheer number of inventions in the field of computing easily surpasses the grand total of the human inventions outside this field. It is no surprise that some of them backfire and some of them quickly age.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of them that are still alive and desperately need to die or evolve. I started with five that irritate people around me the most. I am hoping that by the time you see the name of the last, you think: Well, that’s a huge shock and surprise but judging by the other five, this writer is very much sane. And hopefully, by the time you finish reading it, you feel I have a point there. Read the rest of this entry
This article assumes you have heard about the new features of Windows 8.1 in Update 1 and decided to give it a try. So, you’d install a stock Windows 8.1 from a DVD and then proceed to Windows Update to install Update 1.
But you don’t find it there.
Update (November 2017): It has come my attention that this blog post has become the #1 search result for this topic. Therefore, I believe an update, even a minor one, is due.
Let’s assume you have created a folder called “Programs” in your D: volume and now you want its NTFS permissions to match that of “C:\Program Files”, thus having the same level of security.
There are more than one ways. It can be accomplished with the following utilities:
- icACLs and Notepad
- Windows PowerShell
- XCopy (not recommended)
- Robocopy (not recommended)
Since the subject of NTFS security is one that requires intermediate knowledge of Windows, I will skip elementary details such as how to run a certain program with elevated privileges. Read the rest of this entry
Imagine one day, in a training center, one professor told her students that they were acting unduly proud for their meager development skills. To make it a case, that professor gave her students an assignment: Develop a Windows program that does nothing!
Easy, right? Well, that was how it looked… at first.