Thursday, December 1, 2011

Open Windows Explorer from the command line with a Folder tree

Did you ever have one of those "GARGHH!" moments when someone shows you how to do something sorta obvious but not really? Like opening Windows Explorer from the command line the way you want it to look? For example, I changed the default action for files of type "Folder" from "open" to "explore". That way, when I double-click a folder shortcut or "My Computer", the sidebar in the Explorer view shows the list of folders instead of the list of tasks, other places, etc.
The commands C:\>start foo or C:\>explorer /e, foo (notice the switch and comma!) opens Windows Explorer view the way I like it: 
Typing C:\>explorer foo produces a standard or default view:
This respect for the user's preferences seems to extend to things like the tool bars and status bar and type of view, e.g. tiles or details.  C:\>explorer foo seems to ignore all of your preferences.
Thanks to the mighty folks at How-To Geek for the awesome insights.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Anti-Car Movement

Erik Curren writes in his review of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay:
For my money, to get people to demand change on such a large scale, they’re going to need a pretty strong motivation. As any salesman can tell you, fear of loss is a much stronger motivator than hope of gain. And considering what’s at stake at this point — the survival of human civilization — a healthy sense of fear and urgency is also a more realistic reaction than warm-fuzzies about a higher quality of life.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011


The best way to avoid Failure is to fail constantly.
Jeff "Chaos Monkey" Atwood

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gas Station Philosophy

My office-mate's father once saw these instructions inscribed on a humble tire pressure gauge, and I thought it just had to be shared with the world:
Too little pressure causes poor performance, too much pressure causes blowouts.
Remember that as you motor on down the Highway of Life.