A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What's in your (Windows) path?

perl -le "@x=split/;/,$ENV{PATHEXT};for(split/;/,$ENV{PATH}){print;next unless chdir$_;print qq'\t'.join(qq'\n\t',map{<*$_>}@x)}"

This one-liner will list all executables currently in your path, so you can decide if maybe you want to trim that path a bit, maybe by transferring a few things to doskey macros.

If you add doskey macros, be sure to add a new string value to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor called Autorun with the data C:\WINDOWS\system32\doskey.exe /macrofile=macrofile.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Netflix Vista Media Center Plugin Broken. Again.

I wonder if the plugin now only supports the brand-new Windows 7, or if this is just buggy, buggy code. Was this broken by one of the near-daily patches Vista has been insisting on lately? Should I start second-guessing Microsoft patches, in case they downgrade functionality, similar to the way iTunes does?

Without Netflix in VMC, I have to decide whether to go back to Mythbuntu (auto commercial skip and better music playlists) or not. It's a shame after all those reinstalls it took to get the 'mature' Vista OS working. But then again, it'd be nice to be able to print again—my print server, which works fine under Linux, is no longer supported under Vista, so I'm supposed to replace it, even though it works fine. Not to mention that not one of my dozen or so gaming controllers works under Vista (or 7, for that matter).