Showing posts from June, 2009

Cleaning Notification Area Icons in Vista/Windows 7

Just thought I would quickly post a little tip on how to clean your notification items from Windows Vista/7.. What are Notification Area Icons? In Vista/7 you have the ability to control how items in the taskbar tray are displayed (hidden, always shown etc). This list can actually get rather bloated, especially for us developers when we are building applications that sit in the tray (you actually end up getting two entries, one for the debug, one for the release). So, you may find it is getting a bit unmanageable and want to give it a clean. NOTE: This will remove ALL entries from the list – including settings you may/will want to keep! You will therefore need to reconfigure items that you want to always show in the tray etc. Some people may be asking “why not just use the reset link provided?” – Well, it doesn’t clean, it just resets. So if you have many icons that you have previously set to “Always Show” and then deleted. They will just revert back to “Hide/Only Show

GrokGit Series: “Gitting Started with Git”

Well, I have been saying it for a while – I need to do more speaking at community events, so I finally agreed to start small and do a nugget for my local user group . Why Speaking? My thoughts are simply: Pros You need to understand things more intimately in order to be able to explain them. The many iterations required to get the slides right reinforces the learning that took place to get the content on there to being with. It’s great for confidence. You can (hopefully) pass some useful knowledge on to the community and help them try new things/better themselves. It’s a great icebreaker to meet new people (i.e. you are more likely to talk and engage with them if you have some subject matter to talk about). Cons It can be scary – it’s been ages since I stood up in front of people. It can be time consuming trying to create the “perfect” slide deck. You can look/sound like an ass. You give false information and/or confuse people even more.

Common Git Commands Reference/Getting Started

Here’s a round up of the main features that I have made use of in getting started with Git . This is by no means a complete list, but I thought it could be a great supplement to any “Getting Started” guide you may have (feel free to comment and post links!). Basic Commands Here’s a run-down of the most common commands I have found myself using. Command Description git help commandName REALLY your friend when getting started! Use it! git init Creates a Git repository in the current directory. git status Reports the current repository status (e.g. commits pending etc.) git add Add files to source control (use the “-A” switch for ALL files in the directory. git commit Performs a commit operation to the current repository. git bra