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soulshine
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Icon 1 posted July 30, 2006 11:55      Profile for soulshine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
http://www.launchy.net/

Don't know how many of you run Windows, but this is a very nifty little program for those that do.

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Icon 1 posted July 30, 2006 18:55            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I wrote a program like that once for the Mac, it mostly worked but I had a few problems. I generally found it easier to live without it.

Windows itself is weird. You can launch many programs via Start > Run, e.g. firefox, iexplore, calc, charmap (Character Map), cmd, mspaint (pbrush also works). None of them are in the path so I have no idea what exactly makes them recognisable without a full path to the binary. Registry? Windows Explorer is Win-E, toggle desktop is Win-D. Run is Win-R.

I also saw a program for the Mac like Launchy that indexes the entire drive, and really that would be the ideal. Something like Google Desktop or MSN desktop search, or even the standard in-built indexing of Mac OS 9 and Windows 2000, could be used to retrieve matching filenames very fast.

In theory, the idea is sound, but it falls over when you have too many files with the same name :P It's certainly handy when you have no idea where you saved a file.

It's funny, how Mac OS used to be the state of the art with entire drive searches in seconds. Now we're at the point where searching is near instantaneous. Spotlight, for example, is so much faster and good fun. Even if the UI sucks monkey bollocks. Btw, in Spotlight, you can't right-click files can you? (Since you can do that in Sherlock/Sherlock 2)

Which reminds me of another idea, that of an advanced global context menu API, with concepts such as mutator feedback (did we alter the data?) and mutator filtering (do we want the data altered?)

But hey. For everything else there's Quick Launch.

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maybe.logic
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Icon 1 posted July 31, 2006 06:29      Profile for maybe.logic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
their is a program which is pretty much exactly the same on the microsoft website, i have it and to be honest, it is more trouble than it is worth.
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Icon 1 posted July 31, 2006 10:19      Profile for The real Stealth   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have noticed that some programs add their own PATH= settings to different areas of windows (INIs and Regestry as well as a few other spots I cant remember.) this allows them to launch multiple windows of themselves.
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Icon 1 posted July 31, 2006 10:34      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:

Windows itself is weird. You can launch many programs via Start > Run, e.g. firefox, iexplore, calc, charmap (Character Map), cmd, mspaint (pbrush also works). None of them are in the path so I have no idea what exactly makes them recognisable without a full path to the binary. Registry? Windows Explorer is Win-E, toggle desktop is Win-D. Run is Win-R.

You picqued my curiosity on that one. Here's the answer I've figured out:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\

In fact, you'll find an entry for pbrush that points to mspaint. I was curious about msconfig...which docs everywhere suggest running from Start->Run. Personally, I prefer to use a command prompt (for my own fickle reasons), and I was always annoyed that it wouldn't launch from there. This answers my question ('twas the 2nd result from a Reg. search for 'msconfig')

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How weird... I should make use of that to add other programs in there [Smile] I also love how it supports aliases, so I could reduce Firefox to a mere "ff".

The down side is that it's typically Microsoftish. Crap. It's not driven by a dynamic system that allows all programs to be found, but a small hard-coded list that has to be tended. And it's not easily user accessible. I have the Sony USB driver in the list, too (for PhAtfiSh's old Sony CyberShot)... I don't know why anyone wants to load it from the command line anyway (!) but I was sure that I had long since uninstalled when I got my own camera, as it left a very bad taste in my mouth for not being true USB Mass Storage (which is driverless). So AppPaths appears not to even have clean-up.

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