Ron Garret has posted are rather clever article, The Top 10 Geek Business Myths.
Although I don’t think it’s just limited to Geeks. I have people come in from time to time wanting a quote on a website that, in their eyes, will be the next big thing. Some are extremely reluctant to tell me about their idea “in case I steal it”! (How can I possibly do up a propsal for them if they won’t tell me what they’re wanting to do???)
And I look through this list and they are making all the same assumptions that are listed here.
Think I’m going to hang onto this link and print it off for the next one that comes in!
Typing commands instead of mouse-clicking… sound a bit old-fashioned? It’s true, once upon a time all computing was done this way. It may not be pretty, but the command line can still be pretty handy. Here’s a few commands I use:
If you need to check your connection to something, this is the basic check. You can either ping a name or an IP address.
are both valid. If you ping a name, you can also see what IP address that name resolves to.
This will trace the route to another computer. Again, you can use a name or an IP address.
This one will shut the computer down. (Pretty obvious, hey!) Really handy to put at the end of a batch file that does a backup or something similar. Heaps of switches, so type
shutdown /? to display all the options available.
Displays the IP address of your computer, plus the address of your gateway (eg your ADSL modem or the computer that’s actually connected to the internet).
Great for quick and easy batch backups. Check
xcopy /? for all options available.
That’s 5 that I use a fair bit – got any others?
If you’re really bored, here’s Microsoft’s A-Z Reference.