Screencasts I’ve created

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How to Set Up Foobar 2000 For the First Time - 28 Feb 2014

About three months ago someone suggested I create a video of how to set up Foobar2000. Here it is: If you have other things you’d like to see, sound off in the comments.

Show Lyrics in Foobar2000 in Less Than 5 Minutes - 16 Aug 2013

In my last post on this subject I wrote, “I hope this solution continues to work for a long time to come.” The time has come where it’s no longer working (and hasn’t for a few months now). I’ve created a third video on how to show lyrics using a plugin called Lyrics Show Panel […]

Keyloggers and How They Work - 04 Sep 2012

If you use a computer with a keylogger, your privacy is severely compromised. This screencast shows you two free keyloggers and how they work, as well as some tips on how to protect yourself. I demo Hooker (careful searching for that phrase…) and pyKeylogger.

A Simple Way to See the Weather - 27 Aug 2012

sWeather is a simple, free, portable utility that shows you the current weather in any number of locations you choose. Here’s a demo of how it works.

Easily Update Sysinternals and NirSoft Applications - 25 Aug 2012

WSCC (Windows System Control Center) is a free, portable application that makes it a snap to update all of your Windows Sysinternals and NirSoft applications. I used to try to keep up with them manually, and failed miserably. With WSCC it’s as easy as clicking update. Here’s the video.

Getting Started With Google’s Two-Factor Authentication - 16 Aug 2012

Two-factor authentication is not new, but I recently started using it with my Google Account after reading about Mat Honan’s experience. So far it hasn’t been that bad. In this screencast I explain how it works and what all the different codes are used for. It’s simple to use and keeps the bad guys out. […]

Free Local Backups For Your Gmail Account - 15 Aug 2012

In this screencast I show you how to backup your Gmail account (or any email account) to your hard drive and have it update the backup automatically. I also accidentally divulge my password…twice. Good times ;) Here’s some more info on Google’s 2-factor authentication.

How to Adjust Your Volume Using the Mouse in Windows - 09 Aug 2012

One of the most popular screencasts I’ve made shows how to adjust your system volume with keyboard shortcuts. This time I’m going to show you how to adjust the volume with your mouse (and a little keyboard) using a utility named 3RVX (I’m not sure where the name came from). Here’s the download link.

The Best Windows Clipboard Manager - 06 Aug 2012

When I was first introduced to the idea of clipboard managers, I tried a half dozen or more of them before deciding to use ClipX. Every time since then when I’ve heard of a new one, I’ve tried it out and returned to ClipX. The one major drawback is it hasn’t been updated since 2008 […]

Minimize Applications to the Tray - 05 Aug 2012

With RBTray you can right-click on the minimize button to easily send applications to the system tray. It’s a feature that seems so obvious and useful after the fact. Here’s how to use it. Also, here’s a link to the 64bit Checker I mentioned.

Updated SnapMD5 Screencast - 02 Aug 2012

I noticed the old SnapMD5 screencast was out of date so I made a new one for version 1.0.4. I also discuss why it’s useful to check the MD5 or SHA-1 hash to verify file integrity.

A New Way to Show the Lyrics in Foobar2000 - 15 Mar 2011

The previous solution I wrote about to display lyrics in foobar2000 stopped working. I posted a question on the foobar2000 forums but no one knew of a way to get the plugin to work. For whatever reason the folks who run aren’t interested in supporting foobar2000. A few advantages to this updated solution are […]

Lightning Fast Desktop Search - 14 Jun 2010

Being able to find any file on your computer in seconds is liberating. You no longer worry about putting files into precise folders, so it doesn’t take you as long to organize your files or to find them. Here’s the screencast.

The Best Free Windows System Cleaner - 12 Jun 2010

CCleaner is the best system cleaner for Windows I’ve used. It’s never damaged a system, and it fixed an issue I had once on Windows 7 where the Control Panel wouldn’t load. Its two main uses are cleaning up your filesystem and cleaning out your registry. Some argue your registry doesn’t need cleaning, and in […]

How to See Lyrics in Foobar2000 - 11 Jun 2010

Update 15 Mar 2011: This method no longer works. Here’s an updated way to see the lyrics. I can’t count how many times I’ve wanted to see the lyrics of the song I was listening to. I would usually fire up Google and search for “[artist name] [song title] lyrics”, then cringe at the awful […]

Mute and Adjust Volume with Keyboard Hotkeys - 06 May 2010

This is a sequel to my first screencast on the same topic. This improved version uses only AutoHotkey to adjust the volume and mute, and it works on Windows XP and Windows 7. Here’s the screencast. See below for detailed instructions on how to set it up for yourself. Step 1: Download and install AutoHotkey. […]

How to Be Incredibly Productive - 29 Apr 2010

I’ve tried every productivity method I could find. Franklin Covey, Now Habit, Getting Things Done and others. It usually started out well, then I slowly began procrastinating and would become less productive. This time it’s been different. My productivity has increased, and I get excited and enjoy using the process. I first learned about Mark […]

Just The Content Ma’am - 30 Nov 2009

I’ve started using this trick more and more as web sites become overly cluttered. With this bookmarklet, everything but the content disappears.

A Tour of My Tray Icons - 27 Nov 2009

I created this having seen and liked Merlin Mann’s First Desktop Tour. I thought I’d do something similar. The only problem is I saw his video so long ago I forgot to add the good parts in my version. Not to worry, I’ll give it another go at some point.

Zoom In For Application Demos - 18 Nov 2009

In this screencast I provide a meta demo of ZoomIt by using it for its own demo.

How to adjust the volume with a keyboard shortcut - 28 Oct 2009

Update: Here’s an easier way to do this. This is the first of a series of instructional screencasts I’ll be creating. I was inspired by Mouser’s 30 days of screencasts to create a few of my own. This one teaches you how to create a global keyboard shortcut to turn the volume up or down, […]