There’s nothing quite as fun as a simple geek trick to show off your awesome skills to those around you. We’ve rounded up the ten best out of all the stupid geek tricks we’ve covered over the years.
There’s no point in writing more, let’s just get right to it…
|Watch Movies in Your Linux Terminal Window
The height of pointless geekery is trying to watch movies in your terminal prompt.
|Windows 7 Easter Egg Shows the XP Alt-Tab Prompt
Weird, the old-style XP dialog still shows up, if you know how to do it. Pointless, but interesting.
|Secret Items on the Windows 7 Send To Menu
That’s right, there’s a whole bunch of extra hidden items, you just need to know how to make them show up.
|Enable More Fonts for the Windows Command Prompt
Tired of the command prompt font? Change it with this hack.
|Measure How Far Your Mouse Has Moved
Ever wondered just how far you’ve moved your mouse? There’s an easy way to figure that out.
|Hide Data in a Secret Text File Compartment
Alternate Data Streams hide data inside of NTFS. It’s built right in, but you need to know how to do it.
|Navigate in the File Open/Save Dialog With the Keyboard
Using the mouse is so non-geeky. Just browse to the files you want with the keyboard instead.
|Shrink the XP Volume Control
A tiny volume control! Or something like that. Nobody is quite sure why this is built in, but it is.
|Undo an Accidental Move or Delete With a Keyboard Shortcut
Oops! Shouldn’t have deleted that file. Just use the keyboard to put it back.
|Find the Secret Messages in Web Site Headers
Yeah, we just posted this the other day, but it doesn’t get more geeky than hidden messages in protocol headers.
Enough Random Geekery, On… to the Random Geekery!
That’s right, we’ve rounded up the best of the week over at TinyHacker. Enjoy.
Super User Questions and Such
That Super User site just keeps pumping out interesting questions and lots of answers.
- How do I find funny pictures?
- Is there a laptop without crappy OEM software
- Easiest way to send 20GB folder
- Sync Iphone in Windows XP running as Virtualbox guest under Ubuntu 9.10
- How to prevent the advertisements from being placed at the end of my e-mail in hotmail?
- Firefox is listening for incoming connections on two ports. Why?
- Are there windows 7 keyboard shortcuts for Log Off and Standby?
- Should I use an antistatic wrist strap when changing the RAM on my laptop?
- Batch converting PNG to JPG in linux
- Is there a Windows 7 keyboard shortcut to switch the desktop background
The Geek Note
The HTG web server does about 3.7 TeraBytes (yes, you read that right!) of bandwidth, 5 million pageviews, and handles around 200 million total requests per month. That’s a billion requests a year. Even with all that, the average load on the server is only 0.1 most of the time.
I won’t be satisfied until I can think of a reason for a 16-core server.
Programmer by day, geek by night, The Geek, also known as Lowell Heddings, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 11/21/09