Week in Geek: The 10 Best Stupid Geek Tricks Edition

By Lowell Heddings on November 21st, 2009

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…

image Watch Movies in Your Linux Terminal Window
The height of pointless geekery is trying to watch movies in your terminal prompt.
image 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.
image 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.
image Enable More Fonts for the Windows Command Prompt
Tired of the command prompt font? Change it with this hack.
image 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.
image 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.
image 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.
image 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.
image 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.
image 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.

image Play Atari Battlezone – The Best Tank Game Of The 80s
image How To Play Old Games on Windows 7 & Mac & Linux
image StillTasty Tells You When to Throw Out the Milk
image 60 Mindblowing Panorama and Vertorama Pictures
image Add 50 Pidgin Plugins With One Download
image Tweak Your nVidia Video Card With Confidence
image All You Wanted To Know About Your CPU….
image Batch Rename Files using File Renamer Basic
image Create Your Own Private Torrent to Share Large Files using uTorrent
image Tweak Windows 7 using Little Tweaker
image Love Greasemonkey? Greasefire Finds All Scripts On Any Page In One Click

Super User Questions and Such

That Super User site just keeps pumping out interesting questions and lots of answers.

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.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/21/09
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