PyCmd: a smarter command line?
December 27, 2014 – 08:17 | Comments Off on PyCmd: a smarter command line?
PyCmd: a smarter command line?

The Windows command line console is extremely basic, thanks mostly to a horrible interface which hasn’t changed significantly in years.
Windows 10 will bring some improvements, but if you don’t plan on upgrading for a while …

Send emails from the command line with SendSMTP
November 28, 2014 – 05:30 | Comments Off on Send emails from the command line with SendSMTP
Send emails from the command line with SendSMTP

If your PC is always running, even when you’re not around, then you might want it to alert you about important events. Some backup programs have an email notification feature, for example, which keeps you …

Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools
August 18, 2014 – 07:18 | Comments Off on Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools
Get more from the command line with EventSentry SysAdmin Tools

Although Windows has a reasonable set of command line tools, they’ve not changed much in recent years. Microsoft presumably hopes you’ll master PowerShell and build anything else you need for yourself.
Alternatively, you could just install …

Learn to love the command line (maybe) with cmder
December 23, 2013 – 16:03 | Comments Off on Learn to love the command line (maybe) with cmder
Learn to love the command line (maybe) with cmder

Many PC users need to access the Windows command prompt occasionally, but its awkward interface means this is rarely a happy experience. Line editing works differently, you can’t use the clipboard as normal, even the …

Enhance and extend the Windows command line with clink
July 16, 2013 – 09:05 | Comments Off on Enhance and extend the Windows command line with clink
Enhance and extend the Windows command line with clink

From experts to novices, most PC users could benefit from launching a command line session occasionally. This is one area of Windows which hasn’t changed significantly in years, of course, but if you’re tired of …

Take control of your command line windows with ConsoleHoster
May 21, 2013 – 11:22 | Comments Off on Take control of your command line windows with ConsoleHoster
Take control of your command line windows with ConsoleHoster

Most PC users could benefit from working at the command line occasionally, but the rather basic interface is enough to put most people off. You don’t have to live with the standard Windows setup, though. …

Reliably create System Restore points from the command line with QuickSystemRestore
February 4, 2013 – 13:08 | Comments Off on Reliably create System Restore points from the command line with QuickSystemRestore
Reliably create System Restore points from the command line with QuickSystemRestore

Windows System Restore is usually an excellent technology. Your PC creates Restore Points automatically at key times, and if disaster strikes then you can restore your system settings or key files in a click or …

Take Command 14.0 adds virtual desktop, text filtering support
July 2, 2012 – 10:30 | Comments Off on Take Command 14.0 adds virtual desktop, text filtering support
Take Command 14.0 adds virtual desktop, text filtering support

JP Software has released Take Command 14, a powerful alternative to the regular Windows command prompt. And now it’s more powerful still, courtesy of some useful additions to the program’s scripting language.
The new TPIPE command, …

WMIC: the best command line tool you’ve never used
January 13, 2011 – 09:15 | Comments Off on WMIC: the best command line tool you’ve never used
WMIC: the best command line tool you’ve never used

Some people say command line tools are obsolete, out of date, no longer necessary when you can “point and click”, instead.
But the reality is very different. Every version of Windows sees the command line given …

Essential command prompt tools: defrag
October 30, 2009 – 14:06 | Comments Off on Essential command prompt tools: defrag
Essential command prompt tools: defrag

Some people think the Windows command prompt is just for geeks and programmers, and everyone else can get on much better by pointing and clicking their way through the regular Windows interface. But this isn’t …