7MS #357: 7 Minutes of IT and Security Tips


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Today I'm launching an ongoing series called 7MOIST. It stands for:

  • 7
  • Minutes
  • of
  • IT
  • and
  • Security
  • Tips

The wildest, craziest, nuttiest part of this series is that each episode will be 7 minutes long!

I know, I know! You're saying, "Wait a sec, bub, isn't that why this podcast is called 7 Minute Security in the first place?" And yes, you'd be right.

Basically, this is my way of going old school and getting back my podcast "roots" by delivering an episode before we had an intro jingle, interviews, sponsors, banter about hot cocoas or an outro song. Nothing but delicious content today friends, Enjoy!

Today's theme is:

Windows command line shortcuts and tips:

Creative ways to play with cmd

Basically, you can do Windows Key + R then type cmd and Enter for quick access to command line.

But lets do some more fun stuff. Wanna open a command window from the desktop and launch a command in one swoop? Try this:

cmd /k 

For example:

cmd /k ping

The cmd /k part opens a command window, and then ping can be whatever command you also want to run on the fly.

And if you want to start programs and/or open files right from the command line, you can do that (in most cases) by just typing the program name, like:


Or, get really fancy and add a document name after the command. For example:

notepad meow.txt

If meow.txt doesn't exist, Notepad will simply ask you to create it!

Finding files faster

Call me crazy, but the Windows find/search feature sometimes doesn't find stuff that I know is there. So I still like using old school DOS commands for this. I might do something like:

cd \ dir /s *brian*.doc

The dir stands for directory, and the /s tells the system to search recursively.

See 7ms.us for the rest of today's show notes!

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