Monday, March 18, 2013

Setting Up Windows7

Firefox

Download and install Firefox

Options
 General
  Homepage > Use Current Page
  Downloads
   Close it when all downloads are finished
   Always ask me where to save files
 Security
  Don't remember passwords for sites
 Advanced
  Don't check my spelling as I type

New Tab > [top-right] Hide the New Tab page

Google > Manage Search Engines > Remove All Non-Google

Browse to a Flash page (like google finance) and install flash.

Add-ons > Adblock Plus > Install
 close the adblock plus added bottom bar

Search for Firefox Theme > Ubuntu 10.04 Ambiance light-brown 

Desktop

[right-click] Desktop > Personalize > Desktop Background > Browse...

[right-click] Desktop > Personalize > Change desktop icons > [uncheck] Recycle Bin > Ok

Delete all icons from the Desktop

Start > gpedit.msc > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > User Accounts
 [double-click] Apply the default logon pictures to all users
 > Disabled > Ok

Start > Avatar > Change your picture > Browse...

[right-click] IE in Taskbar > Unpin this program from taskbar

[right-click] Taskbar > Properties > Customize
 [uncheck] Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar
 for any you don't want to see, change to "Only show notifications"

Start > [right-click] Properties > Start Menu > Customize
 [uncheck] Highlight newly installed programs
 [uncheck] Use large icons
 [uncheck] Open submenus when I pause with the mouse pointer
 Number of recent programs to display: 0
 Number of recent items to display in jump lists: 0

Start > Control Panel > Display
 > Change Display Settings > Make this my main display
 > Adjust ClearType text > Turn on ClearType > [agree with all defaults]

On WinXP I had some dual-monitor software that let you bounce windows between monitors and was dying witout it until I realized this is native functionality in windows7. Just grab a maximized window's top bar and drag it. It will convert to non-maximized. When on the next monitor drag towards the top of the screen. It will convert to maximized. Release.

Windows Explorer

Alt > Tools > Folder Options
 [check] Automatically expand to current folder

Delete the contents of "Libraries"
Delete the contents of "Favorites"

Navigate to a folder that you frequent, then right-click on favorites in the sidebar
 > Add current location to favorites

[right-click] Windows Explorer on task bar > [right-click] Windows Explorer link
 > Properties
  Target: %windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

shell:sendto
 remove stuff you don't like
 add Notepad2

Note: SHIFT+[right-click] gives additional context menu options such as "Open command window here", but I find that too cumbersome.

Start > regedit
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd
  delete the tag named "extended"
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd
  delete the tag named "extended"

[right-click] Command Prompt (actual window, not shortcut) > Defaults
 [check] QuickEdit Mode
 Layout
  Screen Buffer Size: 1000 x 3000
  Window Size: 120 x 40
  Font: Lucida Console
  Colors: ...

// remove unwanted items from the explorer/desktop right-click "New" menu
Start > regedit
 CTRL+F > shellnew > ... F3
 // rename ShellNew folders to ShellNew_
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.bmp/ShellNew_      // bitmap
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.contact/ShellNew_  // contact
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.docx/ShellNew_     // word
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.jnt/ShellNew_      // journal
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.odg/ShellNew_      // drawing
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.pptx/ShellNew_     // presentation
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.pub/ShellNew_      // publisher
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.xlsx/ShellNew_     // excel
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.zip/ShellNew_      // zip
 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Briefcase/ShellNew_ // briefcase

Start > gpedit.msc > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer
Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files
> Disabled > Ok

Google Drive

Download and install Google Drive

Advanced Setup
 Folder Location > Change >  D:\My Data\music > Make New Folder > Google Drive > Ok
 Sync options
  Only sync some folders to this computer
   [check] Music
   [uncheck] Sync Google Docs files
  Start Sync

Classic Shell > Download Now > Only Install Classic Explorer
Close and re-open Windows Explorer

Classic Explorer Settings
 Navigation pane style
  [select] Windows XP Simple
 [check] Disable breadcrumbs
 [check] Add icon overlay for shared folders
 All Settings
  Toolbar Buttons
   (add/remove as you like)
   add "Custom Command"
    [double-click] CustomItem > Link > [dropdown] > Links
   add "View List"
    [double-click] ListItem > Icon > [whatever]
   add "View Details"
    [double-click] ListItem > Icon > [whatever]

WinAmp

Download and install WinAmp
 Install all defaults except reject browser toolbar and aol junk.
 Installer complains: Your computer is missing DirectX.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=35
 Reject junk software suggested along with download
 Install all defaults except Bing.
 Windows compatibility assistant > This program installed correctly

WinAmp
 Skin: Big Bento
 [uncheck] Show Winamp in Folder context menus in Windows Explorer
 [uncheck] 7digital Music
 [uncheck] SongFreaks
 Finish without providing feedback

Add media to Library
  D:\My Data\music\Google Drive\music
  [check] Scan folder in background
  > Add > Close

Options > Preferences
 General Preferences
  [uncheck] Check for new versions of Winamp at startup
  [uncheck] Show Winamp in Taskbar
  Titles > Read metadata only when files are played
 Media Library
  Local Media > Watch Folders > [check] Rescan folders at startup
 Plugins
  Portables > USB Device Plugin > Uninstall

Options
 Notifications > Never Show
 Songticker > Disable Songticker Scrolling
 Multicontent View > File Info Components > [uncheck] Cycle File Info

Outlook 2010

Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Outllook 2010
 provide name and initials
 yes, make default for mail

File > Open > Import
 Import From Another Program Or File
 Outlook Data File (.pst)
 Browse...
 Replace duplicates with items imported
 Include subfolders
 Import itmes into the same folder

The result is stored at D:\PST\you.ost
You can now delete the .pst from which you imported.

Copy the Outlook shortcut and past into Start > All Programs > Startup

[right-click] Ribbon > Minimize the Ribbon
View > ToDo Bar > Off
View > Navigation Pane > [uncheck] Favorites
View > Naviagtion Pane > Options > [uncheck all except] Mail, Calendar
[drag bottom pane of navigation pane down until icons are made small]
View > Reading Pane > Bottom
View > People Pane > Off

File > Options > Mail
 Reading Pane
  Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane
  Wait 1 second before marking item as read
 [uncheck] Always check spelling before sending
 Spelling and Autocorrect
 [uncheck] Check spelling as you type

Home > Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts
 Some of these may have been corrupted
 I had to reselect some folders for some rules

Customize Quick Access Toolbar
 More Commands > All Commands > Remove [all] > Add
  New Email
  Reply
  Reply All
  Forward (the one further down without any decorations)
  Automatic Replies

Compose
[right-click] > Minimize the Ribbon
Customize Quick Access Toolbar
 More Commands > All Commands > Remove [all] > Add
  Save
  Attach File
  Insert Picture From File
  Find...
  Font (the 3rd one with the I-bar)
  Font Color
  Format
  Spelling & Grammer
  Encrypt (the 2nd one without the envelope)
  Sign
  Low Importance

[right-click] icon is system tray > Hide When Minimized

While looking at a folder of emails, edit columns and layout as desired using 
 View > View Settings
Then use View > Change View > Apply Current View To Other Mail Folders.

Google Talk

The Google Talk install page links to a download of Google Talk that fails to install on Windows7.

After giving up on Google Talk, I tried chrome desktop notifications, gmail notifier, google hangouts and google mail checker chrome extension, but all failed to notify new emails unless gmail was open in the chrome browser. Finally, I found a direct link to a Google Talk installer that works on Windows7.

Other Basics

Uninstall:
 Notepad++
 JDK5
 JDK6
 JDK7
 C:/ant
 C:/eclipse
 C:/jdks
 Nvidia (came with my box, but my does doesn't have nvidia hardwre)

(pin most of these to the start menu, as well as anything else useful)
Install:
 Notepad2(64bit) -- conf, ldif, log, pem, properties, sql, tcl, txt, ual, xml
 PaintShopPro -- no shell extensions, no browser, no animation shop
 AgentRansack(64bit) -- yes shell extensions
 WinRAR -- no shell extensions
 Ant 1.8.2 -- add to path
 LibreOffice -- only Draw
 LogParser
 mp3tag -- no shell extensions
 PureText -- add to Startup
 PuttyGen
 (only if you don't like kdiff) WinMerge -- yes shell extensions
 jdk-7u17-windows-x64.exe -- don't register, add to path
 Safari -- no to everything
 QuickTime -- for playing wav files

WinSCP
 - when creating a new connection, use SFTP
 - Options > Preferences > Editors > Add > External editor > Notepad2 > Ok > Up > Up > Ok

Audacity
 - install audacity
 - install lame
 - install ffmpeg

Ensure all necessary environment variables are set.
Use native microsoft backup.

Putty

Terminal
 Bell > None (bell disabled)
Window
 Columns: 155
 Rows: 36
 Lines of scrollback: 3000
 Colours > Use system colours
Session > Save

ClearCase

The box already has C:\views\ shared appropriately

Start > View Network Connections > Organize > Layout > Menu Bar
 > Advanced > Advanced Settings > Provider Order
 ClearCase Dynamic Views
 Microsoft Windows Network
 ...others

ClearCase Home Base
 Options > User Preferences > Operations
  Add to Source Control/Check In
   [uncheck] User original checkout information
  Checkout
   [uncheck] Prompt for comment
   [uncheck] Reserved
  Undo Check Out
   [uncheck] save a copy of file with a .keep extension
 Administration > Control Panel > Options
  [uncheck] Display confirmation message after remounting persistent VOBs

ClearCase Home Base
 Views > Create View > Dynamic
 -- this generates an error about the share name and displays a panel to set it
 -- replace <Share> with views
 -- future view creation won't require this step

[right-click] > ClearCase > Version Tree
 View > All Versions
 [right-click] Compare > With Previous Version > Diffview
  [uncheck] Show space and tabular characters for differences
  [uncheck] Show white space

Eclipse

Download the latest Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers
eclipse-jee-juno-SR2-win32.zip
 (be sure to get the 32bit install since the clearcase plugin below won't work with the 64bit install)
 Extract to D:\Installed\Eclipse
 Create a shortcut and add it to the Start Menu
 Run it
 Select a workspace -- D:\My Data\archive\java-projects

At top right, add "Java" and "Debug" perspectives

Window > Preferences
 General
  Appearance > Colors and Fonts > Java Editor Text Font > Edit Default > Size: 12
  Editors
   Text Editors > [check] Show line numbers
   Text Editors > Spelling > User defined dictionary > (see example below)
  Keys
   Find Next > Binding [select-all] F3 > Ok
   Go to Line > Binding [select-all] CTRL+G > Ok
 Java > Installed JREs > [confirm it's pointing to jre7]

select custom style

D:\Installed\Eclipse\eclipse.ini
 change
  -Xms40m
  -Xmx512m
 to
  -Xms512m
  -Xmx1024m
 
File > Import > General > Existing Projects into Workspace

Z:\>cleartool -version
ClearCase version 7.1.2.6

Search IBM for clearcase eclipse plugins.
Select Rational ClearCase SCM Adapter (For Eclipse), Version 7.5.0.0
- note that this version supports clearcase 7.1.2
- download com.rational.clearcase.win32-v201105111445.zip
- extract contents to temp

Eclipse > Help > Install New Software > Add > Local > D:/Temp/eclipse/
 [uncheck] Group items by category
 [check] Rational ClearCase Remote Client for Eclipse Import
 [check] Rational ClearCase SCM Adapter
> Next > Next > Accept > Finish > Okay (unsigned) > Yes (restart now)

Window > Preferences > Team > ClearCase SCM Adapter
 When workspace is closed: Do nothing

Window > Customize Perspecitve > Tool Bar Visibility
 File
  Save All
 ClearCase
  Connect to Rational ClearCase
  Add to Source Control
  Check In
  Undo Check Out
  Refresh Status
  Compare With Previous Version
  Show Version Tree
 Launch
  Debug
  Run
 Search
  Search
 Navigate
  Back
  Forward
  Last Edit Location

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{ "loggedin": false, "owner": false, "avatar": "", "render": "nothing", "trackingID": "UA-36983794-1", "description": "", "page": { "blogIds": [ 403 ] }, "domain": "holtstrom.com", "base": "\/michael", "url": "https:\/\/holtstrom.com\/michael\/", "frameworkFiles": "https:\/\/holtstrom.com\/michael\/_framework\/_files.4\/", "commonFiles": "https:\/\/holtstrom.com\/michael\/_common\/_files.3\/", "mediaFiles": "https:\/\/holtstrom.com\/michael\/media\/_files.3\/", "tmdbUrl": "http:\/\/www.themoviedb.org\/", "tmdbPoster": "http:\/\/image.tmdb.org\/t\/p\/w342" }