TCAT Shelbyville: Goodbye CMD prompt – and update your PowerShell help

November 22, 2016

This is a “Need To Know” article:

Powershell is becoming the new default command line.  It’s more powerfull and computers and operating systems always change. Before you get started, you may want to update it.  Right click yo…

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An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer

September 1, 2011

The following may or may not work for you; however, I found it to work on Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Did you ever run into the situation where you needed the serial number on your computer? The serial number is often required when you contact the vendor for support.  Instead of crawling around on the floor looking for the serial number, try this:

Click on [START] , then [RUN] and type in the box [CMD].  This will take you to what is called the “Command Prompt”.  At the “Command Prompt”, type the following command exactly as it appears:

wmic bios get name,serialnumber,version

You should get a result similar to this that will reflect the bios name, serial number, and a service tag number for your computer:

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You can also get the name, size and model of your disk drives by going to the “Command Prompt” and typing:

wmic diskdrive get name,size,model

You should get a result similar to this that reflects all the drives connected to your computer:

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The wmic command-line (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) utility is a very powerful tool that is used to gather information from Windows-based systems, both locally and over a network. What I have shown is only a small sampling of the ability of this tool.  If you are interested in digging down further, I encourage you to Google wmic command by clicking [HERE]. Another easy to read resource is the wmic quick start guide that is located at the University of Virginia [CLICK HERE] .

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A Simple, Powerful, and Portable Dual Pane File Manager for FREE

September 4, 2010

One of the joys of being a tech blogger is that on many occasions a software developer will contact you about their creations. I get especially excited when it is a developer that is developing FREE software and wants me to help get the word out.

Recently I had SE-SOFT.COM point me into the direction of their site which features a variety of portable apps that can be used on your flash drive (or computer). I encourage you to visit their site to take a look at SE-TrayMenu, SE-Screensavers, SE-Explorer, SE-RSS Tools and SE-Media Player. If you are wondering, the “SE” is an acronym for “Smart & Easy”.

Out of the batch of software presented at SE-SOFT.COM, the one that jumped on my plate was SE-Explorer.

SE-Explorer

If you are into file managers, and portable at that, this one is definitely worth a look see. When I started testing SE-Explorer, my initial reaction was, “just another dual panel file manager”, when I realized that SE-Explorer was a whole lot more than that. This app provides a variety of built-in tools to explore the files and folders on your PC. In essence, this app is a packaged deal where panels can be opened to present various tools such as:

Dual Pane File Manager
File Explorer
Command Prompt
File Search
Size Scanner
Compare Files
Compare Folders
Web Browser
Media Player

Another feature I really liked was in the dual panel file manager. When you right click on a file, a very basic (what you really need) menu appears instead of the typical lengthy explorer (system) menu. For example, if you right click on a file or folder, the following menu will appear.

You can, of course, get to the regular Windows Explorer “system menu”, if need be, by clicking on “System Menu”. This type of layout is excellent, especially if you do the typical file management operations (such as rename, copy, move or delete).

I could go on more about this app, because the more I use it, the more I find another gem buried within. SE-SOFT.COM, PLEASE continue to develop this app further.  It will surely be a winner…

Main Features:

  • Clear tabbed interface
  • Different file browsers: dual panel, classic windows explorer, command prompt
  • Enhanced file search function and embedded size scanner
  • Media player for audio, video and flash files: MP3, WAV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, SWF, FLV, etc.
  • Picture viewer which supports most popular image file formats
  • Archive explorer for ZIP, RAR, ISO, 7Z, MSI, CAB, etc.
  • Resource view for executable files and icon libraries
  • PDF and DjVu, DOC and WRI, Html Help and RTF documents view
  • Text viewer with syntax highlighting
  • Compare folders by content including subfolders
  • Text file compare (difference)
  • Hex viewer for binary files
  • Dll Inspector with resources/dependencies/classes and interfaces views for executable files
  • Web Browser for web and email files
  • TTF Font files view
  • XML structure view

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