nLite – a GUI Windows install customizer

I finally convinced myself to clean install Windows XP, so I decided to try out nLite to see how well it worked. For some background:

MSFN’s Unattended XP CD

It takes quite a bit to do step 2 and 3 on that site, which requires manually typing some batch files and stuff. nLite is different because it allows you to do essentially all from a GUI (Graphical User Interface).

All that’s really required is the .NET Framework and a CD burner. I had already slipstreamed SP2 (Service Pack 2) onto my Windows XP CD, so all I had to do was go through the other prompts.

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I procrastinate too much

I got a bunch of stuff coming up next week for all of my classes: two exams and a poem to be memorized. I’m not even close to being prepared. So, I came home after my two classes for today and stumbled onto this site properly named Study Guides and Strategies. I really need to create some good habits now or it’ll just keep getting worse and worse. Possibly, it might pass onto my children if I don’t sow good seeds now. Just something to think about…

Use your keyboard more!

Why go back and forth from mouse to keyboard when you can do quite a few things on the keyboard. That way, you can work faster. Time is money, right?

Here’s a few ones I use most:

  • Ctrl+C: Copy
  • Ctrl+V: Paste
  • Ctrl+X: Cut
  • Ctrl+Z: Undo
  • Alt+Tab: Switch between applications
  • Windows Key+D: Minimize all windows and view the desktop

In Internet Explorer or Firefox:

  • F6: Move cursor selection to the address bar
  • Ctrl+Enter: Automatically add http:// and .com before and after whatever word you type

In Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Display Properties > Appearance > Effects, then uncheck “Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key“. Then, wherever you see an underlined letter within Windows (like the menus), just press Alt then the corresponding letter…see?

I dont know why, but I felt compelled to write this since there’s been quite a few friends that I see use the mouse when they don’t have to. You know who you are…

Late night homework cram session

I have a lot of homework I need to do by tomorrow. Lots of reading, a two-page paper to type up, a bunch of accounting problems…just a lot of stuff.

I had some things to do before 10pm. But after that, I went to Starbucks to get a Venti Non-fat No-whip Mocha, then headed for Denny’s in hopes to keep awake for at least three hours. The waitress got me a nice quiet table near the back.

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HSH

(That The title means home sweet home.)

Things are fine, except I left my cell phone charger in the hotel room. I called and hopefully they can find it and send it to me. At least I realized it now rather than tomorrow, so they’re aware of it.