Launch Applications without the Programs Menu in Windows XP

I found this article from Webby’s World » The ‘Quicker’ Run Cheat via Lifehacker. Using the Win+R function is quite handy and I use it, but not in the way described in the article. I type the full path of a few programs that I use regularly and access them using the history feature in the Run window. By using the up and down arrow keys, I can find the one I want quickly.

I had not thought of making application shortcuts and entering those in the Run window. It adds some flexibility, allowing you to launch more programs. Also, you can launch most files, documents and folders this way. Just make the shortcut go to the file that you want instead of the program.

If I was doing it for myself, though, I would do it a little differently. I would create a special directory, such as c:\shortcuts and add the special directory to the system path. The shortcuts don’t have to be in c:\windows, they just need to be in the system path. I dislike adding files in the Windows directory because there is usually tons of “garbage” there already. As long as you don’t have too many shortcuts, this method works well.

There are are many ways to accomplish the same thing. At work, I use Google Desktop to run programs and I enabled the Quick Launch bar so I can access it by pressing the control key twice. It works fairly well but this is not its primary task and it doesn’t always show what you want right away. For example, it can’t seem to find IrfanView unless I type i_view32. However, Google Desktop will show all your files as well and you don’t have to explicitly create shortcuts for them.

At home, I use a program called Launchy. It does not index all the files on your computer. Only the Start Menu is indexed by default but you can make Launchy index any directory that you want. I would suggest indexing Word and Excel files in the My Documents directory and you could open them just by typing the file name.

I have tried similar programs such as FindRun Robot but I don’t really need all the options they provide. I just want something simple to index the Start menu and the Desktop. It doesn’t hurt that Launchy looks nicer, too.


Ric Flair…

He’s still wrestling?  Isn’t he 102?  I thought he was too old ten years ago.

E-Mail warnings: How do I find out if this is true or not?

I was asked about this Tim Horton’s e-mail a few days ago.

Are you a Non- Smoker or Against smoking all together? Do you ever wonder why you have to have your coffee every morning?

A man from Arkansas came up to Canada for a visit only to find himself in the hospital after a couple of days. Doctor’s told him that he had suffered of cardiac arrest. He was allergic to nicotine. The man did not understand why that would have happened as he does not smoke knowing full well he was allergic to Nicotine. He told the doctor that he had not done anything different while he was on vacation other than having Tim Horton’s coffee. The man then went back to Tim Horton’s and asked what was in their coffee. Tim Horton’s refuses to divulge that information. After threatening legal action, Tim Horton’s finally admitted…


A girl I know was on the patch to quit smoking. After a couple of days she was having chest pains and was rushed to the hospital. The doctor told her that she was on a Nicotine overload. She swore up and down that she had not been smoking. SHE WAS HAVING HER COFFEE EVERY MORNING. Now imagine a woman who quits smoking because she finds out that she is pregnant, but still likes to have her Tim Horton’s once in a while. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG…YOU MIGHT SEE THIS ON THE NEWS SOON.

Of course, there are many things wrong with this.

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Another Zooomr Picture

I was experimenting a little with this picture. I put the camera on the ground to take the picture. I had no idea how it would turn out as it was sunny and I couldn’t see the display.

Peggy's CovePeggy’s Cove Hosted on Zooomr

I’ve been trying to get a pro account at Zooomr but it isn’t working for some reason. They are giving them away right now if you host a picture on your blog.

Edit: There we go. Maybe it didn’t like that I had a flickr picture in the same post.

Online Picture Sharing – Shall I continue beating a dead horse?

My wife and I recently went on a trip to Nova Scotia to visit my sister. Here’s a picture on the first day. I have many more, but I’m not sure where I’m going to post them yet. I have a flickr account, but I already have about 150 pictures there and don’t want to hide the Mexico pictures (I know, if I paid, the 200 picture limit wouldn’t be an issue on flickr but I don’t use it enough to justify the cost).

This one is located at and I may put them all there. I like the geotagging aspect of zooomr and I’ll have to investigate some more.

Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove 1A Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove 1A Hosted on Zooomr

I also like the trackback feature. I would like to know why this flickr picture has more than twice as many views any other ones.

Pop the Balloons!