A Windows hack to NOT perform

Add Copy To / Move To to the Windows Explorer Right Click Menu :: the How-To Geek.

I tried this hack. It’s also done by several shareware programs if you don’t want to muck with the Windows registry. But it’s really screwed up my file associations in some cases, and made SAS nearly impossible to run from batch. Several operations that should flow smoothly bring up the copy or move to dialogues instead.

For me, the convenience of the commands is not offset by the disruption the hack causes. To undo it, go to the registry settings he talks about in the dialogue and simply delete the Copy To and Move To folders (not just their keys). Leave Send To alone.

I wonder when the 12 step program will come out

Suffering From Discomgoogolation? You Are Not Aloneā€¦.

I do this as well, but I try to catch myself. Mostly, it’s a realization that I can’t distract myself from boredom, if necessary. A smaller part is that I won’t be able to “Google” (i.e. research) some vital piece of information when I need it.

Early cancer detection

I never thought I would see the day where I would call a piece written by David Gorski (aka Orac — I guess it’s good form to associate the two now since he’s blogging under his true name at Science-Based Medicine) well-written.

But here it is: his description on the difficulties of disentangling the effectiveness of early detection in cancer in treatment and prognosis is well written and worth a read. The comments, however, seem to degenerate into a “discussion” about whether “pre-moderns” had cancer.

I like the new Firefox

It has a cleaner interface and seems to be a lot faster. Check it out, if you dare! (I’m using 3.0b4 right now.)

Google has a patent search!

Sweet. Any guesses as to which patent I searched for first?

Pzizz

Pzizz is a strange-sounding name of a very useful software product that guides you into a nap or full-fledged sleep, depending on which option you pick. You can either play it from the computer, or export a “nap” track to mp3 and copy it over to your digital music player. The program is for Windows and Mac.

Let me tell you something. You can get both the sleep and energizer (daytime nap) modules together for $50. Find the money and spend it on this product, especially if you have a stressful job (such as taking care of a newborn or making a difficult deadline), or if you have insomnia.

I use the sleep module much more than the daytime nap module, though I do use the daytime nap on occasion. I actually have a lot of trouble going to sleep at night, or at least I did. For example, last night I was exhausted from a full week of work, but my mind was racing too much from the week’s events. I laid in bed for about an hour, and sleep was nowhere in sight. I popped a Pzizz sleep track onto my music player and fell asleep in about 15 minutes. I could feel my mind slowing down and getting ready for sleep as the track was playing.

The technology used by Pzizz is two-fold: the use of music (including, I think, binaural beats) and Ericksonian hyponotic language (part of NLP(Neuro-Linguistic Programming)) to guide you from waking state to sleep and, in the case of the energizer tracks, back to waking. You can choose to keep the voice or not to have one at all, or adjust the relative volume of the voice and music to suit you personal taste. You can also choose stereo and mono, but who would want the mono voice?

In total, I’ve spent $60 on this product, and it has returned much more than that to me. It’s worth twice the price they charge for it. If you’re not pzizzing, give it a try!