Scott Hanselman

Transparent Command Prompt in Windows

November 27, '05 Comments [9] Posted in Reviews | XML
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TransparentcommentpromptSince I've been working on my Mac Mini lately, I've been very envious of the various small, but effective, things that make the Mac OS such a wonderful place to be.

The #1 UI thing, for me, has been the transparent terminal window. It's silly, sure, but it's nice. So, I went hunting for one. I knew from my previous hunts for the same thing that it was hard, as Window's Console (cmd.exe) prompt is a different kind of Window than most. I haven't found any transparency programs that would let affect cmd.exe.

I did find this clever hack called Console at Source Forge. It isn't a console itself, rather it's a console shadower. Cmd.exe is still doing the work, but Console has hidden it and is capturing and showing the output itself.

Attached is my console.xml settings file with the colors, font (Consolas), size and transparency settings that I like. File Attachment: console.xml (7 KB) The only thing is that I haven't figured out how to make the window resizable. Otherwise, I've found a nice new command prompt to play with. We'll see if it makes the grade, or if I switch back.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Symlin plus Insulin equals new Diabetes Therapy

November 27, '05 Comments [7] Posted in Diabetes
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SymlinNot only do Type I Diabetics not produce insulin, the hormone that helps takes sugar out of the blood by delivering it to the cells, but we also don't produce amylin, a hormone that controls "gastric emptying." That's the speed that food leaves the gut.

Take a look at the chart to the right. The white line is a diabetic's blood sugar after eating at a buffet and taking insulin. The blood sugar raises dramatically as the diabetic gut digests and empties very fast. The insulin can't react fast enough.

The black line is insulin injected along with Symlin, a synthetic amylin analog.

I just started on Symlin this last week and so far, it's the bomb. I continue to wear the insulin pump to deliver insulin 24-hours a day to my system, but when I eat now I not only program the pump to provide insulin for the meal, but I also take a manual shot. (You can't mix insulin and amylin...yet)

This might sound horrible to you. You have to have a pump AND still take shots? But let me tell you that it's 100% better than having crappy blood sugar. I recently went to the funeral of a friend from high school who was the same age as I, except he'd be diabetic 15 years longer than I. I'd like to stick around as long as I possibly can.

The side effect so far is nausea, because my system hasn't seen amylin in over 10 years, so it's a little surprised. It's like a vegetarian eating meet for the first time in a while; the system reacts and rejects.

Here's some links. Ask your doctor about Symlin if you're a diabetic.

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Cutest Movie Comment Ever

November 25, '05 Comments [4] Posted in Movies
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I finally got around to renting Star Wars III. I'm a fan, but movies I and II were so egregiously bad that I got turned off on the whole thing. Plus, watching the 30-year-old geek stand in line got tiresome. Anyway, this holiday after watching "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (one has to trade one movie for another) we started Star Wars. My wife was asleep within about 10 mins, before anyone had even landed a ship. At the end, as is our routine, I woke her up and started to bring her upstairs. In a sleepy half-conscious place she said:

"Did we ever find out how Anakin becomes C-3PO?"

I love my wife.

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DevRadio Podcast featuring Omar Shahine and I on DasBlog

November 24, '05 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog
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This is a little late, but Joe Stagner has finally uploaded a Podcast that Omar and I did with him. The subject is largely DasBlog, but we chat about lots of stuff. Joe didn't have time to edit it, so it's very rough, and there's a number of places where we actually talk about "oh, you can edit that out, right?" However, it's still interesting enough

I've added the interview as an enclosure to this post, so if you're using FeedDemon or other RSS Readers that automatically download Podcasts you may already have it waiting for you. Joe's original post is here.

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20% off Acronis TrueImage

November 23, '05 Comments [12] Posted in Musings
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I just bought Acronis TrueImage for disk/parition image backups to my Iomega Rev Drive. It was between TrueImage and Ghost, and I just liked the feel of TrueImage better. It runs (not sure how) without having to boot off a CD, possibly using the Volume Shadow stuff?

The receipt included a 20% of coupon that's good for the next 3 weeks. Feel free to use it. The coupon makes it only $39! It might be a one-time use, but the receipt said "You can even send this offer to a friend." So, n number of your where n could be 1, or 1 or more will get this discount.

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