How-To's and Tutorials

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Code Signing from Explorer Context Menu using SignTool and Hstart

After Windows Vista came out, many developers started to use code signing certificates to digitally sign their software and installation packages. This tutorial describes how to add a context menu to Windows Explorer to quickly sign executable files and DLL’s on a development workstation. The result looks like the following screenshot:

Add digital signature

SignTool is a command-line utility that digitally signs files, verifies signatures in files, or time stamps files. It is available as part of the Windows SDK which can be downloaded from Microsoft website. The command line looks like the following:

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Optimize Images from Explorer Context Menu using PNGOUT and Hstart

You can speed up your website and lower your bandwidth costs by making your image files smaller. PNGOUT is the most commonly used image optimization tool. It is a simple command-line utility without any GUI. This tutorial describes how to make it easier to use it from a Windows environment by adding an "Optimize with PNGOUT" option to the Explorer context (right-click) menu.

Optimize with PNGOUT

I prefer PNGOUT as it produces smaller image files than other PNG optimizers. If you want, you can replace it with PNGCRUSH or OptiPNG and use them in the same way.

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Perform Automatic Backups using Hstart, 7-Zip and WinSCP

Most people think about backups only after losing their data due to a hard drive failure or a foolish mistake. I use 7-Zip for my backup scenarios as it is very flexible and all of its features can be accessed from the command line. 7-Zip is best used for backing up documents or projects with tons of text files.

Backup is completed successfully!

This tutorial describes how to write a simple backup scenario into a batch file. The backup must have a proper name, be password protected and automatically uploaded to a web host.

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