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[ZenKey] Suggestions, tricks, thoughts, for the minimalist

  1. #11


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Here is a trick to amuse you O insignificant neophyte. If the path is broken, only the wise know whence to follow. If the door cannot be seen, and the gatekeeper cannot be found, only those with the key shall enter.

    Thou abhorrest the sight of shortcuts and their gaudy signposts. So be it. Thou hast a memory, which is yours alone. Use it well to cast a cloak of invisibility over that which repels you, but beware, the memory also trickest those who rely most heavily upon it. Therefore, like the grand sages of old, document your actions to safeguard against your frailties.

    That that you despise the most, you must obtain mastery over. Let us create a shortcut on your desktop that gives you mastery over the very depths of the great spirit of WinOS, CMD.EXE. We shalt then empower the shortcut to do all possible magicks to its limits, and then cloak it so that none but yourself know its whereabouts nor its power. Likewise, a similar cloak may be used to hide a folder on a path to your innermost secrets.

    Cast the common charm right-click in a place where none exists on your desktop, and select the element new by pressing w. Type the incantation cmd and cast the spell of <enter> twice. (If you have shielded the view of desktop icons, thou must remove the charm right-click, v, up, <enter>, else enter the realm of your desktop using the path of the file explorer to witness your works.)

    When you espy the cmd icon it hath a black likeness to the console of DOS, but there the likeness ends. The console of DOS requires the incantation command in its stead. The differences between them are both subtle and great. Perform again the charm right-click, up, <enter>, then <alt>+d, <spacebar>, <enter> to add the potency of an administrator to cmd.

    To cloak the icon in invisibility, select <alt>+c, type imageres.dll, <enter>, <tab>, <tab>, <right>, <right>, <right>, <enter>. Create a shortcut key <alt>+k and here you must make your choice, but for arguments sake, press = to create the shortcut key <ctrl>+<alt>+=. Apply and save then close the properties window.
    The icon is invisible, only the shortcut remains. Let it be.
    Rename the file with an invisible name. This is often accomplished with the charm of <Alt>+0160 on the numerical keypad with the num lock on, but there are darker means to that end:
    Click image for larger version

    Having created the no-break space in lieu of a filename, an orphaned shortcut arrow sits on your desktop.
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    Your task, O green Tadpole, is to discover the means to remove that last remnant of tangibility from the desktop, and all other shortcuts, with the help of the great grand master Brink on the Sevenforums.

    Perhaps later, a lesson in environmental control may be in order, but now I must attend the tea ceremony.

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  2. #12


    In the meantime I'll get the incense lit.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    In the meantime I'll get the incense lit.
    Looks like I'm not the only one confused by this kung-fu-pooter thread. I can almost see David Carradine in the background as the tadpoles speak.
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  4. #14


    LOL! Oh I'm not confused. This thread is taking on a whole new motif. "Computing in kung-fu prose". I'm digging it!

    As soon as they get finished, I'll make the shortcut(s).
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    LOL! Oh I'm not confused. This thread is taking on a whole new motif. "Computing in kung-fu prose". I'm digging it!

    As soon as they get finished, I'll make the shortcut(s).
    I wasn't being disrespectful. Admittedly, at first I thought Win8fait reminded me of someone else here awhile back.
    Then I realized he is serious. I've been following it since because it is interesting. But they add a lot of confusion by using the kung-fu talk.

    If they would make it simple by not making everyone decipher the kung-fu. I could see this as a popular thread with more members being interested if it, trying it, discovering and sharing shortcuts etc. with everyone.

    I will look into it also but ...
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  6. #16


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I thought it would be fun to play along, but wait until Win8fait returns, and see what happens. You are all welcome to ask for clarification of any points, and I will try to edit the posts to make them clearer where you find problems with my mock mystic verbiage.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    I wasn't being disrespectful.
    I wasn't either and I'm sure they won't take it that way. I really am liking it.

    If they would make it simple by not making everyone decipher the kung-fu.
    Not trying to put one over on you, but strange as it may seem, I understand it.

    @ fafhrd

    Like I said, I understand you. Nice added avatar for the thread mood BTW.

    I'm looking forward for this to continue.
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  8. #18


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Help Win8fait choose his gong sounds:
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=go...m=122&ie=UTF-8

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Thanks HG Ah, the thumb of destiny points to the heavens and raises our dreams and our prayers to the gods, but the fist of fury strikes down and crushes our enemies without mercy. Who knows which is which...?
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  9. #19


    Does it have to be a gong? I'm kind of partial to this one. It's a h8er booting up 8.1.

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  10. #20


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Huge thanks for the wonderful contributions, guys, but may I gently remind both David B. and HippsieG. of the minimalist sentiments of the OP's thread.

    I will replay HGs sound track a few more times (ad nauseam springs to mind) to see if it can attune with my zen (which is so sensitive it can hear the sound of half a hand clapping on the wings of a butterfly in Venezuela, and watch the propagation of the influence of the unfortunate strike until a tropical Indian Ocean typhoon emerges to eventually dissipate without landfall, some 17 years later.)

    Whilst I contemplate this simple matter, and flagellate my unworthy torso with vines from the grapple plant to gain a higher level of understanding, I shall dwell upon David Bs solution to the sleep problem, with my eyes closed so I shall not be distracted, nor tempted, by the richness of the colours of his properties dialog for the Sleep solution. I shall also concentrate on the higher path to growing a third middle finger, having only been blessed with two.
    I am soooo... unworthy.

    Hey, post 600 - only 66 left before you know what!
    Last edited by fafhrd; 12 Sep 2013 at 16:34. Reason: David could I not use the keys Ctrl+z+Alt with the hand I am not clapping with, elsewhere?
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