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Launchy is Love

Feb. 6th, 2007 | 02:04 pm

I've been using Launchy for a few months, and have fallen completely in love with it. I've completely abandoned my start and quick launch menu's. On my work PC and my laptop it's mapped to alt-spacebar, and when I'm on my fife's computer I hit the combination *every single time* before I complain and find the program.

Launchy is a utility that lets you launch programs by typing in their name, or just a little bit of it. If I want to open query analyzer I hit alt-space, "que", and enter. If it happened to be the tool that started with Q that I used the most, eventually I could just type "q" and have it launch.

Launchy recently went to a 1.0 release and introduced the one feature I had wished it had, and another one I didn't even know I wanted and am in love with.

In addition to program launching it can now launch folders. So if I want to get to my temp directory, instead of finding an explorer window and navigating there I can type alt-enter, "c:" tab, "my" tab, enter, and I'm in "c:\mytemp".

The other addition was to integrate web searches into the tool. So now to do a wikipedia search I hit alt-space, "wik" tab, "super bowl shuffle", and I'm there (result). alt-space "imd" tab, "han solo" tab (result). alt-space "g" tab, "nutritional heuristics". (result) Well you get the idea.

Sure, that's all functionality I already have built into my firefox, but I prefer to stay on my keyboard as much as possible. And saving even a few keystrokes an operation can really add up over the course of a day.

So if you're on windows, give it a shake. It's swell.

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Now that's what I call a policy

Feb. 6th, 2007 | 10:48 pm

Went to Albertson's to get some pull ups. We have no brand loyalty between Huggies and Pampers, but have had little success with store brands. Pampers have the best sale going on right now, so I pick those up.

    List Price: 16.49
    Sale Price: 12.99
    Price that came up when I checked out: 14.99

I was at the self checkout. I love self checkout, but that's a topic for another post. I canceled my transaction and headed back to make sure I had grabbed the right thing. All was in order, so I headed back to talk to the self checkout attendant. I explained what was going on and figured I would check out and he would subtract the difference. "If it rings up higher than the posted price it's free," he said. "Huh?" I said, fairly confident in what I heard but not quite believing it.

Clerk heads back and checks it out, and he verifies it's wrong. *whisper whisper* between clerk and management, and he hands me the pull ups and says "Here you go."

"Really?" I said.


"Would it be completely unethical of me to buy 5 more?". He stared at me like a lot of people who don't get my jokes, so I just walked out.

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