Sunday 16 February 2014

Gallery updates

I finally got a few hours to backup my camera and start pushing some of the latest pictures to my gallery. At the same time I noticed that Smugmug (on July 30th of last year) updated their themes. I must say I'm very happy with the refresh, even if I'm taking it about six months late. The latest albums to go up include the trip Fran and I took to The New Forest last July.

My favourite merge tools

When updating my user profile I lost some configuration settings which of course I had to go lookup again. I thought I would write them here for reference (mainly mine!). I like using the Perforce p4merge tool rather than the stock diff/merge tools and find this to be one of my favourites with BeyondCompare my second favourite and top choice for comparing directories. P4merge is great as you can install just the merge client when running the installer skipping out on the Perforce client and get this great merge tool (for free) even if you aren't using Perforce as your VCS.

I have included commands for TortoiseGit here but with minor adjustments they should apply to most VCS tools:

Diff viewer: C:\Program Files\Perforce\p4merge.exe %base %mine
Merge tool: C:\Program Files\Perforce\p4merge.exe %base %theirs %mine %merged

Windows 8.1 - won't upgrade if you move your profile directory

Yesterday I setup my computer user profile again after upgrading to Windows 8.1 from 8.0 as and got caught by a little issue where if you prefer to have your documents and profile on another disk and have it linked it essentially blocks Windows from upgrading. So I abandoned my NTFS symlink for re-pointing the various Libraries (which is apparently the way you are supposed to do this now). Anyway, I decided to just copy several chunks of settings from the AppData on an as needed basis across which has worked out rather well.

The biggest challenge I had was finding where all my application list went. I finally found the subtle arrow below the first column of icons that will give you your full "Programs" list. I must say I do like that they merged the search. It was driving me nuts typing in "settings" related commands and having to then click on the settings search to see them.