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Olivier Travers

Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Serial Expat and Entrepreneur

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How to Find & Open Any File In a Jiffy with Launchy + Everything + Dopus

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:00:51 +0000

Here’s a quick animated gif showing how I use Launchy to send scoped searches to Everything, leading to opening folders in Directory Opus or files in their associated app. To do this I have created a Runner command in Launchy: name: f Program: C:/Program Files/Everything/Everything.exe Arguments: -s ” $$” -filter $$ -sort Path Notice the two sets of […]

Interesting Design Pattern: Content Organized by Date

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:24:37 +0000

I’ve noticed in several apps and sites lately that the way they organize content based on date metadata ends up being pretty convenient. What these apps have in common is that you can interact with any given type of content said apps are specialized in based on when that interaction happened, not other common properties such as file name or […]

Using Docker Instead of Vagrant for Web Dev on a Windows PC

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:25:24 +0000

I started using Vagrant to develop Linux-based websites on my Windows desktop in 2014, as an upgrade from running XAMPP. At the time there were significant practical differences between Vagrant and Docker, but since then they’ve been moving towards each other – functionally if not in strict architectural terms – as Docker Inc. has been gobbling components with the […]

PhpStorm Integration & Productivity Tips for Windows-Hosted PHP Dev [Visual Guide]

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:46:17 +0000

Along with my recent move from Vagrant to Docker I decided to revisit a number of tooling choices that I hadn’t second-guessed in a couple of years. The best new mousetrap I adopted after that review is PhpStorm, an IDE that manages to include a huge amount of features and integration capabilities without feeling bloated. […]

Microsoft Outlook As A Platform – Take 2: From the Desktop to the Web

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:53:37 +0000

This 2004 entry was updated from the 2016 vantage point. Keep reading to the bottom for entertaining archaeology and to see how Microsoft is now making a real effort at integrating with modern web apps. Updates 09/27/16 – New Outlook partner integrations help you extend your email capabilities. This makes desktop Outlook both a web-enabled app and […]

Favorite New Office 2016 Feature: Tell Me

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:23:33 +0000

“Tell Me” is Microsoft’s infamous Clippy finally done right, and somehow I hadn’t paid attention until very recently. It gives unobtrusive help when you need it, focused on task completion rather than teaching you how to use the software. It’s got a strong Getting Things Done ethos to it. This feature, summoned with the Alt+Q […]

Geopolitical Tectonic Movements: Watch the Mediterranean & Beyond

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:03:34 +0000

Note: this entry was originally published in February 2015, with ongoing updates and edits since then. Though the daily ebbs and flows of the news cycle may make it seem like some of these issues – like the Greek debt crisis – have been resolved, in reality these are deep-seated problems that continue to simmer […]