How to get Spaces and Expose on Windows

I’ve been a heavy Windows user my entire life. Sure, I’ve played with Linux but since as a profession I develop with Microsoft technologies I’ve always been tethered to the Windows world. I’ve been fortunate that something that was a hobby turned into something I could get paid to do. However, having your hobby as a job takes the hobby out of it!

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Scaling Remote Desktop To Specific Resolution (aka still show your taskbar)

There’s no denying that Remote Desktop is one of the greatest features of Windows. It’s incredibly handy and it’s speed and performance beats VNC and many other remote control solutions in speed and picture quality.

One gripe I have had with Remote Desktop is that I want to be able to connect to my desktop machine (my work laptop) at a resolution which would allow it to be a full size window but NOT full screen. In other words, I want it full screen but still showing MY taskbar. It turns out scaling the window to fit without scrollbars isn’t that difficult; you just can’t do it from the GUI.

Here’s how to pull this off:

  • Configure your remote connection from the GUI as usual.
  • In “Local Resources, make sure that “Apply Windows key combinations” is set to “On the remote computer”.
  • Save the connections settings to a file. Call it for example “MyLaptopRDP.rdp”.
  • Open Notepad and edit the file you just created. Here’s a shortened version of what you’ll see:
screen mode id:i:1
session bpp:i:16
  • Add a new line with this text: “smart sizing:i:1?
  • Change the desktop width and height to what you want (for example I set mine to the laptops 1600×900).
  • Save and quit Notepad. Double click on MyLaptopRDP.rdp (this part is important… you have to use the NEW RDP connection file to launch to get this to work) and now you’ll have an RDP session that fits on your screen but still shows you default machines taskbar. Super sweet!

Easily Access Android SD Card Over WiFi with Samba

This is something so simple that I cannot believe it’s not a part of Android by default. Here’s the deal, mounting your SD card, connecting to your computer, etc is just so 2007. If you have a rooted Android phone (shouldn’t ALL Android phones be rooted?), then you really wanna check out Samba Filesharing.

Whether you’re out and about and you’ve forgotten your USB cord or you just don’t want to be tied down by physical cables, Samba Filesharing is a ridiculously easy way to access your phone’s SD card from a computer. Again, you have to have root access to your phone but if you do simply download the app and type \\ANDROID into Windows Explorer, type in the username and password and bam… browse your SD Card and copy files to/from it just like any other network share.


Android Market



Android Manager WiFi: You Want This

Android Manager WiFi Is a Computer-Based Synchronization and Phone ManagerAndroid Manager WiFi is a Windows-only (sorry mac… I wish it worked on you too!) wireless android management tool for easy file syncing, file browsing, and application management.

I used similar programs to this when I had a Windows Mobile and have been missing it since I switched to android. Android Manager WiFi is a free tool for syncing your Android phone to your Windows PC without tethering it via USB. From within Android Manager WiFi you can sync your contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, and more. In addition to syncing it offers a high level of interactivity. If you’re not a fan of browsing for applications on your phone, Android Manager WiFi offers easy browsing and import from the Windows client. You can also browse received messages and send them from your desktop.

Android Manager WiFi is a free application suite that requires a Windows PC and an Android phone. Visit the link below to download a copy.

Android Manager WiFi [via Addictive Tips]