Fastest way to delete a folder with a large amount of files

The quickest way is a two line batch file with a first pass to delete files and outputs to nul to avoid the overhead of writing to screen for every singe file. A second pass then cleans up the remaining directory structure:
del /f/s/q foldername > nul
rmdir /s/q foldername

As always be careful but this works fast and easy.

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True facts about the Mantis Shrimp

Here is an informational and funny as hell video about the Mantis Shrimp.

Link to the video

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MX, DNS, Blacklist, and SMTP troubleshooting

All of your MX record, DNS, blacklist and SMTP diagnostics in one integrated tool.  Input a domain name or IP Address or Host Name.Links in the results will guide you to other relevant tools and information.  And you’ll have a chronological history of your results. This is a nice little tool.

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Warriors of the Net

Here is a great video to explain the path a packet travels to bring you information on the Internet.

Warriors of the Net


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Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 Released

The purpose of this tool is to help software developers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and IT Professionals better understand changes in Windows systems’ attack surface resulting from the installation of new applications.

You can download it here.

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Solo Flight

I finally soloed on July 30th, 2012. It was the most amazing feeling ever. It’s hard to describe but I can say it was the best day of my life.


Video file is here

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Disable a linux firewall

Here is how to check and disable the linux firewall.

service iptables status

service iptables stop

chkconfig iptables off

Now of course it’s better to leave them on and open ports but if you have a firewall in front of your systems or for troubleshooting this can help. Enjoy!

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iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?

Here is a link to an article on TUAW that lists a nice primer on what types of things you can say to SIRI on the iPhone 4s. If you know of any others please let me know and I will be sure to list them here as well.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

A great read about 15 things we should let go of in life so that we may be truly happy. Take a few minutes to read it and change your life.

Link to the article

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Kulula is a low-cost, South-African airline that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Make sure you read all to the end! The narrative is a classic. They must train with Westjet.



Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg . Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”

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