The Notepad trick

There is a good reason Notepad has survived through all iterations of Windows. It is the best tool for clearing formatting!

For example, copying text from a webpage to Word will often keep the formatting (color, size and so on) but copying it to Notepad first and then re-copying it to the other editor clears the formatting completely.

I call this “The Notepad Trick” and I use it all the time so I thought it would be a good idea to pay homage to good ol’ Notepad.

Here is a direct copy between two Google Docs documents:

Google Docs copy text

Notice how the headline is the same size. Sometimes one might not want this. Here is the same copy with Notepad as a middle step:

Copy with Notepad as middle step

The formatting is all cleared, yay!

By the way, the trick is also described elsewhere.


Unix tools on Windows

The other day, I set out on a journey to get many of the wonderful Unix tools running on Windows in something that resembles a terminal. In case you did not know, you can come a very long way by installing msysgit. It includes a terminal called Git Bash and all the common Unix tools such as sed, grep, awk, perl, find and so on. It also includes an ssh client and curl. I have been using this for about a year now and it is quite convenient when you are forced to work on a Windows machine. I know Windows has Powershell but… I just do not like it.

Git Bash


Licenses continued

Well, kudos to Microsoft for their Bizspark program. It is intended to help small business by providing free Microsoft products. It’s a good way to try and get developers to start using their products. Thanks to that, I now have access to Windows and Visual Studio for free. Our intentions are still to use all open source tools by the end of our first year but for now we are forced to work in the a-bit-too-feature-rich-and-slow Visual Studio.

That’s life.