How to create a shortcut to safely eject devices

Just right click anywhere in a folder select New->Shortcut.

As the path to the shortcut, write this:

%windir%\system32\RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll


Now, whenever you double-click that shortcut, it will open up the “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog.

You can actually do better by selecting “Properties” from the context menu of the shortcut, and assigning a hotkey for it. Now, you don’t need to search for the icon in the system tray. You just have to press a hotkey. Hope it increases your productivity a little bit. 🙂


By the way, you can also execute the path above programmatically to get the “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog.

Run Dialog on Windows Mobile

imageI learned this very neat trick last summer; however, a couple of months ago I couldn’t find the information again. Now that’ I’ve found it again, I wanted to share it here so that I do not lose it 🙂

By using a key combination, you can actually make the Run dialog which we are all accustomed to, to show up on Windows Mobile too.

It is really like the one on Windows, and you can add command-line parameters too. (like the one in the picture; you can open IE with a predefined address)

Hold the Action hardware button and then tap and hold the time display at the top right of the screen. When you release the stylus, a menu will popup. Select the Run option and there it is! Enter the full path of any executable on the device with any parameters you may like to give.

Project Natal – Revolutionary Control System for XBox 360

You are the Controller!

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Project Natal allows the players to get into interaction with the game by not playing it with a controller, but by being the controller itself! Read the rest of this entry »