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GIMP – Edit multiple files in a single window

Posted in Gimp, Workflow with tags , , on March 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Gimp LogoI recently discovered a bug in GIMP: whenever you edit multiple files with GIMP, if the program is NOT already opened, you will get as many windows as files you asked to edit. Not really desirable.

Here’s how to fix this problem:

GIMP, always numero uno

1. First, start GIMP.

2. Then select all the files you wish to edit.

3. Edit your selection with GIMP.

Gimp will then open all the files in tabs WITHIN GIMP instead of separate windows. Problem solved!



How to leave good messages

Posted in How to, Workflow with tags , , , , on July 30, 2013 by Sirusdark

Here are some VERY simple guidelines that will make you a hero for those who listen to your messages.

First, 3 rules, then a few steps to be followed in a PRECISE ORDER.


Rule number ONE

Speak clearly, even slower than usual.

Rule number TWO

Speak in a language that will be understood by the person you’re calling AND the person who may take the message.

Rule number THREE

Make sure it is LESS than 30 seconds; practice in your head BEFORE calling.


Follow exactly these steps, in this specific order:

1. WHO –  Say your FULL name

2. WHO – Say what company you’re from or on behalf of (skip if  not applicable)

3. CONTACT – Say how to contact you (e-mail, phone number, extension, etc.)

4. REPEAT – ALWAYS repeat TWICE  your contact details. Speak freakin’ slowly damn it. Repeat TWICE (See what I did there?)

5. SUBJECT – Say WHY you’re calling and/or why you need to be called back (or not)

That’s it! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be amazed that people actually call you back or follow up on your messages.



NOTE: I could have written a ten time longer article explaining each points, but that would kill the purpose of an easy to read how-to. If you WANT more details, lemme know. I have very good reason for EACH. Trust me. :D

Launch any program from the “Run…” prompt

Posted in Windows, Workflow on June 5, 2013 by Sirusdark

In my eternal quest for increased computer efficiency (that is, to minimize mouse usage) I wondered how I could launch programs via the Run… prompt only.

Binding keyboard shortcuts for each application is one way to go, but requires coding, registry hacks (see reference) or use of third party application.

The solution I’ve found is quite simple (as usual), doesn’t require any coding and takes only a few seconds to enable a program to be launched from the Run… prompt. Here’s how:

1. Create a shortcut of the application you wish to run quickly,
2. name it exactly the way you’ll type it to launch it,
3. then move that shortcut in your Windows system folder.

In Microsoft Windows OS, the Windows folder is not hard to find:


Once the shortcut is there, simply launch the Run… prompt (WinKey+R or START -> Run…), type the name of the shortcut and voilà!