Saturday, July 25, 2015

How to add “Open with Foxit Reader” to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer

I use two excellent PDF reader applications on my Windows systems, PDF-XChange Viewer and Foxit Reader, but there isn’t a  top-level context menu entry (right-click menu item) in Windows Explorer for the latter application.

As is my wont, to save you some time and effort, here’s a “how to” explanation that you can use to do the same (and the same approach, with minor modifications, can be used for opening file types other than PDF documents).

The following screenshot shows the end result, the Open with Foxit Reader context menu entry, achieved after just a little bit of tinkering with the Windows registry:


There Open with PDF-XChange Viewer was already there (created by the installer), but unfortunately the Installer for Foxit Reader doesn’t add such an entry (Foxit Software, take note, and add this to you installer).

Of course, I’m assuming that you are already suitably familiar with using the registry editor in Windows. (If not, get somebody who is familiar to do it for you.)


  1. Expand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT hive entry.
  2. Locate and expand the shell key
  3. Right=click on the shell key and create a new key called Open with Foxit Reader
  4. Right-click on “Open with Foxit Reader” and create a new sub-key called command
  5. Double-click on the (default)value and enter (exactly) the following data string as highlighted in green:

        "C:\Program Files (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\FoxitReader.exe" "%1"

As soon as you’ve completed step 5 you should find that the desired context menu entry is immediately available to use (as demonstrated in the first screenshot to open The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking). Not too difficult, eh?

Note that the above worked for me, under Windows 8.1 and details might vary a little for prior versions of Windows. Get a few more ideas from articles like this one one from How-To Geek.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Generate your mission statement

Now there’s no excuse not to have a mission statement for your organization, whether a giant corporation of a one-man band …

Mission Statement Generator


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Group illusion – The missing man. A baker's dozen?

An interesting visual puzzle. Watch the group of people at play.

How many people do you see?
Wait a few moments (repeating cycle).

After the people shift places, count them again!
shifting people

Given up? … Look here for a detailed explanation.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Things to do with tomorrow’s leap second (30 June 2015)

Network World is really on the ball with this opportunity!

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second (for 30 June 2015)


Screen capture of the UTC clock from
during the UTC leap second,
on June 30, 2012, 23:59:60.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?

Am I a daredevil, self-saboteur, ostrich, chicken or perfectionist? I was going to find out by working my way through this infographic but I’ll leave it until tomorrow, perhaps.

It’s a flowchart to let you determine why and how you procrastinate – but so far I haven’t gotten around to working my way through it.

It’s probably worthwhile, though, as it points out:

“Sadly, procrastination is part of life. We, as humans, tend to want to put off what we can do later. In small doses, procrastination won’t hurt much, other than possibly making you lose a little bit of sleep if you stay up late to finish the job. But if it becomes a habit, it can lead to losing a job or, if you own your own business, the end of it.”

Yawn …  Mañana is soon enough for me as Peggy Lee puts it:

ATTRIBUTION: "Mañana" - Peggy Lee and the David Barbour Quartet, 1950. From “The Snader Telescriptions”. Copyright 2011 Peggy Lee Associates, LLC, under exclusive license to South Bay Music, LLC.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

Why is everyone supposedly in such a rush to learn their first (or another) programming language?

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

“The conclusion is that either people are in a big rush to learn about programming, or that programming is somehow fabulously easier to learn than anything else.“

I just revisited this essay by Peter Norvig, written in 2001 it looks like, but timeless in its pointedness and veracity.

Go read it. Laugh, cry, enjoy.

While you’re in this abstract frame of mind, be sure to visit Abstruse Goose:

How to Teach Yourself Programming
The Creation – Part 1
The Creation – Part 2
    and lots more

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested

I’ve closed my company Asia/Pacific Computer Services and am getting close to retirement from the IT industry. Having started at IBM Australia in January 1970 I doubt if I’ll reach the 50-year mark, but I’ve had a pretty long innings.

I’m still trying to keep my hand in with Notes/Domino. Every month or two over the last half year I’ve made a number of attempts to install IBM Domino and Notes 9.0 then and more recently the 9.0.1 versions. Note that this is a “virgin” installation, with no baggage left behind from earlier versions of Notes.

I reckoned that I had been sitting on Notes/Domino 8.5.3 for far too long, and that I’d have the typical smooth and painless upgrade to the next version.

The Domino server installation went swimmingly, no problems whatsoever,

However I’ve never managed to get the Notes Designer/Admin Client to install. It always reaches close to the end, as shown by the progress bar, then complains that the “RCP Base plug-in not found” followed by a roll-back of the installation:


Despite all my research (at the IBM Support website and everywhere else I could think of), I’ve not been able to get an understanding of what has been going wrong and how to overcome the stalemate.

I didn’t ever experience this problem with Notes 8.5.3. … What on earth is going wrong?

Your comments, suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated (if polite)!.

Windows 8.1 64-bit system. I always install Domino and Notes on a non—system drive, let’s call it the G: drive, with plenty of free disk space (this helps minimize the space needed for my daily backup of the system drive). Latest version of 32-bit Java installed.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

English, as she was and is spoken

Whether or not English is your first language, or perhaps your second or third one, I’m sure that you’ll learn a lot about the origins, the spread and the current usage of the language from the following excellent Vox article by Libby Nelson:

25 maps that explain the English language

“Fifty-eight countries have English as an official language. This doesn't include most of the biggest English-speaking countries — the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom don't have official languages. This map shows where English is either the official or the dominant language. Particularly in Africa, it also doubles as a fairly accurate map of British colonial history.”