Stylize Windows Command Prompt

File this under “trivial, but fun things I was excited to learn.”

Did you know you can change the colors, font, and opacity level of the command prompt on Windows?  Check out how I set mine up (the background design is just my desktop…):

To do this, all you need to do is right click the title bar of your command prompt window and select Properties.  From there you’ll see tabs for fonts, colors, and opacity.

If you’re up to editing your registry, you can even add extra fonts not initially available.

Have fun!

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Strive for Rest

Rest is underrated.

This is a lesson I’ve known I need to learn for years, but honestly I’m still trying to wrap my mind around exactly how to rest.

You can think of rest in a literal sense – sleeping, laying on the couch with a book or TV, maybe “recharging” is a better word.

Though I do think that is underrated — that’s not the kind of rest I mean.

I’m talking about being at peace with who you are and where you’re at.  I’m also talking about being at peace with waking up tomorrow and knowing that realistically there’s a lot out of your control.

I’m not referring to meditation or mindfulness.  Perhaps those are paths some people take to get to a sense of rest in themselves, but that’s not really where I feel like I belong.

I believe the more that you can wake up satisfied with who you’ve been made to be, who you are, and wherever you may be going — your daily life will be less shakeable.

So don’t forget when you’re working, striving, and toiling to be better, what may be more important is being satisfied if none of those things work out.  Always work for them, but don’t pin your life, hopes, and streams on striving for wind that isn’t under your command.

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Failure and Setbacks

I like to see myself as successful.

When I tell my story – I’m the hero.  An underdog, well traveled, experienced in adversity, conqueror of all hard times.  That story eventually brings us to today, and whichever that day is I’m supposed to be great.

Except when I’m not, because on occasion I’m not successful.  Especially when I’m very aware of the fact that I’ve failed, and there’s nothing I can do about it.  I’m not very great then.

The rest of this post is how I work through that.

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Where Faking It Stops

A favorite expression of us in the entertainment industry is “fake it ’til you make it”.

I used to be a huge fan of this phrase.  Today, I’m losing a lot of my old appreciation for it.

Two reasons:

  1. If you’re learning, then by nature you don’t really know what you’re doing.  If you knew what you were doing, you wouldn’t be learning.  So I’m always trying to “fake it”.
  2. At some points, you can’t really fake it.  You either know it or you don’t.  If you need to know your stuff, people who do know it will know you don’t.

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Work Ethic

I literally just ran across a video on YouTube that I want to share with you.

I usually hate videos like this (here’s how a bunch of famous people did something that you should do if you want to become famous!).  The summation of this video is “if you want results, work harder and more creatively than everyone else”.

But I believe in a lot (not all) of this.

Let me share some thoughts and stats with you to give you a more accurate picture…

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What I Learned From Writing a Book

It’s been a really crazy week for me.  Among other things, I published my first ebook on Monday.  It was a pretty huge accomplishment for me and people have been extremely nice with their feedback.

I learned a ton in the process, and I know some of you have the desire to ship a book of your own.  Here’s what I can give you insight on…

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Go grab my first book!

Begin Audio Scripting with Reaper is officially up for download today, for free!  You can go grab it right now – go go go!

If you’re an audio professional who has entertained dabbling in coding but never gotten super serious, this book is for you!  It serves as a starting point, teaching some basic programming concepts by walking you through making custom actions in Reaper with the Lua language.

I hope you enjoy it and get some good things out of it!  Go grab your copy now.

Copyright 2016-2017, Adam T. Croft, all rights reserved.

Saying Thanks

If you don’t know already, I have a free book that you can currently pre-order which ships on Monday, July 12th.

Quite a few people have contributed to that book in one way or another over the many months I’ve spent writing, compiling, and editing the content.  I put up a message thread on Twitter yesterday thanking most of them, and I’d like to elaborate on those thanks here.  Hopefully, you’ll find some new people to follow and useful information for yourself!

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Hooking Visual Studio to Unity

The more I’m using Visual Studio, the more I actually really like it.  I found another super useful hook in it this week that I want to share with you.

If you’re working with Unity a lot (like I am as I’m writing this), you can actually hook the Unity debugger to Visual Studio’s debugger.  This allows you to really easily step through code and use all of VS’s toolset to figure out what’s really happening in Unity.

To do this, first jump into Visual Studio Installer and modify your current installation:

Then select to include Game Development with Unity in your installation:

Then after a restart, once Visual Studio and a Unity project are both running use the following menu:

Debug > Attach Unity Debugger

Visual Studio will then connect up to your Unity project and you’ll be able to debug directly from Visual Studio!

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Get my new book – free!

Are you an audio professional?  Have you thought “it’d be pretty cool if I knew how to program…”?

Well, I’m giving you a starting point to learn, and make some really awesome stuff!

Today you can sign up to get my first book – Begin Audio Scripting with Reaper – completely free.  Sign up using the previous link via the “Pre-Order Now” button.

Once you do, you’ll have it in your email inbox by June 12th.

Check it out, and share with your friends!

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