Ron Sparks Author, Poet


Windows 7 “Command Prompt Here”


Before Windows 7, I had to muck with the registry to get right-click context in Windows Explorer to open a DOS prompt in the folder I was viewing.  Windows 7 does it for free.
Simple hold SHIFT and RIGHT CLICK within Windows Explorer to view the option to open a command prompt in that folder.

Running SQL Server Management Studio Aliased as a Different User


I connect to a client VPN often to work on their servers, their code, and their databases. My development machine is not a part of their domain, although I do have a domain account on their VPN. My problem; when I connect SQL Server Management Studio to a client database on their domain I cannot get in. They do not have SQL Authentication (which is a good thing) and rely on Windows auth. My...

Searching Contents of Files Via MS-DOS


I log into a lot of client production servers and do not have the luxury of installing my favorite GUI tools, such as UltraEdit, which (among other things) easily allows me to search within files.  On these servers I am limited to what is already installed.  Just today I was forced to search an entire website on a client server for a file that that might contain the string “bill”. So...

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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