I recently lamented about switching two keys on my new Lenovo Yoga. Big problem: In my office, I attach that notebook to a docking station and to that docking station I attach a keyboard. On that keyboard, all keys are precisely the way I want them to be. Therefore, I do not want to switch the Insert and End keys when I am docked. I ended up writing a little batch script based on this nice google code wiki entry for the registry update and this stackexchange answer to elevate the batch script:
if '%ERRORLEVEL%' == '0' goto run 
powershell "saps -filepath %0 -verb runas" >nul 2>&1
goto eof
REG QUERY "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout" ^
 /v "Scancode Map" >nul 2>&1 
IF '%ERRORLEVEL%' == '0' goto remove
<nul set /p ="> adding scancode map "
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout" ^
 /v "Scancode Map" /t REG_BINARY /f ^
 /d 00000000000000000300000052E04FE04FE052E000000000 >nul 2>&1 
IF '%ERRORLEVEL%' == '0' goto success
goto fail 
<nul set /p ="> removing scancode map "
REG DELETE "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout" ^
 /v "Scancode Map" /f >nul 2>&1 
IF '%ERRORLEVEL%' == '0' goto success
goto fail
echo failed.
goto eof
echo succeeded.
Sadly, it always requires a reboot for the changes to take effect.

Opera was updated. They messed up. Let's not talk about this any more. Let's talk about how to make Firefox your new Opera 12. To get the elephant out of the room right away: Yes, you guessed right, I did not switch to Chrome because I am scared of Google harvesting all my data and browsing habits. So that leaves only Firefox, and I think that they did good with the recent releases. We probably can not get back everything we miss from Opera 12 times, but some of it is possible, and even better in Firefox. First of all, Firefox has bookmarks and you can import them from an HTML export of your old bookmarks. For everything else, continue reading. If you are still missing a feature, feel free to post it with or without solution - in the latter case, I will try and solve it myself. (more…)