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DearWebby is actually Helmut Morscher, the CEO of Webby, inc.

Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
01/20/04: DOS to HTML

Tech Support Pits:
From Bo=== Dear Webby, You used to help me with DOS bats in the days before Windows and helped me to automate just about everything. I sure hope you haven't forgotten about bats. I need to copy invoices from one machine to another, and have a quick peek at them in the process. The problem is that the invoices are in HTML format, ready to upload. How do I view HTML from DOS ? I can't find any info about a command for that ANYWHERE. Thanks Bo Dear Bo The command for that is not officially listed. It is an undocumented hack, but extremely handy for those few who know about it. Here is an example of how to use it: @echo off rem "c.bat" rem Bat to copy invoices from H:\order to F:\inv echo Usage: c 12345.htm H: cd H:\order copy %1 f:\inv\ F: cd \inv %1=%1 & if exist %1 (echo %1 copied to F:\inv) pause The magic is in this line: %1=%1 & It displays the page in MSIE. Just change the drive and directory names to fit your machines. Run it from a DOS window (START, RUN, cmd) The reason for going to the other machine first is to make sure the network connection to that machine is "livened up" and ready. Have FUN! DearWebby
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