A workaround for Dos editor “edit” on Windows 7 SP1 x64 Enterprise Edition

A usual, I even miss the famous dos editor, memories are still fresh. I used this editor even to create simple text files, I configured a simple batch file to execute the command and to open one text file by default in the dos editor, that text file used to be my journal of daily activity, anything popups in the head just type there instantly. This was back in Windows XP, after upgrading to Windows 7 things changed…

I know there are so many editors, notepad by default or the advance editor notepad++ does the fine job, but the missing of this editor kept me kind of empty.

Yesterday, I was reading again on how to get the “edit.com”  file so I can start using again. Luckily, while talking to my friend, he mentioned he has the complete dos installation file… well be lying somewhere around in the portable hard drives. I told him this your top priority task “do search that iso file and let me know… 🙂 “.

Today I got the file, I copied it to the local drive, used WinRAR to open the iso file and extracted it to the folder…. THERE!!! I see you “edit.com”. I copied that to  “d:\msdos” folder and opened the command window in admin mode and typed “d:\msdos\edit.com”, the below window appeared.


Now how to fix this? Well.

I started searching the web to see any relevant article, and I found one which helped to fix the problem, well not exactly a fix… but a workaround. Below are the steps I did see and use the “edit.com”. Please note: This is what I did and it does not means that this is the only way or best way, in the end at least I was seeing the editor functioning.

Files you will be needing:
1. MS-DOS installation pack (all files included)
2. DOSBox | DOSBox direct download link for Windows

Without MS-DOS files or just with “edit.com” single file, this is not possible – at least what I know from the tries I did.

1- Availability of all ms-dos files.


2- Install DOSBox from the above mentioned link. It is the GUI-base installation with two easy steps. It creates a directory in Program Files (x86) folder, like shown in the below screen. Once this is done, you are almost there.


3- Open the CMD window, point to that folder and type “dosbox” (the name of the main executable file) and press enter, it starts normally. (see the next three screen shots)




4- Now the main part, accessing the files from your local drive is mapped by default, so we need to mount the specific path and then associate a drive letter to it and use it, so type the following:

Z:\> mount e d:\msdos

mount- is command used and recognized by dosbox
e- is the drive letter 
<path>- path of the ms-dos files


5- Type the drive letter followed by colon to change the drive letter to the new one you just created. I have one more folder with name “msdos” where all the files related to dos are present.



The first file in the list it the main file to launch the dos editor, now type “edit” in the prompt and press enter key.


It opens the editor. Press “Esc” to clear the dialog. The window can be used for typing, and it can be saved to the local drive pointing to the drive letter mentioned in the above point 4.

Some of the sites I referred:

1. Various dos text editors
2. A thread in the Microsoft Community
3. Hidden text editor



Ticket to Mars

A normal day, just doing my work and in between took a time to visit to Google+ and on the homepage I see this post “Ticket to ride! Send your name on our Journey to Mars, starting with our Orion spacecraft’s first flight. Submit your name now” Link: https://plus.google.com/102371865054310418159/posts/6aErtDtMw9D.

Just followed the steps and, guess what, I was provided the online boarding ticket to the next flight. I am scheduled for  Dec 4th, this year.

Its Fun!!! check the post and get your boarding pass too.


Windows Azure 2014 Conference



A conference one shouldn’t have missed, got a chance to meet lot of expert speakers and also learnt good amount of knowledge on what and how AZURE works.

Below are pictures taken on those days (March 20th and March 21st 2014, venue: The Lalit Ashok Bangalore).

It was so fun and full of energy… I wished for never to end… and can’t wait next year’s

Tyler Bryson… going crazy with Indian Hat




Remote Controlled Helicopter carrying a sign “Think Cloud”





















…And there’s Me.





Final discussion with the customers who actually changed over to Cloud











Working without Working. Another side of being busy.

It is ain’t a great start but something to think of (or in some cases making this as a routine job until you get a real one).

Well it is been 4 months from the day I have quit my actual job and in pursuit of searching a new one…

this kind of time is a snail phase and it does not move faster and it fells like a stage in the life where time stands still…

images   … probably it is trying to say that  “you are not doing good”. The current situation/s of yours can bring you all sorts of thoughts (not a good kind, of-course) and can put in a difficult position where the life starts to smell like garbage and the recovery can turn in to an imaginary. Self motivational power, confidence, happiness (even in/with small things) will fade away like they never existed.

A physiological behavior of a person becomes a threat to all the people surrounding you and yourself.

Now you can see that the purpose of the existence has a very lower value of all, and one day this can wipe your existence completely… 😦

(I am sure this is not a note from a man who is considering the “wiping” part… but from a man who can turn such circumstances into a valuable resources which can teach you the lesson from time to time and it will provide you the strength to fight back and take control of your life and be someone who can be important (in many different ways) to the society, one day.)

The steps I have taken is very small (for now), but at least for me it is start… (it has to begin somewhere)

1. Supporting yourself, Financially

At this part, the good thing is, I am not spender, not at all. Other than basic needs (food and shelter) my sufficient share of money is saved. Once you know your final list of investments and the final share left, you can deposit is a bank for long term plan and the monthly interest paid from it gives you the fuel for your daily transactions and needs. This really takes of the overhead burden on self and it makes you total independent and you can avoid begging money from others with complete embarrassment and shame.  It is kind of little pride where even in hard time you are capable of supporting.

2. Regular Activity and Daily Life

Once the core problem (#1) is taken care of then the life does not smells like garbage 🙂 (but still… it stinks to some level).  At this time, you have to be very very careful with limited and proper planned expenses where it should not increase the limit for your monthly income.  This system tightens your desire process to flow in a way with complete control and to think and rethink and then calculate to the future months and then make an investment (only if it is an exigency or very important)

3. Work, Progress and Reclaim

What such persons really do they have in hand? (with unlimited supply)

The answer is “TIME”.  (this is another important part)

Time spent understanding your gaps and weaknesses with respect to your work is must. As you do this… it is also important to know your strength where you best fit, your capabilities, your existing knowledge which helps in building and restoring your lost confidence and this is the manifest for seeing the things clearly.

Here you can plan to arrange to  go to the classes (by joining some good institute so you can learn the subject and you can also socialize with the people around there which totally puts you back in the life, in a good way).  This will be really a good start.

Now there are so many free software (development tools) are available to download and install, you can choose from wide category and install them and use them for improvising you skills (time spent well on this matter really count later, most of the people I came across do not follow this not because they can’t..  they want to but they don’t…)

Online materials (like  blogs, free books, community services, sites)  helps you to gain more knowledge on the subject, also you can interact with the experts via posts/comments, which really motivates you to pursue with your current work with more interest.

My personal favorite, in your free time (irony), if you wish to work as a lab assistant, please go ahead… you have no idea how good it feels to help others with the knowledge you carry. Remember Knowledge sharing is Knowledge gaining.

These are the few ideas to adapt and feel better even if you are not working (and not that you have to be unemployed to do this). I am sure you will find few more ways to make the correct possible investment with the time you have.

At last, life is not fair at all, but it is our whole responsibility to make ourselves happy and put ourselves back in to the driver seat and drive toward your new destiny.

Fuel up, people… success or failure is not a matter, at least give it a try… and at the end you at least tried.


Taking a Leap of Faith (career path and risk)

Until 2007, I can say at least I was happy for what I was doing (i.e. programming the windows application and building 2nd tier interface binaries) and focusing completely on that without indulging one’s thought with tempting financial force. Well such designed path does not stick permanently with the weak mind and the design had to be changed, 2007 – where I changed my company for growth (including financial matters) and expecting to move in to the brighter side. Within one week of my joining where the situation made me to change my complete orientation which I had and to make a choice that was going to decide my future in that company.

Seeing and analyzing the available options, I was finally designated as “SQL Developer” (carrying the responsibility of development to deployment of all DB object from DEV environment to PROD environment as junior DBA). Working like for two weeks and I start to realize.. “well this also cool, all these years I gained knowledge on front-end, now I am experiencing the true power of the back-end, and in a year or two I will be having sufficient knowledge where I can accept the real-time critical challenges….”.

As they say its free world and you are welcomed to think and dream what ever you want… but nobody guarantees that the dream will succeed.

Over the years working in the SQL side in that company and it seemed to slowly fade out and the dreams of becoming an expert on the DB laid low due to the nature of the work task and complete deviation from my primary objects.

After 5 years, when I look back in to my career how I started, I saw…

1. I failed by not being determined and consistent with the programming skills (windows programming)

2, I also failed with same level of impact by working on the back-end

Two successful career failure back to back is really difficult to digest and I don’t have any working time machine where I can go back and correct it.

So Whats Next?

It was time to take the risk by not focusing on those financial forces and take the control of your primary objects OR get Institutionalized…. So I decided to quit the job (on various factors)

Now, I am spending most of the time on learning and taking over from where I have left, hoping to see this time my dream becomes reality.

It is a great risk to make such decision at this time and on such economic growth and is one of the reason for me to take a leap of faith with minimal support .

(Good, that I am still single, otherwise sacrifice your dreams so you can take care of your family, socially which is good, but intellectually it’s ain’t worth… at least not for me.)

It’s just a matter of time where my weaker side becomes stronger….

This has opened a whole new line of options and it is all in my hand now, on how I am going to mold my life and take control of it.

Life has just restarted. 🙂 !!!

Hello world!

Sometimes the possibility of not being good is more and one must put more efforts to make it otherwise. All your life the time spent is very difficult to say if its worth or not and no matter what you chose the mind always choose the other one and at the end you start to wonder what just went wrong and you realize that possibility of not being good was more.

Hi, I am Raghu, and I have no idea what I have just said….

Happy blogging!