If you didn’t know this, doing real stuff on a Windows box is a completely different world from Mac or Linux. Including the Command Prompt. Merely out of curiosity, I opened the command prompt at work — I love that, in Windows, it’s an “accessory” — and learned that, in Windows,
ls is not a valid command.
My heart was beating a bit fast because, as I said, I was at work and we’re not allowed to do so much as delete shortcuts from our desktop without an IT person with administrative privileges to help us. Then I realized, “Wait. My boss paid for a year of Lynda.com — including classes on this topic — I’m legitimately practicing my new skills!” So I fired up Windows Command Line Basics … which went on and on without teaching anything so I just googled “windows command line tutorials” while it played (to continue my justification) and learned that, in Windows,
dir is the command I was looking for.
At work, I have access, I think, to only my personal storage space. It was empty. Because I had no idea I had this little directory. Long, boring story.
So I created a text file with notepad, dropped it in via Explorer, tried
dir again and viola! I have one file.
I am the world’s most gifted and dangerous hacker.