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Feb 24, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Visual Studio 2010 Slow Startup [resolved]

Apparently the culprit of my slowdown was the VMware debugger integration… resolution here I merely uninstalled the VMDebugger component via VMware Desktop setup.exe …  I did *not* have to completely uninstall all of VMware Desktop to see an significant improvement to Visual Studio startup time… down to a few seconds now from something that felt like 30 seconds.

Feb 24, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

Reclaiming disk space from “system volume information”

This sums it up very well Don’t forget to run the VSSAdmin commands under a 64bit CMD.exe if you’re on 64bit Windows. I know that sounds obvious but I run something called TakeCommand Console LE which is a great shell but the free version is 32bit only.

Feb 23, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Fix Orphaned SQL Server Database Users

Good reference Quick examples: sp_change_users_login 'report' -- this shows the list of orphaned users in the current database sp_change_users_login 'update_one', 'iTRAAC_User', 'iTRAAC_User' -- this is how you remap one

Feb 14, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments

Projector Roundup 2011 Q1

For my own comparison notes, I got an “Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 720” for $1000 back in May 2009 (according to ProjectorCentral.com it’s already discontinued, I’m not surprised, this is a rapidly evolving technology segment)… so our specs are: 720p, 1600 Lumens, 10,000 contrast, 3000 hour bulb, 2 yr warranty. The Epson Home Cinema’s seem to be hanging strong in the top 10 most popular slots over the last few years.

Feb 13, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments

CTRL, 1 – Mutes Windows Sound?!?!

Is this a standard???  I can’t find reference to this hot key sequence out there in Google land. You need to hit CTRL, release and then hit 1, not CTRL-1, i.e don’t hold down CTRL. On my (*non* Windows Media Keys Keyboard under Windows 7) system here, it works with both left and right CTRL and main keyboard or numeric keyboard “1”.   Google Keywords: Windows 7, Audio, Mute, Volume, Control, CTRL, 1, One

Jan 7, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments -

150W Auto DC to AC Inverter with USB

Here’s the one I got: Input: DC 12V Output: AC 110-120V, 60Hz, 150W             USB DC 5V, 500mA I use it for our camera battery chargers when we go on road trips. It’s a pretty compact arrangement to plug a cam.batt.charger into this and forget about it. And it’s nice to be able to toss our iPods, Smart Phones, etc on the USB port. I’ve read that charging camera batteries requires more juice than you can get out of USB,

Dec 14, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Overclocking ‘Skeletor’ Q9450 – Round 2

(see round 1 notes for full specs) After watching a quick youtube of a guy that hit 3.9Ghz (485MHz FSB) where he didn’t bat and eye about leaving his DDR2 at something around 1000MHz, I decided to copy his lead and give up on the 1:1 DRAM:FSB thing and just go for the CPU gusto… I wasn’t seeing much love at 485… it would somehow boot if I goosed the DRAM to 1349 or something like that… but Win7 would reset after boot logo… lower DRAM frequencies wouldn’t even boot until I set it to auto and it came back with 971 🙁 I’m at 420 FSB with 1400 DRAM now and holding in Win7 for a nice stretch here… that’s around 3.

Nov 12, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments

Blu-ray Burner & Media Shopping

Burner: Pioneer BDR-206 Provantage has brown box OEM for $130.37 (+ $11.70 APO shipping) Dual Layer capable 3D capable (whatever that means) Write: 12x BD-R (DL), 2x BD-RE (DL), 5x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD±R DL, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW Read: 8x BD-R/RE/ROM (DL), 6x BD-RE DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM 4MB cache some write performance competitive comparison specs Media: Vinpower’s “Optical Quantum Best Print” product line is competitively priced and covers the specialty gamut well (hub printable, etc) In particular, the Water-Resistant Media using “Liquid-Defense” version sounds pretty cool: The OQBP water-resistant media is a new innovation using nanoparticle technology.

Oct 28, 2010 - 2 minute read - Comments -

[SOLVED!] Photoshop CS5 – Detected Video Card: Blank

TL;DR Just go into Help > System Info before you do anything else, that’s it. TS;WM Unbelievable but this works 100% of the time on my current rig running Photoshop CS5 on Windows 7 with an ATI x1300 Pro graphics card (yeah yeah it’s far from a graphics superstar but honestly it does everything I need, including Photoshop 3D mode just fine thank you 🙂 Anyway, the area under Edit > Preferences > Performance > GPU Settings > Detected Video Card would always come up blank.

Oct 23, 2010 - 7 minute read - Comments -

Self-hosting Zenphoto on Windows 7 (IIS7, PHP & MySQL)

I really like ZenPhoto – it’s a solid photo gallery with an easy point and click web admin GUI. The main thing I dig is that i can point it at my main photos folder on my hard drive (via a quick symbolic link) and it goes to town dynamically publishing whatever I drop there without any other fiddling… that’s photo sharing nirvana if you ask me. [Update: 25 Oct 2010] After running the gallery for a couple days I’d have to say Apache did a better job at popping the pages back than what I’ve got setup under IIS so far… maybe Apache just deals with these more CGI oriented modules better than IIS can for some fundamental reason… I do have PHP “FastCGI” enabled for IIS… any performance tips would be greatly appreciated 🙂 I’ll have to go find some trace tools to see where it’s spending most of its time.