I don’t normally post stuff like this, as weather posts are usually mundane. Today was a little different. We had tornadoes touch down in the St. Louis area today. At about noon, we took cover in our basement. By 12:10, it was over. Sometime while the wind was raging and the sirens were going off, [...]
I found a cross-reference for power supply brands and OEM manufacturers. It’s a couple of years old, but still useful. Way back when, I knew that Sparkle Power actually made PC Power & Cooling Silencer power supplies. Since Sparkle units were cheaper, I bought those, and got good, reliable power from them for years until [...]
There are reports floating about regarding third-party DNS affecting downloads of movies and other media, particularly from iTunes. So, if tweaking DNS settings used to be what all the cool kids are doing, maybe it’s about to become less trendy, thanks to advice circulating to ditch third-party, centralized DNS providers like Google and OpenDNS, because [...]
We’ve talked recently about the importance of aligning your partitions on your SSD or your RAID array. It helps performance, sometimes tremendously, and it also dramatically improves your SSD’s life expectancy. Newer versions of Windows automatically align their partitions, if you do a clean installation to an empty drive. Older versions of Windows create their [...]
In days of yore, it was possible to go by one simple rule. When several minutes passed between the time your desktop appeared and the time you could actually do something, you could just run MSConfig and disable anything you don’t recognize. Back when a typical PC started up maybe a half-dozen things and a [...]
Longtime reader Jim ` offered to share his oh-so-sneaky method for killing temp files. I’m happy to share them today.
I wasn’t in any hurry to switch to Windows 7, but when several places put the Windows 7 family pack on sale for $125 or thereabouts, I figured I’d better get it. The normal price on three upgrades is $100-$110 a pop. And you know how it goes. Once you get something, you really don’t [...]
So, maybe you set up a loop of track and a train for Christmas, and now you’re thinking about a permanent layout. I’ve been there. Once you build a table, you’ll need to attach your track. Screws are the most common way to do that.
I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very merry and blessed Christmas. With the snowstorm, we had a whiter Christmas than I remember having in a very long time, and driving home from Christmas Eve service was a bigger adventure than I bargained for. My older son (who’s not [...]
In case you haven’t heard elsewhere, there’s a nifty unpatched vulnerability for Internet Explorer floating around. And it’s actively being exploited. Metasploit, an exploit toolkit used by penetration testers and script kiddies alike, is able to detect and utilize it. Under these circumstances, Microsoft has been known to rush out a patch before the next [...]