With the end-of-life of Office 2003 rapidly approaching, I’m having to look at alternatives. Even after five years, I find the Office ribbon demeaning and productivity-killing, so Microsoft’s newer products are out. With Libre Office, the price is right ($0), so I’m giving it a long look.
Here’s an old, old, but still useful tip that works on all NT-based versions of Windows (including XP and 7). Longtime reader Jim couldn’t find it here anymore, and I can’t either, so I’ll repost it for posterity. Open a command prompt, and issue these three commands: net stop spooler del /q c:\windows\system32\spool\printers\* net start […]
Mozilla quietly released Firefox 19 this week. Its biggest selling point is a built-in PDF viewer (like Google Chrome does), which makes me more comfortable than having Acrobat Reader installed–Mozilla is generally faster at fixing security holes than Adobe. Besides that, the built-in reader is fast. No waiting for Acrobat to launch. Short documents like […]
A former classmate and industry colleague dropped me a line a few weeks ago. He pointed out that memory is dirt cheap, and he bought 16 GB of RAM, just because it cost him around $100 to do, and was wondering what to do with it. A ramdisk, perhaps? My search logs prove that ramdisks […]
I didn’t need much convincing to purchase a Samsung 830 SSD; I was in the market for a bigger SSD, and my short list consisted of Samsung and Intel drives. So when I found a good price on a 128 GB Samsung 830, I bought two. The laptops I put the drives in aren’t able […]
Last year I examined ways to optimize Firefox’s SQLite databases. I’ve since found I like it better when I just put the Firefox profile in a ramdisk, but that may not be an option in all cases. If you don’t want to go the latter route and would like to avoid the command line jockeying, […]
You can improve the speed of printing slightly and, depending on the nature of your print jobs, dramatically reduce disk writes by moving the print spooler to a ramdisk. It’s a little performance tweak you might have never heard of, but it’s helpful. This trick works best with a ramdisk product that loads a disk […]
Moving the rest of your temporary files to a ramdisk provides a number of performance benefits. Program installations proceed noticeably faster, and fewer files written to your system disk means less fragmentation, less maintenance for an SSD, and, most likely, longer SSD life.
I’ve been using Dataram’s excellent free ramdisk program for several months now and highly recommend it. On some machines, I install Firefox to the ramdisk and move the profile there. But the biggest benefit comes from putting the profile (not just the browser cache) in the ramdisk. Storing the profile in a high-speed, near-zero-latency ramdisk […]
Here’s a nifty-looking program: Firefox Addon Maker, which allows you to create customized Firefox installer packages. This is helpful if you install Firefox a lot, whether in corporate or home settings.