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Which OS - My MS Muddle
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Category: Technobloggle

July 6th, 2009
In my ongoing quest to get more performance out of my system, and thus more productivity for my day-to-day existence I´m starting to bat around what will be my next operating system choice. As much as I complain about Micro$oft I know it will be some form of windows - the only question now is... which one!...
Killing dswave32.dll
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Category: Technobloggle

July 30th, 2009
I spent the last 2 days on and off trying to rid a friend´s computer of a nasty little virus contracted through the use of limewire. I am publishing my findings and the solution here in the hopes it will help others....
HTTP Headers Headache
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Category: Technobloggle

September 5th, 2009
Apparently some hardware combinations have some kind of problem if the JavaScript and CSS content uses certain cache-control headers. After a 10 month exercise in sleuthing to try and find what was causing up to a 45 second delay for some site visitors we finally nailed it down to the cache-control headers....
Browser Plugin Check
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Mozilla´s New Plugin Check helps keep you up to date

Category: Technobloggle

October 14th, 2009
Mozilla released a handy new web site today that will automagically check your browser plugins (these are different then add-ons which get checked automatically in the background) to ensure they are up to date....
Security Software Battles Might Degrade Performance
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Category: Technobloggle

October 16th, 2009
I recently got the challenge to try and fix a PC that was running at about half speed. After several deep scans confirmed there were no naughty viruses or malware lurking around, we eventually found that it was the security software itself that was a large part of the problem......
And the winner is: Windows 7 - 64Bit
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Category: Technobloggle

November 2nd, 2009
In a previous post I waffled about electing to take the Windows 7 - 64bit plunge and when to do that in order to finally unlock the rest of the RAM on my system. I have just about finished up testing Windows 7 on a 2nd desktop and thought I would share the results......
PHP 6 is coming
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Category: Technobloggle

February 10th, 2010
The long awaited PHP 6 version is starting to look more like a reality at the end of a very long tunnel, but in the immediate future the PHP team has depreciated several functions and language concepts in the PHP 5.3 release that are clearly aimed at helping developers start to migrate early......
Nvidia 196.75 Driver Warning
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Category: Technobloggle

March 5th, 2010
The latest Nvidia drivers may have a serious flaw that can reduce performance, possibly cause the card´s fan to stop, and may even lead to hardware damage. The reports are so serious Nvidia has removed them from their web site pending further investigation....
Laser Mouse 6000 - Cleaning
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Category: Technobloggle

June 27th, 2010
The scroll on my mouse had been getting steadily more choppy and erratic for a while.. I knew it needed cleaning but finding the screws to open the thing was a challenge. This little howto is provided in the hopes of helping others with a similar mouse....
Un-googled
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Category: Technobloggle

July 4th, 2010
For the past 24h the ISP serving PawPrint´s main office had an issue that prevented subscribers, including us, from connecting to any of the many google web sites (including mail, maps, search, basically anything from the big G was offline) Despite everything else being just fine - it was amazing to see what an effect this had on the Internet in general....
Virus Prevents all .exe Execution
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Category: Technobloggle

July 28th, 2010
Another computer infested with some nasties found its way to my desk. Cleaning the Trojans from this one was easy, getting windows working again after proved to be slightly more difficult......
Explorer.exe won´t start after Virus
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Category: Technobloggle

November 26th, 2010
After getting hit by a virus through a malicious web site (one of those fake anti-virus types) this little netbook wouldn´t boot completely into Windows 7. Everything started except explorer.exe Here is how we fixed it......
KeePass
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Category: Technobloggle

May 28th, 2011
We constantly hear that we should use different passwords all the time and change them for security - which is Ohhhh so true - but this presents the problem of trying to keep track of them all... KeePass to the rescue!...
Firefox Memory Leaks
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Memory use after 6h idle

Category: Technobloggle

June 28th, 2011
After frequently needing to kill FF when it consumes over 2GB of RAM (I´ve seen 3GB and 4GB sometimes) I figured a little test was in order to see just how bad the memory leak problems are in the browser....
Windows 7 Fresh Install Tips
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Category: Technobloggle

August 30th, 2011
Having just completed a fresh install of Windows 7, it seemed fitting to share some tips for starting off right with your new (or renewed as was the case for me) system. A good fresh install for an existing system may take several days but the speed and space improvements are usually worth it every couple of years....
Scheduled Chirp Updates
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Category: Announcements

January 5th, 2012
Just released updates to the XDe CMS Chirp module that allows you to schedule updates for social networks as well as on-site viewing. Just set a future date and the update will automatically publish at the time you choose as much as a year in advance....
Synching iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, and Thunderbird
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Category: Technobloggle

July 5th, 2012
I have a Mac, PC, Android, iPhone and iPad; plus I use Thunderbird for mail on the PC and want all these things to seamlessly sync up their calendar and contacts. Really this is very rudamentry data and should be easy but for some reason it isn´t. There is a solution though but it involves some mighty strange but simple tricks....
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