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>Boost performance of your Windows XP system

March 27, 2009 3 comments

>I don’t know about you but it seems that over time my trusty Toshiba laptop (with beautiful 17″ 1680×1050 display) has slowed down significantly and to the point of massive frustration.

I did give myself a performance boost a couple of months ago by exorcising Norton 360 from my machine but even with AVG running it has issues, especially when I have multiple applications running, which is most of the time.

Anyhoo, I wondered whether there was a setting in Windows XP that would give me a performance boost. I hadn’t looked before but am happy that I did, as my system is running at least 100% faster than previously.

Here’s the change I made…

Right click on My Computer and select Properties so that the following screen comes up:

Then select the Advanced tab:

Hit the Performance button and the following screen comes up:

You can see that it’s on the default setting “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer”.

Simply select the “Adjust for best performance option” as per below:

Press OK and it’s all done.

What this does is turn off a lot of the screen rendering nicities, as you can see from the final image – the ticked options are now all unticked.

My background changed when I did this but all I had to do was restore it to what I had previously and it was fine.

Loading Office, browsers, running my database software is now at least twice as fast.

I’ll be doing some tests later on to see how much time my database analysis takes with the changes. I’ve already done some small tests and it’s much better.

Try it yourself.

If it doesn’t do anything for you then you can simply reverse the selection.

(Nothing Follows)
Categories: Miscellaneous

>Best safety poster ever

March 16, 2009 3 comments

>Nothing to add, really…

….c’mon…who wouldn’t swap lives with Hugh Hefner…?

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Categories: Humour, Miscellaneous

>Beware of inexpensive office shredders

February 2, 2009 6 comments


So a colleague at work decides that we need a paper shredder in our new office.

It’s true.

Our office was sans shredder and thus incomplete and unfulfilled in its officeness.

He sees one in the local ALDI store at the quite reasonable price of $69. It’s sold under the brand OfficePro. We don’t need to shred heaps of stuff and it looks OK what with terrific features like confetti cut and separate slot for CDs and credit cards so he buys it.

Here’s the front cover of the box:

(click to embiggen)

He takes it out of the box, sets it up as per the instructions and places it on the floor next to the fax machine.

Wanting to test his new toy he turns it on, grabs a bit of paper and sticks it in the top.

The noise that emanated from the thing sounded like this:

Actually, it sounded much like a duck, having pissed off Saddam Hussein, being fed through a tree shredder at Abu Ghraib.

It certainly was unexpected, especially given what is clearly stated on the side of the box:

Having not read the instructions he then decided to see how many bits of paper it could handle so he grabbed 10 or 12 and stuck them in at which point it became necessary to work out how to use the reverse function.

A quick perusal of what passed for a user manual indicated a maximum of 7 pages at a time.

Clearly, in China they have much thinner paper than the 80gsm of standard office paper. 5 pages is more like the limit.

Well, at least the motor is durable if not quiet. Right?

Not according to the separate piece of paper found in the instruction manual.

How good is that, eh?

A whole two minutes of shredding before getting a 30 minute break.

It must have a labour agreement with the auto unions.

So a shredder sold under the brand OfficePro and featuring a “durable quiet motor” turns out not to be suitable for an office and has neither a durable nor a quiet motor.

I wonder how long it will last?

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Categories: Miscellaneous

>OK. After that little aside I should be back regularly!

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

>Apologies for the lack of posts in the last week.

My time was taken up by an unforeseen situation that has worked out fine.

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Categories: Miscellaneous

>Jaaaaaaaack’s back…!

>Heeeeere’s Jack!

…it seemed appropriate.

Hope your Christmas and New Year break was peaceful, you added less than 3kg and are able to keep your New Year’s Resolution for more than a month.

So who can expect to feel Jack’s Wrath in 2009?

Obviously, the Climate Faithful will continue to be exposed as the charlatans and fascists that they really are.

Everyone who proposes government intervention in markets as the answer to the financial difficulties facing the world.

Terrorists and their soulmates on the left.

By the way, the word ‘soulmates’ brilliantly describes the relationship between terrorists and the world’s left.

People have tried to understand why the left provides such succor to the bastards who killed hundreds in Mumbai, terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and make excuses for Al Qaeda’s atrocities in Iraq.

What ideology do they share that creates such a partnership?

The fact is that they are both totalitarian ideologies that seek to create a better world through the agency of government – one religious using terror and the other political using cultural institutions against the population.

Thus, they are soulmates.

It’s a word that our side should use when discussing the left’s positions.

i.e. Instead of “Hamas and their supporters on the left” use “Hamas and their soulmates on the left”.

It’s not only more accurate it’s more powerful.

Good luck to everyone in 2009 in what I predict will be the most tumultuos year for many decades.

(Nothing Follows)

Categories: Miscellaneous

>Taking a break over Christmas

December 19, 2008 1 comment

>I’m taking a break over Christmas so regular posts will resume in the new year.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and took the time to add a comment.

Have a great Christmas holiday.

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Categories: Miscellaneous

>Beast Bought

December 5, 2008 5 comments


Been away for a couple of days picking up some new wheels .

Model: Mercedes MY2002 ML55 AMG.

Engine: Big V8

Sound: blob blob blob

Economy: Minimal

Environmental impact: High

Comfort: High

Features: High

0-100km/h: 6.8s

Fun factor: High

I’ve owned a BMW M3 and Mercedes CLK55 AMG in my time, which I was unwise enough to buy new, and they were both outstanding vehicles.

My advice for young players – buy luxury cars second hand.

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Categories: Miscellaneous