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HP AwayMode ACPI Device Print
Thursday, 02 February 2012 17:50

Had an HP Pavilion Slimline s7520n running Windows XP MCE 2005 with ACPI\AWY0001\2&DABA3FF&0 listed as an unknown device. I knew it was the AMD AwayMode device but I had a difficult time locating the driver so I thought I would post here in case anyone else had the same problem.

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Wall-e vs Eve Print
Thursday, 29 December 2011 00:08
Wall-E (PC) vs Eve (Mac)

Wall-e functioned autonomously for 800 years. Eve was locked down remotely and has no replacement parts.

Chrome to Overtake Firefox in Browser Popularity by End of Year Print
Sunday, 02 October 2011 00:18

ComputerWorld reports that, according to web analytics service StatCounter, Google's popular Chrome browser will overtake Firefox in popularity by the end of this year - putting Chrome at the second to the still-touch-to-topple Internet Explorer. I thought it would be interesting to see if the numbers from this site exhibited the same trend. As you can see Chrome has gained three percent while Firefox has lost almost seven percent.

Browser Stats Feb 2011

Browser Stats Sept 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Cord Organizer Print
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 22:17

TP Roll Cord Organizer

Make use of toilet paper or paper towel rolls to help organize your cords.

Windows 7 Bug – Could not reconnect all network drives Print
Friday, 09 September 2011 11:06

Since I upgraded to Windows 7 I noticed that after boot I received a popup dialog from the task tray stating that Windows could not reconnect all network drives. A red "X" is visible over them in when viewed from Windows Explorer. Simply clicking the drive will connect them, but some applications will fail if they depend on information residing on the network resource.

The only fix I have found is hard coding the computers IP. I have tried different DHCP servers, different switches, and exhaust all related network settings in Windows to correct the problem.

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FXChrome for Firefox Print
Sunday, 21 August 2011 19:45

FXChrome for Firefox Screenshot

FXChrome for Firefox is the first theme that I liked better than the default one provided with Firefox.

Automatically Disable Touchpad While Typing Print
Monday, 09 May 2011 12:42
TouchFreeze Screenshot

Annoyed when you are typing a document and accidentally the palm of your hand brushes the touchpad, changing the position of the cursor in your document or accidentally clicking on an option. TouchFreeze is simple utility for Windows NT/2000/XP that solves this problem. It automatically disables touchpad while you are typing text. Like syndaemon on x-windows.

Some Toshiba's I've worked on have a utility to enable and disable the touchpad. Some HP's I've worked on have hardware button near the touchpad to turn it off and on. This is a univeral solution and I think it's automated approach is the best solution to the problem.

TouchFreeze at Google Code

Fix for VMware Pause When Open Print
Friday, 29 April 2011 23:57

Problem: VMware Workstation on Windows starts slowly with a delay or pause after launching. I’m not saying the virtual machine starts slowing but the actual application. The first fix for this to me was to uncheck Automatically detect settings in at Control Panel / Internet Options / Connections / Lan settings.

Internet Options LAN Settings

That worked for several versions of VMware. The pause come back recently and after digging some more I found I needed to disable software updates inside Edit / Preferences / Updates.

VMware Preferences

Fix for TSSTcorp CDDVDRW (Code 39) Print
Friday, 29 April 2011 23:27
TSSTcorp Device Manager Screenshot

Problem: Toshiba Satellite P305-S8820 running Windows Vista. The TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632P optical drive has exclamation point in device manager. The device status states that Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Fix: KB929461

Massive Memory Print
Thursday, 14 April 2011 19:34

18 x 8GB Mushkin DDR3

144GB of Memory Available

I usually screenshot my system memory when I do a big upgrade so I can be ammused later on. I thought I would snag a screenshot and post the upgrade to this HP ESX server. The 12 GB of memory in my desktop already seem small by comparison. This ESX server was upgraded with eighteen 8GB sticks for a total of 144GB of RAM.

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