Archive for May, 2005

A few hours in “writing mode”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The weather is hot today and the office temperature is rising. I have the windows open and the fans going to keep things cool while I have a few hours in "the zone".

The writing is going well - I've got the groundwork laid and it's a case of working to the proposal.

A good, detailed proposal makes all the difference because the admin is all done by then and what you should be concentrating on is fleshing out the headings and sub headings that you put into the proposal. OK, there are times when you might want to move something from one spot to another because you can see a better way of doing things or you might find that you forgot some key bit of info out of the proposal. That's OK, that's being responsive and being able to deal with things on the hoof. What you don't want to be doing it spending "writing time" figuring out what order you want to cover something or, worse still, what you are going to be writing about in the first place!

Stress-free PC repair terminology

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

If you are one of those people who work on other people's PC (either as a job or just hobby/leisure/because you can) then be careful as to the terminology you use around others (especially the owner) when discussing the patient (the PC). Calming language can make all the difference and ease the tension, especially when the owner is agitated and breathing down your neck!

  • Don't "whip" the case off or "rip the side" off the system, instead "undo" the case.
  • A PC is never "dead" of "dying" or "running so hot that it might catch fire", it's "in need of attention" or "beyond all hope of recovery".
  • New hard drives, CPUs and RAM are not "slammed in" or "chucked in" or "thrown in", they are "fitted".
  • Devices don't "burn out" or "blow up", instead they "malfunction".
  • Things don't "go wrong" or "get worse", they are merely "unforeseen issues"!

I'm sure you get the drift! :mrgreen:

Bank Holiday weather

Monday, May 30th, 2005

It's Spring Bank Holiday here in the UK (for more info on the origins of the UK Bank Holiday check out this link) and Memorial day in the US. An extra day where we can put our feet up and -take a well earned break.

Typically, a Bank Holiday weekend is characterized by wet weather. It started off bad Friday but the weather picked up Saturday and Sunday but today, just so that we Brits aren't disappointed, the Bank Holiday Monday is wet and miserable (at least it is where I am)!

Can't mess with tradition!

Here’s why I patched the PC Doc blog …

Monday, May 30th, 2005

The other day I made a post about WordPress 1.5.1.2 and how the previous version had a security issue. Well, here's some more on that.

Ease Windows XP shutdown issues

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Do you find that your Windows XP installation doesn't shut down properly? Does it take a long time or do you find that applications won't close properly?

If so, then here are three registry tweaks that should help.

  1. Start - Run, then type Regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\
    Session Manager\Memory Management
  3. Edit the DWORD called ClearPageFileAtShutdown. Set it to decimal1 to prevent pagefile clearing. This can be a very lengthy process.
  4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
    Control
  5. Edit the string value called WaitToKillServiceTimeout. Set it to decimal1000 from 20000. This decreases the system wait time for killing services from 20 seconds down to 1.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
  7. Edit the string value called AutoEndTasks. Set it to decimal 1 to force the shutting down of tasks and applications.
  8. Reboot