Monday, 28 January 2008

GRC.COM by Steve Gibson

https://www.grc.com/ is run by Steve Gibson. He has many great utilities and has a Security Now podcast. I can't recommend them strongly enough.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

DHCP Client service causing my PC to go slow

Recently I’ve noticed my laptop going quite slow. For example, using Windows explorer and clicking on a folder resulted in a 40 – 60 second wait for the folder to show its contents.
Well, I’ve worked out by stopping the ‘DHCP Client’ service my PC goes like lightening again. I'm also using Windows XP.

To fix, you need to delete all Printers that are offline, and remove all mapped network drives.

Why does the ‘DHCP Client’ affect windows explorer? I don’t know, but Microsoft if your reading this, please fix it.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

What do I use to write software?

I started off with Dbase III, then Borland Turbo C for about 5 years, then when Microsoft Visual Studio v1.0 came out, I moved to that.

I've been using Visual Studio ever since. Coding in C++ and have since moved to C# when that came into existance.

Do I use component? Yes.
Which ones then?


I've also used DevExpress reports, but they peg the CPU to 100% on the webservers when exporting an excel spreadsheet with a lot of data in them, and more often than not, cause a timeout on the ASPX page. So I don't like to use them anymore.

My essential toolkit consists of:

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