Firefox and Solid State Hard drives (or Firefox and lots of RAM)


A standard computer nerdy post from me, I ran across some settings to tweak to stop Firefox from caching files to disk. 

Check the about:config page and set browser.cache.disk.enable to false

Then create a disk.cache.memory.capacity preference of type integer and set it to however much memory you want firefox to eat (in kilobytes).  In the screenshot below I set mine to 1gigabyte which may be overkill.  I’ll adjust it if it becomes an issue.


Disclaimer: If you have any doubt in why you’d want to change that setting either don’t mess with it, or email mike and ask Smile

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Stephen Fry is Awesome


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Twin Cities Zombie Camp


In the twin citie for “Twin Cities Code Camp 9″ (which is quite good by the way, highly recommend it for developers out there) and @ZombieFoodDan must be a little nervous as we’re out to eat.

Zombie pub crawl 2010 is going on, and never before have I been offered blood so many times during supper.  It looks like a fun event, I’d totally be down for hitting this up as a group some year.  Looks like great fun assuming the weather is this nice future years.

Learned a fair amount from sessions at the event so far, and even more from random talk with speakers in the hallways.   We really need to get something like this going in Sioux Falls for the local geeks.

Nice shades



Sioux Falls .Net User Group – Things Every ASP.Net Developer Should Know


In follow up to the first SFDNUG Meeting, last night there was a Sioux Falls .Net User Group meeting. (We’ll get a website up for that sometime in the next month)

Robert Boedigheimer presented “Things Every ASP.Net Developer Should Know”.  Robert did a great job in the talk and is a good speaker in general, I highly recommend catching his talks at any event you have the opportunity.

The talk he gave covered a lot of basic troubleshooting and best practices ideas.  If you want to see it in person I suggest checking out Twin Cities Code Camp

There are a LOT of other great talks going on that weekend, and its a free event. 

Google background was a test


Apparently google making me hate google today was a test to see how much users liked or disliked having background images.

No surprise that everyone hated it(at least hated it being the default).

The day the google died


Alright so this morning when I went to google I sat and stared at it for two minutes confused about what was going on.


It was like my best friend showed up at the door as an alien, or like the new mortal kombat trailer added 5 minutes of everyone peacefully resolving their differences.

So the last 5 minutes of my time has been spent fixing google.  I invite you to use my creation to fix your own google.

Download this file

Open a new browser and go to google

Click the “Change Background Image” text

Click “Choose File” and choose the file you downloaded above.

Now pretend none of this ever happened.


There is a good chance this doesn’t work without being logged in to a google service, but I’m never logged out of gmail.

Making a Windows 7 Backup


So…. I’ve been using Windows 7 for awhile now and had been using the backup feature for my C:\ drive in case Windows decided to poop itself.  This was worked fine and well until I had a second disk drive that I wanted to make sure I had backed up.  Something in adding that second disk made the entire thing take 5x the amount of time when barely 2x more space was being backed up.

The solution I found was using the command line to do the backup(which you can also set to do on a schedule if you’d like).

To do a single backup the command (from a command prompt ran as Administrator):

wbadmin START Backup -backuptTarget:<destination> -include:<source>

In my specific case this results in:

wbadmin START Backup -backupTarget:i: -include:C:,F:

If you wanted to do this as a scheduled task the command (again as Administrator) would be:

SCHTASKS /Create WEEKLY /D FRI /TN WeeklyBackupTask /RL HIGHEST /ST 19:00 /TR "WBADMIN START Backup -backupTarget:I: -include:C:,F: -quiet"

A scheduled task that runs at 7 on a Friday.  Odds are by 7 I’m home and hopefully on a Friday I’m doing something on not my computer.  If you’re doing this for a work only PC I’d set it up for 5:00 on Friday or your home pc I’d just be using windows home server(if you don’t have one of those talk to your most liked nerd friend.  If that friend is me please choose to bother Mike instead though)

Out of a rut


So… I have a few posts to backdate here and cover the holidays.  A lot has changed as I no longer schill icecream for a living.  I’m now a software developer working out of Sioux Falls.

Anyway a lot has happened but I’m not taking the time to talk about that at the moment, instead I leave this awesome version of Beyonce’s Ring On It

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Self Assembling Motorcycle


If only kits were this easy.

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