Thursday, January 19, 2006

Computer Running Slow, Try a Memory Expansion

My laptop ran slow as molasses, even with a 2.4 GHz processor, cause it had only 204 MB of free RAM. The XP OS soaks up tons of RAM when it is running. So I sent away for a 512MB memory stick and it made the computer run about 12x as fast. Remember, memory is the cheapest and best way to improve performance, especially on cheaper machines that come stock with only 256MB of RAM. But still remember to check all the auto start up programs and delete the ones you don't need most of the time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

More Email Caveats

set your email client(Outlook express, Netscape Composer, Eudora) so it prompts you if someone wants a return confirmation email sent back to him. Lot's of spam have the confirmation requests set to true to trick Outlook Express into confirming to them that the email addy is good.

Psycho Weather

It was a windstorm last night, then it turned into a ice storm. The power went out this morning. Then it warmed up in the afternoon and turned to rain. Then, by 5, the wind shifted from the NW and snow and 40 mph gusts blew in. Here is a night shot from Berkley Square in Saranac Lake. My friend Nadia is back in SL, so we got together for some web design business and socializing

Berkley Square in Saranac Lake

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I'm the CAT 5 Wiring Dude

Just wired my first room here in Tupper Lake at the Park Motel. As soon as we get another switch, we'll have the whole place with wired high speed that we split off of the DSL connection. Took two tries with the RJ-45(the ones that look like big telelphone jacks) crimp tool till I learned how to crimp the ends on right. Now that I have high speed in Tupper Lake. I don't need to sneak into Lake Placid hotels and use their phone jacks to get to the local crummy AOL dial-up number!