Windows Remote Desktop on Windows 7, Speeding Up Slow Performance

If Windows 7 seems much slower, try changing the theme. Click the Start Menu, then type "theme". The option to change the theme should appear. Click on it.

Undermining the Cache (Sharepoint?)

I was on the Ralphs website, and found some image URLs that looked like this:

SSL Setup Tips

A short list of things to make purchasing an SSL cert easier.

Perl Watchdog Script for Apache

This is a rough watchdog script to restart apache on the local machine when the website gets slow. If a GET to the url fails, or takes longer than 60 seconds, the local web server is restarted.


Soapmaking's been popular with the gourmet soap folks, but I was totally unaware.

10 Passe Graphic Design Gimmicks

10. Drop shadows.

9. Crescent swoosh.

8. Gradient background.

7. Rounded corners.

6. 8-bit video game pixel nostalgia.

5. Glassy reflection on buttons.

Blu-Ray Market Share

Does BluRay matter yet? Beats me. I'm always paying attention to this because I need to know when to buy BluRay equipment for work.

Lithium Coin Battery Sizes Explained

The common computer battery is a CR2032. The C means lithium. The 20 means 20mm diameter, and 32 means 3.2mm thick.

Jennifer Lynn Aaker on Social Media (good talk)

This is a good 10 minute presentation about how to use social media. I got it from a podcast I listen to.

Takeaway points:


Having failed at using Unity, I decided to try the Gnome Shell.

Ugh. It's just as bad. And I just found out it's the future of Gnome.

Conclusion is that I've installed KDE, then ended up loading xubuntu on top of that. So it starts up with kdm, and logs me into xfce4. The themes are simple, and the design (or lack of) is restrained. They're not trying to copy Apple, or Microsoft. It looks like a cross between Mac OS 9 and Windows XP, without the obnoxious colors and toned-down gradients.

May 1st

Tomorrow is May Day! In Los Angeles, this means an annual Los Angeles May Day march for immigrant worker rights.

C# and Comparison

This is a link to an awesome resource: a "rosetta stone" comparing VB and C#. Totally useful as a general reference, too. One of these days, we need columns for PHP, D, C++, Javascript, etc.

Bedrock, Google, and Patent 5893120

A story about Google losing a patent lawsuit against Bedrock, an East Texas "patent troll" has been making the media rounds, but I haven't yet seen an analysis of the patent. All I see is talk about Linux being at risk. If Linux is at risk, so is Windows, and so are the Apple OSs, because there's very little novel about the patent.

(Cheaper) Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader

I'm on a low-volume personal boycott against Adobe because of the Dimitry Sklyarov bust 10 years ago. See Wikipedia's entry. It was a long time ago, but, it remains an attack against the First Amendment. /soapbox

Aside from that, Acrobat is expensive. Mac and Linux users don't pay anything to produce PDFs because it's built-in to the printing system. Windows users have to pay.

Also, in 2010, they were pretty lax about dealing with some security issues that led to the proliferation of malware being delivered as PDF files.

The top PDF makers are:

Convert DOC and OpenOffice to PDF, from the command line and a watched folder

Most of the information in this post is derived from It's posted as a service, because the code there needs some editing.

Also, a useful thread about executing OOo macros is at

Here's the code to automate the opening and saving of a file as PDF, using Open Office. Paste this into your standard macros.

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