Screencast: Turn annoying Windows 7 Sounds off

If you switch a windows 7 theme you are also switching the sounds theme. I was using my PC and living happily ever after until I switched my theme and started hearing ‘DINK’ sounds on my browser. When I clicked my folders I heard a ‘BLIP’. When I starting eating potato chips I heard a ‘CRUNCH’. OK that last one was a stretch but the bottom line is my beautiful life of silence was under attack by the noise bots. I did a blog on this recently and decided to do a screencast because showing verses telling has obvious advantages.

Here is how to turn off your Windows 7 sounds. Enjoy.

Virtual Host Bloat Causes Apache To Burp

Testing a local install of WordPress was a nightmare. It felt like I was using a dial-up connection. The crazy thing was I was testing locally and the whole benefit of testing locally is you don’t have to rely on the speed of the Internet. It’s supposed to be lightening fast.

Why the heck was it so slow? Well, I read this article (and several others) and it looked like my Virtual Hosts were slowing things down. I went into my hosts file:

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C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
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And commented out all the virtual hosts I was using.

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127.0.0.1 localhost
#127.0.0.1 wp-test.kingluddite.com
#::1 localhost
#127.0.0.1 bhs.org.local
#127.0.0.1 dev.oceancharterschool.org
#127.0.0.1 wordpress-wednesday.com
#127.0.0.1 dev-wordpress.oceancharterschool.org
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The local wordpress install I am messing with is located inside the htdocs folder. I guess the lesson learned is don’t overdose on Virtual hosts or you’ll be slowed down tremendously when your testing locally.

Screencast: Upgrade Your Video Card So OpenGL will work in Photoshop

Video cards scare most newbies to computers. What’s even scarier is videos online showing you how to upgrade video cards. Most of the videos I found had no one speaking and a techno concert playing in the background. It’s a shame because the info they were sharing was useful it just wasn’t a very friendly venue to learn in.

So I decided to do my own screencast on how to update a video card. I must apologize before you watch this because at the end, once my video card was updated, my monitors turned off and my screenr.com app to film this screencast bugged out. The last minute of the video is off frame but it still gets the job done without resorting to using any techno background music.

My computer was state of the art a year and a half ago and OpenGL used to work with Photoshop but at some point it just stopped working. I’m glad I didn’t have to buy a new video card. All I had to do was upgrade it. The following video shows you how.