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New Hybrid Drive

So, I’ve had a few issues with my Dell E6400, not that I don’t love it, I just wish it wouldn’t burn-up every time I connected an external monitor or two using the docking station (known issue, sent back to get fixed – the GPU would get so hot, the whole machine would lock up).  Anyways, I wasn’t particularly happy with the ~4min bootup time, so thought I’d try the new Seagate hybrid hard drive.

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS


Wow, boot time down to ~1min!! 



I’m typically a WD drive man, having gone through several samsungs and seagates in the past.  So, I’m really hoping this drive serves me well.

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Finally found a decent Live Writer Plug-in for Code

After trying all the code snippit plug-ins for Windows Live Writer, I finally stumble across one that actually works.

Paste As Visual Studio Code v1.6

I thought the others did work at some point, but now they just come out all garbled (the Block Quote that WLW puts in is probably what’s doing it.)

Below is a sample of the lovely plug-in from Lavernock Enterprises.

Code Snippet
  1. <Farm FarmAccount=service.sp
  2. ConfigDB=SharePoint2010_Config
  3. AdminContentDB=SharePoint2010_Content_Admin
  4. DatabaseServer=CON-DEV-ADSQL
  5. Passphrase=SharePoint2010
  6. defaultAppPoolAccount=service.sp>
  7. <CentralAdmin Port=5555 AuthProvider=NTLM>
  8. <Servers>
  9. <Server Name=CON-DEV-SP10-1 />
  10. </Servers>
  11. </CentralAdmin>
  12. <Services>
  13. </Services>
  14. </Farm>
Categories: Windows

Windows Update – Don’t be restartin’

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve started to use my Hyper-V machine to host my development server which I remote in to.  It works great assuming I can actually remote to it (and not blocked by firewall policies).

What is really nice is I can leave it on all the time, so my windows are where I left them.  That is, until Windows Update graciously restarts it for me.

I don’t mind it automatically updating, but do you really have to restart?

This can be disabled through group policy though.

Edit your group policy and navigate to:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

Modify “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations”


Categories: Windows