Windows File transfers are slow or: what I have been troubleshooting for the last two months

Over the last couple of months, I have spent a lot of time trying to improve the performance of file transfers across the LAN. Try as I might, I could not isolate the bottleneck. This is on a small network, a large RAID array, plenty of RAM and CPU power, 100 megabit switches. File transfers to and from the file server were topping off at less than 5 megabytes per second, but client-to-client transfers faired better, near 10 MB/s. WHY?!

cwRsync (cygwin) file transfers are slow


I was going crazy trying to figure out why rsync would not transfer faster than about 64 or 80 kbps... Turns out, Cygwin, the linux 'emulator' that allows rsync to run in Windows, is probably the culprit. Check out the last post on this thread.

No need to clean old prefetch data with CCLeaner


The freeware system utility CCLeaner has dramatically improved system responsiveness and overall performance for a couple of desktop PCs that I administer. I saw the option to clean "Old Prefetch data" under the Advanced menu. According to this link, there is never a need to clean Windows' prefetch data, and in fact, doing so will temporarily reduce system performance.

How to setup WDS on OpenWRT Kamikaze


If you want to use WDS on your WRT54g router, or other OpenWRT Kamikaze router, you MUST use the 2.4 broadcom version. If you do not see the WDS mode as an option in your wireless radio settings, double check that you are not running the 2.6 version of OpenWRT. The 2.6 version of OpenWRT Kamikaze is not yet compatible with WDS.

This thread is how I found out:

Tag cloud in Drupal


It's easy to create one of those really cool "tag clouds" in drupal 6.

  1. Download Tagadelic here
  2. Navigate to Site Building, Blocks, turn on the "tag by categories" module
This requires that you are already using the taxonomy module

WMI VBScript to rename files

I needed to watch a directory for incoming files, then rename the files sequentially and move them. Here's how I did it.

 int i

for i = 1 to 10000
    strComputer = "."

    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

    Set colFiles = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * From CIM_DataFile Where Path = '\\scripts\\' and Extension = 'pdf'")

extract files from an MSI file

To extract files from an MSI package, run this in a command prompt:

msiexec /a setup.msi /qb targetdir=c:\target_dir

Polk County Iowa Campaign for Liberty Meeting

This is the audio for the first Polk County meeting for the Campaign for Liberty. Kent Sorenson explains his path to victory in the Iowa House, and his fight for liberty there.

PartnerJet codes are not importing from Equitrac Professional


Check for a locked file: ptglobal\valid\acc1.dat
This file and ptglobal\valid\acc2.dat should have the same date.

HP Laserjet 4000 Error 13.2 paper jam

This error is easy to fix. There's probably no paper in the printer's paper path. The paper jam error 13.2 is caused because of the printer's clutch having too much friction. Follow the steps on the following link for each paper tray. This picture shows what the clutch looks like.


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