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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.

ZIP files downloaded from IIS are corrupt


If you download a ZIP file from Internet Information Services (IIS) and your computer says it is corrupt or invalid, try this solution:

Firewall and Port Forwarding in X-Wrt 8.09


You might want to set up 'loopback forwarding' so that you can access your WAN IP as if you were not on the LAN. For instance, if you have a web server behind your X-Wrt router, and the incoming port 80 is forwarded from the router to your webserver. This allows computers on the WAN (that is, not on your local network) to view your website. However, if you try to view your website from behind the X-Wrt or OpenWrt router, you won't be able to see it. For this, you need loopback forwarding. This is because port 80 is forwarded only for WAN requests.


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