Speed courtesy 2bits.com

Notice a speed difference? I mentioned a few posts back about how I switched the site from shared hosting to a VPS. I also switched content management systems from Wordpress to Drupal (Wordpress is great, but I've always loved the modularity of Drupal). But the real speed difference is due to the excellent server provisioning and tuning by our good friends at 2bits.com. Thanks Khalid!

Quick and easy way to mount an SSD in an Antec Sonata II case

Last weekend I picked up a Samsung 120GB Solid State Drive (SSD) to put in Maria's (my wife) computer. Maria has an AMD-based Phenom quad core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 1GB AMD Radeon-based video card. Despite these specifications the system felt a little slow so I figured an SSD would give her another year or so before upgrading. Moments after buying the SSD I realized that I needed a mounting bracket, but the store was closing up and I didn't have the chance to go back and get one.

Added Amazon author page

Want to know a bit more about me and my book InstantXBMC? I've added an author page https://www.amazon.com/author/charlesmccolm to Amazon.com.

Site Update, July 10, 2014

Work continues on massaging the content and structure. Some of today's changes include:

Site Update, July 9, 2014

We have made several updates over the past few days to Charles' Tech Talk:

  • Content from the old Godaddy Wordpress site has been imported into Drupal

All the images from the old web site broke and a lot of the formatting has been lost, but the textual content is still there. We are working on massaging the pages before the articles/blog posts. Some of the pages will be re-located so the site is more linear and logical. We love search, but we also love knowing exactly where things are.

What you need to know before buying a USB KVM switch

Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) switches let you use one keyboard, mouse, and screen for multiple computers. Switches generally come in 2, 4, 8 or 16 port variants. KVM switches aren't without thier problems. Here's what you need to know about USB KVM switches based on our experience:


Welcome back

If you've been following Charles' Tech Talk (CTT) for awhile you've probably noticed the sudden disappearance of all the content here. Part of the reason for the disappearance is that here isn't here anymore. What do I mean by that? Up until a few days ago Charles' Tech Talk was hosted on the popular shared hosting mogul Godaddy. When I started Charles' Tech Talk more than 6 years ago I really never imagined it would grow to over 250 posts and almost 9,000 page views a month. When I first signed up with Godaddy CTT ran relatively smoothly.

The road ahead, part 2

After a couple of bumps it looks like there's a new home for charlesmccolm.com. That said I might have to pull the site down for a few days while transitioning hosts and exporting the content.

My plan is still to move towards a more community centered site, so expect a temporary splash page for about 15 days. My current hosting plan is up in 3 days which means I'll be moving fast.

The road ahead for charlesmccolm.com?

For the past couple of years I've been deliberating moving off Godaddy's shared hosting plan for charlesmccolm.com. Many of you have mentioned how slow the site is and despite cleaning up modules and trimming themes it remains fairly slow. I considered Linode VPS hosting, but having just bought several big purchases we're tightening our belts a little at home. The other issue I have with VPS hosting is I'd rather pay a yearly rate than a monthly one. A few of you mentioned digitalocean VPS which has a couple of plans a bit less costly than Linode.

Increasing Dolphin's maximum trash size

If you work with files or folders/directories that take up a lot of space you might have run into this KDE error: The trash has reached its maximum size! Clean the trash manually. Sometimes it happens when the KDE/Dolphin trash is full (in which case you just empty it), but it also happens when the trash is empty if the file or folder/directory is too large to fit in the trash. The KDE/Dolphin trash can has a maximum size that can be set. In Kubuntu 14.04 the maximum size is 10% of the total hard drive size.


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