Boot Acronis with USB on an EEE PC

There are a few basic guides:

powerex’s guide where you format with an HP tool
ziggywas’ tip to format with PeToUSB
(The following step to those 2 summaries is to just use the Acronis Rescue disk creator)

There’s only one small catch. Setting the first boot device to “Removeable Device” doesn’t include your usb stick. Boot with your USB stick and find the list of hard drives in the boot menu, then move your stick up to first place. Then go back to the boot priority menu and you should see your actual flash drive listed, make that first and you’re good to go.

Oh and FYI, Acronis can’t access the Windows network on the EEE PC, nor can it access my big external drive (which doesn’t make sense). =/

I did find this one interesting tidbit of info:
Update:  For whatever reason, Acronis v10 or 11 + EeePC 900 does not like being plugged into an Ethernet Switch (hanging off a router) for Recovery – it can’t find a network or any network shares – in fact Acronis sees it as “cable unplugged”.  I plugged the 900 directly into a router port, bypassing the Ethernet Switch, and Acronis found the Network.  Done.
I’m plugged directly into a router and it’s still not working. But maybe using a cross-wired cable would do the trick.

By |April 4th, 2009|Tips|1 Comment

Extract Music from your iPod Easily

I used this little freeware app called iDump. Download using the “Executeable only” link. Take that file that you downloaded and put it on your iPod with Windows Explorer/My Computer. Open it up and it should show you your songs.

By |March 23rd, 2009|Tips|0 Comments

’03 Acura TL Xenon Headlights, Keyless Entry – DIY FOOL!

I spent $150 for keyless entry when you can buy them online with instructions for only $35 USD.
I was offered $200 to replace each Xenon HID headlight and passed. Lucky I did because I found a pair of Philips lights online for $88 USD.
Probably a whole number of other things that are way over priced, yet easy to do it yourself.

Look it up before getting stuff from the dealer. This is obvious for some people, of course… but it might help others.

By |January 14th, 2009|Cars, Tips|1 Comment

Disable Auto playing the next podcast on iPod’s

The new iPod’s play podcasts continuously, so if you decide to go to sleep with an hour-long podcast going and fall asleep, you’ll wake up with a whole bunch more podcasts marked as played that you never actually listened to.

The solution:
Go to the main menu, then change the Shuffle setting from “Off” to something else. I picked “Albums”. This stopped my podcasts from playing over and over again.

By |January 9th, 2009|Tips|1 Comment

Make icons in Photoshop (Free plugin)

Toby Thain has made a free plugin for Photoshop that lets you save graphics as .ico files. It’s not over the top like some plugins, its just real basic save as, pick the sizes, etc. Download it here.

By |October 9th, 2008|Customization, Tips|0 Comments

Make your WordPress site faster (easily)

What:
There’s a feature called “gzip” that’s installed by default on most web servers. Modifying your site to make use of it can really speed up the performance.

How much faster?
Try the quick and easy mod_gzip tester by WhatsMyIP.org. Just enter the URL and it will tell you how much faster it would be.

How to enable it in WordPress:
It’s easy! Just grab the plugin called Gzippy and install it. Run the gzip tester again to see it in action.

By |September 21st, 2008|Programming, Tips|0 Comments

Getting “As low as” on Magento unexpectedly?

It’s just a caching issue. All you have to do is go to System -> Cache Management and then click the refresh button next to “Layered Navigation Indices”.

By |September 12th, 2008|Tips|2 Comments

Speed up Magento by ~235%

How to REALLY speed up your Magento site:
The information below on enabling gzip compression will improve your speed a bit, but if you are using a bargain basement web host then that could be a major factor as well. XPC Web Hosting provides advanced technology for speeding up your sites with performance tuned servers in both the USA and Canada. Some of our latest improvements include nginx which speeds up image loading and our database backup system that creates two backups a day and stores off-site archives for 30 days in case of emergency. Learn more.

GZip Compression:
There’s a feature called “gzip” that’s installed by default on most web servers. Modifying your site to make use of it can really speed up the performance.

How much faster?
Try the quick and easy mod_gzip tester by WhatsMyIP.org. Just enter the URL and it will tell you how much faster it would be.

How to enable it for Magento
“One of the drawbacks of Magento is currently its speed if default configuration is used. There are certain ways of making it run faster. The best one is to enable GZip compression by changing .htaccess file a little. You just need to uncomment part of the code. In my case, the speed increase was exactly 235%. (more…)

By |September 10th, 2008|Tips, Tricks|41 Comments

Google Web Browser “Chrome” Released

Google’s new web browser “Chrome” was released today. So far I really like it. It’s extremely fast, looks nice and has all the features you would need. It also imports from Firefox perfectly, not just bookmarks either. It does saved passwords, history, etc. as well.

Download it here

By |September 2nd, 2008|Tips|0 Comments

Guide to Setting Up a VPN in Windows

I used Bob Cerelli’s Guide.

By |June 3rd, 2008|Tips|1 Comment