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Chrome eating too many resources?

posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:55 PM by Andrew Chadick

I have had a situation over the last few months, where Chrome is opening too many process, eating too much memory, and causing the host system to become unstable.  Through experimentation, I found that if you disable the setting "Memory Ablation Experiment" from within Chrome://Flags the system becomes a lot more stable.  Your mileage may vary, but for me, this is working.


Authors and Books - Favorite Audio Books

posted Feb 3, 2018, 10:15 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 10:16 AM ]

This is a range of styles and types of books, from ones geared for little ones, to very adult.  

Patricia Briggs - Mercedes Thompson
Chloe Neill - Chicagoland Vampires
Dannika Dark - Mageri
Kalayna Price - Alex Craft
Carrie Vaughn - Kitty Norville
Allyson James - Stormwalker
Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels
Laurell K Hamilton - Anita Blake
Rachel Caine - The Morganville Vampires
Lynsay Sands - Argeneau
Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress
Christopher Farnsworth - Nathaniel Cade
Jim Butcher - Dresden Files
Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl
JD Tyler - Alpha Pack
Tamora Pierce - Song of the Lioness
Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus
JK Rowling - Harry Potter
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Saga
Stephanie Meyer - Twilight
Robin Hobb - Farseer Trilogy
Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth
Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls
Cassandra Clare - Draco Trilogy
Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash
Brom - Krampus The Yule Lord

Can't access SMB file shares after Windows 10 Updates

posted Feb 1, 2018, 2:24 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 2:31 PM ]

Open Regedit as Administrator

Then Modify the registry on the workstation:
Create DWORD (32 bit) "SMB2" = with value 0

Create DWORD (32 bit) "EnableOpLocks" = with value 0

Reboot, you can then after logging back in, access  \\fileserver\share    the  smb://  shares.

Burger and Fries

posted Jan 30, 2018, 2:19 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 2:28 PM ]

Fries -
Best to do outside; Use an outdoor BBQ side burner.  Large 4 quart pan to boil the oil.  (Infared thermostat to measure the temp). Use basket strainer spoon to lower fries in to oil. (approx 2" of oil.)

Use Canola oil for those with allergies, or Duck Fat cut with Peanut Oil for those that aren't allergic.
Bring oil to min of 325 degrees with max of 375 degrees and maintain temp while prepping the fries. 

Use Kenebec potatos.  Slice them into home fries, then soak in cold water.  Move the fries around to rinse the starch off of the potatos.  Then extract them, and pat them dry.  (this is an important step).

Lower fries in to oil with basket strainer/spoon.  Cook until golden brown, remove, and then immediately sprinkle kosher salt on to fries.  Salt will bond to the surface of the fries.  Kosher salt provides an excellent flavor to the fries.

Fry Sauce - homemade Thousand Island (portions posted later)
Best Foods Mayo
Sweet pickle relish
Barley Malt Vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
pinch of kosher salt
lemon rind
Whisk to combine

Cook sliced onions in beer, and cook down.  Then remove onions and put in ketchup, put mix in smoker with apple wood for 1 hour.  Take result, and blend until smooth.

The Burger -
Cast iron skillet
80/20 ground chuck  (or as an option- Ground Turkey with finely diced bacon - Turkey patties should be 1/4" thick)

Make 4 ounce beef patties - put small amount of canola oil and brush on to plate surface, and back of other plate, put meat between plates and press until 1/2 thick.  Remove meat and salt/pepper both sides.  Then brush yellow mustard on both sides.  Fry on cast iron. 
(Fry until that first side is nearly burnt, should be crisp and dark.  Flip and add cheese.

If you want red onion on the burger, slice thin, then soak slices in cold water until ready to plate.  Pat Dry before plating.

Iceberg Lettuce notes:  Take head of lettuce and pound it, with stem side down on table top, 2 quick thumps.  Stem should just pop out.  Take lettuce leaves, outer ones, and press flat.  Cut them just larger than the bun size, in triangles.  2 leaves per burger.

Bun is a brioche bun.  After removing burgers, add small amount of oil and turn off the heat.  Put bun slices face down on pan and move around a little.  Buns will use the oil and the oil will prevent the bun from sticking to surface.  Butter or duck fat can also be used instead of oil.

Top Bun: ketchup only
Bottom bun: (this order) Mayo, pickle slices, red onion slices, iceberg triangles, then burger with cheese.

Malted Choc Shake to go with?
2 cups chocolate ice cream
6 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons malted milk powder
Blend until fully incorporated.

Fact Checking

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AT&T APN Settings

posted Jan 3, 2018, 2:51 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 6:47 AM ]


APN: pta
PROXY: Not set
PORT: Not set
Username: Not set
Password: Not set
Server: Not set
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 80
MCC: 310
MNC: 410
Authentication type: none
APN type:default,admin,fota,mms,supl,hipri    (make sure NO spaces after commas)
APN protocol: IPv4/IPv6 
APN roaming protocol: IPv4/IPv6
MVNO type: None

CLICK MENU (...) soft button and SAVE settings


GSM – Global System for Mobile Communications

CDMA – Code Division Multiple Access

EDGE – Enhanced Data GSM Environment

HSPA – High Speed Packet Access

HSUPA – High Speed Uplink Packet Access

HSDPA – High Speed Downlink Packet Access

EHRPD – Evolved High Rate Packet Data

1xRTT – CDMA Data Mode

EVDO – Evolution Data Optimized

UMTS – Universal Mobile Telecommunications System

HSPA+ – Evolved HSPA

LTE – Long Term Evolution



4G – LTE

Windows 10 Driver for Apple Magic Mouse

posted Dec 22, 2017, 11:47 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 12:56 PM ]

Find the bootcamp version of your computer from the link below, and then download it.

Open the downloaded zip file and extract the folder.  

Then find the folder called "AppleBluetoothBroadcom"  Look inside "$WinPEDriver$" folder) and then extract it. 

Install this application: "DPInst.exe"

Then go to this location: \BootCamp5.1.5640\BootCamp\Drivers\Apple\

Install this application:  "AppleWirelessMouse64.exe"

If you have already bonded the bluetooth mouse to windows, you will need to remove it, and have it search again.

But as soon as it latches on, your controls and scrolling capability will be restored.

Backblaze B2 - Business Backup

posted Nov 16, 2017, 7:33 AM by Andrew Chadick

Backblaze Business Backup or B2, has an inexpensive bucket backup available.  

The cost right now is $0.005 per Gig.  Very reasonable.

So when configuring your firewall, you may have to make some adjustments to allow data to go to certain networks or specific URL's... below are the networks and URL's you need to allow.





AMD Laptop with Radeon Graphics - Integrated Card in use

posted Oct 24, 2017, 12:29 PM by Andrew Chadick

How to Configure Laptop Switchable Graphics


This document provides instructions on how to configure Switchable Graphics using Radeon settings and is categorized into the following sections:







What is Switchable Graphics Technology?


Switchable Graphics is a laptop technology that utilizes both the graphical processing capabilities of a discrete graphics adapter and the power efficiency of an integrated graphics adapter.  Switchable Graphics technology engages discrete graphics only when it is needed for 3D applications, and uses energy-efficient integrated graphics capabilities the rest of the time.




How to Enable Switchable Graphics?


To ensure full compatibility it is recommended to use the latest graphics driver for the integrated and high performance AMD graphics processor (GPU) provided by the laptop manufacturer. Switchable Graphics will not function if the power saving GPU does not have any display drivers installed.


If you would like to use the most recent driver offered by the graphics manufacturer to support the latest games and applications, follow the steps below in exact order.


  1. Install the latest Intel graphics driver from the Intel or laptop manufacturer's website
  2. Install the latest AMD graphics driver from the AMD or laptop manufacturer's website


Note! Before installing the display drivers, check windows device manager to see if the GPUs are listed under Display Adapters. The high performance GPU may appear under other devices as a generic video controller




Configuring Switchable Graphics



Choose whether to run applications on the high performance or power saving graphics processor, or to assign the GPU based on the current power source.


Right-click the Desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings from the menu.



Select Preferences.



Select Radeon Additional Settings.



Navigate to Power and select Switchable Graphics Application Settings to see a list of recent applications and which GPU they are using.



Select Switchable Graphics Global Settings to adjust your GPU settings for longer battery life or higher performance.


Note! The high performance GPU may not be available when the laptop is running on battery power.



Assigning Applications to GPUs


Assigning applications allows the user to specify which graphics processor is best suited for 3D applications. Selecting high performance will engage the discrete GPU and allow the system to increase graphical processing capabilities.


Note! The operating system may restrict certain applications from using the discrete GPU. For example, Internet browsers and video applications.


To add an application to use the high performance GPU:


Navigate to Radeon Settings > Preferences > Additional Settings > Power > Switchable Graphics Application Settings and the click Add Application.



Select the application you want to add and click Open.



Under Graphic Settings choose High Performance and click apply.




Switchable Graphics Application Monitor


The Switchable Graphics Application Monitor allows the user to check which GPU is assigned for each application used on the system.


Navigate to Radeon Settings > Preferences > Additional Settings > Power > Switchable Graphics Application Monitor and click Start Monitoring.



An application executed whilst monitoring is enabled will appear in the list below and will show which applications are running on the high performance AMD GPU.


Some sobering facts about guns in America, and this is for a single year...

posted Oct 17, 2017, 9:01 AM by Andrew Chadick

Some sobering facts about guns in America, and this is for a single year...

If you want to find out exactly how many guns are sold in the US each year, then the figures are not recorded.

However, if you want to know how many applications there are to buy guns each year, then the latest data from the FBI shows that 2012 looks like a bumper year for gun sales in America.

In the wake of the Newtown shooting in Connecticut, there is a renewed focus on gun control in the US. And, under US law, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is used to check if someone can buy a gun from a federal registered dealer before they can walk out of the shop with it.

Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn't otherwise ineligible to make a purchase.

The figures show that there have been 16,808,538 applications in 2012 so far to the end of November. If they were approved, that would be enough weapons to stock a member of Nato's armed forces nearly five times over. The system has received 156,577,260 applications since 1998 and the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world.

Firearm background checks


68,584,078 of the total applications since 1998 have been for 'long guns' such as rifles, usually a minimum length of 16 inches (40 cm) for rifle barrels — that is 43.8% of all applications.

The figures are also broken down by state — and they show that of those 16.8m applications, a huge amount come from Kentucky: 2,329,151, followed by Texas with 1,196,176 applications.

If you look at those figures by population for 2012, then Kentucky has had 535.78 applications for every 1,000 people in the state, followed by Montana with 116.95. The US average for 2012 is 53.94.

Of course, not all applications are approved. Reasons for denial include being convicted of a crime in the last two years, having a dishonorable discharge from the military or mental health problems. The latest figures show that being convicted of a crime (which is the easiest to check after all) is responsible for 58.65% of the 976,255 denials under the system.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also records figures for weapons stocked under the National Firearms act, which regulates and taxes many of the most serious weapons. It shows a record high in these weapons being processed this year.

NFA regulated firearms processed


The full data is below. What have we missed and what can you add?




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