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bio website photokandy.com
location St. Louis, MO
age 35
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I am a Computer Geek that loves to play in a lot of sandboxes, including web and graphic design, database administration, music composition and performance, and the art of photography. I've worked for a major corporation as well as various colleges. I love to learn new things but also love to share my knowledge with others.

I have the following experience:

  • B.S. in Computer Science
  • 1 Year as a Test Engineer
  • 3 Years in Photography
  • 6 Years in Graphic and Web Design
  • 8 Years as an Oracle Database Administrator
  • 15 Years Programming Experience (mostly PL/SQL and PHP with sprinkles of VB, C, and C#)

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comment HTTP to HTTPS Tunnel
If a webpage works on HTTP correctly, it should work just fine with HTTPS as well - HTTPS is just HTTP with an SSL encryption layer. What kind of errors do you get when trying to use the web apps under HTTPS?
Jun
5
comment HP Pavilion does nothing but beep three times on startup
How do you know it's not a memory problem? Sure sounds like it could be a possibility to me. Other things to try: Reseat everything (memory, boards, plugs, etc.) and make sure everything is snug. Try again; if you do get in, run diagnostics. If that doesn't work: remove any extension boards such as graphics (but only if you have on-board to fallback to), and see if one of those has gone belly-up.
Jun
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answered Advice on running multiple OSes - chroot, virtualize or dual boot
Jun
5
comment Wireless disconnects upon inactivity
If you're really desperate while waiting for an answer, try doing a continuous PING command to the router. *nix and BSD variants will typically do this by default (e.g., ping 192.168.1.1 will go forever), on Windows I believe you have to add a switch (-t) to the command. That should easily generate enough activity over the network to keep you connected until a better answer is found.
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comment Wireless disconnects upon inactivity
Are you connecting to your own wireless network or someone else's? (If the latter, that may be the reason all on its own.)
May
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answered secure file erase on SSD
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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answered Is it safe to keep semi-sensitive information in Dropbox?
May
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comment Does changing Windows XP theme to classic enhance performance?
I will attest that at 512mb, themeing makes a big difference in performance. I have a 4 or 5 year old HP machine that runs XP and has 512mb, and going to Windows Classic mode sped things up very nicely. (The processor is a reasonable processor; something north of 1.5GHz, so it shouldn't be the biggest factor.)
May
27
comment Almost all sites time out periodically
Regarding the FTP connection part, is this when attempting to establish the connection, or after you've already made the connection and transferred some data. When establishing the connection, I would still argue for some freaky DNS stuff going on, but if it is occurring after a connection has been established, then yes, it can't be DNS. I'd then lean more towards the network driver since Linux is working correctly.
May
27
comment Photoshop, please let go of my hard drive!
Have you had files open in Ps from those drives recently? I suspect Ps may be holding on to those files for some reason. Also, what version CS5?
May
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comment Almost all sites time out periodically
Out of curiosity, try switching your DNS servers to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (Google's DNS). See if you have better reliability. (My local ISP's DNS is really rotten, but switching to other DNSs has helped tremendously.) If it doesn't help, it could be the driver for your network card -- try searching for a newer version or a driver from the company that made the card (not necessarily the company that made the computer).
May
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answered Does changing Windows XP theme to classic enhance performance?
May
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comment In VirtualBox can't get max display resolution for guest OS
Other thought: if the guest additions are installed in your VM, then the VM is just scaling to your viewport size. Go to the "Machine" menu, then "Switch to Fullscreen", and that should do it.
May
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comment In VirtualBox can't get max display resolution for guest OS
Not knowing your setup (host's memory, graphics capabilities, etc.), I can't say for certain, but I can bet it's that you probably haven't allocated enough memory to the VM's video card. You can add up to 128mb, though I would think 32mb would be sufficient. If that works, let me know, and I'll add it as an answer.
May
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comment Normalize volume of all my computer hardware and software?
Feel your pain. I hate it when I end up turning everything up for something on youtube, then forget, and get blasted out of my chair when my Mac chirps at me. Goodness gracious, there needs to be a better way.