Dave Ramsey Lost His Way

For a few years I’ve been following Dave Ramsey, sometimes listening to his radio show when travelling, sometimes a podcast and glancing at his website for ideas and suggestions. A month or so ago his podcasts stopped updating on the website, and now when I visit to see why, all I see is a locked down paywall site which sends me straight away. Of course you can still get the podcasts through iTunes from your website, but this is counter to those people on a real budget that need advise and should be using an Windows or Android phone instead of wasting their money on a $700 Apple product. So so far off course…

Dave Ramsey was always about saving money, so Dave, I’ll be saving my money and not making any referrals or recommendations on your behalf anymore. You appear to have stepped over the threshold of charging for everything including shared user advice. I know you’ve made buckets of money over the years already so I hope this doesn’t kill off your future dreams – as you’ll soon discover the Internet is a very shrewd place and other free resources will suck up your lost clientele which will devalue your branding to advertisers.

All the best though, I enjoyed your show while it was accessible!


Adding gcc list file from Eclipse build

If you are using CDT in Eclipse to build a project and want to get the ‘list’ files combining source and assembler, there’s no checkbox to press.

To enable this, goto your project Properties/C/C++ Build/Settings/GCC C Compiler

Set the “Command line pattern” to be:


The end bit is the addition and tells the assembly generator to create the list file.


IIS ASP.NET VS2013 Profiler on Windows 8: Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion

Was trying to use the built in VS2013 profiler in IIS and it was hard to get working reliably on Windows 8, frequently throwing the exception “Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion” which stopped everything from working. Profiling became a one shot if lucky event but was basically unusable.

This post helped me.

By using the group policy editor and enabling “Do not forcefully unload the user registry at user logoff” everything now works as expected from the UI.

I also (unrelated to this error) I found I had to disable instrumentation of 32bit DLLs in the project to make it work smoothly.


Bing SSL Search Provider

Back in January 2014, Bing enabled https support on their main website. Great news, and everyone should be using this as their default home page. However the search bar and location bar still use a non-secure http version of Bing which means adhoc searches are public.

I have placed an xml file to install a SSL version of the Bing search and you can install it by clicking here:

A text version can be displayed clicking here for those of you wondering what is in the file! Basically it is the default Bing provider with http changed to https and the name changed so as to not conflict.



VMWare Slow shutdown with Windows 7 Shadow Copies and System Volume Information

I love VMWare, but one of my frustrations has been that when you ‘sleep’ a VM, Windows takes an absolute age to flush the VM from memory.

When you examine the disk activity from Resource Monitor, you can see that a lot of data is being written to System Volume Information folder. This is Windows basically storing a snapshot of the files due to System Protection being enabled on the drive.

Today I discovered that it is possible to disable System Protection for certain folders:


Adding your VM folders to the registry to prevent snapshots being taken significantly speeds up the shutdown of a VM on my system.


Blackberry IM trashes iPhones – Google needs to save the day!

With the new release of the iPhone OS3.0, there was an expectation that IM on the iPhone would finally enter the 20th century, and a slim chance that it might enter the 21st. Sadly this expectation is denied, and the iPhone continues to be the follower and not the leader in the mobile IM marketplace.

Prior to OS3.0, the iPhone allowed a user to run only one application at one time, (excluding the system applications), and this meant that IM on the iPhone was for the most part a very momentary thing – you could IM – or not. If you were wanting to write an email – no IM. Make a call – no IM.

A few companies attempted to work around the limitation of no background apps through use of push email: if you were ‘busy’ doing something (or even nothing), then you would be emailed notification that you should log into IM to read your messages. This was a temporary workaround and was at the most better than nothing, however due to the lack of reliable push email, you probably only stood a 50% chance of receiving notification after 15 minutes. Issues with the iPhone not pushing email when it roamed from Wifi to GSM caused serious problems.

Herald in OS3.0 and Apple’s solution to lack of background processes: Push Notifications. In theory, a good idea. Why have your phone using power if a server can be sat elsewhere instead?

Apple actually appears to have implemented Push Notifications quite successfully. They appear much more reliable than Push Email, and enable you to be interrupted in a fashion similar to receiving an SMS. Great! We have working chat!? Not quite. Sadly, all iPhone IM applications require the user to use them periodically to keep them connected to the messaging service. Current times range from 4 hours to 3 days.

This is similar to owning a fax machine that requires you to visit it each day to press a button to keep it working. Naturally that important fax (or IM message) telling you that you’ve won $1million always arrives on the 4th day.

Blackberry users can at this point of course gloat, since they’ve had permanent IM on their device, both in the forms of RIM messaging as well as apps from Google (gtalk) and MS for years.

Perhaps at some point Apple will appreciate the value of background applications, or providing a reliable IM app. Until then, I suspect it will have to be Google that comes along and saves the day – they have the server infrastructure that could manage permanently online gtalk clients that always push.


Vote NO to Facebook new terms

Old terms:

When you post User Content to the Site, you authorize and direct us to make such copies thereof as we deem necessary in order to facilitate the posting and storage of the User Content on the Site. By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content. Facebook does not assert any ownership over your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content.

New Terms:

2.1 For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account (except to the extent your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it).

So… NOW if you share you upload your photos you are inherently sharing them with others. So if you leave it will not be deleted and you still have no rights to it.

This is worse than the original terms….


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Gas Prices – Taken for a ride

Look closely. Notice anything?

When oil was last this price, gas was around 45c/gal cheaper! Guess who is enjoying the downward ride? Recent prices are rising, despite falling oil. Also, the slope of fall is sharper on the oil than the gas. Someone is making some serious money!


Download hotfixes without contacting Microsoft

A customer can get the fix they want without calling in to Microsoft, assuming they know the KB number of the hotfix they want and can remember the URL format for a self-service hotfix request:


E.g. The August CU for MOSS 2007 Global is KB 956056. This yields the following URL: http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=956056&kbln=en-us.

You will be asked for your email address during the download process. Enter it as a password for the hotfix file will be emailed to you.


Countdown Creator Review

The Countdown Creator (http://www.thecountdowncreator.com/) is a tool aimed at churches and other media groups, to add a countdown timer onto video. I bought this product after finding that Sony Vegas doesn’t have any plugin suitable for creating this. The marketplace is pretty sparse, with really only one product out there, and after using it a few times, I would hesitate to recommend it to you for these reasons:

– It is restricted to video files that are 720×480 (i.e. not standard TV)
– The MPG export feature doesn’t work, so you’re limited to WMV files being output
– Technical support is useless (the person took about a week to even reply to an email)
– The output quality is not that good (perhaps a restriction of WMV?)

Saying that, it does enable you to create a video file with time counting down. We used it to overlay massive time onto a black background and then re-edited that into our video in Vegas.

As a rating, 3/10 would be all I’d give it. Your mileage may vary!


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