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Why is my computer running so slow?

So for the past few months my development machine has been running like dog crap. I couldn’t, for the life of me figure out why this was happening. I downloaded ProcessExplorer… Nothing too bad. Memory is being used up efficiently, nothing is dogging my CPU. What…the…hell!

Quite by accident I figured out what the issue was… My web browsers. Yep. Seems that ole Firefox OR Chrome decided to make my machine as inefficient as possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, they can’t take ALL the blame. I also blame 80% of the issue on adobe flash. I’m starting to see why flash and apple are battling against each other. What a horribly inefficient piece of crap flash is.

So I decided to do an unscientific test. I timed how long it took my machine to compile an 8 project application in Visual Studio with and without Chrome running. Then I tried the same scenario after I watched a video on youtube. Anyone want to guess? At LEAST twice as long to compile after watching a flash video.

I’ve tried IE (but haven’t used it in years) and Opera but I don’t like those browsers all that much. As it is now, I no longer use a web browser on my dev machine. I now use another laptop on my desk for streaming pandora, watching tutorials or anything else that requires flash.

So… If your machine is running slow, take a look at your web browsers as a source of frustration.

Hello World!

When you install a wordpress blog the first post is always “Hello world!”. I’ve probably put together 50 websites in the past few years with wordpress and always delete the “Hello world” post. Because for the most part it’s not relevant to the site’s content. But this time I’m leaving it. It’s truly, Hello world for me. Well, really, hello world again…

A few years ago I had a pretty nice blog going on RocksThoughts.com. I had lots of code examples and generally a lot of good information about writing software. But as is often the case, (A.D.D. anyone?) I forgot about the blog and moved on to other projects. I was getting quite a few hits to the site and looking back I could have monetized the site for a nice monthly recurring income. The reason I didn’t do it then is because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was writing about cool stuff I found. I’m hoping to the same now.

SQUIRREL!!! (A.D.D. again). Seriously I walked away from writing this post for 45 minutes. I’d take a drug to control it but I hate prescription drugs. Anyways…

The one area I struggled with last time was writing about coding. I love coding but it’s only 20% of my life. Why should I write a full blog on 20% of my life. So this new blog will be about coding, websites, seo, sem, homebrew, family stuff, vacations, etc.

I’m not really writing for a specific audience and I doubt too many people will read this but I don’t really care all that much. It’s a place where I can write what I want (within reason) and have fun with it.

At this point if you’re still reading, that’s awesome. Congrats to you and hope you stick around for more.