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September 18, 2006

Stop Fetching!

Filed under: Software — @ 5:14 pm







No this blog is not about my Labrador. Trying to stop my Lab from fetching is not possible. Asking Windows XP to stop prefetching IS possible and can really help at boot time. One may wonder why Windows installation seem to get slower as they get older. One of the reasons seems to be the Windows Prefetch. Basically the prefetch goes and gets system items and programs that you have used before in past sessions and loads them into memory on boot for faster load times if they are called. So for people that use or test a wide range of software this can really muck up the works. I was amazed at what my prefetch contained.



To clean things up you can delete all the files in the C:\windows\Prefetch folder.



To keep it from filling up with programs again but allowing windows to still prefetch the system items, do the following:



1) Start => Run => type Regedit => Enter

2) Navigate to this value:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters


3) Values you can choose from include:




0: Disable



1: Application Launch Prefetch



2: Boot Prefetch (CHANGE TO THIS)



3: Prefetch everything (DEFAULT)





September 6, 2006

Adobe to Quickly End Support for SVG Viewer

Filed under: Software,XML — cangione @ 10:21 am

Adobe announced the end of support for their SVG Viewer arguably the best free robust SVG viewer currently available as of January 1, 2007. Disappointing for companies that have used the plug in within their own applications trusting that they had support for a major player in the industry. January of 2007 is not much time to consider alternatives! The claim is that there is now enough support in Browsers and other free plug ins that they do not need to continue to support the plug in. I’m not sure I buy this as much as it competes with other technologies that Adobe recently bought.

So what is an SVG plug in-less person to do? A comprehensive listing of the SVG Viewer Implementations is available on the SVG WIKI at:
http://wiki.svg.org/Viewer_Implementations

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