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Living Room / Re: Domain Name Registrars
« on: July 15, 2013, 05:46 PM »
>> What's the best way (other than re-registering each as they expire) to transfer them wholesale to another registrar?

Not sure what's the best way.

I can however tell you that I've been using Namecheap for the last 9 years without any pain. Lots of features, not too expensive, good customer service IMO... Your mileage may vary.

Living Room / Re: Undervolting -- my hands are thanking me
« on: July 15, 2013, 04:45 PM »
Sorry to revive this old thread, but I just built a little Linux server here to have access to my archives from anywhere and stream  media. Using  Amahi with Ubuntu 12.04 : works really well, very stable, with a VPN, etc. A couple bumps on the road, but it was mostly my fault (didn't follow the steps carefully enough when I first entered my addresses from another laptop, etc.), but since I chose to do that on my old laptop (which comes with a free UPS...  ;))... I was bound to have heat problems; that is because I changed he CPU a few years ago for something a but too powerful for the ventilation system it seems (?). On windows, I had to undervolt it, as mentioned above.

I almost thought I would be out of luck with Linux when the CPU hit 98 degrees 2 days ago... but , but... NO! there was a solution out there and I was able to once again successfully undervolt my T7500 using Linux PHC and following the steps on the 2 pages bellow. I used the voltages I previously used for Windows' RMClock. I actually dared to go even lower, successfully. If you're using Ubuntu and you follow the guide precisely, you shouldn't have any problems doing the same, unless your CPU isn't supported.

CPU Undervolting with Ubuntu 12.04


How to set the CPU voltage

A couple advices, once you're done with the steps :

1- Make sure you're loading the right patched kernel (the PHC one). In the Ubuntu boot/Grub menu, you'll find it in "Previous Linux versions" I think. No PHC kernel = no undervolting.

Once you know the kernel seems to work properly, edit your  /etc/default/grub file to load it as default. Using a GUI is probably the most intuitive and safe way to do it. Something like Grub Customizer. Install that (follow the steps in the previous link) and move the PHC kernel so that it becomes the 1st kernel entry)

2- make sure the PHC module is loaded automatically (phc-intel).

Open a terminal window and write/paste:
Code: Text [Select]
  1. sudo lsmod | grep phc

I nothing happens you need to add this to the etc/modules file (on its own line) : phc-intel

(For those who don't know how to do this, you'll need to edit the file as a super user; try "sudo nautilus", enter your password and browse to etc/modules
OR if you feel comfortable in nano :
Code: Text [Select]
  1. sudo nano -w etc/modules
edit your file, then ctrl-x, type "y", enter, ctrl-x again.)

3- to add as a startup app, it's easiest to just hit the "windows" key, type "startup", run the startup app, and then add /**your_path**/ as a new item (fill the appropriate textbox)

4- Make sure that phctray (or  phctool) is running. Use "System Monitor" (same as Task  Manager) to check that out. if none of them are, your changed voltages won't be loaded. Something failed in the steps before.

5- You could double check that your voltages/multipliers are correctly saved in  home/**YourUserName**/.phcstore.phc
(you can actually even change the settings there, directly, if you know what you're doing)
If you can't see the file, you might be hiding config files. Hit ctrl+h in Nautilus. Or change that in the preferences somewhere.
... anyway

You might run into other problems, but... I didn't. I actually only had to add the module to the modules file

A few hours of work (2-3) and it's so worth it. Amazing how cool this machine is running when under 100% load !

@Wraith : what version of Windows are you on ?

Thanks Wraith.
Strange. I thought Windows 8 (maybe vista and 7 too, don't remember as I was on XP right before 8 ) treated priority changes at the "instance" level, so to speak. In any case, I can confirm that priority changes certainly don't stick here.

You're right, it seems very slow loading the first time.  But bring it up again and it's faster the second and subsequent times.

You might be right about that. I'll have to experiment some more. What might happen is that I very often put my laptop in standby mode, which probably flushes the caches -- sorry if the term isn't perfectly accurate.

Hey, thanks for keeping this thread alive, ewemoa ! I lost track of it in February.

I have been using the following handy tip in SmartGitHg recently with some success:

Depending on the conditions, I found it's possible to modify the content of commits older than the most recent [1].

The most recent commit can be made available for editing via the "Undo Last Commit" command.  Sometimes it's possible to use the "Reorder Commits" command to make an older commit the most recent commit.  Once that is done, the "Undo Last Commit" command can be applied to it, modifications performed, and a new replacement commit can be created.  It may then be possible to reorder the new commit back into its original position (so-to-speak).

When this works I find it simpler than doing git rebase -i <sha-of-parent-commit-of-interest> from the command line.

[1] Strictly speaking the commit isn't being modified -- a new sequence of commits is created with appropriate content, but I assume most folks interested in doing this sort of thing know this already :)

Cool tip! Thanks.

This would only work as a temporary measure, if I'm not mistaken. Isn't the priority reset each time the task manager is closed? The problem isn't so much the slowness once it's loaded, but the (long) time it takes for it to just appear.

Just now, it took 25s to show its face. Feels like I'm booting an OS or something.

@Carol: yup, that slowness is inexcusable.

The first thing I do on a new installation of any Windows version is replacing the task manager with a tool called 'Process Explorer' from SysInternals.

Thanks Shade. I use process explorer too from time to time -- especially when I need to find out what's keeping my external storage busy. It's always installed on my various machines. However, I (used to) launch taskmanager to rapidly kill tasks or check  ram/cpu usage of certain processes, etc. like most mere mortals. Process Explorer, while great, used to be slower --as in a few noticeable seconds slower. Now it's different though... Not because it's quicker, but because Task Manager has become unbearably slow.

Mine takes a while when the processor is under load.   I haven't tried yet b/c I don't really use it that much (I use process explorer), but have you tried to increase the priority of task manager?

By using e.g. "start /high" ?  Or by using the Prio utilitty (just found it by googling) ?

You're right, it seems very slow loading the first time.  But bring it up again and it's faster the second and subsequent times.

My experience is that it doesn't take too long before a re-run is slow again. And just remains slow, no matter how many times I rerun it. No idea what does that. Maybe atmospheric humidity.

Ah! I'm not alone.  :)

There are a few good things about it, but just the fact that it's so s-s-l-l-o-o-w-w drives me mad. The whole idea of the task manager used to be "an application that always answers fast, no matter what"!  The weird thing is that I've read here and there comments about how responsive it is, etc. How can that be ? Here it's always been slow. I'm not using any special anti virus, and I use Comodo strictly as a Firewall for the days I'm traveling.

Haven't tried any of the alternative task managers either, simply because I've grown tired of maintaining an OS full of replacements for all the things that should just work... But I digress.

One thing I think I haven't tried consistently is launching it from the run "dialog". I might try that today -- I'm not holding my breath.

Hi everyone. I searched the Web a bit but can't find any real discussion and solution to this problem... And not too many people seems to complain about it.

Since I bought a new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed, I've had to put up with a super slow Task Manager. After hitting ctrl+shift+esc, Task Manager takes between 10s and 60s to appear. Anything else is quicker than that! Again : note that the laptop is new and fairly powerful.

Anybody else has this kind of experience ? Any potential cure ? it's really annoying.

(Reinstalling Windows is out of the question here -- too long.)

Seems nice. Thanks Jibz.

Maybe nothing that you didn't already know : Git Tips From the Pros

Pretty surprising, yes! It somewhat corroborates the perception/idea that Git is 1- great at what it does 2- and a/the "major player" in the DVCS (or maybe even the whole VS) ecosystem...

Thanks for the updates, Ewemoa. V4 seems like it's bringing useful features to the table. I'll see if I have the time to update today.

(Also : the "Blame" command is very useful for debugging. I've used quite a few times.)

The commit appears to include the selected files even if changes from them have not been registered with the index.

This is quite true. I made a few mistakes in the past. I don't find it that annoying though as I forces me to be more vigilant when I commit -- i.e. review each changes made to the code before indexing & committing.

Never said thanks ...  :)
Will take a look at Magit.  :Thmbsup:

Hi ewemoa,

Thanks for your nice example ! Git is fun, isn't it ?

I've been using the index editor and stashing capabilities quite a bit in the last 1.5 year. Rebase, not as much. Maybe because I'm mostly working on my own, I don't mind having a few meaningless commits. I haven't looked for rebase interactive in the new SmartGit ; but, as you say, it doesn't seem to be implemented yet. Should be soon as the developer mentioned an available preview in October.

Apart from that, yes, stashing can be extremely useful. E.g. for those times where I find a bug that should be fixed before pursuing some coding : stash the current work, do the bug fixing, come back to previous coding by reapplying stash.

You mentioned renaming in a previous post. I still use the command line when I want to do an explicit file rename. But I usually don't have to as Git detects those if you're careful not committing renames with a bunch of other changes.


SmartGit proved to be quite user friendly, stable and helpful. Used it almost exclusively, together with TortoiseGit which has some great features implementations too (I especially like the fact that I can select and copy commits from the log view and I'll get a nice clean copy of all of them, with the comments... I use that for quickly creating reports). Also, SmartGit now supports Hg, which is a good thing for those of us who use mercurial !

Find And Run Robot / Re: Ctrl+Alt+Enter and Firefox
« on: November 24, 2012, 04:45 PM »
OK, so I changed my browser to internet explorer and the behavior is the same. So I guess there's now a fixed delay between each "launch" in farr. I understand that when launching applications, it could help in terms of performance, etc. However, when "launching links", it makes the whole process a bit tedious.

Is there a way to adjust that delay or remove it ?

Find And Run Robot / Ctrl+Alt+Enter and Firefox
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:28 PM »
Hello all.
For some time Ctrl+Alt+Enter will launch multiple searches (for example) one... tab... at... a... time...
Firefox will wait until one search finishes loading, and then... will load the next one. It's excruciatingly slow and I have to wait since the new tab will steal the focus, preventing me to read anything.
Am I the only one suffering from this ? Is it a "new" farr feature ? a firefox change ?
Thanks for helping me with this one.

Sorry, your post got lost in my emails for some reason... I'll look at that this WE.
Did you find any solution ?

You're working with Git ? Is there a reason why you wanted to do an explicit rename ? Normally Git is good at automatically detecting renames.

BTW, does any one know how to tell -- via the Main perspective -- which branch one is on?

In the the "directories" section/pane, the top directory should have the branch specified in parenthesis.**

E.g. MyCode  (master)


Yup, cherry-picking is useful... if you're careful ! :-)

** that said, it could be made more visible. The window title bar would be a good place.

Developer's Corner / Re: EasyGit - Sane syntax for git
« on: April 25, 2012, 09:29 AM »
Yes and SVN (but not svn working copies, it will create a 99% compatible git working copy that interacts with the svn repository)

I'm curious... Did you try it yet ?

I think contacting the developers is the best way for such a problem -- and especially for an actively developed application like SmartGit.

ewemoa, you seem to be on the right path...
I realize I don't have enough time to delve into that ! I wish I could. Did you send a message to the developer(s) ?

On a side note, I noticed that SmartGit now supports "git init" -- IIRC, it used to be that one had to use git from the command line for this :up:

Project ->
  New Window ->
    Open an existing local or create a new repository

Thanks for the heads up! Didn't notice it. I asked for it a long time ago -- and, like you used the command line or tortoiseGit to to it.

Edit : actually, it was the clone --bare command I was having problems with... and while it's true I usually initialize my repos with the command line or TortoiseGit, i believe SmartGit has been offering the "Open an existing local or create a new repository" for a while (since v2.x) . I might be mistaken though...

Strange. I'll see if I can test that tomorrow.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Farr freezes / delays : solved but...
« on: April 08, 2012, 05:45 PM »
Thanks, Armando!  FWIW, this is also the same problem I've been having for well over a year, as described in this thread...


Cool ! And... You're welcome !
I must admit that the delays were so bad that I almost installed Launchy !!  :o :-)

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