Category Archives: Tips

IE favorites, NTFS symbolic links and Dropbox

NTFS symlinks Well-known to *nix-users, unknown to most Windows-users. A file or folder can exist in more than one place, meaning the file is stored once to disk, but can have two different names on different locations. If you change it one place the change happens to the other place. I won’t bother going into […]

Should I defrag my SSD?

The answer is: “Yes!” and “No, never!” or somewhere between. SSD disks has overcome the physical limitations of traditional harddisks. It is actually not a harddisk any more because it doesn’t have a disk. Traditionally when you access a fragmented file the data is scattered around on the disk so the read heads has to […]

.Net GUI thread crossing

In this article I thought I’d try to explain the exception: Cross-thread operation not valid: Control ‘someControl’ accessed from a thread other than the thread it was created on. This article is a simplification and applies to WinForm and WPF (though samples are for WinForm). What is the GUI thread? When an application starts the […]

Disable Windows 7 Sound Card Jack Sensing

Windows attempts to auto detect any changes to the plugs in your sound card. That doesn’t work well with my sound card (X-Fi something) so the speakers keep falling in and out randomly. Solution: The sound card drivers are located under the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} Search for “EnableDynamicDevices” (located under GlobalSettings somewhere) and set it […]

Slow YouTube

For the past 12-18 months YouTube has been slowing down dramatically for me. Around 18:00 I have to pause videos to let them download ahead, and around 20:00 there is no point in even trying. So I ran some speed tests that showed my ISP (www.get.no) to be throttling the bandwidth for YouTube. I’m not […]