Saturday, July 31, 2010

Recommended reading 4 developers

Besides the recommended books, there are also some interesting online articles I wish I had known them to talk to developers around me. Thus I would like to highlight some of those posts:

No Programmers

10 types of programmers

How to be a Programmer

Getting Things Done to be come invaluable

How to give and receive criticism

Fun to read, isn't it ?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Disable Vista services

ok, Windows Vista is a PITA (Pain In The Ass) ! Especially the "Ultimate" which has about 134 services running . Hey guys, this is serious, I'm not exaggerating at all. I don't care the stupidity or ambition of M$ guys, but the performance of Windows Vista is ridiculous, and they should fix it before the customers vote with feet.
(not kind of "fix" by requiring customer spends some hundred bucks to upgrade to Windows 8, though)

Ok, before somebody helps us, we should try our best first ;-) . One of the first things I do when touching a Windows PC is to disable the services, and that surely helps performance. Here are some services I recommend to change to "disabled" or "manual" :

LV1: STUPIDITY (should be disabled ASAP)
# Application Experience
# Diagnostic Policy Service
# Distributed Link Tracking Client
# Function Discovery Resource Publication
# IP Helper
# Messenger Sharing Folders USN Journal Reader Service
# Offline Files
# Program Compatibility Assistant
# Tablet PC Input Service
# Web Client
# Windows Defender
# Windows Error Reporting Service
# Windows Media Center Service Launcher
# Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
# Windows Search
# WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service

LV2: AMBITION (should be changed to "manual" ASAP)
# IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules
# IPsec Policy Agent
# Network List Service
# Portable Device Enumerator Service
# Readyboost
# Remote Access Connection
# Shell Hardware Detection
# Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework
# Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
# Windows Update

LV3: ARROGANCE (should be tweaked to "manual" or "disabled", YMMV)
# Background Intelligent Transfer Service
# Cryptographic Services
# Human Interface Device Access
# Network Location Awareness
# Print Spooler

Disclaimer: disable those services at your own risk !