Black Viper
Black Viper
Oct 222003

I took the web server down to configure my latest domain change. I have successfully installed a compression module for the web server to allow outbound traffic to be dynamically compressed. This will (and already has proven) effective at reducing my bandwidth consumption and greatly decreases page load time. For example, one of my most popular pages being Windows XP Services 411 also has the distinct pleasure of being one of the largest pages served. In an uncompressed state, the amount of data for the page being transferred over the [Continue Reading]

Oct 202003

I have temporarily disabled the different color schemes while I work on a server side solution. If you are lucky enough to use Netscape or, even better, the open source Mozilla, you can change the Black color scheme to a White theme by selecting View –> Use Style –> White. If you are using IE of any flavor, that feature is not available, sorry. But, you can choose Tools –> General Tab –> Accessibility button and check: Ignore colors specified on Web pages You can even go so far as [Continue Reading]

Oct 172003

MaximumPC Magazine mentions Black Viper and with regards to the Windows XP Services Information in the November 2003 issue on page 48 1/2. (This page is actually a fold out and between pages 48 and 49.)

Oct 092003

I have posted a page to allow you to create your own custom Windows XP Services Registry File. IMPORTANT: This function is in testing. Do not use if you are scared as to the outcome. However, feel free to test the tool and send me feedback with success and failure stories. No checks are performed to ensure that all dependencies are accounted for. Ensure that you validate your service configuration before creating your custom file. Checks for dependencies may be included at a later date. Download the default registry settings [Continue Reading]

Oct 092003

If you wish to purchase Halo for the PC and want to play the Co-Op campaign like the XBOX version, do not even waste your money. It is not an option. As a side note, the rendering speed is very poor, at best. The sound stutters often and skips dialog in the rendered cut scenes. So, unless you wish to play single player campaign or online multiplayer at 800×600, it is best to wait for patches to fix the problems. Your results may vary. However, feel free to wander around [Continue Reading]

Oct 082003

Unfortunately, I still have not caught up completely on back E-Mail. Still around 50 more to go but decided to call it quits for tonight. Again, I apologize for the delay and I will try to personally reply to all that I can, but rest assured that kind words of encouragement may increase my time checking E-Mail, but it also motivates me to continue on and lets me know that my information that I take great care of and pride in posting is valuable to others.

Oct 072003

To feed my curiosity, I downloaded a file sharing program called Overnet and searched for "Windows XP Services." Sure enough, there was my document. 2 revisions and 5 months out of date shared across the network. Not sure whether I should be "ticked off" or happy that my hard work and information is "so popular" that it warrants being distributed in such a fashion. In a totally unrelated manner, I am attempting to catch up on all of my E-Mail tonight. I apologize for the delay, but I have been [Continue Reading]

Oct 012003

I swapped out one of my routers for a new NETGEAR model. So far, it seems that it performs much better. Only time will tell. I still have not received my wireless upgrade, so the Linksys bridge is my bottleneck for now. Soon, very soon, it will go away, also.

Sep 232003

I received a call from my ISP stating that the network was redone, backbone bandwidth increased and connectivity restored. I have monitored the connectivity status for the last few hours with no long term dumps (more than a second). This is a nice change from the more recent drops in connectivity from one minute to five minutes, several times per hour. This also reduced my motivation for posting new content that my readers would not have the opportunity to access whenever they wished. On a lighter note, I could soon [Continue Reading]

Sep 222003

The domain has been down for over 4 hours due to my ISP working on connectivity issues. The site will return when I regain connectivity. Unfortunately, I must put up with these outages as I cannot afford a "dedicated" solution to my bandwidth needs and I am not about to resort to banners or other obnoxious advertising. Hopefully, the attacks on my ISP will fade and I no longer will be knocked offline.