Black Viper
Black Viper
Apr 242011
 

Happy Birthday Kitties! Even though all three of them were not actually “born” on Easter, we celebrate their birthdays on the “day we brought them home”, which was… Easter 12 years ago for 25 pounder “J” and 8 years ago for the much smaller Brother and Sister pair of “Houdini” and “K”. Getting these shots took lots of effort, a dedicated additional lighting system (the house is kept dungeon dark) and a tripod (keeping a camera semi-stable without one is silly, even though I attempted it) for my Droid 2 [Continue Reading]

Mar 212011
 

In a departure from my usual, here I list my “Top 18 Hardest Hitting Bass Tracks of All Time“. From the 80’s till today, many have no equal. The links included go to YouTube where, if and while available, you can listen for yourself. Granted, YouTube is not the best when it comes to sound, but you will get the idea. It is worth noting that I am sure other good bass lines exist, but this list is tuned more to my liking and opinion not “all” available tracks. I started with [Continue Reading]

Mar 212011
 

I use  an APC UPS, more specifically, a Back-UPS BX1500G and two services are installed as software (PSPE) to control this piece of equipment on Windows 7 64-bit. This service takes care of testing and actually switching to battery power if needed and through my testing is required. Service Name: APC UPS Service Description: PowerChute Personal Edition service for managing battery backup power events Path to executable: “C:\Program Files (x86)\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe“ Startup type: Automatic (Started) The second service takes care of calculating energy usage and sending it to APC. [Continue Reading]

Mar 072011
 

The recent annoyance of random “Server 500” errors experienced by many visitors (including me) should be solved (or at least, minimized). After tweaking, modifying software parameters and basically running out of further options to customize, I had only one choice to fix things to my satisfaction. Ultimately, I had to, once again, upgrade my hosting account and throw more money at the problem to provide additional resources to accommodate demand. What was triggering the 500 errors was lack of memory and no amount of adjustments, caching and tweaking would meet [Continue Reading]

Mar 072011
 

Since, in recent history, I displayed quite a distaste for FF14, I thought I would post some good news for those gamers looking for a World of Warcraft alternative without having to relearn a game from scratch, as well as be forced to fight through silly game breaking bugs that 30 minutes of game play could have identified. RIFT was recently released and I thought I would give it a shot. Honestly, I was not expecting much as I have been disappointed greatly in the lack of quality game releases the last [Continue Reading]

Mar 072011
 

With the recent Chrome Beta version 10.0.648.127, I was having this nagging issue about the “bookmarks bar” appearing seemingly random and then going away. After a bit of observation, it looks like if you open a new tab, the bar would be there, then when clicking on a site link (say, on your “recent” home page thumbnail view), the bookmarks bar would disappear. This rapidly annoyed me, so I knew an option had to exist to stop that behaviour and it is in a strange (in my opinion) location (not in [Continue Reading]

Feb 232011
 

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is released and I encourage everyone to update their systems now. You can do this by going to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update and check “Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (KB976932).

Feb 142011
 

A issue that has nagged me for many moons with Flash Player Videos is not being able to keep the video full screen on my second monitor while working on the primary monitor. Now, accoring to Adobe’s Flash Player 10.2 release notes, it is included by default, without having to modify DLL files. Download the latest release to activate this feature or update Chrome by going to the options and selecting “About Google Chrome” to update the browser automatically. Enjoy!

Feb 132011
 

A new poll posted: http://www.blackviper.com/bbs/issues-offering-a-bbs-to-the-planet/shutdown-bbs-(forums)/ Should I shutdown my BBS/Forums? A (rather long) explanation why I am asking this question is at the link. Members can vote, guests can read it. I encourage all forum members to read (all) of it and give me their honest opinion. This question and Poll is only for the BBS and not the content found on the entire domain. My install guides, services guides and rants will continue to be maintained for the foreseeable future. I thank you in advance for your support. Comments here are [Continue Reading]

Feb 102011
 

Yousef Alahmad conducted an interview with me via email and asked some pretty good questions. Of course, I rambled like only BV can. He is also the author of the www.blackviper.com logo currently located on the home page. Check out the full interview for more!