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Open Xbox 360, Take Xbox 360 Apart

Opening your Xbox 360 is fairly easy however you will need the proper tools and to make sure that you don’t lose any of the parts during process. Below I have listed the necessary tools and all of the steps necessary to open up your Xbox 360 to either upgrade any parts such as the fans or to fix some of the known problems that occur on the Xbox 360 yourself.

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Speed Up Indexing In Windows 7, Disable Windows 7 Search Indexer Throttling

A couple weeks ago I was testing some things on my Windows 7 laptop and needed to make sure that all of the data on my hard drive was included in Windows Search. After adding a large amount of data it seemed as though Windows Search was taking forever to index everything so I started investigating how to speed up the index process. There is a configurable option called “Disable Indexer Backoff” which can be disabled to allow Windows Search to index without any limitations though by default the Indexer Backoff is enabled and thus depending on the speed of your Windows 7 computer it can take quite awhile to index everything on the hard drive. Follow the directions below to speed up Windows Search indexing process by disabling Indexer Backoff.

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Disable Windows 7 Indexer, Disable Windows 7 Search

Windows 7 is by far the best Windows version to date however depending on the computer that is powering the Windows 7 it can be fairly bulky at times. My personal laptop is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit and has more than enough power to handle Windows Search however I have an SSD hard drive and in an attempt to preserve the drive as long as possible I decided to turn off Windows Search or the Windows Indexer to cut down on writes to the hard drive itself. Turning Windows Search off is easy in Windows 7 following the directions below.

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Install dig On Windows 7, Get dig Working On Windows 7 64-Bit OS

I have been wanting to get the use of dig on Windows 7 for awhile but hadn’t taken the time to do so until now. The problem is nslookup is not as helpful in terms of TTL of zone files, etc. and while you can accomplish your tasks with nslookup using dig makes life much easier on Windows 7 when troubleshooting DNS type issues. The other night I was in the middle of a time critical launch of a new web cluster and needed dig on the Windows 7 laptop I was working on so I decided to get it working while I was waiting for some data to transfer. I actually had slipped on setting the TTL, which was for a single sub domain that was part of the transfer, from a TTL of a entire day (86400 seconds) to a TTL of one hour (3600 seconds). Anyhow below is more information on installing dig on a Windows 7 computer.

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Download All PDF’s On A Single Web Page Using Download All Chrome Extension

The other night I needed to download a couple hundred PDF’s from a single web page and was hoping to do so using a Google Chrome extension. After a quick search I located the Download All extension for Chrome that allows you to specify a specific type of file to download from a single web page however there are a couple steps that need to be completed before allowing it to work with PDF files. Follow the directions below to install the Download All extension for Google Chrome, configure Chrome to allow it to work, configure Download All to allow it to work, and last but not least download every single PDF linked from a specific web page.