Various Tech Tips & Annoyances

I’ll start with how I finally solved my BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) problems on my Windows 7 machine. For a couple of months I was suffering from completely random BSOD, sometimes weeks apart, sometimes several times in one day, but never when performing the same action. It turned out that my RAM was being set to the wrong clock speed by the BIOS when set to automatic. I solved this issue by switching AI Overclock Tuner to D.O.C.P mode and selecting my RAM from the DRAM Overclock Profile list, now my RAM runs at 1866mhz instead of 1600mhz like it was running in “auto” mode and my system is super stable now. For the record I have a Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard and Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Masters RAM, hopefully this little nugget of information will help someone else avoid the stress and annoyance I went through coming to this conclusion.

Are you using an Android phone with clockworkmod recovery 6.x.x.x to backup your ROM and flash new ROM’s and can’t find where the recovery is saved? Well, I have the answer, first thing you will need is root capable file browser, my personal choice is ES File Explorer. I’m making the assumption that you have already rooted your phone if you’re using clockworkmod recovery. In ES File Explorer, press the menu button and select “Root Explorer” then select “Mount R/W” and set every checkbox to “RW”. Now navigate to /data/media/clockworkmod/backup on your internal storage, there you will find your dated backup folder, from there you can copy the folder to your external SD card and/or computer. Hopefully this will help someone avoid the hours of searching for the backup!

Finally my annoyance, today, all my websites including my customer websites have been up and down more times than a yo-yo. It turned out that Bluehost had a massive failure of their switches and/or routers at their Utah data-center. The net result, tens of thousands of websites offline including four or my own and two client websites. I put a notice up on my social media presences so that customers knew what was happening. After about four hours of yo-yo’ing, the connectivity appeared to stabilize, so I posted a notice that all the websites are back up and available, only for the websites to go offline again almost immediately, so I hastily took down the “all clear” postings.

So I have basically lost a day of work, kind of hard to work on websites when they are not available, it’s annoying but some people took it to extremes, wanting compensation and ranting about leaving Bluehost and how they are the worse host ever (I know that’s not true, the worst host ever is 1&1 Internet USA), anyway I digress. From what I can see, Bluehost don’t offer an uptime guarantee, let alone a Service Level Agreement and you wouldn’t expect it for less that $100 for two years, which is the service I bet most of the complainers were using. If you are running a business and your website is mission critical, stump up more cash and get a dedicated server with a SLA and take advantage of Content Delivery Networks. No “cheap” host is going to guarantee uptime on a SLA.

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