MemoryCache to optimize database lookups.

Using MemoryCache in VB.Net In this example performance is increased by putting the object into cache (which happens to be a row of data from a database), if that data is not accessed within a sliding expiration time (in this example 1 minute) it will be removed from the memory cache and if accessed later will re fetch from the database and once again place it in the cache.

Disk Defragmentation: Do you need a third party product?

For many years now we have kept a third party disk defragment tool in our tool kit, the product was UltraDefrag. We started with version 6 in the days when Microsoft's built-in defrag did a pretty poor job and using the free version of UltraDefrag delivered a noticeable performance boost. Begin a free tool we could install it temporarily on clients computers when being serviced and recommend the product to customers. Many of our customers reported that they installed UltraDefrag and made a donation to the author.

CyberCrime grows to impact internet users and reporting is ineffective

Cybercrime is the biggest threat to businesses who have on online presence. Bad actors from every country are growing in numbers and our security tools are detecting a significant attack. We have been detecting and recording hundreds of thousands of malicious internet activity for some time now, this includes Distributed Denial of Service, Denial of Service, Phishing, Web Site Attacks, Spam, Unauthorized Login attempts to IMAP, SMTP, Remote Access etc., As a result we have gain detailed knowledge by Country, Service Provider, IP Addresses and range of offending IP Addresses.

Seagate Expansion Disk – Absolutely bad choice for backups

We have always had a trouble free run with Seagate hard drives, both internal and external and we had three Seagate Expansion Drives that we had not used previously that we intended to utilize for a server backup drive. All was well during several consecutive test backups, fast and successful. So the USB 3 attached Seagate Expansion drive has an new job. We scheduled a single daily backup to run after midnight. However, after the first nightly backup we started to have serious issues. The Seagate Expansion drive started to fail when the backup software could not find the drive. A look at disk management proved that the drive was no longer visible to the system. Looking at the drive we could see the blue LED flashing, so we removed and inserted the USB cable, but no joy. Cycling the drives power resolved the issue, but after several hours the drive disappeared again. This we put up with for several days, only getting a successful backup immediately after cycling the power. This appeared to be a case of the drive going to sleep and never waking.

Word: Adding a date picker in a Microsoft Word Document

How do I add a date picker into a Microsoft Word Document? Configure Word First we need to set up Word to allow you to add content controls to your documents Open Microsoft Word Select File then Options Select “Customise Ribbon” On the right panel select “Developer” Click “OK” You will now see a new menu option on the ribbon called “Developer” Placing a date picker control in your document Place your cursor at the position where you want to insert a date picker control. Read More +