GiffGaff – Free Sim Card – Cheap Mobile Operator

A new mobile operator has sprung up called GiffGaff – The tarrifs are very cheap and it is a pay as you go services with ‘GoodyBags’ available offering unlimited internet usage.

Using the link below to sign up will credit your account with £5.00 once you activate your sim, the whole process is very simple and GiffGaff is run on the O2 network. Your number can also be ported over in the usual fasion. Once you sign up giffgaff will send you a free sim card.

Send me my free sim and giffgaff me now

John

Virtual DJ Pro 7.02 Controller DN-S3700 – Music skipping

Hi All,

Here is something which may be of interest to all you Virtual DJ Pro 7.02 users using a USB Midi controller such as the Denon DN-S3700 or Pioneer CDJ-2000 when you find the track playing starts skipping.

When loading a track or scratching using a midi controller you may notice that the CPU spikes, this by design is normal behaviour, it is so the track gets loaded as quickly as possible, but, you may have also noticed that if the CPU peaks out at 100% the song playing may skip (sometimes forward and backwards) – In Microsoft’s own words ”In this scenario, you notice that there is high CPU usage approximately every 15 seconds on the computer. Additionally, you may experience skipping in audio playback from the audio device when overall CPU usage reaches 100%””.

To help cure this problem and ONLY if you are having this problem Microsoft have a hotfix out available at the link below

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981214/en-us

Hope this helps you out like it did me.

John

Sage Line 50 Slow over network

Sage Line 50 Slow Over Network

Here is another little help topic that may help some users regarding sage line 50 slow over network problems.

After many years dealing with Sage Line50 it is no surprise that I am a little upset that Sage will STILL NOT utilize SQL for the database backend. There was a sign that Sage were moving over to SQL when a beta of Sage Line50 had been issued to a number of ”testers” only for me to find out the other day that Sage have put it on hold for the foreseeable future due to ”problems”.

Being an IT Administrator for our company, Specialist Building Factors, has led to many complaints from our users why Sage Line 50 runs so slow over a network. There has been many upgrades and tweaks to squeeze every bit out of our network. Our network at the moment comprises the following:

1 x Dell PowerEdge T310 Quad Core 2.5GTZ server running SBS 2008 with 12GB ram (4 SAS disks Raid10 – the sage data is also held on this server as a temp measure)
1 x Dell PowerEdge 1600SC running Server 2008 4GB ram (This is down at a remote branch running as a backup domain controller, dhcp, and print server)
1 x Dell 16 port Gigabit switch coupled with 2 x cisco routers for our remote branch connection via VPN
19 x Windows XP + Windows 7 desktops (all running Sage Line 50) (4 of these at the remote branch running over terminal services)

The antivirus protecting our network was Avast! AntiVirus 4.8 Professional running on the Main server using the Avast ADNM console to manage the whole installation. The root of all the Slow Sage Line 50 problems was…… Avast :(, simply disabling the Avast shields on the clients and the server was not good enough, the Avast product had to be FULLY uninstalled.

OK, so the Sage Line 50 speed over the network is back again, the problem was now to find a good AV product, server/client friendly that did not impact Sage. This led me to ESET’s NOD32 AntiVirus program, I installed this across our network and on all servers and the Antivirus impact on Sage Line 50 is minimal. It is widely regarded by many IT Admins as the best AV software, and from my point of view if you use Sage Line 50 on a network, scrap your current AV software and use ESET’s, you won’t be disappointed.

Hope this helps, if it does please leave comments or, ask any questions for others to reference.

John