Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Most annoying error ever?

The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it.

The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it

This isn't that helpful. I want to know the name program that is using the drive, and the name of the files that are still open.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Darn, my VMware virtual machine was detected

I wanted to install the software from to see if they bundle some additional software with their cursors. To my surprise, their installer detected it was running in a virtual machine:
VMWare virtual machine detected

Looking around for workarounds... To be continued..

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Antivirus Plus

Ran into the good old rogue Antivirus Plus application today:

Antivirus Plus

Update October 27, 2009

Today I ran into AntiVirus plus again. I capped a FreeFixer log so you can see what changes this rogue antivirus program did:

FreeFixer v0.48 log
Operating system: Windows XP Service Pack 2
Log dated 2009-10-27 18:06

Registry Startups (3 whitelisted)
HKLM\..\Run, AntiVirus Plus = C:\Program Files\AntiVirus Plus\AntiVirus Plus.70155.exe
HKCU\..\Run, AntiVirus Plus = C:\Program Files\AntiVirus Plus\AntiVirus Plus.70155.exe

Autostart shortcuts
AntiVirus Plus.lnk, , C:\Program Files\AntiVirus Plus\AntiVirus Plus.70155.exe
AntiVirus Plus.lnk, , C:\Program Files\AntiVirus Plus\AntiVirus Plus.70155.exe

HOSTS file

Friday, 3 July 2009

Goodbye GoogleUpdate.exe

GoogleUpdate.exe is the shared component that keeps Google Toolbar, Google Chrome and other Google products up to date. Google got a lot of critic for creating yet another process that kept running in the background.

The good news is that upcoming version of Google's software will use the Windows Task Scheduler which only run at periodic intervals, not 24/7 like GoogleUpdate.exe did.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Invited to the Dreamhost Private Servers

Got an invitation to the DreamHost private servers a few days ago. Basically, the invitation allows me to start a private server starting at 150MB and $5 / month. I'm currently running my sites in the shared environment and I'm happy with the response- and up-time.

Anyone tried the Dreamhost PS? And how long will 150MB last? I'm currently using around 1400 CPU seconds/day.

Hey again Roger!

Last week we again sent you an email inviting you to try our still-new
DreamHost PS (Private Servers) and/or our DreamHost PS MySQL service!
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Nor did you choose to sign up by visiting:

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