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Looks like the beast is dead

Since making the change I referred to earlier, my machine has been humming along quite happily, despite the screens looking like this most of the time.

Hadn’t even had a Firefox crash all day; until I was writing this post in Scribefire, and I suspect that wasn’t a memory-related crash.

Memory; think I’m losing it

I have been having a lot of problems with my computers, particularly the one at work, behaving strangely in past months. I’ve never been able to grasp why I have trouble compiling and debugging our solution when others don’t; or why Firefox 3 is so unstable. Last night I was on my machine at home and got a popup telling me that my virtual memory setting was too low and I might want to increase it. I’ve been ignoring similar popups for a week or two but decided that I might as well increase the size. So I open the memory settings and what do I see? Total paging file size for all drives: 0 MB; ZERO? WTF!!

Then it crawled up from the depths of my repressed memories; I had once seen an article suggesting that in most cases disabling the paging file will improve performance. I tried it and found that it worked. Clearly the memory requirements of the software I run has now grown to the point where this is no longer viable, so I turned on my paging file again. Just found the same thing here at work and have enabled paging. Let’s hope this delivers the more stable, if slightly slower, experience I’ve been missing.

How to synchronise your plurks and tweets

So you’ve seen that people are synchronising their posts to Plurk and Twitter and you’re wondering how to do it. Look no further.

Jason Adams has posted a Python script that does exactly that, posting your tweets as plurks and your plurks as tweets. I have passed this info on in Twitter and Plurk but have had a couple of less techie types come back and ask just how to use it; so here is a description. Please note that this assumes you are using Windows and things may be rather different if you use Mac OS X or Linux.

Go to python.org and download the Windows installer from the link on the left of the page.

Right-click the python-2.5.2.msi file once it has downloaded, select Install and got through the steps to install; choosing the defaults is fine.

Once you have Python installed, go to Jason’s Plurk your tweets page and download the plurk.py script file. Remember the folder you saved it to. For the sake of this example we’ll assume that you saved it to C:\Utils.

Open a command window and change to the folder you saved the plurk.py file to (C:\Utils).

c:
cd \utils

Now you are ready to run the script, which takes your Twitter and Plurk credentials as parameters. Assuming that your Twitter user name is t_usr, your Twitter password is t_pwd, your Plurk user name is p_usr and your Plurk password is p_pwd; run the command as follows.

plurk.py t_usr t_pwd p_usr p_pwd

The script will now run and takes a while the first time, but subsequent runs will be quicker. The first time you run it the last ten or so plurks and tweets will be synchronised and the state of synchronisation will be stored in the plurkdb.dat file in the same folder as plurk.py. In future it will be used to ensure that only new tweets and plurks are synchronised so it is important that you move it too if you ever decide to move plurk.py to another folder.

I hope that this answers your questions; otherwise leave a comment and I’ll try and provide further assistance.