Posts By: Jon Scaife

2Media Player Classic - Home Cinema LogoComparing madvr GPU performance

My current HTPC has an nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4Gb with which I am able to upscale all content to 1080p with fairly high quality settings, and am also (just) able to playback 8k 60fps content downscaled to 1080p. However, I have long wondered what the benefits of a more powerful card might be on the ability to use higher settings. Sadly, no-one seems to provide any benchmarks for madvr, so how can cards be compared?
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0windows 8 logoscript to create and name network shares

When updating or replacing a home PC I use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to reinstall Windows. It means I only have to maintain a single up-to-date source for all the little free apps I use (Firefox, 7zip, Kodi, etc) and makes a new setup much more painless. One of the few bugs that has irritated me for ages is the network drive map that I create has always had to be renamed manually.
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0windows 8 logoWindows shares not connected after wake fixed

I’ve had a very long standing problem where mapped drives on Windows PCs are shown as disconnected after a PC wakes from sleep or after a reboot. Clicking to open the drive results in a delay of several seconds and then the share opens. I had this problem with Windows 7 right through to Windows 10 1909. Today, thanks to a different issue, I finally cracked it.
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0Wordpress LogoWordPress updates progress

I’ve had an issue for a while now where installing wordpress updates doesn’t show any messages or progress. The updates generally do install but it is tricky to know when the updates have finished. There are a few threads online with possible solutions but most of them haven’t been helpful in my case.
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0Canon CanoScan LIDE ScannerGetting old scanners working with Windows 10 64bit

Many years back I wrote an article about how to get old scanners working with Windows 7 x64. I recently upgraded the PC connected to the scanners to Windows 10 and was faced with the same challenge all over again. Amazingly the same tricks worked and both scanners are now working! Below I detail precisely how to achieve this.
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0Wordpress LogoWebsite testing tools

I am constantly working on both my websites and my web server stack with the aim of it being fast, reliable and secure. New technologies and new vulnerabilities mean a constanyl moving target and sometimes things that have been previously fixed can recur. As well as maintaining articles about many fixes, and a site updates log, I use a range of website testing tools. As this list has grown it has reached a point where I felt the need to document the services I use
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0HTML5 LogoResponsive background images for websites

I’ve recently been updating my websites and web server and adding a new site (LoveCrete.org). I wanted to have a background image on LoveCrete and realised that of course 1 size doesn’t fit all screens. Here is a summary of what my thinking was and what I did to cater for the numerous screen sizes and orientations.
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