Scott Hanselman

FavIcon.ico can be a bandwidth hog

January 3, '07 Comments [9] Posted in ASP.NET | Musings
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I got an email from ORCSWEB, my most excellent hosting company (check them out) that I'd used over 230 GIGs of bandwidth for the month. Oy. First, I was happy that the site is doing well, then I was disturbed. Something MUST be wrong.

So, I asked them to hook me up with a better stats package than the default and they hooked up SmarterStats immediately. I checked it out:

Notice anything odd there? Yes, my favicon.ico used 27 GIGS of bandwidth in the month. Yikes.

Turns out my icon was 70k, as I made it a wonderful high-quality "Vista" icon in an attempt to make things pleasant and everything for folks. Of course, I didn't noticed when it was taking up over 11% of my monthly bandwidth.

Long story short, I changed my icon from a multi-resolution (6 resolutions, all 16M colors) to a simpler one using Junior Icon Editor that has 3 resolutions at 16 colors and still looks nice. The icon is now under 4k, a 95% reduction that should lower this month's bandwidth by 25 GIGS.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Problem caused by Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Install SP2 to fix

January 3, '07 Comments [4] Posted in Musings
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Considering that this machine had Windows XP SP1 on it, this doesn't bode well for the new year.

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1990 called, they want to their software back

January 2, '07 Comments [36] Posted in Musings
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This was a silly thing to do, but I noticed this message on a private mailing list I subscribe to:

Is there a [good] deal for PC Anywhere? One of my clients needs me to have it

and I just had to respond:

Ya, and I need a copy of QEMM. Got a few TSRs I need to load into the UMB. Oh, and Stacker 2, my RLL 50meg Winchester Drive is filling up with Borland’s new TurboVision headers.

And since my own dorky response made me chuckle out loud, I thought I'd share.

What archaic (meaning: older than like 2 years ;) ) software does your workplace force you to use? Discuss.

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Beta Rev Disk Drivers for Windows Vista

January 2, '07 Comments [5] Posted in Musings | Tools
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I have a love/hate relationship with my Iomega Rev Drive. I love the drive, but I hate Iomega.

The drive hasn't worked in Vista since I upgraded due to lack of drivers, and that's cramped my backup strategy. However, I noticed today beta drivers for Vista up on their incrediblycraptastic support site.

Here's the direct links so you don't have to futz around. Good luck.

It's a great little piece of hardware, the Rev Drive, it's just got yucky software because they choose to make it look like a UDF (DVD/CD) device, rather than a removable hard drive (which would have been my preference.)

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Last Post of 2006 - Best Of

January 1, '07 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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CIMG6216We're getting closer and closer to 2010, and it's tripping me out. This is the last post of 2006. Here's some of the things I felt good about this year in no particular order. Also, here's the complete archive of 2006 posts for this blog in calendar form.

Sure, this is just a list of links, but it's the posts that I thought were the best out of the hundreds I ended up posting this year. Hope next year is fantastic for you and yours.

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