Meandering Out Loud

Don Thorp’s Musing, Muttering, and Mischief Along a Random Path

Archive for the ‘Software’

Software: Remote Desktop Client

If you need to connect to Windows XP or Windows 2000 server from an older client, Microsoft has published the Remote Desktop Client Software for download. This is a must have if you do any remote management.

Directory Switch

function sister() { cd “`pwd | sed -e s/$1/$2/`” } function sist() { sister main test } function sism() { sister test main }

Slow Tomcat Mystery Solved!

Before you say…”you really should pay more attention”, I just want you to know I’ve been REALLY swamped at work. We have a really important deadline looming so I had to let some things slide. On to the mystery! For the last couple of weeks I’ve been wondering why this website has been taking 5 to 6 seconds [...]


Ok, normally, I never use the work “Rocks” in a sentence unless I’m telling a bunch of kids to stop throwing them, but it this case I made an exception. In general, cygwin (you can find it at provides a unix type environment under windows. Which by itself, is a major plus. What prompted today’s [...]

SVCHOST – Why is it using so much CPU

Every once in a while, you find an article on Microsoft’s knowledge base that actually helps answer questions you’ve had for a long time. While researching why a process was eating up so much of my CPU I found the following article – A Description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP (Q314056). For years I’ve wondered how [...]