See this publication in PC Pro by: Darien Graham-Smith posted on 20 Nov 2013 at 08:03. Read it here.
I have wanted a way to get a reduced windows 7 startup time for a while. I was concerned about the time it took from switch on to the point where all apps that start automatically were ready for use. This has generally increased over the years during the time I had previous versions of Windows and on into the time I have had Windows 7.
There are those who would say I have too many apps starting. Well I didn’t buy a cheap computer and that’s what computers are for. To have apps running that a person can use at any time without much notice.
How I Reduced Windows 7 Startup Time
In the hope I would get reduced Windows 7 startup time I bought a Crucial Adrenaline solid state cache in 2012. It was controlled by NVELO Dataplex v126.96.36.199. I questioned how good it was because it still took a long time to start. However if I left it for a while after starting Windows, prior to logging on to my desktop, there was a noticeable improvement on the start-up time for the multitude of programs that loaded after log-on. So I continued to use it.
Yesterday (6th March 2013) I was notified by NVELO of a new version of Dataplex v188.8.131.52. I followed the process carefully to perform the upgrade. After the upgrade, and following restart, there was a very long startup time (5mins or more) while the cache was sorted out. Everything was OK but I didn’t restart again that day.
Today (7th March 2013) I started and the logon screen appeared after 1min 25secs. I logged on by 1min 30secs and my extensive range of icons, toolbars and gadgets had all loaded within 2mins from switch on. It took at least 4mins before. There must have been a problem with the previous version. I don’t think it’s wholly due to the improvements in the new version.
Panic set in last night when I couldn’t access the Internet. Eventually I tried my laptop after checking the lights on my Home Hub and reset it a few times. That worked O.K. and in the end I deduced my power-line network had failed. It turned out that a Netricity Powerline 500M Ethernet Bridge Adapter Failed. The one connected to the PC had green lights on it suggesting it was hunting for the other adapter. The one at the router had some red lights on it. I unplugged it and went to bed. When I got up and tried it this morning the lights on the faulty one wouldn’t light in any colour. So that was the end of my Netricity (economically priced) power-line network. I had kept the receipt but, guess what, it was 13 months old so out of guarantee by one month, typical.
Getting A Replacement
So by 09:10 I was in the local technology store, Maplin – where I got the original from, to get a replacement. I had looked one up before I went. I settled on a Delovo “dLAN 500AVplus” having previously been happy with the 500Mbps technology of the Netricity devices. Here is the Devolo website.
Well I am happy again now and to some degree the working Netricity adapter is compatible with the Delovo adapters. However I can’t seem to control it from the Delovo Cockpit. One of the benefits of the new adapter is the mains socket reappears on the front so that it can be used for something else. The manufacturer recommends plugging the router or PC into this because they have built in a filter (HF I presume) to reduce interference.
Here is the new adapter below:
It’s becoming quite popular to send cameras up to the edge of space for one reason or another. This is one of the latest which an iPad survives undamaged.
NOTE: The article quotes, “….with the blackness of space and the bright curve of Earth providing a stunning backdrop.” However, if you watch the video carefully you will see as the balloon ascends and the horizon moves across the scene that the curvature of the earth varies from being convex to concave. This suggests to me that the camera lens has a lot of distortion and so it cannot be relied upon to give a good impression of the curvature of the earth.