Fix ‘Resolving Hosts’ Problem in Google Chrome

Posted on September 8th, 2008 |

It’s September 2. Google Chrome launch day. There’s electricity in the air. Everyone’s hitting that refresh button on www.google.com/chrome as fast as possible. The install goes smooth. No annoying reboot needed. Fire her up. Hit up digg.com. Waiting… Waiting… Resolving Host… Why am I still waiting? This is supposed to be the fastest browser out there. What’s going on?

Well, it took me a week before I finally sat down to troubleshoot why Chrome ran horribly on my work machine while it ran fine on the laptop and home machine. Seeing Chrome run on co-workers machines told me this was a problem related to networking on the machine and not just the Group Policy environment at work. After triple checking proxy settings, disabling my second network card, disabling Internet Connection Sharing, changing the adapter connection order and protocol binding order. Still nothing. Still awful performance.  I even installed Chromium to see if their nightly builds had a fix. As a last ditch idea I decided to take my second network card out of my system. Even though it was not plugged in and disabled. Fired the computer back up and Google Chrome is browsing at full speed.

If you’re running into the same issue of horrible performance and have a multi-homed (multiple network cards) computer then remove your second network adapter. If your motherboard has dual NICs online then disable the second one in BIOS.

I’ve reported my findings to Google so hopefully¬†they can find the bug and squash it in an upcoming update

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Outlook Error – Out of memory or system resources.

Posted on August 5th, 2008 |

Today I came across a new error in Outlook 2003. I had a search result set pulled up in my inbox of 700+ items and then tried to move one folder into another. I was prompted with the following error: Can’t move the items. Out of memory or system resources. Close some windows or programs and try again.


Here is another vague Outlook message but at least with this one most people would try closing Outlook and opening it again and the move will then work. Or you can simply close your search results in Outlook and perform the move without error.

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0x80070643 Error in Windows Update for Outlook 2003

Posted on August 1st, 2008 |

Do you have some Office related updates from Windows Update that just won’t install? Check your system log and see if it’s error 0x80070643.

This cryptic message is Window’s way of telling you it needs the installation source media. This happens if you choose to remove the installation temp files at the end of the Office 2003 installer. Just put the CD or DVD in your drive and run the updates again. They will now properly apply and you can get rid of that annoying yellow update notification in your task bar.

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Thanks for the Heart Attack Mt. Dew

Posted on July 9th, 2008 |

Upon rolling into work this morning I found it difficult to shake the grogginess and decided I needed a sugary, caffeinated boost. The green nectar was calling to me. I popped the top and began consuming my high fructose corn syrup goodness. Once I began to wake I decided to enter the code for the Old School or New promotion from Pepsi. I’ve entered a few codes now and each resulted in the inevitable Try Again logo. I’ve been eying that 2009 Corvette and decided to apply my newly acquired points towards the mighty Detroit iron. Then it happened. My heart started to flutter. The typical animation was gone. It showed a real woman standing, staring at me. She had a half smirk on her face while reaching towards me, slowly opening her hand. The excitement was building…. I won! I had to have won. Why else would it look different. She slowly opened her hand one finger at a time. It felt like an eternity. I could see what looked like a key fob in her hand with the famous Corvette flags. My heart was racing in disbelief at this time. Finally her hand was open revealing my prize:

That’s right. “Try Again”. They replaced the animation with a new graphic solely to pick me up and then smash my face into the concrete at a rate of 32ft/s2. After that the day was chaos. Thanks guys….

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Too True

Posted on June 30th, 2008 |

xkcd link

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How to Kill a Tivo

Posted on June 11th, 2008 |

Or a Motorola Moxi HD-DVR Box in my case.

Let’s just say it had a slight overheating issue while the intake duct was covered in dust.

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RROD Xbox 360 Spied at Wal-Mart

Posted on June 11th, 2008 |

Poor thing, just sitting there all alone, ignored by the Wal-Mart staff. Can someone please call Microsoft and get this lonely fella a new heart?

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