nVidia nvlddmkm Vista Driver Fix – Here is the Solution

So ever since I installed Windows Vista on my computer I had been having this apparently common nVidia driver problem. Recently, I installed the most recent nVidia graphics drivers and have not had the problem since. My computer has been running perfectly, and not crashing, freezing or erroring out as it had previously with the nvlddmkm driver.

Here is a link to the most recent and up-to-date version of the nVidia driver set: Windows Vista 32-bit nVidia driver

ForceWare Release 100
Version: 100.65
Release Date: February 20, 2007
WHQL Driver

Apparently this driver has been out since late February, but I noticed that I’m still getting a large amount of traffic due to this problem, so I hope this updated driver works for all of you as it has for me – but don’t stop reading my blog just because I solved your problem! Add me to your RSS reader and come back soon!

If you’re still having problems after installing this version, check out the nvlddmkm resource site at All of Your Questions Answered.

Halo 3 Beta Release Date – Leaked Through EBGames.com

After all the anticipation for the actual release date of the Halo 3 beta, some more speculation begins. EBGames.com has posted a Halo 3 Xbox Live Gold Card that is said to ship on April 20th, 2007. Many think that the release date of this Xbox Live Gold Card will also be the release date of the much anticipated Halo 3 beta. Is there any truth to this, or is it all speculation? I think it is strictly speculation, though I’d love to be proven wrong this time (probably not going to happen).

I think the Halo 3 beta will be delayed, and I think the actual release date of the the full version Halo 3 game will be delayed. The Halo 3 beta release date will probably not be disclosed anytime soon, and will most likely end up getting pushed back from late spring to early summer, and the Halo 3 game release date will be pushed back from November 2007 to early spring 2008. You can quote me on that!

Halo 3 Beta Release Date - Leaked Through EBGames.com???

Online High Yield Savings Accounts – Which One is Best?

I signed up for the Washington Mutual 5.00% savings account awhile back and have been making a decent chunk of interest of that account each month, but it has been brought to my attention that there are other options out there. Here are 3 of the top yielding savings/money market accounts available online today:

  • Countrywide Bank – 5.40% savings account – Perks: Money market like rates for balances over $50,000 (5.25% for balances over $10,000)
  • ETrade – 5.05% savings account – Perks: $1 minimum to open, link to multiple accounts (including outside accounts)
  • Washington Mutual – 5% savings account – Perks: Free checks for life, free ATM withdrawls (from any ATM)

All percentages are expressed in APY (not interest rate) – note that the actual interest rate is typically slightly below the APY.

Best Invention Ever – The Edge Pan – Two Edges in Every Piece

Are you one of those people who love the edges of brownies? If so, there’s a new invention for you that will make every bite of brownie that you ever have into the edge of the brownie. Here are their claims:

  • Two delicious, chewy edges on every individual serving
  • Patented sidewalls circulate heat evenly throughout the pan
  • Better performance (fewer undercooked middles and burned edges)
  • Sized to fit box mixes and recipes for 9”x9” or 9”x13” pans
  • Premium nonstick coating and round, easy-to-clean corners
  • Durable heavy-gauge cast aluminum construction
  • Recessed handles allow pan to be gripped when turned upside-down
  • Custom spatula and recipes/instructions insert included

Sounds too good to be true (if you like the edges).

Bakers Edge Brownie Pan - Animation
Bakers Edge Brownie Pan - Top View Bakers Edge Brownie Pan - Bottom View

Learn more here:
The Edge Brownie Pan

nVidia Windows Vista Driver Update – Will it Solve nvlddmkm Driver Issue?

Check out my previous article on the nVidia / Windows Vista nvlddmkm driver problems: Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered – nvlddmkm nVidia Driver

I have been looking everywhere for a solution to the nvlddmkm driver issue with Windows Vista and nVidia GeForce video cards. Every site I have come across fails to provide any concrete answers, but I just noticed that nVidia has a new version of the driver available on their site (newer than the version I have installed). The most recent version of the ForceWare drivers can be downloaded from nVidia here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_100.65.html I recently installed these drivers and as of right now, everything seems to be working fine… knock on wood. I’ll update this post with the success (or failure of these drivers) but as of right now, everything appears to be stable.

These are the Windows Vista 32-bit drivers. Specs as follows:

ForceWare Release 100
Version: 100.65
Release Date: February 20, 2007
WHQL Driver

Be sure to follow the nVidia suggested installation tips:

  • “Download Accelerator” utilities should be disabled when downloading any drivers.
  • Do not run virus protection software in the background while installing the drivers. This prevents the driver from configuring itself properly.
  • Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA display drivers from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu > Windows Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and search for “NVIDIA Windows Display Drivers” or “NVIDIA Display Drivers” and select remove.

Additional Nvidia nvlddmkm.sys driver information can be found here.

SEO – Design Your Site to Benefit Your Search Results and Rankings

There are many factors that go into creating and optimizing your site for success with search engines. This article will briefly overview some of the major flaws that you want to avoid when designing a site. When designing a new site, keep in mind that some of the most artistically creative, and some of the best looking websites are terrible when it comes to search engines and page rank. Why is that? Primarily because they use any and/or all of the elements below – sometimes exessively.

The following is a list of common mistakes and items that you should avoid when creating a new site along with a brief description of the problems that come with.

Flash-based Sites

The problem with flash-based sites is never the design (most flash sites have a great design and user interface). The problem with flash sites is the flash sites are compiled, so no content is ever actually loaded onto the page – the browser just loads a plugin that enables it to display a flash movie file, so search engines can never really crawl, access and archive the content of a flash file – whether it is full of images or full of text, flash files are largely inaccessible to search engines and indexing. This is not to say that your site will not get indexed if it is a flash-based site, it will however (in most cases) just be a single page that gets indexed.

This is because flash only needs a single HTML file to be loaded, once that file is loaded, the HTML page never needs to change; all of the navigation is done within the flash file. If you insist on having a flash website, my best recommendation to you is to also created a clone HTML site, that way when a search engine visits your site, it will find some content to crawl and index rather than a single page of with just a title and flash movie.

Can websites use flash and still be successfully crawled and indexed? Sure they can, I’ve developed many sites that use a balance of traditional HTML and flash elements. I don’t know if there is a specific name for them, but I typically call them “hybrid sites”. I use HTML for all images, text content and navigation, and try to limit flash to minimal usage in animations, backgrounds and occasionally in secondary navigation areas.

11 Must Have WordPress Plugins (Because 10 Is Not Enough)

As with man people who write blogs, I also use WordPress. That being said, WordPress is a great tool to get your own blog site up and running, however there are some very powerful plugins out there that can make WordPress much better by increasing the usability to the end user, and by helping to increase search engine visibility. This list of plugins will now be known as my 11 Must Have plugins. If you feel that I’ve wrongfully omitted a great plugin, please let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

Now, here’s the list (in no particular order)

  1. Optimal Title (SEO)
  2. Google Sitemap Generator (SEO)
  3. Related Posts (User Interface)
  4. Show Top Commentators (User Interface/User Interaction)
  5. WP-PostRatings (User Interaction)
  6. Subscribe to Comments (User Interaction)
  7. Brian’s Threaded Comments (User Interface)
  8. Askimet (Spam Reduction)
  9. Adsense Deluxe (Revenue Generation)
  10. Top Posts by Category (User Interface / User Interaction)
  11. Social Bookmarks (User Interface / SEO / 3rd Party Submission)

These are the most useful plugins I’ve found in my few months working with WordPress. If you know of any other ones, please leave a comment!

Google Owns You – Part 2 – Maps – They Know Where You Live

Think about it, when you need directions, many of us now turn to Google Maps to find our way. What information do we put in? Often times our home address, our work address, our friends addresses, etc. Google tracks everything you do while signed into your Google Account, we just don’t know to what extent. We know they track and log the data, but what do they use it for? Do they use it for targeting us with advertisements? Do they use it to profile people? Is there really a need to worry? Not really, unless you’re a criminal plotting out the banks that you’re going to rob using Google Maps – then of course, Google would be obligated to turn you in to the authorities.

All in all, Google Maps is just a very useful too, and its becoming more useful everyday now – especially with the addition of the new “Add a Destination” feature. Now, you don’t have to just set the point A to point B directions, you can go A to B to C to D and so on… all on one map and one set of directions. How useful is that?

The Recovery Process – Two Weeks After Surgery – Removing the Sutures

If you haven’t seen my original posts, be sure to checkout my first article, read Treating a Torn/Ruptured Cranial Crucial Ligament (CCL) in Dogs (ACL), my second article The Recovery Process – Keeping an Active Dog Inactive, and my most recent article The Recovery Process – One Week After Surger – Ligament Injury in Dogs

So it’s been two weeks now since the surgery (thirteen days to be exact) and our dog is finally getting used to the idea that she is going to have to stay in the cage for awhile. I think that she has come to realize the fact that we’re not doing it as punishment, we’re doing it to help her. I’ve got to admit, the first couple days were the worst, but now, almost two weeks in, she’s definitely getting used to the routine. So today was her appointment to get her staples (sutures as the doc calls them) removed. As expected, she was very excited when we let her out of her cage and put her in the car to go to the vet. After being penned up in a close-quarter cage for 13 days, I don’t blame her. So we take our 45 minute drive to the vet, they take her in, remove her sutures, bandage her leg back up and give her back to us.

This time, the doctor comes out and tells us that once the bandages fall off of her leg, we can leave them off and start doing mild rehab on her leg. The first stage of rehab will consist of flexing and extending her leg for her – that should be an interesting project. Originally our third follow up was supposed to be two weeks from today, but since the doctor that did the surgery only flies in once per month, his next visit is offset a week from her original surgery date, so she gets to wait three full weeks until her next visit. Until then, we’ll keep going with the same routine – Feed her in the morning, 3 bathroom breaks during the day, and the rest of her time will be on lockdown.

iPhone Release Date – Official Release Date and Speculation

As of right now, the official release date of the iPhone stands at June 15, 2007, though it could easily get pushed back much like the release of AppleTV. There are many factors that need to be in place for the iPhone launch to be successful, and Apple does not seem like a company who will release a product until it is absolutely, positively ready. This date (June 15) seems to be speculation from a document that Apple sent to the FCC:

A letter to the FCC from Apple dated October 12 requested the FFC to keep quiet on various diagrams, photos and user manual documents until June 15, 2007. This date fits exactly with the last day of the WWDC and could be the iPhone release date as well.

Apple Letter to FCC Regarding iPhone

Letter to FCC from Apple regarding

iPhone documents.