Grandpa's corner

grandpa's corner for 3D, programming and sweet memories

Google Nexus Safe Mode

Har du noengang blitt stående fast I “Safe Mode” på en Google Nexus?

Det hendte meg I disse dager, jeg fikk ikke fjernet Safe Modus. Det finnes mange løsningsforsøk ut på nettet, men dette funket for meg:

1. Gå inn I Settings og slå av WI-FI

2. Slå telefonen av og på igjen

WordPress, skifte theme manuelt

Hvorfor skulle du ha behov for dette? Du tester et theme som f.eks. har en feil slik at du ikke får logget inn. Du har hørt om White Page Of Death?

1. Min leverandør,, bruker PhpMyAdmin.

2. I databasen kjørte jeg følgende sql-script:

UPDATE wp9_options SET option_value = ‘twentyeleven’ WHERE option_name = ‘template’;
UPDATE wp9_options SET option_value = ‘twentyeleven’ WHERE option_name = ‘stylesheet’;
UPDATE wp9_options SET option_value = ‘twentyeleven’ WHERE option_name = ‘current_theme’;

Speed up your WordPress site 5


As I said before: This is not the only one and maybe not the 100% correct type of test, it’s just something that worked for me. I have a small, personal webpage these days.

  • Optimize your database, be careful and use at your own risk, and do a backup first.
  • If you don’t need avatar in your comments, don’t use it.
  • If you want a photo gallery, think about using embedded from PicAsa or something like that, instead of using a plugin.
  • I am a great fan of Atahualpa theme, hundreds of options, but it seems that the complexity of this theme increase the responsetime a bit. That’s why I returned to the new WP 2010 default theme.

– grandpa –

Speed up your WordPress Site 4

Looking at the Page source code from the test, I found something interesting:

All those stylesheets! Did I really need those photo galleries? Nope, I decided to remove them, the album, directory, everything.

I run the test again, and got:

Gallery removed

Now I’m feeling lucky!

– Grandpa –

Speed up your WordPress Site 3

The result page will show you something like:


I don’t think I have to say anything, just click at the waterfall-picture and you’ll se:


Now you’ll find your critical parts on your WordPress site.

One more thing you could do (important):

Activate the default WordPress Theme and run the test again. Maybe you will be surprised!

– Grandpa –

Speed up your WordPress site 2

I’m not trying to tell you that this is the one and only way to check the responsetime on your site, but it is something that worked for me.

At the frontpage, select the figure “By the Numbers”, The “Visual Comparision” is not interesting at this time. The next page will show you  5 points to consider:

pagetest_server 1:Enter Test URL

2: Choose Test Location

3: Choose a Configuration

4: Test options

5: Submit Test


1: Test URL.


That’s your site, of course

2: Test location:


Important note: Try running this test from at least two different servers. I got different results, and the best one, of course, from the German server because I live in Norway and I “Think” my host,, is located in Germany or Denmark. Choose the one that is close to your host.

3: Select the browser type and connection

Forget the rest and “click” the “Submit”-button.Now, get yourself a cup of coffee, you’ll need one minute or two waiting for the result.

Speed up your WordPress site 1

I have during the last months been fighting to get a better response time on my site until I stumbled upon this one:


From the webside:

This tool lets you test web pages that are directly accessible as an URL from the Internet. If you need to test a page inside of a firewall or something more complicated than a web page (an authenticated product like webmail for example) please download the desktop version of PageTest which this is based on.

It was very interesting , and after performing the test a few times (from different servers), the response time went down from (worst case) 17 seconds to 4 seconds after a few mods to my WordPress installation. I am not trying to say that this solution is the one and only, or the best one. This is just something that worked for me.

I will return with more detailed info in a few days.

Upgrading my PC

I have done a heavy upgrading lately. The mother board was a MSI type with an AM2+ processor socket, so I started up with buying a new AMD processor, AMD X4 Phenom II 3.4 GHz. The old motherboard (with AMD 2+) should support the new AMD 3 processor, right? Unfortunately not the one I bought, needed too much power 🙁

I am a retired programmer, not a millionaire, but after another month I could afford a new motherboard, ASUS Crosshair III Formula, and Corsair XMS 3 (DDR3) 1333 MHz memory, and Corsair Water cooling kit (processor only). This time I got 7.4 and 7.5 in Windows Experience Index (processor and memory) 🙂

My old hard disk showed 5.9 on the same speed index so after another month I bit the bullet and bought a SuperTalent SSD disk, PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 graphics card and CoolerMaster 1000W PS. This time I got (from top to bottom) the score 7.4, 7.5, 7.8, 7.8 and 7.1 in Windows Experience Index. WOW 🙂

I was still not quite satisfied, and after fiddling around with BIOS and Registry setting, I managed to increase the hard disk index to 7.3. Now I am satisfied 🙂

windows experience index

windows experience index


Tools 2 – hardware

When my grandchildren is visiting old grandpa, they claim that grandpa is living in a repair-shop! Take a look at the pictures and judge for yourself 🙂
Yes, the pictures below are from my living room!
My rig these days is a Asus Crosshair III motherboard, CoolerMaster 1000W, AMD 3.4 MHz Black Edition with water cooler, and yes, I build it myself.
grandpas pcgrandpas pc


directory list
Looking at the directory list of my C-disk to the left, you might see some of the tools I’m using: Irrlicht, MinGW, Panda, Python and PyPE (free editor), QT (now Nokia), Watcom and Xampp.

You don’t see the Program File though :-), with tools like CodeBlocks, MSVC, Corel, Adobe, Lightwave, Blender, etc. etc. …

I need to take a break now, I think. It should be all-set and go, but using the tools is one thing, writing about them is another big beast. I used to be a teacher in math and data (high school), so I know.

I’m not satisfied with the layout of my site, but as I’ve said before, I’m a programmer, not designer. The layout have to wait a bit.

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