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When the Replication stops working: analysis and resync of MySQL Replication

We already had the opportunity to talk about Replication between MySQL Database in a previous article, where we described it as a great way to increase the security and reliability of data storage without spending a fortune. In this article we will see what to do when the Replication stops working: how to notice, what can I do to restore it and, most importantly, how to ensure that the data is re-synchronized.

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Disable Microsoft Office Upload Center

One of the worst features of the newest Office installments is the dreadful Microsoft Office Upload Center, a tool you can use to remotely store your documents and contents using services like SkyDrive, Sharepoint etc; the problem, as usual, is not in the feature itself – it’s about the fact you can’t easily disable it. The service automatically starts on each and every logon, drains resources we could want to preserve and is also quite annoying with all its notification popups.

Which point us to the obvious question: can we prevent it to automatically start and/or remove it from our system? The answer is yes, even if it can be quite tricky for some Office versions: let’s see how we can do that.

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Windows 8: Disable Auto-Restart after Updates feature

UPDATE: If you need to do this for Windows 10, read here.

Windows updates are generally a good thing, except when they force the shutdown process giving you no chances to do anything about it except save your work. We’re talking about the dreadful “Restarting in XX minutes, YY seconds” countdown message, which happens to be one of the most annoying features of the new operating system, even among those – including me – who actually like it.

Luckily enough, there are some ways to prevent this feature from happening, depending on which version of Windows you’re using, or just to shutdown the countdown.

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CS:GO – How to convert CSGO DEMO to AVI files

UPDATE: There’s an most recent version of this tutorial available for FullHD, 60 fps video: click here to read it!


Who doesn’t know about CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)? It’s the latest installment of the eagerly-known CounterStrike first-person shooter video game series by Valve Entertainment Software, played by millions of players worldwide. In the unlikely case you never heard about it, you can read some informations on Wikipedia, on the CounterStrike Community Wiki and/or on the official website.

If you found this article you most likely know what the game is about and, most importantly, you’re well aware that you can use the game recording interface to save the replays of all your matches in your hard-disk drive: technically they will be stored into a lossless proprietary format (DEMO files, with .DEM extension) which can only be played from within the game.

What’s if you want to make a video containing your best moments / highlights and maybe upload it on YouTube? You’ll have to convert one or more .DEM files into a video container file – such as AVI, MP4 and so on. This guide will show you exactly how to achieve such result without using external programs such as FRAPS, HyperCam, BandiCam, DXTory and so on.

Why not use external programs?

Because there’s no reason to do that. You don’t want to use a screen-capturing software when you can avoid to, because you will definitely lose some of your video quality during the process. You can jump this step because the CS:GO engine has its very own fully-featured, built-in video recording mechanism that can easily handle the conversion task: you just need to learn how to properly use it.

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