Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Pausing a process using PsSuspend from Sysinternals

7. September 2011 09:28 by Rick Glos in

We just received new laptops at work and now we need to migrate our files from one machine to another.  I have a few rather large virtual PC disks that I needed to transfer.  I was using robocopy to transfer the files from one laptop to the other over my home network and noticed some severe latency on my source laptop.  I was trying to do productive work on the source laptop and every mouse click or keystroke seemed to lag one or two seconds making it too painful.

I had already spawned the robocopy process though and it was 20% through moving multiple files and I didn’t want to stop it and restart it.  So, “how do you pause a running process”? A google search landed me on a page that talked about PsSuspend and using it to pause a running process.

I used Process Explorer, another favorite from sysinternals, to identify the process id of the running application to suspend.

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Then using the pssuspend tool I was able to pause the copy so I could work.

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I then later in the day restarted the process.

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You could see in the properties of process in process explorer when the copying started up again that it was copying the file at 2.0 MB per second.

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This could come in handy for all kinds of processes to pause and then restart.

Red Tails Trailer

31. August 2011 05:16 by Rick Glos in

My old man asked me if I’d seen the trailer for Red Tails a couple days ago.

Amazing what they can do now with CGI.  I can’t help but get excited.  When I watch something like that I can’t help but identify those planes; besides the easily identifiable B-17, there’s Bf 109, Me 262, Spitfire, Hurricane, and P-51 just to name a few.  I can’t remember the name of the restaurant my wife and I went to last week, but the names of those planes roll off my tongue as I was watching it.

As a kid, my Dad would take me to the hobby store on weekends sometimes.  We’d buy 1/72nd scale models of WW2 things – mostly tanks, planes and infantry.  I can remember that store in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  It was stacked floor to ceiling with models and it smelled like old people.  In the back there was a barber shop.  Besides a bunch of boxes they would also have the glass case of finished models – all painted and complete.  Man that brings back memories.

As I get older, I think about some of this stuff.  To this day I am drawn towards WW2 related things.  I just purchased a game called Panzer Corps, basically a recreation of the game I played 17 years ago, Panzer General.


I’ve also been playing Company of Heroes on and off for the past 4 years including the excellent Blitzkrieg Mod which breathed new life into the game.


It’s been awhile but it’s also in line with Eastern Front, a turn-based, pixel looking game I played 20 years ago. 


And I also shouldn’t forget the flight simulation type games I played 20 years ago like Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe.


I could keep going… My poor son Max, wait until I introduce him to this stuff!

Finished - The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust

25. August 2011 05:55 by Rick Glos in

Not sure why I read The Book of Jhereg.  About 2/3 into it I was thinking, “man, this isn’t that great” but I finished it this morning anyway.

It’s a collection of 3 books and part of a larger collection of I’m not sure how many – who cares.

If you dig books about assassins mixed with a fantasy world and some magic then go for it.  I’m not going to read anymore of the series myself at this point.

Rift - Alsbeth downed

24. August 2011 13:46 by Rick Glos in

We downed Alsbeth in River of Souls (RoS) last night!  She dropped a mage relic (screenshot|item) as well which went to Ravs.  We also earned an achievement.  I’m currently carrying a staff dropped from one of the bosses in Greenscale’s Blight (GSB) – here’s the comparison

Feels rewarding to have cleared GSB and RoS content.

Max at 9 months

2. August 2011 07:08 by Rick Glos in

Max is now exiting the plant stage and entering the pet stage.

The last two weeks he seems to have become more dangerous.  He just become really mobile in his walker whereas previously he would just kind of stand in it.  Now when he sees something he wants, he goes after it.  This video should highlight it pretty well.

We’re also getting more comfortable with taking him out.  Last weekend in Bend, he was loving pancakes.


Nice mouse face.


Digging in.




DPS Analysis - Rift

8. July 2011 18:01 by Rick Glos in

Doing some analysis and looking for a place to log it.  My web log (blog) seemed like a good spot.  If you’re not into this please disregard.


This test is using this SC/Ele spec.  Considered an excellent AoE spec at this time, this test looks at single target (ST) damage over a 3 minute period on a target dummy.

This is as of patch 1.3 and done 2011.07.08.  No buffs of any kind except the two the I can cast, Stone Armor and Synergize.

My stats are Spell Power 964 and Spell Crit 572.

1st test – 899.71

2nd test is turning off Electrify buff on the Greater Air Elemental to test a theory – 875.66


Rotation in both tests.

Start up

  1. 5x Pillaging Stone
  2. 1x Raging Storm
  3. 1x Ice Shear
  4. 1x Lightning Strike
  5. Static Flux
  6. Static Discharge
  7. Intensify Elements
  8. 4x Cloudburst


  1. 1x Thunderbolt
  2. 1x Lightning Strike
  3. If at 80% charge, toggle Static Flux on
  4. 5x Cloudburst
  5. If Static Flux on, toggle off

During Rotation when Static Discharge and Intensify Elements come up again, hit them just like on step 5 of the start up rotation.

Here’s my stats for this test.  Mainly we are concerned with the 964 Spell Power and 572 Spell Crit.

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Here’s the encounter summary for the 1st test.

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The details are here.

You can see the spikes where we are using our cool downs of SF, SD, and IE together.

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The encounter summary for the second test.

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The details are here.

Sundays are for Farmers Markets

26. June 2011 11:27 by Rick Glos in

Max had his first pancake today.  What a mess he made.


He does seem to enjoy feeding himself though.


We also got a little red wagon for trips to the farmers market and Max fun time.


He’s still a little wobbly.  I towed him about 1/2-way there until we had to go over a curb and he got scared.  Not bad for 7 months though.


The strawberries are in season now at the Farmer’s market.  The best ones too, Hood Strawberries.  We picked up a couple flats plus some cucumbers, tomatoes and artichokes.  May seem like a lot of strawberries but I’m just getting started.  We use them for smoothies during the week all year long.  This past year I ran out about 1/2 way through the year and I think I had about 5 x 1 Gallon frozen bags.  So I’m thinking I need about 10.  We’ll see how many I get out of 2 flats minus the amount we eat.  You have to be quick with these though.  They are meant for great flavor and eating, not transportation or storage.  They were picked today and will go bad in a couple days if you don’t do something with them.


Digging the swing

12. June 2011 10:28 by Rick Glos in

We’ve made it to 7 months.  Starting taking Max to the park by the library and he’s digging the baby swing there.


More here on flickr.  And I also took a vid.