Team Terisa Pancake Fundraiser

This weekend was a busy one for Team Terisa! We’re all working hard to train for our marathon and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If you would like to sponsor me for the marathon you can do so by clicking here, or you can donate to the entire team by clicking here.

Training in Hemet, 4.1 miles, 11.4min/mi

On Saturday morning we ran 4 miles at our weekly training meetup. It was a lot of fun and a great workout. I was able to complete the 4.1 miles, and I managed to complete the run at a pace of 11.40 minutes/mile. When I first started running I could just about run 1.5 miles before stopping,  and I was going at around 13 minutes/mile.  Progress ftw!

It’s not just me though – I can tell that we’re all making progress as a group, we should be ready to run 13 miles by the end of May.

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

On Sunday morning we hosted a fundraiser at Applebees in Hemet, we were able to raise $720 for the team and feed local Hemet..ites? Is that a thing? Hemetians? Anyway they were fed, we enjoyed the work and it was an overall success! I have to say that Applebees makes some bomb pancakes, and our teammate Heather was a natural at serving the all-important butter!

If you’d like to learn more about Team Terisa and our cause, you can visit our website at http://www.teamterisa.org.

Speeding up Visual Studio for Web Development

I’ve been dealing with some pretty time-consuming performance issues while using Visual Studio inside of Parallels to develop web applications.

I did some performance tweaks to my Parallels VM, but I still had performance issues. I did some further digging and found out that a feature called Browser Link in Visual Studio was causing the slowdown.

Browser Link is actually a pretty nifty feature built into Visual Studio. It connects to all open browsers on your machine and injects some Javascript code that can perform certain tasks. Let’s say you need to test how an application looks in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. With Browser Link you can have all those browsers open at the same time, and with one click in Visual Studio you can automatically refresh all those browsers at once when you make changes, instead of manually refreshing each browser.

While this functionality is great, for me it isn’t worth the performance hit I was seeing.

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Task Manager while Browser Link is enabled

Visual Studio would use around 32.1% of my CPU, and Chrome would use around 14.3%. As I’m running Windows inside of a virtual machine where the host is also using the CPU, I’ve noticed in the past that anything that uses this much CPU starts to slow down overall machine performance.

After turning off Browser Link..

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I now see that Task Manager looks a little more friendly.

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Task Manager after disabling Browser Link

Time to get back to work!

 

 

Speeding up Parallels

I was getting pretty frustrated recently that my development environment wasn’t feeling particularly snappy.

My .NET development environment is a Macbook Pro running Windows 8.1 in Parallels Desktop, and up until recently it had been running pretty smoothly. But in recent weeks, I’d noticed a major slowdown – it had got to the point where I was experiencing a noticeable lag when typing.

I did some digging and found this KB article on the Parallels site explaining some of the ways to increase the performance of a virtual machine.

I followed the steps, and removed a bunch of software I wasn’t using. I even went as far as to replace my installation of VS2013 Ultimate with VS2013 Community – which trimmed down HDD space a little bit, and I assume reduced overhead some.

I also had VS2012 and VS2010 installed for legacy projects that I am no longer working on – and things are running pretty snappy!