Windows Delayed Startup Script

Put this in the Target of a cmd.exe shortcut and optionally set Run to Minimized:

cmd.exe /c “dir ..\StartupDelayedStart\* && Timeout /T 10 && echo ‘waiting…’ && Timeout /T 30 && for %f in ( ..\StartupDelayedStart\* ) do start “” “%f” “

Add Merge Fields to a Word Document before adding a DataSource

Adding merge fields to a Word document without adding a datasource to it – and anyone working with multiple datasources, or programmatic mailmerge setup wants to do this sometime – is not at all obvious when the mail merge button is greyed out..

You can do it, unobviously via Insert->QuickParts->Field:

Choose MergeField from the list on the left, and then you can type in your merge field name.

Your CPU vs your code. Two short lessons in software performance

There’s a great Q and Answer at dijkstra-path-finding-in-c-is-15x-slower-than-c-version which starts with C++ code at 2ms vs C# at 38ms; and finishes with C# at 2.8ms.

On similar lines, the solution to this riddle — why-does-net-core-2-0-perform-worse-than-net-framework-4-6-1 — has nothing to do with the framework; it results from the slower performance of 64bit code compared to 32bit.

Which just goes to confirm what you might have suspected;

VMs aren’t that slow; and
For best performance, you have to understand your VM, and your language, and your O/S, and ultimately your CPU.