More tweaking in FSX

Well time to make some more tweaks and get more out of FSX,

First up bufferpools! these are a pain in the back side! If they’re not set right, bye bye frame rate and crash goes fsx! After playing with these today I managed to make FSX run a lot smoother and graphics getting that more crisp 🙂 My changes I made we’re

[BufferPools]
PoolSize=0
UsePools=0

Next was disabling default pre-loading, in short you don’t need it it’s a waste of time!

[Main]
DisablePreload=1

And finally this will adjust the CPU to GPU time shared amoungst object generation, one to really play around with, currently I have it as below but going to try hitting 0.75 and see the difference

FIBER_FRAME_TIME_FRACTION=0.15

This also goes under main, there’s so much documentation on these out there that can really make a difference so please Google! NEVER copy someone else’s FSX.cfg of their pc, you want it to be tailored to your own kit. Otherwise you won’t make the sim as efficient as it could be!

As can be see below the quality is certainly getting there!

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Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff

For my birthday my wife took pointed the direction and I drove. No clue where we we’re going and ended up in Cardiff where i did not actually realise the venue existed, well done to my wife for that! What can I say really if you have not been and want a great day out then by all means go! it’s worth the money, *SPOILER* a head up though there is an Angel  walk through area which if your children get a little scared, they may do so here. Other than that everything else is fine. Onto the next part where you will be able to see the costumes close up and some of the models, objects etc from the shows, Took quite a few photos which you can see below, though I do wish they adjusted the lighting in there as it really did not help with the pics, finally you’ll get to the shop which again, well done to the BBC for not trying to screw their clients over with ridiculous pricing like the Warner Brothers Studio Tour attempt to do for the Harry Potter franchise.
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cPanel and Memcache

Ok recently I’ve been playing around with memcache and in short it’s a pretty awesome piece of kit.

For those who don’t know what memcache is, it’s an external caching tool which can significantly speed up your website. From my recent experience I would recommend it over APC and Varnish. Whilst these tools are very good, the difference is highly noticeable.

To install on CentOS 5/6 make sure you have your EPEL repo installed then do

Yum install memcached
service memcached start
chkconfig –levels 235 memcached on
pecl install memcache

After all has been done you can also install the Apache memcache module via EasyApache

Memcache module for PHP will be added under php.ini automatically. I suggest editing the php sessions section which will also help with speed:

Find:

session.save_handler = files

Replace with:

session.save_handler = memcached
session.save_path = "127.0.0.1:11211"

Save and restart Apache

If you want to monitor your memcache server you can do so by installing the script from http://code.google.com/p/phpmemcacheadmin/

If you’re running a heavily busy server you may need to increase your cache size. This can be done under /etc/sysconfig/memcached


Ok now we’ve installed and configured memcache you can get your site scripts to connect and use the server.
Most popular being WordPress you can get W3 Total Cache and connect through there. You can push the ratings higher by adding cloudflare at a later date.

My settings I have

Under general settings,

Page Cache > Enable
Page Cache Method > Memcached or APC (one of these should be installed prior to configuring)

Minify > Enable
Mode > Auto
Method > Memcached or APC
Html Minifier > Default
JS minifier > JSMin
CSS minifier > Default

Database Cache > Disabled
(I would suggest this as I guess your data gets updated regularly looking at your site)

Object Cache > Enabled
Method > Memcached or APC

Brower Cache > Enabled

CDN > Disabled

Reverse Proxy > Disabled

Monitoring > Disabled

Licensing > Ignore

Verify rewrite rules > enable

Debug > Ignore

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Under Page Cache Tab

Cache front page > Enabled
Cache feeds: site, categories, tags, comments > Enabled
Cache SSL (https) requests > Enabled
Cache URIs with query string variables > Enabled
Cache 404 (not found) pages > Enabled

Automatically prime the page cache > Enabled

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Under Minify Tab

Rewrite URL Structure > Enabled
HTML minify settings > Enable , Inlcine CSS minification, Inline JS minification , Line break removal

JS minify settings > Enable

CSS minify settings > enable

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Under Browser Cache Tab

General
Set Last-Modified header > Enabled
Set expires header > Enabled
Set cache control header > Enabled
Set entity tag (eTag) > Enabled
Set W3 Total Cache header > Enabled
Enable HTTP (gzip) compression > Enabled

CSS & JS

Set Last-Modified header > Enabled
Set expires header > Enabled
Set cache control header > Enabled
Set entity tag (eTag) > Enabled
Set W3 Total Cache header > Enabled
Enable HTTP (gzip) compression > Enabled

HTML & XML

Set Last-Modified header > Enabled
Set expires header > Enabled
Set cache control header > Enabled
Set entity tag (eTag) > Enabled
Set W3 Total Cache header > Enabled
Enable HTTP (gzip) compression > Enabled

Media & Other Files

Set Last-Modified header > Enabled
Set expires header > Enabled
Set cache control header > Enabled
Set entity tag (eTag) > Enabled
Set W3 Total Cache header > Enabled
Enable HTTP (gzip) compression > Enabled

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