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About Edward Townend

Edward Townend, Graphic and Web Designer, Director of Townend Creative Limited (

Fix Server Execution Failed message in Windows Media Player

Every now and then, when you try to open a media file, Windows Media Player does nothing for about 30 seconds and then comes up with this cryptic dialog box:
Server Execution Failed dialog box

Luckily it’s easy to fix:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator (Click Start, Type cmd, right Click Command Prompt, select Run as Administrator)
  2. Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and press enter.
  3. A dialog will pop up. Click OK
  4. Now type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and press enter again.
  5. Click OK again
  6. Close Command Prompt and try opening the file again!

Hidden microsd port in internal card reader


Just took apart this internal card reader from eBuyer to straighten out a bent Compact Flash pin, and low and behold, there’s a micousb slot hiding on the board under the USB port! Why haven’t they included a slot in the front panel to access it?! It always baffles me when manufacturers go to the trouble and expense of adding functionality and then disable or hide it. They’ve not beat me though, I’ll cut a slot in the panel to access it.

mod-pagespeed review

before mod_pagespeed

before mod-pagespeed

after mod_pagespeed

after mod-pagespeed

At Townend we tested mod-pagespeed, the new module from Google, and found an average 20% speed improvement across the sites we tested. As expected, there’s little performance gain on already heavily optimised code but the slightly scrappier code on this website produced the highest gain in speed of 33.6%.

Read our full review of mod-pagespeed here.

Update – since we wrote the review, the module has been causing random crashes so we have temporarily disabled it while we investigate further to avoid any downtime.