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Over gigabit connection, Teracopy does 31MB/s, but Windows 8 does it at ~109MB per second?

I got my brain-melting first taste of Gigabit networking today, between my 2011 MacMini and Windows 8 Pro desktop connected via Cat.5e to Linksys WRT320N(sporting dd-WRT). After making sure that the ...
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Write Activity to .vmem file even though the VM is suspended

I have a VMWare VM I have to use for certain tasks at work. For some reason while the VM is running or suspended something is doing massive (in terms of operations, not Bytes/s) I/O on its .vmem file, ...
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Why do file copy operations in Linux get slower over time?

I have 12 ~200 MB files. Copying one of them to another drive takes 20 seconds. When I try to copy all of them at once, it first says it's going to take 5 minutes, then it keeps slowing down into the ...
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How can I speed up data transfer between local computers on a WiFi network?

I have a router with ADSL Pentagram Cerberus 6331-42. Is it normal to have transfer speeds between two computers of max 1MB/s (not 1 Mbit)? How can I set my router up to make it faster at transferring ...
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How can I reduce the size of Windows 7, and its CPU and memory usage?

My Windows 7 setup uses around 16GB while Windows XP only needs around 4GB hard disk space. Seems weird. I use Windows only for gaming so I don't need a lot of stuff they have to offer. What is the ...
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AFP, SMB, NFS which is the best data transfer protocol?

I have a computer with large hard disks running Gentoo. I have to serve med/big files via a wired network to Apple devices (all of them running OS X). Which protocol is the best for the following ...
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Why has 'cat' this strange time behaviour?

I'm using cat to pipe different files into one big file. The number of different files varies, from two files up to ten, but the total size of all files is always the same (a couple of GB). My ...
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How to measure actual USB3 port speed?

Not all USB3 ports are created equal. I have a friend who develops embedded hardware that interfaces with USB chipsets. He told me that most USB chipsets that are slightly faster than USB2 (480 ...
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Linux: CPU core shutdown instead of sleep state

In Linux you can shut down CPU cores (or physical CPU's) with echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/online Assuming that the hardware fully turn off the CPU and cuts power to it would it not be better ...
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How can I find out what is using the hard disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: hard drive activity by program? What is causing hard drive grinding? Once or twice a day my computer starts writing significantly hard to the hard drive, the HD led ...
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Can I “hibernate” a program?

Yes, I know that hibernate usually applies to a computer. (Hibernate her meaning saving program memory in disk and being able to restore it in a consistent manner.) However, hibernating a program ...
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How to decrease the CPU usage when running Virtual Box?

I am facing an issue with 100% CPU usage under my system when running VirtualBox. Here are some further details: My System Information: CPU 1 name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2310 @ ...
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Very poor performance on GTX460, clock speed constantly high?

I'm running Windows 7 (64Bit) with GTX460 Nvidia graphics card. I used to get great performance on every single game I played, including latest titles such as Battlefield 3 and Tribes Ascend. I ...
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Performance of Multiple RAM Sticks Compared to Single Sticks

It's no secret that using two physical drives gives better performance than two partitions on the same physical drive; because there are two devices, they each have their own platters, head, caches, ...
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Default Windows 7 Install: What to change to make it faster?

I remember there were guides for Windows XP on all of the unnecessary services and things that you could turn off in a default install to make the system a bit more 'snappy'. Is there such a guide ...
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MacBook Pro for Windows development via virtualization. Performance?

I am a Windows/Web developer by profession and I have been considering a MacBook Pro as a replacement for my current development machine. I am impressed by the build quality, the uni-body construction ...
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RAM speed: How does it impact performance?

How important is RAM speed for computationally expensive tasks like gaming, video encoding, video editing, graphics software (Photoshop/Sketchup)?
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How to bond two different internet connections

I have two internet connection, each with 4mbps bandwidth. I want to join/merge both of them to get 8mbps speed, both routers have WLAN and LAN capability. How to Double my speed using two routers? ...
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Why does Firefox cause high-CPU-usage “spikes” every few seconds?

When I start Firefox, I have no problems for a while, but after a couple of days, CPU spikes start to occur. During a spike, Firefox freezes and then stops. Spikes occur every seven to ten seconds, ...
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Why are apps so slow initially when switch to them, even though I have free RAM?

On my Windows 7 (64-bit) PC, when I have a few resource hungry programs going, and half a dozen others, when I switch to an app that I haven't used for a while, it takes a long time to respond and I ...
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How to make high performance cluster out of 2 laptops I have at home [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to combine processing power of 2 computers? Hi, I have 2 laptops at home. Could someone please suggest some free cluster softwares using which I can make ...
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Profiling your windows operating system

I am boggled when I click on an application in windows and have to wait 10 seconds for it to respond. I wonder "you can run 16 billion instructions a second, what are you doing that keeps you from ...
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Cleaning up temp files in Mac OS X

My 4 months old Mac partition volume is losing space slowly and gradually. I am pretty sure there are a lot of orphaned temporary files laying around in the volume. I know where to find the obsoleted ...
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Debugging Linux I/O latency

I'm having some I/O problems on a couple of Linux systems that I administer. They manifest in that processes often block for up to several seconds in such simple syscalls as open(), unlink() or ...
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Is it worth reinstalling to enable AHCI on my SSD in order to improve compile performance under Visual Studio?

I am compiling to an SSD connected through SATA using IDE emulation on Windows 7. Unfortunately, I forgot to enable AHCI when I installed, and though there are ways of performing surgery on Windows ...
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What's the typical performance of Windows File Sharing (SMB) on a gigabit ethernet network?

I've recently set up Windows file sharing over a gigabit ethernet network (I'm not using jumbo frames) with a Samba server and a Windows Vista client. I've done a few file copies, but the maximum ...
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Are SSDs worthwhile for software development? [closed]

I have a MacBook with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. I write software for a living. I am contemplating getting an SSD Drive, but I am unsure about the performance. Do SSD drives really ...
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Strange performance of SSD

My SSD (on Windows XP) is working well, however, I get the following strange results from Crystal Mark 2004R3: 236 MB/s for sequential read 59 MB/s for sequential write 168 MB/s for random read ...
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Looking for a fast CLI Linux distro

I'm looking for a fast Linux distro to put on a USB key. The goal is to be able to boot in as few seconds as possible, with just enough to mount a hard drive and do some basic operations in there ...
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To what extent is size a factor in SSD performance?

To what extent is the size of an SSD a factor in its performance? In my mind, correct me if I'm wrong, a bigger SSD should be, everything else being equal, faster than a smaller one. A bigger SSD ...
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What is the performance cost to running Bitlocker?

BitLocker encrypts the entire hard drive. I run Visual Studio and build projects much of my day. How much will BitLocker slow me down? (dual core laptop with 3GB of RAM).
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How mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache improves performance?

I am looking forward to buy a laptop and while configuring online from HP's site for model dv6tqe ...
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How to correctly partition usb flash drive and which filesystem to choose considering wear leveling?

Two problems. First one: how to partition the flash drive? I shouldn't need to do this, but I'm no longer sure if my partition is properly aligned since I was forced to delete and create a new ...
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Google Chrome briefly hangs before rendering a new tab

Whenever I want to switch to a tab other than the one that is being rendered, Chrome hangs for about 2 seconds before rendering the new tab. This occurs whenever a new tab has to be showed, such as ...
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Windows 7 kills VMWare performance by disk caching?

We're running Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit SP1 on Dell Precision T3500's (Xeon E5630 @ 2.53GHz, 4GB of RAM). On top of this is VMWare Workstation 7.1.4, up to date. Running in a VM is Windows XP ...
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Why does Chrome group my tabs in processes and how can I stop it?

I noticed that in Chrome, it groups all the tabs into one renderer process, at least for me. This is a problem because that makes Chrome really slow from having 150k of RAM to sort through. Is there ...
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netem for Mac OS X to emulate network latency and dropped packets

I'm looking for an open source/free network emulator tool that I could use on Mac OS X, to simulate a slow network connection, limited bandwidth and other network characteristics such as dropped ...
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Utility to optimally distribute files onto multiple DVDs?

I have a bunch of media files which I want to record to DVD, but since each DVD only fits 4.5GB, I have to find the optimal way to organize the files to use the minimum number of DVDs (otherwise the ...
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A USB keyboard in a Microserver is causing the machine to become very unresponsive

This video explains it best - Youtube Link I have purchased a number of Microservers and have finally got around to setting the first one up. It doesn't have a PS2 port, but, has loads of USB ports. ...
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CPU-adaptive compression

Let assume I need to send some data from one computer to another, over a pretty fast network... for example standard 100Mbit connection (~10MB/s). My disk drives are standard HDD, so their speed is ...
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Performance issues when using SSD for a developer notebook (WAMP/LAMP stack)?

I'm a web application developer using my notebook as a standalone development environment (WAMP stack). I just switched from a Core2-duo Vista 32 bit notebook with 2Gb RAM and SATA HDD, to an i5-2520M ...
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When should I activate the “launch folder windows in a separate process” option?

In folder options -> view, there's an option that's off by default called "Launch folder windows in a separate process". I'm on windows-7, but I know this capability has existed since at least windows ...
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Poor gaming performance with hyper-v installed in windows 8

I am getting very poor gaming performance on my Windows 8 host OS with Hyper-V installed but no guest machines running. For example World of Tanks reports 60-70 FPS without Hyper-V installed and 4-14 ...
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Windows 7 System process reading/writing like crazy

I have a problem that my windows 7 computer sometimes starts accessing the disk like crazy for maybe 10 minutes at a time. The process in question is the "system" process. I have disabled superfetch ...
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TiWorker.exe - Very High CPU Usage

I have a laptop running Windows 8. Although it originally ran well, it started having very bad performance issues. I decided to perform some research into the topic. Opening up Task Manager, I ...
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Why don't computers work at the speed of light? [closed]

Pretty simple question. Computers are made using electronics which uses electricity which I presume travels at the speed of light. If all the components are connected at this speed, why does my ...
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Poor Flash performance on Mac OS X?

I've been using Mac OS for almost 3 years now. What I have noticed couple of months ago, and what annoys me more and more over time, is that any Adobe Flash applications, content or adverts on website ...
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Easiest way to time a command line tool

What is the easiest/quickest way to time a command line tool? It doesn't have to be super accurate (+/- seconds is okay) since I expect this to take minutes or even 1 hour+. And writing a batch file ...
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Snow Leopard sluggish after upgrade from Leopard

I recently upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard on my white Macbook (mid-2007) and immediately noticed a bunch of performance issues: Finder is a lot slower at displaying the Applications folder. ...
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Does Seven suffer of a performance decrease compared to Windows Vista?

I have to format and reinstall Windows on an old laptop (bought around 3 years ago) because of usual degradation of performance of Microsoft operating systems.. The computer had Windows Vista and I ...