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Sep
25
comment My keyboard has no “media” keys; can I control media without them?
@ivo did this ever get blogged?
Sep
13
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
Adding more software should not be required, that's a large increase in complexity for what should be a simple process. Fiddler is also a tool for programmers, not general computer power users.
Sep
4
comment Restoring performance and estimating life of a used SSD drive?
@cadent I threw that drive out. It was quite old anyway. I would be very hesitant to resell old SSD drives or buy any old SSD drives..
Sep
1
comment Is there an “about:config” (Firefox) In Google's Chrome?
this is, as of the current date, the same as clicking the wrench icon to get to standard settings.
Aug
16
comment What are the functions of the BIOS while the operating system is running?
yeah, I'm not sure this is totally correct. I found that in Linux proper ACPI support is critical in the BIOS, regardless of what your Kernel does. "An ACPI-based BIOS that is not compliant with the ACPI standard might not support workable communication between the operating system (or Setup) and your hardware" technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779659.aspx
Aug
1
comment Can't change drive letter to previously used drive
@surfas that does not work, because I cannot assign a drive letter to another in use drive letter -- it does not appear in the eligible list of letters. But I updated my answer to clarify how you can do it!
Jul
18
comment How to install the latest version of Ruby and Ruby on Rails in Ubuntu?
I just did sudo apt-get install ruby-rvm -- is there still a need to do the crazy bash stuff to beginrescueend, whatever that is?
Feb
7
comment How should I choose my DNS?
can you please link to the relevant RFC? Also, most CDN geographical routing (you are in France, therefore your request should be served by a French server, etc) is done via your IP address, not DNS.
Feb
3
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
@FakeName looks like the K&J blog results confirm your statements.
Feb
3
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
@espo that's a fantastic link, edited it into the post (you should have too!)
Feb
2
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
@Tortoise some of the degaussing pages I found said that the strict DOD standards require removing the top metal case of the drive before degaussing with a real degaussing wand, but it sounded like that was them being extra-extra super careful and going beyond what was typically necessary to erase the drive...
Feb
2
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
@rich it's a team effort! Batman and Robin, man! meta.stackexchange.com/questions/120576/…
Feb
2
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
how much is a degausser that will work? Or can he borrow a degausser? Have you used one? Also, a proper degaussing will definitely erase the drive's firmware as well, which could be problematic.. though presumably the manufacturer can fix that.
Feb
2
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
this does seem like the most rational option
Feb
2
comment How can I wipe a broken hard disk drive before sending it back to the manufacturer for maintenance?
definitely related, but closed: superuser.com/questions/343198/… of course destruction is not the preferred way in this case
Jan
26
comment Will a laptop work in temperatures below freezing point?
surely solid state hard drives would avoid the HDD issue easily
Jan
25
comment Fastest method to determine my PC's IP address (Windows)
@warren no, Google is the start page for the internet
Jan
25
comment Fastest method to determine my PC's IP address (Windows)
it's better to use google directly, no need to visit an actual website. google.com/search?q=my+ip at the top Your public IP address is 192.168.0.1
Dec
29
comment I washed my USB drive. Any long-term risks?
some info on using uncooked rice as a dessicant: labnol.org/gadgets/dry-wet-phone/20149 and popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/tips/4269047
Dec
16
comment Extend Monitors on Both Sides - Using Splitter
Most ATI cards can support 3 monitors with a single card. And as @afrazier pointed out there are 6 monitor versions.