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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.
Dec
15
comment How do I repair a mechanical keyboard?
first choice should always be to contact the manufacturer of your keyboard for repair, of course.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
OP said "I don't mind a clicky noise (I would actually prefer a bit of noise), I just don't want anything overpowering.". Buckling spring is the loudest option there is, short of typing by firing handguns at the keyboard.. youtube.com/watch?v=9J0ZAKd8mF4
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour and as I said I think four times now, answers are free -- even encouraged -- to go "above and beyond" what was asked for. Not sure how many times I need to repeat this, but I guess I will keep doing so over and over until it sinks in :) I mean, who is going to complain about an answer that goes the extra mile for them?
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour going back to the first revision: 1. OP explicitly mentioned Cherry Blue as a reference point 2. OP specifically mentioned noise 3. OP said "being sold in keyboards for a sane price". All three of these point directly to the question being best focused on Cherry switch mechanical keyboards. They are inexpensive (for mechanicals), can be somewhat quiet (unlike buckling spring), and they can be obtained fairly easily as they are not totally obscure -- most people can probably find a vendor that sells at least one or two different cherry switch mechanical keyboards.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour I paid $250 for the topre realforce -- that fails the "being sold in keyboards for a sane price" text that was in the original revision. Happy Hacking keyboard is $300 .. elitekeyboards.com/…
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
FWIW I had a Topre Realforce ($250+) and I did not care at all for the feel of the capacitive keys, way too mushy for me. I sold that off quickly. Definitely illustrates how the "you gotta try it yourself to see" factor can be a challenge for the more obscure keyboards...
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@dan and FYI Razer BlackWidow uses Cherry Blue. I really don't think buckling spring is relevant to someone who said "I don't want anything overpowering [in noise]", plus there is exactly one vendor selling new buckling spring keyboards in the world that I know of. Not like you get a lot of choice there, compared to the zillions of new Cherry {insert color here} mechanicals there are on the market. Heck, just browse Newegg or Amazon in the mechanical keyboard category (I know I have been..), it's Cherry-tastic through and through.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour also, I challenge anyone to try buying a new mechanical keyboard right now, today, without being forced to learn about cherry switch colors. It is literally impossible, since the vast, vast majority of new mechanical keyboards being sold use Cherry switches in a rainbow of incomphrehensible colors... part of the reason I wrote the answer I did is because I needed to remind myself what the differences are when looking at the new Corsair keyboard, etc, and I already went through the mechanical keyboard buying process once!
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour based on three bits of data -- 1. OP explicitly mentioned cherry blue 2. OP specifically mentioned noise (see my video link above) 3. OP said "being sold in keyboards for a sane price" it is clear that we're in "let's compare the most common mechanical switch type" territory. As I've said repeatedly, it is fine and encouraged even for some answers to provide more than what was asked for. I don't think a "let's compare all the really obscure mechanical keyboard switch types in ridiculous detail" question would be particularly useful to the OP. Let's focus on specifics.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour rolling this back; the OP specifically mentions Cherry blue -- and Cherry is by far the most common option -- and I think this question is best when it is specific. It is fine for other answers to go above and beyond to touch on different switch types, of course. (The OP also said he was concerned about noise and buckling springs are deafening, even louder than the blues which are quite loud, so personally I think that's a very unlikely choice.) edit: see this video youtube.com/watch?v=9J0ZAKd8mF4