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location Edmonton, Canada
age 29
visits member for 2 years, 10 months
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I'm an electrical engineer that dabbles in programming and IT support for the small automation company I work at.


Jul
21
comment Why does using two-finger scroll on the Windows 8.1 start menu result in a click on the center of the screen?
Extra information: the good driver was 11.7.85, in spite of there being newer versions, and I had to do the install process twice through the device manager - once on AC and once on battery (super weird).
Jan
9
comment Only Require password for Remote Desktop
Does this mean your password is now stored in plaintext in the registry? Hmm.
May
6
comment Handbrake output directory to include Title folder
I have exactly the same problem as you - I ended up getting the Handbrake UI to crash because it kept adding multiple copies of the "source" tag until the filename was too long for Windows' directory structure rules.
Mar
5
comment How to disable Acrobat Reader's “Click-Scroll-Feature”?
This "feature" has been driving me bananas for years now and I've somehow never managed to find the option to turn it off until you posted this here. Thank you!
Jan
30
comment Does anyone know why my XP system displays weird login behaviour?
Next time this happens, try pressing your ctrl, alt, and shift keys one at a time (press, hold for a second, and release). Perhaps the state of one of the keys (most likely alt) is 'stuck' and causing you to type keyboard shortcuts instead of letters. Can't say I know how to fix it if this is the problem though...
Jan
30
comment Saitek Cyborg v7 keyboard muting with backspace button?
Have you tried it on a different computer? The keyboard could somehow be defective and sending the 'mute' keycode, in which case bringing it to another computer will show the same problem, or you could have some gummed up keyboard software installed on your PC.
Jan
21
comment Running both Windows 8 and Windows XP on the same computer
You can, in fact, install XP Mode on Windows 8. lifehacker.com/5965889/…
Jan
21
comment How to get ∴ on a keyboard?
This symbol is Unicode +2234, but not all programs accept Unicode input by default. It also gets more complicated because the symbol is not in all fonts. If you check out the Character Map (Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Character Map) you can see that Arial does not contain U+2234 (symbols are sorted by unicode number) but Cambria Math does have it.
Jan
18
comment Excel 2010 shows different cell fill colors depending on Windows Appearance Settings
Here's what I mean: i.imgur.com/nUKr3j5.png
Jan
18
comment Excel 2010 shows different cell fill colors depending on Windows Appearance Settings
If you set the colours using the "theme colour" picker (the nice little grid of boxes when you chose a colour) the left column is based on your window colour, and then shaded in different levels. You need to explicitly pick white by clicking "more colours" and using the picker. This is confusing behaviour because the sample colour says "white", not "your window colour"... I changed my window colour to red and the first column is all shades of red and it explicitly says "red" in the tooltip.
Nov
28
comment How to turn a 3D chart into something watchable on a 3D television?
You need a graphics card that can output 3D (like the already-mentioned NVIDIA and 3D vision) and then a program that displays your data in a hardware-accelerated 3D viewport (similar to a video game). Processing (processing.org) might help you out in this regard.
Nov
28
comment Windows XP shut down window very slow to appear
None of these fixes are for the shutdown DIALOG taking a long time to show up, these are all for fixing the actual shutdown PROCESS, after the dialog has appeared and you have chosen to actually shut the computer down.
Feb
27
comment LG DVD Player not able to see Nero Media Home 4
Are you running firewall software on your PC (the Windows one included)? It might be blocking the DNLA traffic they need to communicate. Try turning it off temporarily and giving it another shot.
Feb
15
comment DVI-D vs. DVI-I: Is the digital video quality any different?
I believe some - but not all - new video cards of the AMD variety (Radeon HD 7970 and similar) only have DVI-D outputs. If you want analog video in the form of a VGA-like signal, you need to use an active Displayport to VGA adapter on them.
Feb
14
comment How to play 24 fps video smoothly on a 60Hz display?
Some of this processing is your video card's responsibility, and some GPUs do far better than others at it. It's part of the standard video tests that Anandtech.com use to review video cards in the context of HTPC usage. Not an answer, I know, but a useful piece of information, I would hope. Check out Anandtech's "Discrete HTPC GPU Shootout" with emphasis on page 6 ( anandtech.com/show/4380/discrete-htpc-gpus-shootout/6 ). I ended up buying a Radeon HD 6570 because of this review and it does a fantastic job - not perfect, but on average better than everything else.
Feb
14
comment Getting gratuitous amounts of soft page faults when loading games and watching flash video
The 1.5x RAM pagefile recommendation is old and out of date, but sidran32's recommendation to put it on a different physical disk is still a good one. What kind of hard drive setup do you have? Are your SATA controller drivers good? What mode is your SATA controller set to in your BIOS? (you generally want AHCI). When was the last time you did a BIOS update?
Jan
9
comment Change user account picture
Are you joined to a domain?
Jan
9
comment Compressing a slow drive for performance?
I think the point is here that if you enable compression you have to read LESS DATA off your slow hard drive and then you can use the fast CPU to decompress it. If it takes, say, two minutes to read 100 MB and then 10 seconds to decompress it into 150 MB you've gained time versus taking 3 minutes to read out 150 uncompressed MB.
Jan
3
comment User based BitLocker Drive Encryption
@Starx - to be fair, surfasb is right. Your question is sort of like asking how you can use a bicycle to fly to work. They're both forms of transportation, but they're for accomplishing different things. You can, however, set up EFS inside of a bitlocked drive to prevent unauthorized access to files once the bitlock encryption is unlocked.
Jan
3
comment How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?
@Svish : I know it's been a while since you posted, but you can adjust WinDirStat's settings to change the look of the ugly boxes at the bottom to something that better suits your tastes.