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Oct
5
comment VLC player hotkeys will only work while it is selected
@AgentCool While that's true with VLC, it's not true with many other media players. WinAmp used to be controllable from inside other apps using system-wide keyboard hooks. About the only time it didn't work was in a game using DirectInput which is why things like HLAmp came about
Oct
4
accepted Allocating a 2nd 2TB partition on a 4TB drive
Oct
4
comment Allocating a 2nd 2TB partition on a 4TB drive
Yeah, as soon as I saw that it wouldn't offer to let me delete the partition, I unplugged everything, reinstalled and am now back up. Switched drive to GPT and now have a 4TB partition. Thanks for your help. I'm lucky I dealt with this first before reinstalling drivers/software.
Oct
4
comment Allocating a 2nd 2TB partition on a 4TB drive
What's the impact of deleting the System Reserved partition? or do I need to reinstall windows? Edit: Yep, it's MBR
Oct
4
asked Allocating a 2nd 2TB partition on a 4TB drive
Sep
28
comment Decrypt EFS-encrypted file (I do have certificate backup)
@jitbit I'm in exactly the same situation. Did you manage to solve this?
Aug
29
comment How to mess up a PC running Windows 7?
A personal favourite is creating a scheduled task which executes a windows log off (or shutdown) every minute. You've got to be fast to get there and disable it in time. This can be done remotely if you had the luxury of a network and local admin (not that I'd ever do this to a colleague)
Jun
12
answered Is there a way to “auto login” in PuTTY with a password?
May
30
answered How to copy files that have too long of a filepath in Windows?
May
24
revised Flash drives do not have the memory they're meant to have
Trying to clear up this mangling of the English language
May
24
comment Why are hard drives never as large as advertised?
I think you've got the wrong end of the stick... Using SI magnitude units allows the manufacturers to reach what they call "2GB" more cheaply with less hardware...
May
24
suggested suggested edit on Flash drives do not have the memory they're meant to have
Apr
25
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
21
awarded  Caucus
Mar
21
comment Why can't you uninstall multiple programs at once in Windows?
@tudor That's no longer true... Windows Server 2008 and later manage components in a *nix-style manner. See the "Role Management Tool" which handles all dependencies for the roles/components you choose to install. It also allows you to pick multiple things to add/remove and works out the order and dependencies as required. It can be leveraged by 3rd party installers which can register themselves to be added to the list. It still doesn't handle "arbitrary" repositories (although the Web Platform Installer is heading that way)
Feb
7
comment How are pseudorandom and truly random numbers different and why does it matter?
@Keltari You're missing the element of entropy... Most RNGs (at least cryptographic ones) gather input from outside sources (eg mouse movement) and use that as part of the starting condition - thus, the transformation from A to B is programmed but the initial state of A (should) be unguessable. Linux's /dev/random will keep an approximation of how much entropy is available and stop giving out numbers if it falls too low.
Feb
2
comment Windows File Copy Dialog: Why is the Estimation So… BAD?
I assume they tried to be clever by doing a more responsive average, taking into account only the last few writes - and picked too few. That said, I don't have the source so who knows?
Feb
1
comment Does skype transfers files over LAN without consuming my internet bandwidth?
This may no longer be the case, what with Microsoft changing the way Skype works to make calls easier to intercept. There was also the issue of being able to track a Skype users' IP address, hence the new Allow direct connection to your contacts only option under Options->Advanced->Connection
Feb
1
comment Windows File Copy Dialog: Why is the Estimation So… BAD?
I don't think you're quite right on this one - you can maintain a usable average of writes using just 2 numbers - the current average [A] and the number of data points used to get that average [n]. Then to update it, it's just a case of (A*n + [New value])/[n+1]. Also, since copy operations are almost always IO-bound not CPU-bound, a simple calculation like that every few seconds is nothing. On the other hand, keeping an average of the last n writes requires an array/queue/stack of n elements - so you know which value is due to be evicted.
Jan
9
comment Converting or playing a .264 video file?
Not so... These aren't "proper" video files with a container, they're raw h.264 streams