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Dec
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revised If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge?
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Dec
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asked If I rub an antistatic bag all over my body, would that stop unwanted static discharge?
Oct
25
comment How to track a program's disk usage over time?
Are I/O bytes only bytes written to disk, and not written to memory? And are these bytes all-inclusive of any/all possible bytes that Firefox has written to drive, or is it only bytes written to the pagefile (for example)?
Oct
25
comment Why does my desktop look much worse after upgrading to windows 8.1?
@jamesson Actually, if you'd read the question, I wasn't asking for a definitive statement :) Regardless, you (first) chided me for a nonstandard metric -- whether you're asking about your system or not, you're still asking for something without any standardized metric, and in an opinion-based format (adding pictures gave objectivity). What's "much worse" to you may be "no problem" to someone else, or a "catastrophic failure" to another.
Oct
25
comment How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive?
@jamesson Of course that can be done. Go ask a statistician what they do for a living :)
Oct
24
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Oct
22
accepted Why are network speed tests slower with further away servers?
Oct
22
accepted Should USB controller drivers be updated?
Oct
22
comment When should page faults become a concern?
Is there any kind of metric to know how many hard-faults are too many? (roughly, on average)
Oct
22
comment How do programs “decide” which network adapter to use?
Thanks. I've tried using this before, but it still seems like it doesn't "hold". I saw someone suggest somewhere that there's actually a "deeper", more intricate system of "metrics" involved, and that to really be sure of using a specific adapter, one must manually spread the metrics out between the two. Is this so?
Oct
22
accepted How can a website determine my language preference?
Oct
21
asked When should you set PATH variables in “User variables” vs. “System variables”?
Oct
21
comment Why does my desktop look much worse after upgrading to windows 8.1?
Propose a metric or unit for "worse" or "much" or "weird" or "pixellation" or "not quite". Go on, I dare you. ;)
Oct
20
revised How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive?
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Oct
20
comment How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive?
Easy @jamesson, I didn't mean to dishonour your grandmother, or anything. Of course it's difficult to define some objective standard, hence why I asked "roughly". So instead of shaking your fists in a "daringly" confrontational way, how about trying to relate some generally-common metric, like "Dropping a spinning drive flat on its face from 6 inches or higher would likely do platter damage."
Oct
20
comment Is it necessary to regularly check drives for bad sectors?
Thanks. I use and monitor SMART attributes, but I believe that SMART only tallies bad sectors that are accessed in some way (read/written), and then increments a flag. I'm wondering if a somewhat-regular full scans of disks should be done to "preemptively" find any bad sectors and have them reallocated elsewhere -- ...or if this is unnecessary and/or happens automatically.
Oct
20
asked How much “jarring” is enough to damage a hard drive?
Oct
20
asked Is it necessary to regularly check drives for bad sectors?
Oct
20
revised Possible to see the “z-ordering” of windows?
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Oct
20
comment Possible to see the “z-ordering” of windows?
After some deeper research, I've learned that I'm asking about the "z-order" of windows. I understand I can cycle through them. I'm looking for a way to "tabulate" the z-ordering of windows, in an attempt to diagnose why the z-ordering is randomly sporadically and randomly getting rearranged. Updating question now.