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Alrighty...

I'm Primarily a hardware geek. This doesn't mean I have a ton of hardware around me, and that I spend the equivalent of a small country's GNP on new toys. I'm a computer repair technician who doesn't shy away from needing to break out my soldering iron.

I'm Primarily a Windows guy, because all my customers use it. Yes, I know. There are a ton of repair techs who use Linux on their own... and so do I. I just try to keep myself surrounded by a few running versions of Windows, because I inevitably get a call once a day from someone with a question that may require me to lean over to said running machine, and confirm a detail. It makes it easier to answer XP questions when I've got a machine running MCE and one running Home within reach. Running... not waiting to be booted. I keep a copy of Vista (shudder) around because I need to, but I only fire up that boot at gunpoint. The Laptop runs Mint and I like it like that.

Opinionated and decisive, I am well aware that I don't know everything. That won't stop me from being confident in what I do know, and looking up that which I don't.


Nov
6
comment What can I do with a bunch of old 1GB/512MB DDR2 RAM sticks?
@GabrielFair "Is there a standard name that defines this technology?" doesn't make me think "I'm familiar with RAM Disks." since the standard name that defines this technology is Hardware RAM Disk or Hardware RAM Drive... and when I tell you this, you say you already know? If you are already familiar with the standard name being Hardware RAM Disk, why ask... and if you didn't know it was called that, why not admit it?
Oct
27
comment What can I do with a bunch of old 1GB/512MB DDR2 RAM sticks?
@GabrielFair "hardware ram drive" will turn up links/images to the iRam, the ACard and a few others. You can create a software ram drive with the system ram... but that's a build of another color.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
6
comment Lenovo T520 overheating when playing Counter-Strike: Source. What can I do about it?
If you want to abandon the laptop as a mobile device, you can modify the case to increase the size and position of the heat sink... and cooling fan for that matter. You might even be able to use two separate heatsinks and fans... one for the CPU and one for the GPU... have the laptop sitting on a box. Maybe try some aftermarket overclocking utilities... might be able to try EVGA's Precision X.
Jul
12
awarded  Nice Answer
May
11
comment How does my ISP (introducing vectoring) know which DSL modem I am using?
Or bridge the modem to a router... as (I think) every router offers the option of allowing you to manually set its MAC address.
May
11
comment How does my ISP (introducing vectoring) know which DSL modem I am using?
If they issue the modem, they would know what your MAC would be, before you received the modem for use. That means if the MAC they have for your account doesn't match the MAC you are using, they know you aren't using their equipment. MAC spoofing is easy. Knowing what MAC you need to be using to appear compliant is the hard part... unless you get one of their modems, copy the MAC address, replace the modem with your own, spoof the MAC address to match theirs, and then don't send theirs back. Which... would seem to defeat the purpose of not paying for their modem.
Mar
24
awarded  Yearling
Feb
2
awarded  Revival
Sep
30
awarded  windows
Sep
26
comment GeForce GT 540M heating (and throttling)
@sodiumnitrate Can you use compressed air to dislodge the dust pad? Yes. Where do you think it will go when you do? It will be broken up into large chunks, and be blown back into your fan... and then the moment you turn your laptop on, those large chunks will be blown by the fan back against those leading edges of the heat sink. Will some of the dust be blown out through the fan and through the grill in front of the fan? Sure. It's definitely a band-aid fix, but it won't be nearly as good a repair as taking it apart. And, you'll never know how the assembly is sitting.
Sep
19
comment Can I reuse the licence of Windows XP from laptop to desktop
@ScottChamberlain I linked to two OEM EULAs and one Retail EULA. The one that came off the machine and sent to slideshare, came off the machine. No need to assume incorrectly I pulled it off an installation DVD. The one you decided to nit-pick over was specific in its wording about sharing/transferring/using concurrently on MULTIPLE computers. The language was specific in the use of the PLURAL. The language was also very specific in when it referred to a single computer, and the EULA did not address whether the license could be transferred to a single computer.
Sep
19
comment Can I reuse the licence of Windows XP from laptop to desktop
Tried pointing out the legality, even provided links to copies of the EULA for multiple different versions of Windows. You guys want to disagree with the people at Microsoft? You go right ahead.
Sep
19
comment Can I reuse the licence of Windows XP from laptop to desktop
Just out of curiosity, how does any of this affect the OEM installations you can purchase at retail outlets like Newegg.com?
Sep
19
comment Finding stylus for desktop touch LCD
When I did a google search for "stylus for T232HL bmidz" from the link you provided, I found this page microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/… which details a capacitive brush and stylus you can purchase.
Sep
18
comment How do I configure the SlickRun Magic Word to lock my computer?
since it worked, don't forget to close the question as solved.
Sep
18
answered How do I configure the SlickRun Magic Word to lock my computer?
Sep
18
answered Creating a WLAN to connect Android smartphones to Internet
Sep
18
comment How to get TightVNC to capture keystrokes
Have you considered UltraVNC? uvnc.com/docs/uvnc-viewer.html "When SCROLL-LOCK is activated, all keycombinations (except CTRL+ALT+DEL) are directly sentto the remote computer:" which includes Alt-Tab. More are detailed in the bottom half of that page
Sep
17
comment Laptop won't shut down
You have sluiced down your laptop? Do you mean you accidentally spilled something in or on the laptop (presumably the keyboard), and then you rinsed it out with distilled water? Did you disassemble the laptop completely before you started rinsing things? How long did you allow the laptop to dry for? What method did you use to dry the laptop? Water, even distilled, wasn't the best choice for this...