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Dec
9
comment How do I restart Linux (Ubuntu) from the command-line?
Be careful with init. If the inittab has been changed, init 6 may be mapped to some other runlevel. I've seen a number of places that had the default runlevel after reboot set to single-user mode.
Dec
9
comment Why is my CPU fan so loud?
It's probably not, frankly. I have a CPU of that generation, and it sounds like a small vacuum cleaner...And that's clean. If it's dusty?
Dec
4
comment How do I verify a backup?
+1: You have to do a restore. After you've done the restore, then you can compare the original with the restored version. If they're the same, then it worked. (You can use a free tool like Guiffy to do the compare.)
Dec
4
comment Forgot BIOS password, need to reset it
You need to provide some hardware specific information because this is a hardware specific problem.
Nov
17
comment How can I install DropBox without root privileges?
+1: As a clarification: If it depends on anything that you don't have access to, you can install that in your home directory, that's what ~quack was saying. So lack of root isn't a deal breaker, but it can mean hours of manually compiling dependencies.
Nov
9
comment On Solaris, can I alias one command to multiple possible locations?
+1: Exactly what I came in here to say. Bin directories are a good place to store commands anyway; rather than putting your script directory in the path, you might want to put links to your script commands in the bin directory...But that's a personal preference.
Nov
6
comment Which service should I make mine dependant on?
The task scheduler is a piece of crap. I wouldn't depend on it for anything. You're much better of just putting it in the start up items, or some other hack, than depending on the task scheduler.
Nov
5
comment What is the maximum number of folders allowed in a folder in Linux?
Yep. Folder count is attached to the file system, not the OS.
Nov
4
comment SQL Server 2005 Management Studio is Slower than Molasses!
It's just not a lightweight application, I'm afraid. I've experienced some of the troubles you're talking about, and I just broke down and got a faster machine.
Oct
23
comment Is it possible to download using the Windows command line?
Install telnet? Telnet is like ftp; it comes with windows. Don't know about redirecting the output though.
Oct
5
comment Using 2 GMail accounts at once
+1: I do this with all of my accounts. Set them up to forward to your main account, and then work the rules from there. If you permanently download them locally, it kinda kills the point of webmail.
Oct
2
comment How to change permissions on all files in a directory, and when new files are added, to default values?
There are a bunch of ways you can do it; I wouldn't want people wandering around in my ~, certainly. But you could just create a folder, and chown it to a common group or something. No need to make a whole user...Just another set of passwords to remember.
Oct
1
comment kill -9 programs but they still hang on
And it'll tell you if you don't have permission to kill the process.
Oct
1
comment kill -9 programs but they still hang on
It should have a different process number if it is. So if you do ps -Al and you see processA, then you kill -9 processA, and then do ps -Al and there is STILL a processA in the process queue, make sure it's the SAME processA, and not a new one.
Sep
30
comment How do I find the location of an executable in Windows?
Various answers over on Is there an equivalent of 'which' on windows? - Stack Overflow
Sep
28
comment What are these? Are they broken?
Agreed. We had a whole series of Dells from that era, and more than 90% of them had to be RMA'd for swollen capacitors. Those were nothing compared to THESE...I mean, you had to run your finger over the top of them to feel that they were swollen, and even at that point, they were non-functional.