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Hi, I'm Cole. Here's my Twitter. I'm the creator of iDecryptIt, and the founder of Hexware.

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Jun
14
comment Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?
Also, ditch WinZip (and WinRAR) for 7-Zip. Not only is it free, it's open-source.
Jun
13
comment What is the reason that file URLs start with three slashes: “file:///” etc?
I am well aware of those, but I personally only use them in CSS. When writing HTML, I use the protocol also. No real reason really. Except maybe because when HTML5+CSS3 first became "big" a few years ago, almost all the sites I looked at were like that.
Jun
11
comment How to check if two DVDs are exactly the same?
@Keltari Windows 8*. Correct, but you still need to enable Powershell. Your original comment is correct. I was just confused by it at 7 in the morning.
Jun
11
comment How to check if two DVDs are exactly the same?
@mtak Speaking of numbers in the undecillion range.
Jun
11
comment How to check if two DVDs are exactly the same?
@Chips_100 Sure, you're right, but we're talking about MD5. Yes, collisions have even found, but they aren't random collisions, they are generated by a program that does an exotic thing called maths for a couple hours. Needless to say, to hash, you read the entire file and do math operations on the data. If you're gonna use hashing to compare files, you might as well just do a byte-by-byte comparison.
Jun
10
comment How to check if two DVDs are exactly the same?
If you feel like ripping the disks to ISOs that are bit-by-bit matching with the disks, you can use HxD and do a file-compare.
May
25
comment Still receiving windows XP updates… Is this expected behavior?
If a malicious program was trying to trick you into installing their software, it wouldn't look like a native window. If it was a native window, why would the malware bother asking you to install their software?
May
25
comment Still receiving windows XP updates… Is this expected behavior?
The real question is why you are still using Windows XP?
May
25
comment What is the Mac equivalent of the file:// URL?
See also: What is the reason that file URLs start with three slashes?
May
25
comment What is the reason that file URLs start with three slashes: “file:///” etc?
Not to mention that 2 bytes could be saved by just using http:example.com instead of http://example.com It may not seem like a lot, but they add up. Google receives millions of searches a day. How many links are on a page? At least 20. That means for a million searches, if the slashes weren't needed, 20 MB of bandwidth could have been saved.
May
14
comment Windows 8 extremely high disk usage and slow IO
@nikoo28 I doubt it was something with Hyper-V then. Turning it on must have triggered some other process that fixed up your system. Or maybe it was a coincidence.
May
14
comment Windows 8 extremely high disk usage and slow IO
I'm having the same problem! It's so annoying! I've tried a plethora of "solutions". I've moved my pagefile to another drive, I've tried setting it to twice my RAM amount. I've tried xperf, and got what seems to be consent.exe being the culprit; so I tried disabling the UAC. I've tried disabling SuperFetch. I've tried disabling Windows Update. I've tried disabling Defender (MsMpEng.exe was reading every file). I've defragged my drive. I've ran chkdsk /f_multiple_ times. Nothing has worked. I suspected my drive is dying, but my SMART readings are all fine. Does anyone have any ideas?
May
9
comment How does my ISP (introducing vectoring) know which DSL modem I am using?
Isn't killing your connection while still charging you a breach of contract worthy of a lawsuit though?
May
9
comment Hazardous materials in a hard drive
@Mokubai Simple! Make your own hard drives! Then you don't have to deal with RoHS and all the other annoying legal requirements! ;)
May
9
comment How does my ISP (introducing vectoring) know which DSL modem I am using?
Except MAC spoofing is dead simple.
May
7
comment Compressing with RAR vs ZIP
A more simple solution is to use something like Dropbox where you don't have a size limit or executable attachment problem.
Apr
12
comment Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
Your problem is that you are using UTF-16 or something and not the better, more space-saving UTF-8.
Apr
11
comment What can I do with .chk files in FOUND.000 folders?
You can always open them in a hex editor and look at them. If you can tell what they are (like a text document you were typing up), then you don't need to go through the trouble of worrying if something is lost.
Nov
8
comment How do I block my ISP from framing websites?
You can use Tor. They can't inject into encrypted packets.
Nov
8
comment Why is Disk Utility / diskutil taking so long to zero out data?
My dad's work provides him with a Mac, but recently, they upgraded everyone's. He tasked me with wiping the drive. I booted up to Disk Utility and chose 7 pass wipe (confidential stuff is confidential). The 500 GB drive took roughly 10 hours to wipe.