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Dec
19
revised How can I format a USB “thumb drive” so it will be readable on OS X and Windows?
Add another option
Dec
19
comment How can I format a USB “thumb drive” so it will be readable on OS X and Windows?
That’s what my understanding of how it works would say too, but I have personally witnessed drives failing from being removed unexpectedly. It might be coincidental timing, or I might misremember, but I’m pretty sure it’s happened.
Sep
25
comment Why is zero treated as positive sign?
Yeah, I know. I’ve written code in assembly (but not full programs). I know that macros get converted into pure assembly, which then has a bijection to the actual codes stored in the program executable (assuming it’s compiled to the physical machine code instead of JVM or something), which the CPU reads from RAM and executes. I mean that I ignore the details of how it gets stuff to/from RAM, how it executes instructions, how it connects to other parts of the computer, etc. I usually do, anyway. I know a bit about how those work, but my practical hardware knowledge ends at “change a hard disk”
Sep
25
comment Why is zero treated as positive sign?
I think that’s the case for a lot of standards, but I’m not sure. I usually pretend that the most basic level of a computer is assembly code and ignore the physical layer below that.
May
4
awarded  Famous Question
Feb
24
comment Can I upgrade from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64 bit without reinstalling all of my software?
@Mathew Lock: I still have no experience with Laplink PCMover, but there are other ways to reinstall applications I do have experience with. For example, I have found Ninite (ninite.com) to be quite good, but it only works on the it knows about and you have to select it manually instead of having it look at your installed software.
Feb
24
revised Can I upgrade from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64 bit without reinstalling all of my software?
Fixed homophone
Jan
22
comment Permanently remap a key to an other xubuntu
Or, in the case with a question I have open, I did more research in the remaining week and answered the question in a way that would earn my bounty if somebody else answered it. Too bad I can’t claim my own bounty.
Jan
19
answered The opposite of mount -o loop: can I read a block device as a regular file?
Jan
19
answered Why is zero treated as positive sign?
Jan
17
comment The opposite of mount -o loop: can I read a block device as a regular file?
The original asker wanted to back up the volume itself; I don’t know why. I want to back up the device itself because it isn’t mounting correctly, and I don’t want to lose data if recovery goes wrong. I’m also planning on using the snapshot feature of the device manager during recovery, but I’d still like a backup of the current state.
Jan
17
comment How to preserve path in a new tab in the gnome terminal?
I believe this is the right file. I’m surprised it’s not supplied by GNOME terminal or one of its dependencies. You might just want to put it in your user directory instead of /etc/profile.d, in case something else does supply it. I don’t know how Debian would deal with that.
Jan
17
comment The opposite of mount -o loop: can I read a block device as a regular file?
It treats them specially in that it doesn’t just do open() and read() calls on them, because it specifically checks what kind of file it is. A naïve backup system would just read() every file without checking.
Jan
17
comment The opposite of mount -o loop: can I read a block device as a regular file?
Yes, if this didn’t generate any answers that was my plan. I was hoping it wasn’t necessary or somebody already had.
Jan
16
comment Permanently remap a key to an other xubuntu
You might not want the rep, but I’m pretty sure there’s no way for edi9999 to get it back.
Jan
16
comment Wipe data on android tablet without using touch screen
@Mahdi I’m not sure why the output is relevant; it seems like thebat can see everything just fine, but the screen won’t respond to all the touches.
Jan
16
answered Wipe data on android tablet without using touch screen
Jan
15
answered How to preserve path in a new tab in the gnome terminal?
Jan
15
awarded  Investor
Jan
15
comment The opposite of mount -o loop: can I read a block device as a regular file?
I’m having this problem with a different piece of software. I’ve added a bounty in the hope that somebody will answer it instead of just saying it already works. The software I’m interested in doesn’t even have an option to read it anyway; I don’t think Duplicity does either but I’m not sure there.