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Apr
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comment Non-hidden directory doesn't show in Explorer, but the program that made it can access it
@Aganju I'm guessing you never used Vista much. It had a feature to show you virtualized files in Explorer; because the issue was sufficiently common for a few years. By the time Win7 came around, most widely used software stopped assuming it could write to subfolders of its install directory; and the feature's been made significantly less visible or possibly outright removed in the most recent versions of Windows.
Mar
7
comment Using External Harddisk as an internal desktop SATA Harddisk
@DmitryGrigoryev If I understood the toms article correctly, a doggy cable wouldn't be a problem, you'd need to kill the sata-usb adapter board which'd take a spectacularly bad cable to do so as opposed to normal type damage. OTOH this only strengthens my desire to use DIY enclosures and internal HDDs instead of buying prebuilt ones. Something I started doing when I read about one of the HDD makers experimenting with drives that removed the need for the adapter board by moving the USB controller onto the drives PCB and only exposing a proprietary connector for that.
Feb
5
comment Can software differentiate between a laptop and a desktop?
The CPUID is strongly suggestive; but not foolproof. Small form factor desktops sometimes use mobile CPUs, and there have been a few ultra high end gaming "laptops" that were built using desktop CPUs.
Jan
28
revised What is “.Net Framework 4.5 Advanced Services”?
fixed spelling errors/typos
Jan
28
suggested approved edit on What is “.Net Framework 4.5 Advanced Services”?
Jan
20
comment Does task manager run as administrator by default on Windows 10?
@BenN More generally, at the point of something in the kernel hanging; don't you potentially have much more serious problems than just an application unable to be terminated by any safe means.
Jan
11
comment Is it possible to create firewall that only allows legitimate webserver traffic on port 443 and not any other service?
@Petr Extending grawity's remarks, if it's an employer owned computer the certs were probably installed before they gave it to you; and the MITM firewall will be configured so that if you're not using their cert no https traffic will be allowed so your choices are comply with policy or have no https. OTOH in that case checking the cert will probably say something like "verified by Employer Name" and something similar in the CA name if you drill deeper. eg on my work computer it's bluecoat.companyname.com (where bluecoat is the brand of the firewall being used).
Jan
7
comment Is there any danger when connecting a USB Y cable?
+1 for explaining why the standard says this shouldn't be done by explaining the cases where it can go seriously wrong.
Jan
4
accepted “How do you want to open this file?” dialog appearing at random after upgrading to Windows 8/8.1
Jan
4
comment “How do you want to open this file?” dialog appearing at random after upgrading to Windows 8/8.1
Showed up again when I upgraded my working W8.1 install to W10. Process Monitor was enough to point me to scheduled tasks, which had a number of old/invalid items floating around. Deleting them and rebooting fixed my problem, although the task that was generating the error (an attempt to run a temporary workaround.vbs file from a few years ago with screwed up quoting) didn't show up among the items I explicitly deleted. (All were for applications I'd installed in years past.)
Dec
19
comment Configure Windows for an internet connection that's only metered during the day
@DavidPostill You misunderstand my question. I'm not asking for where the user flip-able switch is. I'm looking for a way to have the connection automatically switch to metered in the morning, and back to unmetered overnight because having to manually flip the switch twice a day is tedious an error prone (and in the case of metered with high overage fees can be an expensive error as well).
Dec
19
asked Configure Windows for an internet connection that's only metered during the day
Dec
14
comment Why is Zip able to compress single file smaller than multiple files with the same content?
@gerrit It doesn't have to. Both ways are valid. Both will work better for some test cases but not others. In a pathological set of cases a format that tries both methods and keeps whichever was smaller and a flag to indicate which was used will end up larger (by the size of the flag) than a format that always used one or the other. (In most cases try both, pick the best will result in a somewhat smaller file. However it will also take about 2x as long to initially compress. Tradeoffs everywhere.)
Dec
10
comment How can Windows 10 function on as little as 32 GB of disk space?
Will W10 have the same problem with the OS directory growing steadily due to patches over time? Or due to MS's non-enterprise policy for Windows being that you must install all patches; will they automatically remove files needed to uninstall patches after a certain amount of time to stop them from exploding the directory size?
Dec
5
revised Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way
clarified assumptions
Dec
5
comment Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way
Am I correctly understanding that give or take what real world URE rates look like at the time; that I could accomplish the drive replacements in my 2nd phase expansion by doing in place replacements of the 6tb drives vs the add followed by remove plan I was originally contemplating?
Dec
5
comment Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way
While predicting the future isn't possible; assuming HDD makers continue to sell larger drives, real world URE rates will need to stay much lower than one read/drive or the products will be destroyed by review failures. At the point of drive makers not being able to sell larger sized drives; there're enough different possibilities that going beyond planning at the level of "I'll have to do something different" isn't really feasible.
Dec
5
comment Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way
If real world URE rates on current HDDs were as bad as the specsheet rates; rebuilds of 4 drive raid5 arrays would already be failing on a regular basis. The silence in the tech press makes it clear that the raid apocalypse hasn't happened. .
Dec
5
asked Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way
Nov
7
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