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comment Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
It's not quite useless. While the OS is limiting you to 2gb of usable ram; going from single to dual channel mode will double ram bandwidth and should give a modest improvement in real world speed when doing anything computationally intensive.
Sep
24
comment What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian?
At the same time, any non-trivial distro these days is going to include lots of stuff that is neither part of GNU nor the Linux kernel itself. Does anyone really want to chain all of those into a name less practical than the full titles of reigning monarchs?
Sep
24
comment What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian?
Outside of the FSF, most people just roll their eyes whenever Stallman insists on the use of GNU/Linux and continue to only use the latter. In some ways that's not really fair; but such is the real world.
Sep
12
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
I suspect page file in a ramdrive started out as a cargo cult "workaround" for the fact that some software will refuse to start if it detects there isn't a page file. (I've been told Adobe's graphics/video tools do this.)
Sep
5
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Aug
18
comment What is the name of the cable inside PC cases?
The reason they have 2 ground wires is that it allows using the same gauge of wire for all the connections; with only a single ground wire a thicker wire would be needed to avoid overload when both the +5 and +12v lines were fully loaded.
Aug
17
comment Can I repair a physically broken USB drive?
IF you don't have a computer with a sacrificial port; you can get a cheap USB hub for <$10 and to plug into that instead.
Jul
28
comment Excel VBA program only running at 25% speed
If you're concerned about run time, porting your computational logic into another platform would be a very good idea. I achieved an ~1000x speedup porting some very computationally intensive code from (Excel 03) VBA to C#: ~4 hours vs ~15 seconds. Same algorithm in both cases; and the VBA had already gotten a 5-10x speedup over the naive implementation by caching values to variables instead of reading the cell every time and disabling refreshing of the spreadsheet on screen every time a cell was changed during the computation.
Jul
23
comment Are computers with more RAM potentially faster if not all memory is usually in use?
@khajvah linuxatemyram.com
Jul
17
comment Can I add RAM sticks from an old PC to improve the performance of the new one?
@AwalGarg there've been a lot more than 3 ram standards. Going backwards you've got DDR1, Rambus, SDR, EDO, FPM... and that's just the last 20 years and ignores ram used for uses other than PC main memory.
Jul
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Multi-row headers and excel 2007 sort/filtering
Jul
7
comment Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work
+1 for the last paragraph. The 2x recommendation dates back to when most computers didn't have enough ram to avoid swapping in normal use. Subjectively, from using computers then, the 2x limit appears to've been selected as a number big enough that the computer will become unusably slow before running out of swap.
Jul
2
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May
29
comment How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
@thkala it probably just means the computer has 768k total ram. Standard DOS programs were limited to 640k of ram, with the space between 640k and 1024k available for use by driver type programs (TSRs).
May
15
comment Does any mouse really have 11 buttons?
@AthomSfere action RPGs too. I bought one for playing Path of Exile and bound commands to 10 of the 12 side buttons; unfortunately it's a relatively short mouse and after a few nights of use I discovered the back 6 buttons required bending my thumb too sharply to use and was causing RSI type pain in my thumb.
May
5
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Apr
21
awarded  Caucus
Apr
21
comment Why are laptop screens sized the way they are?
@TheCleaner Since they've rounded all the cm sizes to integer values in that table (ex in the top row: 9cm 16:9 is listed as 8x4cm); I'm not sure it's safe to assume that the actual panel sizes are even numbers of centimeter in the diagonal.
Apr
11
comment Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
The ա character is 2 bytes (0xD5A1) in the UTF-8 version of unicode; the extra character (whatever is is) is present in both files. marathon-studios.com/unicode/U0561/Armenian_Small_Letter_Ayb
Apr
7
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