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Mar
2
comment How to take full advantage of Dual monitor setup in terms of productivity?
@Jitendra vyas: IT depends on the monitor. The cheapest ones don't have rotating stands but at normal sizes most do allow you to rotate the screen 90* in one direction. With really large (eg >24") monitors rotation tends to disappear from midrange monitors and only be supported by high end ones.
Mar
1
answered Proper 16:9 video size for non-HD 4:3 video (for youtube/vimeo)
Mar
1
comment Proper 16:9 video size for non-HD 4:3 video (for youtube/vimeo)
Agreed. Also there's the fact that aspect ratios probably won't stay 16:9 forever. Eventually once everyone has an HDTV and a Blueray to keep the buy it again and upgrade sales coming hollywood will have to come up with a successor tech. Increasing the aspect ratio from 16:9 (1.77:1) to 2.35:1 (the wider widescreen used in cinemas) is an obvious option since the average consumer doesn't have enough room for the 80 or 100 inch screen needed to make doubling the resolution worthwhile.
Mar
1
comment How much video quality is lost over VGA vs DVI?
Why has this been repeatedly voted down?
Feb
26
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Feb
26
comment What happens when more RAM is installed than the motherboard supports?
I've actually seen a few cases where a board accepted more memory than the max listed in the official documentation. What I believe was going on was that they implemented the hardware/bios to support the largest possible capacity and wrote their documentation to support the largest commercially available dimm size.
Feb
26
comment (When) is Firefox 3.6 going to be pushed to 3.5.x users?
@Kev: I don't know. 3.0.* has been getting an suggested update all the way to 3.6 as of last weekend. Dunno when mozilla started doing that; it was on a machine I might not have used FF on in a few months.
Feb
24
comment How much video quality is lost over VGA vs DVI?
The degradation is also resolution dependent. The quality hit from going analog at 1600x1200 on my NEC 2090 is minimal. When I first connected my 3090 at 2560x1600 it defaulted to using the analog wires on the DVI cable and it looked so bad, giant smears of messed color (similar to a CRT that's had a magnet waved over the screen), my initial reaction was that the monitor was defective, switching to digital fixed everything. I was using a GTX260 so the card itself shouldn't've been an issue either.
Feb
19
comment PCI Express X1 TV Tuners Card What I need to Get it working
@aviator Not quite true. If you have digital tuner card you can connect an antenna and receive DTV broadcasts. Likewise if you're in an area that has analog stations still broadcasting (low power stations in the US are still allowed to broadcast) you can pick them up as well.
Feb
19
awarded  Critic
Feb
18
answered Is there any useful style of MS Word for code?
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
It might make more sense to link to the corsair presentation garycase cites instead of EE directly since without paying you have to jump through a google hoop to see EE content.
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
are any of those user application benchmarks, or are they all synthetic tests? If the former I'd like a link to them.
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
The only benchmark I can find (on the old AMD 939) showed performance slowing as a result of the second bank being populated due to the timing hit. It's possible old controllers (or FBRAM controllers on servers) did benefit that way but newer consumer controller do not. anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2560&p=2
Feb
17
answered Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
the i7-860 is an LGA1156 system it can only do dual channel. Outside of memory benchmarks that's extremely unlikely to matter. Saturating the dual channel DDR3-1333 controller would require three of the four cores doing nothing but memory IO.
Feb
15
accepted How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
Feb
15
comment How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
the price gap between ps2/dsub and usb/dsub switches is negligible at this point; I'm not considering the former at all.
Feb
15
asked How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
Feb
12
answered Do I need to upgrade DDR2 Ram in pairs?