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//TODO Glorious Lies

Jun
27
comment What is your preferred size and number of monitors?
I've had that configuration for a few years now. Outside of gaming, it's great 99% of the time: the remainder I wish had had 2nd 30" to put 2 big windows side by side. Gaming is a minor disappointment since none of the multimonitor tools place nicely with a PLP layout. orthogonaltonormal.com/midden/NewYearsResolution_4960x1600.jpg
Jun
25
comment Can unexpected power loss harm a Linux install?
The general process in code for protecting against write interruptions corrupting a file is that instead of modifying file.name directly, you instead write an entirely new file file.name.newversion, and then use delete/rename commands to replace the old version with the new one. You need to add cleanup code to recover from an interruption at each step; but this approach always leaves a good copy of the file on disk. This can impact your design since it performs poorly updating single huge files or making frequent changes to a single file.
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
You're still not making sense. I can only conclude that you're not as clever as you think you are.
Jun
24
awarded  Pundit
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
I'm not joking. I have no idea what you intended to say. Multiple people up voting my comment says I'm not the only person confused.
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
1ghz gpu, 1GB ram, 16GB HD. 1GB of ram will hurt you badly if you try to do anything beyond opening a few office documents or a few tabs in a web browser; but that's true (especially the browser bit0 in XP as well. windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/system-requirements
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP
Your first paragraph doesn't make sense.
Jun
13
comment Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?
@Luc I hate programmers who choose to optimize for avoiding resource constraints on an obsolete system as opposed to using more of the resources on my computer to improve performance.
Jun
13
comment Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?
@Luc it obviously depends what you're doing; but even heavy browsing can push a 2GB system into using the swap file.
Jun
11
comment Why are computers slow to come back from hibernate?
@Synetech yet another reason to wish SSDs were cheap enough to be universal.
Jun
10
comment Why are computers slow to come back from hibernate?
@Synetech is it? If you're just timing the hibernate from hitting the option to the screen blanking (as opposed to the drive activity stopping) the OS is probably blanking it early so it looks like it didn't stall. If you are measuring shutdown via IO time there're a few possibilities. With an SDD I'd check to see if the page file is fragmented because SSDs are faster on random writes than random reads. Otherwise I'd speculate that dehibernate is slower due to delays in restarting some hardware components that were shut down not due to IO performance.
Jun
3
comment Why is serial data transmission faster than parallel?
The FSB hasn't been a part of mainstream CPU designs since the Intel Core 2 era, AMD left it behind a few years earlier with the AMD64 design. Instead both moved the memory controller onto the CPU itself and connected everything else to the CPU with fast/narrow busses instead of the (relatively) wide/slow design of an FSB.
May
29
comment Can I make a video not downloadable?
The only time I wasn't able to capture a video stream normally was when a family member was interviewed by a local TV station for winning an athletic event. After a few futile hours chasing a working tool to break their protection mechanism I did an end run with a screen grabber and just kept it at a high file size to minimize multiple compression artifacts.
May
29
comment Should I defrag an SSD drive?
I read somewhere (IIRC one of the many Anandtech articles from a few years ago), the the flash cells in an SSD will die of old age within a decade even if you don't hit the write limit sooner.
May
23
comment Why is it that 10 000 RPM hard disks never picked up?
@MDTGuy having shared my cube with a circa '99 computer with a pair of 10k drives in it at one point it was the noise volume that was the killer. It could've been a free 10k computer vs $1k for a 7.2k one and after hearing the <strike>jet turbine</strike>10k drive I'd predict >99% of consumers would either open their wallet for the 7.2k one or decide they didn't need a computer afterall. Among other things, the 10k drives made a high end GPU with the fan stuck at 100% or the high speed 60mm Delta fan that was my overclocking pride and joy a dozen years ago seem quiet.
May
22
comment Windows 7 in enterprise - What about the account picture?
I work for a >1k employee company. The image was set to the company logo when I got my laptop. I was able to change it a minute ago. I'll follow up if a group policy forces it back.
May
15
reviewed No Action Needed Decode file encoded on one system using openssl on another system
May
15
awarded  Custodian
May
13
comment USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss
Do you recall where you read any of those articles? It's not a problem I've ever encountered so I'm curious what circumstances could cause it.
May
13
comment USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss
By default current versions of windows disable write caching for flash drives by default; so impatience yanking is much less likely to be a problem now than it was in the XP era.