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Aug
16
comment what is difference between Internet Explorer (64-bit) and Internet Explorer?
@Holger do IE10/11 have the same limitation in 64bit mode?
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
@Hennes PC Card formally is PCMCIA v5 even though it switched from ISA to PCI internally; and Express Card is the officially designated successor. The vehicle analogy would be a car in a specific model getting a redesign everything inside but keep the name update; followed by being replaced with a new design/new name model in the same market segment.
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
That seems to be a fairly new enhancement. My 6420 (along with the 6400, 630, and 600 I had before) all came with fillers that just had enough plastic framing to hold their shape.
Aug
15
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@MarkHenderson Dell still offers them on some Latitude models.
Aug
14
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@sall If your laptop is new enough to have a USB3 port a USB3-gigabit adapter would give significantly better performance. Otherwise yes.
Aug
5
comment Why can't old PCs view modern sites?
@JourneymanGeek the multiple videostreams BeOS was able to play on a P2 were almost certainly much less compressed (MPEG2 vs h264) far lower quality than anything modern. Back in '99 I considered 360p to be a high quality video (vs 240 or 160p); and don't recall seeing anything above 480p except for an occasional simulation from scientific computing.
Jul
17
answered Is there a Word interpretation of TeX's `\hfil` and `\vfil`?
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
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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 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 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.