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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.
May
13
comment USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss
I've always assumed the fat32 default selection was made primarily as a lowest common denominator that could be assumed to be supported universally and because it had a lesser patent/etc burden than NTFS.
May
8
comment Hyper Threading vs Overclocking
@Bakuriu except for graphics code, which is run on the GPU not the CPU, are still fairly lightly threaded. That's why mid range gaming system guides generally recommend buying a $200 quad core non-HT i5 processor instead of the $300 i7 with HT enabled. It's possible that the 8core CPU in the PS4 and XBox 720 (rumors only atm) might change the situation in a few years.
May
8
comment Hyper Threading vs Overclocking
Hyperthreading is just Intel's brand name for Simultaneous Multithreading. Some IBM Power and MIPS family processors also implement it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simultaneous_multithreading
Apr
30
comment How do I get a TPM module for a motherboard that does not already have one?
@grantman16 TPM doesn't need the performance of the PCI bus. Instead (along with the bios, fan controllers, and legacy ports like ps2/com/lpt) it's connected to the much simpler LPC bus which is a derivative of the ISA bus designed for the original IBM PC over 30 years ago. Unfortunately non-corporate/government interest in full system crypto has never reached a level sufficient to make a product with a pcie bridge chip.
Apr
30
accepted How do I tell if a laptop has a TPM without buying it first
Apr
21
answered Is there any way to convert 16bit DOS app to 32bit?
Mar
27
comment How can a computer/OS tell what kind of RAM is in the machine?
@b.long kneejerk reaction because the question is tagged win/osx but not Linux?
Mar
13
answered Debug the cause of a bluescreen in windows
Feb
26
comment Is it still possible to buy a new computer with ISA slots?
Adek has updated it's product line to include a Q77 based LGA1155 board. While Haswell and LGA1150 will soon leave it a generation behind as well this refresh keep procurement of replacement systems relatively simple for the next few years. Since TPM modules (for boot time encryption key storage) interface over an ISA equivalent bus, the chipset level support needed to make an ISA capable board is unlikely to go away anytime soon. adek.com/ATX-motherboards.html
Feb
21
comment Ways to physically secure laptop that has no kensington lock
If the adjustable bar doesn't run full length you could probably mod it for an 11.6" model with a hacksaw.
Feb
21
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Feb
20
comment Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?
@PhonicUK You're wrong about bluerays spinning slower than DVDs, just as a DVD's spin 3x faster than CDs at 1x, Bluerays base spin speed is 2x that of a DVD. A BR at 12x (fastest I see on Newegg) is spinning as fast as a 24x DVD (fastest at Newegg) or 72x CD.
Feb
20
answered Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?
Feb
19
comment I just ran rm /* accidentally, any fix?
lug.wsu.edu/node/414