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Nov
7
comment How can I run legacy versions of IE (IE7/IE8) on Windows 8?
@jsalonen this is the same option that MS has provided for old versions of IE since Vista launched. The only major change since then has been that the more flexible activation in Vista/W7 allows you to recreate new test VMs from the same download when the old one expires while the XP/IE6 image needed redownloaded each time (Vista added an expires X days after first use option, XP only had expires on a specific date and MS needed to create new images to increment it.)
Nov
6
comment Expand C: with another Hard Drive?
Reviews I've seen said storage spaces had rather poor write performance for software raid. Unless/Until that's fixed I'd be leery about using it.
Nov
5
comment Can a DELL Latitude E6420 run 3 external monitors?
@Dccloth My dock has 3 video out ports (1 each: display port, DVI, and VGA); I can use all 3 of them and the laptop screen at the same time (2 on the Quadro, 2 on the IGP). If you have a model with only the IGP I suspect you're limited to 2 screens.
Oct
30
comment Can I use Visual Studio 2008,2010 and 2012 on Windows 8?
@JoshuaDrake if it was my computer, with what I considered an adequate amount of storage, I'd probably do so. With IT equipping computers with the smallest drives Dell will sell them and MSVPC running painfully slow on the C2D laptop I just retired it's yet to be a viable option for me at work.
Oct
30
comment Can I use Visual Studio 2008,2010 and 2012 on Windows 8?
Multi-targeting works for normal .net apps; but some other project types aren't supported going forward. VS2010 can't open windows phone 6.x projects. VS2012 can't open VS2010 installer projects. I still need to keep VS2003 around since multi-targeting never when back before the 2.0 framework; and one of the apps I'm on call to support if needed uses a 3rd party control library that won't play nice with anything newer than the 1.1 framework.
Oct
29
awarded  Yearling
Oct
26
comment Looking at the screen in Windows 8 hurts my eyes
Agreed. For indoor use, under typical residential/office lighting conditions, a brightness of 80-100 cd/m^2 (nits) is generally ideal. To be usable in bright sunlight you need a level several times higher than that to avoid washing out; as a result laptop/tablet/phone screens need to have a max brightness level well above what you're using indoors. Most desktop LCD panels have backlights that are similarly powerful and which need to be turned down significantly to be comfortable. Reasons include bigger-is-better spec wars and making cheap screens look better in retail.
Oct
16
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
10
comment Resized maximized windows after screen resolution change
Have you found time to complete your powershell script?
Sep
22
awarded  Custodian
Sep
14
comment Best wifi frequency for penetrating woods
@CodyC if you're unable to get wifi working over that distance ethernet over coaxial boxes are available with more than sufficient range for your application. For ex StarTech EOC110R adapters with a 2.4km range can be found for ~$125 each (selected via google search, I've never used them). There're less expensive adapters available intended for running a network over existing coax runs; but I couldn't find max cable length data for them.
Sep
14
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
@manu has Opera added built in DOM based blocking, or do you still need a plugin for anything beyond URL filters?
Sep
14
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
@luiscubal it's Friday, please stop trying to depress me this close to the start of the weekend.
Sep
13
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
Also, there's not much benefit to making it more complex. The gap between those who're stopped by something trivial and those who're able to use their browsers adblock/webdev tools to figure out how to rip the image free either directly, or are capable asking and of following directions from someone else who can is very small. Meanwhile adding all the extra stuff to the page slows downloading and rendering, annoying eveyone.
Sep
13
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
@EliotBall I'd be shocked if it didn't have a >95% success rate. A majority of internet users haven't been technically literate since sometime back in the 90s.
Sep
12
comment Is there a point in installing antivirus on Ubuntu?
@SimonVerbeke common sense will let you avoid most virus infections; but isn't much help against driveby attacks from legitimate sites that were hacked if your system has the unpatched vulnerability they exploit.
Sep
12
comment Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8?
Win8 has an option to hibernate the kernel only as a fast restart option. windowsfordevices.com/c/a/News/… I think they intended to make this the default 'shutdown' option but don't have a citation for it.
Sep
12
comment Is there a point in installing antivirus on Ubuntu?
@vsz otherwise known as security by obscurity. rolls eyes
Sep
11
comment How to uncompress a 9GB file in Windows FAT32
@NickG Agreed for general video content; but a screencast is likely to have many places where an identical frame is shown multiple times in succession. That degree of repetition should result in some readily compressible sections in the file.
Sep
10
comment How to uncompress a 9GB file in Windows FAT32
@Izkata in raw format at 1080p/32bit/60fps the video could be as much as ~300GB. There are some fairly wretched video compression formats out there that generate very bloated files that would compress reasonably well. AFAIK motion-jpeg doesn't do any compression between frames which results in extremely large file sizes and often lots of duplication for a zip tool to squish.