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Sep
28
comment Optimizing Windows 7 x64 for development environment
1% is probably a bit low unless you have a rather high end system. I just checked my dual core laptop ~23.5hours uptime, and have 55 minutes of DWM and 34m under various svchost processes. That's about 2% for DWM and 1.2% for everything else. Even with my work laptop being an core core2 duo, you'd probably need an current generation Intel quadcore or AMD hexcore system to push it down to 1%.
Sep
28
comment What is “Interlacing” when referring to a computer monitor or display?
@Martin At least as far back as the early 90s normal computer CRT refresh rates were non-interlaced. 60/75/85/100/120hz modes were NI unless explicitly marked. Some mostly cheaper monitors had an 85hz interlaced rate to claim a higher maximum resolution; but that was lying via the specsheet since 85hz interlaced on them was extremely flickery and unusable because, unlike a CRT TV (designed for 30hz interlaced), the phosphors on a CRT monitor faded too rapidly to maintain a steady image with only 42.5 refreshes/second.
Sep
27
comment Does a laptop recharger waste electricity when the laptop is not connected?
@Jaanus you'd need to measure it. The exact amount of idle current is dependent on the the implementation details. Mostly in that cheaper devices will draw more power for the save level of functionality. Unfortunately for consumer level hardware this is easier said than done because idle power levels are similar to both the base error level and granularity of inexpensive power meters like a killawatt.
Sep
26
comment Why does Ubuntu Linux swap buttons like ok/cancel on dialogs and keep/discard in Chrome?
The best part about standards is that there are so many to choose among.
Aug
26
comment Why can't Windows 7 be installed on a ARM processor based system?
@CarlF the caveat to that is that you can't use P/Invoke to access any win32 binaries. The moment you need to do that you lose your cross platform support. This is less of an issue than it was as the .Net framework has grown; but if your app needs to interface tightly with any 3rd party systems dependencies are native code become fairly common.
Aug
26
comment Allow Standard user to run program requiring UAC elevation
Won't creating a manifest saying don't run a admin only work if the program is incorrectly manifested; but fail if the program is actually doing something that requires elevation? (The memory hook.)
Aug
4
comment How do I change the colors used in MS Word 2007 track changes?
That's only a viable option for single author documents. For anything colaboratively edited knowing who made what change is important requiring the setting left at By author meaning someone will always get the red color.
Feb
15
comment 32-bit vs. 64-bit systems
@Breakthough you should warn people before linking to sites with NSFW advertising.
Feb
8
comment A way to recover many second hand computers without recovery partitions?
Most OEM recovery options will also restore all the bloatware garbage that the system came with. Cleaning all of that out and then updating all the other apps up to current versions will take long enough that unless you can't get the drivers any other way a clean install will generally be faster.
Feb
2
comment Keyboard doesn't let me press certain keys at the same time
Das Keyboard maxes out at 6 key rollover on usb (standard USB keyboard protocol limitation); and with ps2 ports starting to go the way of the dodo, 7+ key rollover is going to become increasingly less important as time goes by.
Feb
2
comment Sandy Bridge; or, what's in a name?
Probably the initial code name was approved by engineers who didn't have management levels of paranoia.
Jan
26
comment What exactly is a PCI-ISA card?
Being in writing just means that the person who filled out the form mis-heard the description.
Jan
26
comment What exactly is a PCI-ISA card?
The LPC bus (semi-serialized ISA) is used to attach a variety of legacy devices, as well as one reasonably new one. The new device is the Trusted Platform Module used by some enterprisy customers for encryption. The legacy devices include the BIOS, the floppy controller, along with PS2, Parallel, RS232, Joystick ports. The floppy controller and legacy port controllers are all integrated into a single chip called a SuperIO controller.
Jan
26
comment Resized maximized windows after screen resolution change
@MBraedley That's what I've been doing for years as well. I've been going back and forth to a lot more meetings than usual lately which irritated me into finally posting a question about it.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@paradroid they're not common (16/8/8) is more likely to be useful, but I'd rather have the option of inserting an x16 card later if I find a need to do so; 4x physical slots often preclude this, and have reduced mechanical support even when the card will physically fit.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@burnzy the sabertooth has slightly larger heatsinks, which will be beneficial if overclocking. Otherwise they don't matter. The sabertooth has USB3 which might be useful over the next year or two. Otherwise I'd make my decision based on the slot layouts, and what slots will be free after you install all your cards.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@burnzy If the back of the 4x slot is open and nothing is obstructing the board the 16x card will fit in without tools. Otherwise you need a dremel or a hacksaw not a hammer, to either open the back of the slot, or to cut the card just past the end of the 4x contacts.
Jan
18
comment Does a x4 PCIe mechanical work in a x16 slot in x4 mode?
@paradroid there are multiple cases where that could happen. LGA 1155/56 boards only have 16 lanes on the CPU, so any 3x16 physical board will have at least one x4 electrical slot: either 8/4/4 (all CPU) or 8/8/4(last slot using south bridge lanes). LGA 1366 has 36 lanes on the north bridge, 16/8/8 or 16/16/4 are the common splits for a 3 slot configuration. AMD's high end chipsets have 38 lanes on the northbridge so you can probably find similar there, although I'm not as familiar with them.
Jan
17
comment Mainstream vs Extended Support phase
Since the MS footnote is poor, I'd add that hotfixes are generally only provided as workarounds for critical bugs prior to a patch being released, or for privately reported unusual cases. 99% of the time they're not something average users should have to worry about.
Dec
15
comment How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
A number of companies including AMD and Intel are planning to phase out the port industry wide by 2015: arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/12/…