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Sep
29
comment Make Microsoft Word change number literals to spellings?
writing a script to populate hundreds or thousands of entries into the file would be a reasonable option I suppose; assuming that the file getting huge doesn't end up causing performance issues anyway. That said your KB article is only for office 95/97. Searching on my computer I found 4 .acl files in he office12 tree but opening them in a text editor I don't think they're plain text.
Sep
28
comment Make Microsoft Word change number literals to spellings?
This option doesn't scale though. If you want to flag <10 it's not a problem. <100 becomes an exercise in tedium to implement. <1000 (or higher) is practically impossible due to the amount of time it would suck up.
Sep
26
comment Is there a Microsoft program for students to get Office free (or cheap)?
Last year's deal was $60 for 2007, but the page is currently only redirecting to the main MS Pro Accademic for $80 offer. I've included the link here in case it changes to offer the better price again later in the year. www.theultimatesteal.com
Sep
26
comment Is there a Microsoft program for students to get Office free (or cheap)?
I'm pretty sure that the deal they offer once school starts is significantly better.
Sep
26
comment Can't find Windows Media Player
Depending on how locked down your system is you might be able to use the windows update website to upgrade to WMP12 after installing 11.
Sep
26
comment Outlook 2007: Gmail and POP3
Is your problem just outlook not being set to download message bodies for offline use automatically, or it refusing to let you do anything with imap folders when offline? I've configured outlook to do the former and can probably dig up the settings if needed. I've only had the latter happen once and have no idea what was different that day from my normal situation.
Sep
26
comment Transferring hard drive with bare install of XP between two computers?
Although it's not officially supported (and if botched will break your install) you can swap out a 1 processor HAL for a multi-processor HAL using tools that MS provides for driver developers. I've done it once after discovering my work laptop was imaged with the wrong HAL after I spend a few weeks installing and configuring all my software. forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t44294.html
Sep
26
comment Transferring hard drive with bare install of XP between two computers?
You can run a dual core computer with a single core HAL. You won't get the benefit of the 2nd core though.
Aug
25
comment Will new power supply damage current system
Then you should be good to go with the new power supply.
Aug
25
comment Will new power supply damage current system
I can't do so now. your image host is blocked at work. I added a link to the 20 pin connector layout.
Aug
25
comment How much longer will the dsub port be supported in new hardware
As far as vga support disappearing is concerned Dell's latitude E series docking station has 2 DVI-D ports and a DisplayPort. The only way to use an analog monitor is to plug directly to the laptop itself. The laptop also has a DP for more modern displays.
Aug
24
comment How to declutter and organize the cables on and under my desk?
Don't go overboard though. Having about two feet of slack so you can yank your desktop forward and set it on its side to open it up without having to disconnect every single cable first is a major frustration saver. Even 1 foot of slack makes pulling forward enough to see what you're doing when plugging in new cables easy.
Aug
11
comment how can I tell if someone has been in my HP laptop?
IIRC except in Vista (SP0?) NTSF Last Access is disabled by default because of the performance hit it imposes on disk IO; so most likely that would only be useful for monitoring future attacks not for anything that has happened in the past.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
AFAIK the speedstep values are equally conservative; running 24 hour burn tests at each multiplier/voltage stop would be prohibitively expensive so they set universal values that are good for 99.9...% of chips that pass whatever quick test they perform while binning the chips. I was commenting on the fact that in the real world the default settings will let you get a decent overclock at stock voltage, a decent undervolt at stock speeds, or operate with bad airflow in a hot room without failure.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
"However, if you want to raise the frequency you also have to raise the voltage, because higher frequencies require higher operating voltages, so the voltage rises linearly with the frequency." While true in the abstract the default voltages on most CPUs are set conservatively so that you can often get a decent OC before having to boost the voltage. Also, in my experience with aggressive OCing, most of the total overvolt comes for the last few hundred mhz gained and that the response curve is not linear as it approaches the limit of stability.
Jul
14
comment Do I need to have 3 RAM DIMMs to use DDR3, or even be able to run a 3 channel CPU?
LGA1366 was designed to support the 6 core chips when they came out so it needed a wider memory bus. When the cheaper LGA1156 chips came out Intel stated (IIRC to Anandtech) that with DDR3-1333 two channels were enough to keep the CPU from bottle-necking in normal usage (vs memory benchmarks) but that the 3rd channel was needed to keep the 6 core chips running at full speed.
Jul
14
comment Why does the heat production increase as the clockrate of a CPU increases?
There is an element of truth to Gary's comment though. At this point transistor counts are high enough that for larger CPUs designers can put everything on die instead of having to pick and choose, and adding cache eventually runs into diminishing returns. The 10-20% gains with new architectures indicate that designers are still managing to tweak performance but there's probably not anything revolutionary left that could be implemented if there were more transistors available to spend.
Jun
3
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
The more general problem is that I've yet to find a play list editor that doesn't suck when it has thousands of files in it. Regardless of how they represent the main music library, the playlist always seems to be only visible as a list of individual tracks. This is annoying with a few hundred songs and completely untenable with a few thousand. In WMP's case teh fact that it doesn't appear to have a way to show the size of a playlist in MB is another failing.
Jun
3
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
Only a relatively small chunk of my files are rated; and the ratings don't really match up with what I want on my player anyway. eg audio books I've ripped show up and tend to be well rated but I don't want them in my music shuffle; then there're genre's that I don't find really suitable for listening while out on a walk but do enjoy while sitting around at home.
May
24
comment Alternative to WMP for mp3 player sync
I think it does, but IIRC its reviews were bad even by the very low bars set by creatives competition and windows driver teams.