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Mar
18
comment How does a hard drive compare to Flash memory working as a hard drive in terms of speed?
I thought the flash drives used in netbooks were all low performing models that only outpaced magnetic HD's in seek time, but still fell behind in transfer speeds. I know SATA ones you can buy aftermarket are much faster than anything else on the consumer market.
Mar
17
comment Video player with millisecond resolution
@Johannes Rössel How does WMP provide this functionality?
Mar
16
comment Pairing DDR3 Memory - 2,3 or 4 chips?
It's very minor and won't be noticed outside of benchmarks, but if you use both banks of memory your memory controller has to use slightly looser timings to allow the signals to stabilize properly.
Mar
16
comment What happens if I put 2GB of RAM in Dell 2350 which allows max 1GB RAM?
It's less likely but there's also an option 3: It might actually recognize the second GB. I have an old Fujitsu tablet that did that. According to the spec sheet the biggest sodimm it supports is a 256mb module to supplement the 245mb soldered on the board, but it works fine with a 512mb sodimm in the expansion socket and 768mb of ram usable by the system. I assume the spec sheet was written the way it was to avoid confusion because at the time there weren't any 512mb sodimms available.
Mar
15
comment Bandwidth preserving browsing mode
Opera has a setting to only display images in it's cache. AFAIK you can click on the image placeholders and select download now. I'm not certain since I've only ever used this mode accidentally. That meets your #2 requirement. Other than an ad filter I don't know anything that partially meets #1.
Mar
15
comment Bandwidth preserving browsing mode
@Elazar Leibovich One of the things it does is to reencode images at lower quality settings to reduce their size. While it won't help with all binary types it will speed the loading of jpeg heavy sites. I don't know if it attempts to downsample streaming video as well; I suspect that might be too CPU intensive to do as a free, realtime, service.
Mar
15
comment How to fight off against a government's internet censorship?
You can buy VPN/HTTP proxy services directly instead of having to get a VPS and then configure the service yourself. For less technical users, or those who don't need any other VPS services this is a simpler and less expensive option.
Mar
11
comment TV Tuner to record / show multiple channels at the same time
I've had serious reliability issues with the two hauppauge tuners I had in the past. The first was an external model that only half of my computers would detect at all. The second was an PCI card that periodically would stop being detected and required a multiple reboot driver removal/reinstall process to get working again. A few years ago I replaced that one with an ATI PCIe1x card that's been entirely problem free.
Mar
2
comment How to take full advantage of Dual monitor setup in terms of productivity?
The free version of Display Fusion is very limited. None of the 2nd monitor taskbar apps fully support win7 yet. Display Fusion and Task Se7en current come closest depending on what features you want. DF is best if your preferred configuration is similar to that of prior versions of windows with each app in a seperate taskbar item with text showing. If you like all your windows grouped into a single text-free icon (win7 default) Task Se7en is what you want. AFAIK noone has a bar that supports both modes.
Mar
2
comment How to take full advantage of Dual monitor setup in terms of productivity?
@Jitendra vyas: IT depends on the monitor. The cheapest ones don't have rotating stands but at normal sizes most do allow you to rotate the screen 90* in one direction. With really large (eg >24") monitors rotation tends to disappear from midrange monitors and only be supported by high end ones.
Mar
1
comment Proper 16:9 video size for non-HD 4:3 video (for youtube/vimeo)
Agreed. Also there's the fact that aspect ratios probably won't stay 16:9 forever. Eventually once everyone has an HDTV and a Blueray to keep the buy it again and upgrade sales coming hollywood will have to come up with a successor tech. Increasing the aspect ratio from 16:9 (1.77:1) to 2.35:1 (the wider widescreen used in cinemas) is an obvious option since the average consumer doesn't have enough room for the 80 or 100 inch screen needed to make doubling the resolution worthwhile.
Mar
1
comment How much video quality is lost over VGA vs DVI?
Why has this been repeatedly voted down?
Feb
26
comment What happens when more RAM is installed than the motherboard supports?
I've actually seen a few cases where a board accepted more memory than the max listed in the official documentation. What I believe was going on was that they implemented the hardware/bios to support the largest possible capacity and wrote their documentation to support the largest commercially available dimm size.
Feb
26
comment (When) is Firefox 3.6 going to be pushed to 3.5.x users?
@Kev: I don't know. 3.0.* has been getting an suggested update all the way to 3.6 as of last weekend. Dunno when mozilla started doing that; it was on a machine I might not have used FF on in a few months.
Feb
24
comment How much video quality is lost over VGA vs DVI?
The degradation is also resolution dependent. The quality hit from going analog at 1600x1200 on my NEC 2090 is minimal. When I first connected my 3090 at 2560x1600 it defaulted to using the analog wires on the DVI cable and it looked so bad, giant smears of messed color (similar to a CRT that's had a magnet waved over the screen), my initial reaction was that the monitor was defective, switching to digital fixed everything. I was using a GTX260 so the card itself shouldn't've been an issue either.
Feb
19
comment PCI Express X1 TV Tuners Card What I need to Get it working
@aviator Not quite true. If you have digital tuner card you can connect an antenna and receive DTV broadcasts. Likewise if you're in an area that has analog stations still broadcasting (low power stations in the US are still allowed to broadcast) you can pick them up as well.
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
It might make more sense to link to the corsair presentation garycase cites instead of EE directly since without paying you have to jump through a google hoop to see EE content.
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
are any of those user application benchmarks, or are they all synthetic tests? If the former I'd like a link to them.
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
The only benchmark I can find (on the old AMD 939) showed performance slowing as a result of the second bank being populated due to the timing hit. It's possible old controllers (or FBRAM controllers on servers) did benefit that way but newer consumer controller do not. anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2560&p=2
Feb
17
comment Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM?
the i7-860 is an LGA1156 system it can only do dual channel. Outside of memory benchmarks that's extremely unlikely to matter. Saturating the dual channel DDR3-1333 controller would require three of the four cores doing nothing but memory IO.