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//TODO Glorious Lies

Jan
28
comment Why does one person downloading kill the internet for the rest of the house?
...especially if the text consists of base64 encoded binaries.
Jan
24
comment Increase page file or buy RAM?
@JourneymanGeek I wouldn't waste money buying new ram; but DDR1 is really cheap on ebay. If you're concerned about getting dud parts, buy from a computer salvage company with good reviews instead of some random person trying to part out his personal relic. Don't forget to run memtest86 overnight once you install the ram.
Jan
23
comment Why do laptops need fans but tablets don't?
@JoelCoehoorn I purged the list of running services, and killed every tray background app I could and it still fell short on battery life. Otherwise performance was usable since aside from lacking HT the CPU was in the same ballpark as an atom. From the other direction "go back to kindergarten and learn how to write correctly" is the proper solution but not an SU answer. My handwriting is horrific and poking at the on screen keyboard was faster than drawing blockprinted letters. Fundamentally though I don't care enough to put time into it; especially since the batteries probably near dead.
Jan
23
comment Why do laptops need fans but tablets don't?
@Karan There've been fan sporting windows/pen tablets for over a decade. Somewhere in my clutter I've got one with a 12(?) inch screen, about an inch thick, that was good for 5-6 hours/charge with XP and a ULV p3-900ish processor. For ~$140 it made a usable ereader when an early kindle was $300+. I never used it for much else, XP's hand writing recognition needed better penmanship than mine; and while W7 could handle my scrawl it idled at 5% load, enough that the chip never made the lowest power state and battery life collapsed to ~3 hours.
Jan
18
comment What is “.Net Framework 4.5 Advanced Services”?
@MuiBienCarlota Do they actually use a different compiler and different core libraries; or just have some different high level libraries at the top of the stack and share a common backend?
Jan
18
comment What is “.Net Framework 4.5 Advanced Services”?
@Ramhound I'm not surprised there's no supported way to remove it. This wouldn't be the first time someone decided they disliked a component enough to try removing it by finding and deleting all the files manually and then hope they didn't break anything else in the process. I was responding with why doing so would be a bad idea.
Dec
19
comment Automatically install driver on headless WHSv1 system
IIRC the only option for triggering the reinstall and doing initial setup on the media smart requires a CD drive available over the network.
Dec
19
comment Automatically install driver on headless WHSv1 system
I'm aware of those; they're more money than I want to sink into it at this time. WHSv1 goes out of support next month; and while I wanted to keep my old system running in parallel to the new one for a bit longer as insurance tossing at least $80 or more if I got rid of my ps2 keyboard the last time I cleaned out my parts closet is too much. WHS is supposed to allow full data recovery if you swap the drives into a new computer and reinstall it; that's my current fallback option to finish evacuating data.
Dec
19
comment Automatically install driver on headless WHSv1 system
@Logman more or less. I can't find the exact model number on any of the labels.
Dec
16
comment Why do lots of games have Direct X 9 and 11 options, but NOT DX10?
It's worth noting that relative deployed market share doesn't appear to be a factor. The most recent (NOV 2012) data from the Steam Hardware survey shows 53% DX11 systems, 32% DX10, and 13% DX9. store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey?platform=pc
Dec
16
comment Why do lots of games have Direct X 9 and 11 options, but NOT DX10?
The only thing I'd like to add to this is that the Xbox360 is DX9; so if there's an xbox version of the game the DX9 port is basically free.
Dec
13
comment Why do video cables (DVI, VGA) still screw in?
In your first paragraph I think you've confused HDMI and DVI. The latter is a large old style screw in plug; the former is secured the same way as USB/DP/TB as shown in your pictures.
Dec
7
comment Pin two shortcuts to same application with different settings to taskbar
The only caveats I have with your suggestion are that the shortcut shows up with the cmd.exe icon by default and that the command prompt window needed to be manually closed. The former problem was easily fixed by creating and assigning a custom icon (probably a good thing to do anyway for disambiguation).
Dec
7
comment Pin two shortcuts to same application with different settings to taskbar
This may be due to the fact that the admin/non admin setting is being stored on the executable not the shortcut itself; so as far as windows is concerned the two shortcuts actually are the same thing despite their different names.
Dec
7
comment Pin two shortcuts to same application with different settings to taskbar
Doesn't work. The second shortcut silently fails to pin itself.
Dec
5
comment How can I give my wife emergency access to logins, passwords, etc.?
I agree with Torben; this looks more like a suitable option to store a master password than for general PW storage.
Dec
4
comment How can I give my wife emergency access to logins, passwords, etc.?
If you keep them at home, or anywhere multiple people have access, I'd suggest storing any hard copy passwords in a tamper evident manor so that you can potentially detect anyone snooping. A low tech solution would be inside an envelope with your signature along the seem. While it's possible for someone to forge your signature or open and reseal the envelope without their having done so being obvious it will shut down any casual snooping.
Nov
27
comment How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive?
@fgysin recovering arbitrary data from an infected computer and nuking from orbit are mutually incompatible activities because data files can carry an infection to the new computer (ex office macro viruses); even if, in the far too common case, where the user doesn't have a recent backup to restore from it's the closest you can come without massive protest.
Nov
16
comment Is there a filesystem that keeps only one copy of a file, and other copies are just references?
Why does ZFS need so much ram to implement deduplication? MS was able to make it work in WHSv1; on systems with 1GB or less ram. ex the HP EX470 was one of the flagship devices at launch and came with support for up to 4x2TB drives but only had 512MB ram.
Nov
14
comment How can you fake an email address?
@Manishearth I was thinking of despair.com's "Wailing List" (technically a marketing mail but I subscribe to it for the humor value). I'm at work so I can't copy what i get in outlook at home; but gmail shows it as ex The Wailing List wailinglist@despair.com via mail17.us2.mcsv.net both the mail# and us# subdomains vary from one message to the next. I several other subscriptions with similar issues from their 3rd party mailing services.