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May
8
comment Hyper Threading vs Overclocking
@Bakuriu except for graphics code, which is run on the GPU not the CPU, are still fairly lightly threaded. That's why mid range gaming system guides generally recommend buying a $200 quad core non-HT i5 processor instead of the $300 i7 with HT enabled. It's possible that the 8core CPU in the PS4 and XBox 720 (rumors only atm) might change the situation in a few years.
May
8
comment Hyper Threading vs Overclocking
Hyperthreading is just Intel's brand name for Simultaneous Multithreading. Some IBM Power and MIPS family processors also implement it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simultaneous_multithreading
Apr
30
comment How do I get a TPM module for a motherboard that does not already have one?
@grantman16 TPM doesn't need the performance of the PCI bus. Instead (along with the bios, fan controllers, and legacy ports like ps2/com/lpt) it's connected to the much simpler LPC bus which is a derivative of the ISA bus designed for the original IBM PC over 30 years ago. Unfortunately non-corporate/government interest in full system crypto has never reached a level sufficient to make a product with a pcie bridge chip.
Mar
27
comment How can a computer/OS tell what kind of RAM is in the machine?
@b.long kneejerk reaction because the question is tagged win/osx but not Linux?
Feb
26
comment Is it still possible to buy a new computer with ISA slots?
Adek has updated it's product line to include a Q77 based LGA1155 board. While Haswell and LGA1150 will soon leave it a generation behind as well this refresh keep procurement of replacement systems relatively simple for the next few years. Since TPM modules (for boot time encryption key storage) interface over an ISA equivalent bus, the chipset level support needed to make an ISA capable board is unlikely to go away anytime soon. adek.com/ATX-motherboards.html
Feb
21
comment Ways to physically secure laptop that has no kensington lock
If the adjustable bar doesn't run full length you could probably mod it for an 11.6" model with a hacksaw.
Feb
20
comment Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?
@PhonicUK You're wrong about bluerays spinning slower than DVDs, just as a DVD's spin 3x faster than CDs at 1x, Bluerays base spin speed is 2x that of a DVD. A BR at 12x (fastest I see on Newegg) is spinning as fast as a 24x DVD (fastest at Newegg) or 72x CD.
Feb
19
comment I just ran rm /* accidentally, any fix?
lug.wsu.edu/node/414
Feb
15
comment How do I change the default format for an date time value copied from SSMS to Excel
It does not affect the behavior I'm trying to change because Excel isn't using any of the formats listed there. It may be used to produce some of the alternate formats I can change the cells to use; but the default format Excel is picking isn't on that dialog.
Feb
15
comment How do I change the default format for an date time value copied from SSMS to Excel
Despite having office in the URL, your second link directs to how to change OS level default formats; the one Excel is defaulting to isn't on that dialog so it's apparently getting it from somewhere else.
Feb
14
comment How do I change the default format for an date time value copied from SSMS to Excel
@nixda No twice over. Firstly: Open Excel, change cell format, paste data isn't any less tedious than open Excel, paste data, change cell format. Secondly, if the data I'm pasting has numeric columns I want those to be treated as numbers for the purpose of sorting not as text.
Jan
31
comment How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?
+1 for #1. All the other solutions will fail because the universe's ability to create idiots always wins.
Jan
31
comment How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?
The OP's primary reason of concern appears to be damage to ports on the desktops. That's something that would only happen because of people yanking the cords out abusively. This seems likely to deter the people who unplug the cables correctly; but not the idiots who're yanking the cables out violently enough to damage hardware (because they don't understand they're supposed to press the clip to release them, or just don't care). My concern is that locking the cables in more tightly will increase the likelyhood of them breaking ports before figuring out their stupidity won't work.
Jan
31
comment How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?
What happens when someone tries yanking it hard thinking it's just stuck or tries to overcome the locking mechanism via brute force?
Jan
31
comment How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?
I'm not sure how well this would work. First couldn't you force the cable through the loop. Second those little zipties are typically only rated for 25/40lbs; snapping one by hand isn't hard; and jamming a pen/cil into the small loop where the one ties onto the case would probably work even if you don't have the strength needed to rip it free.
Jan
28
comment How do I tell if a laptop has a TPM without buying it first
@Darael only as a last resort; and I'd probably be forced to contact OEMs directly since I'm skeptical about Newegg's support staff knowing that.
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.