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Nov
16
comment emacsclient: create a frame if a frame does not exist
When I do man emacsclient it doesn't tell me about a -c option. Do you know what versions exhibit this behavior?
Nov
8
comment What are the pros and cons of using ErgoEmacs?
Basic things like "save" and "undo" and "cancel command" etc etc are rarely customized. I've never had trouble with a colleague's emacs, but the basics are always where I expect them to be.
Nov
6
comment What is the difference between the Linux distros?
The technical phrase for the procedure @gd1 suggests is "outlier elimination".
Nov
1
comment Can a laptop run on a different brand charger?
I ran a Compaq off the transformer from a much older model (like 10 years) from the same manufacturer for almost two years. Output voltage and current matched so away we went.
Oct
25
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Oct
19
comment Query what Linux/Unix distribution you're using (from the command-line)
There are many unixes that don't support the /proc pseudo-filesystem.
Oct
16
comment Laptop ethernet port blinks once when plugging in power
I've seen the blink-on-powerup behavior of a variety of devices. I've never watched the ports on a laptop closely enough to report if it does or does not do what you describe, but it makes a certain kind of sense so it might be what's going on.
Oct
16
answered Laptop ethernet port blinks once when plugging in power
Oct
13
comment For complicated mathematic calculations, are extra threads or high-speed disk access more important?
The upshot is my experience was that fast IO systems were more important than of 20% faster CPU.
Oct
13
comment For complicated mathematic calculations, are extra threads or high-speed disk access more important?
I'm going to partially disagree by needed huge files to get an advantage from a fast disk. Over the last fifteen years I've worked with a series of nuclear and particle physics analysis engines and Monte Carlos; and while these sifted moderately large piles of data the thing that the IO bound ones had in common was using a lot of separate files...like ten configuration files (includes mechanism and or multiple layers of fail over defaults), and medium sided disk-based geometry database, three log files, a checkpoint system all in addition to the largish input and output files.
Oct
11
revised Why do printers require drivers?
blue pencil stuff
Oct
5
comment Are super computers made with just cache technology?
top500.org
Oct
5
comment Are super computers made with just cache technology?
top500.org maintains a list so you can see what makes a "supercomputer" by their particular standards. There are a lot of big clusters of fairly work-a-day machines plus some special purpose architectures.
Oct
1
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Sep
29
comment Lightweight text-editor with two code panels
Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swapping was a heavy editor. It really was, and it's not a flyweight even now; but it just doesn't sit on large fractions of a memory anymore.
Sep
26
comment Which ethernet expansion card is compatible with an Apple PowerBook 5300c?
BTW--Apple was making 7.5.5 available for free for a long time, and it really is more stable than the earlier 7.5 versions.
Sep
26
revised Which ethernet expansion card is compatible with an Apple PowerBook 5300c?
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Sep
26
answered Which ethernet expansion card is compatible with an Apple PowerBook 5300c?
Sep
21
comment How to open emacs in its own window
@BennyInc: Note that xemacs is a different program from GNU emacs running in X. There was a fork owning to deep disagreements about the proper direction of emacs development. The two branches have developed similar capabilities but the remain distinct.
Sep
21
comment Edit one file in two different buffers in emacs
Yikes! Shouldn't you include keyboard navigation between frames? C-x o runs other-window and cycles through the visible "windows" in each "frame". (Using the emacs configuration where window manager windows are called frames, and the separate panels inside them are called windows (I know, I know, but I'm not responsible for it).)