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comment How do I fix repeated error 0x8007f0f4 during install of KB2686509
For those unfamiliar: a Scancode Map in this location allows one to remap keyboard keys without loading further utilities. I use it to remap my caps lock key
May
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answered How do I fix repeated error 0x8007f0f4 during install of KB2686509
May
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asked How do I fix repeated error 0x8007f0f4 during install of KB2686509
Apr
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answered Why is the text (font) showing or displaying all in italics?
Apr
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comment What is the easiest method of checking SMART status for your hard drive?
@RichardJFoster: Thanks. I've updated the link in the answer.
Apr
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revised What is the easiest method of checking SMART status for your hard drive?
Fixed link to google paper
Apr
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answered How to stop Excel Treating US dates as UK dates?
Mar
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comment Is there an encrypted write-only file system for Linux?
with respect to encryption keys, if he only keeps the public key on the system, then the concept of 'writable but not readable' is at least in theory achievable. The problem is that in the event of a full compromise, the attacker could change the operations! So shipping the data off system is definitely the right approach.
Mar
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comment Threats about validation
@Revd Ken Sargeantson - what you may not know is that the key that was used to install Windows on your laptop is probably NOT the key printed on the sticker on the bottom (that's normal for OEMs). So it's likely that if you can re-activate with the sticker, you won't have a problem.
Mar
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comment Recover overwritten encrypted partition
No one's ever demonstrated the ability to read over-written sectors on a hard disk, and you sure as heck can't do it with the drive's heads and firmware, which are explicitly designed to read back what was written, not leftover stray fields that won't exist most of the time anyway. If you actually wanted to pull that trick you'd need an electron microscope at a minimum, and probably a heck of a lab. You'll note that none of the major data recovery firms claim to be able to read data that's over-written.
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answered Recover overwritten encrypted partition
Mar
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comment Dell XPS randomly freezes – Mouse, keyboard and USB ports lose power until reboot
You might also try adding a powered, external hub to the system. If there's a device that just wants too much power, then the external hub can probably supply more than the MOBO can, and if something drags down the port, you should be able to just unplug and replug the hub to get things back online.
Mar
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answered How long does CMOS battery (3V) on a motherboard last?
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answered Filezilla won't connect
Jan
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comment invincible laptop motherboard solder
@AndrejaKo - Lead-free solders melt at higher temps than leaded solders. Older single-temp irons were calibrated for a proper melting point for standard leaded solder, and won't touch the lead-free stuff. Further, older variable temp soldering stations don't always go up high enough to deal effectively with lead-free solder.
Jan
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comment invincible laptop motherboard solder
A laptop of any recent vintage will have been manufactured with lead-free solder (it's been the standard for a number of years now). If your iron isn't specifically rated for lead-free, it's probably just not getting hot enough. You probably need to invest in a new iron.
Jan
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revised Are there any devices to increase the range of a WiFi network?
Fixed broken link
Dec
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comment Video encoding for archival
@akira - within a given encoding format, bitrate does determine quality. But different codecs do more or less with a given bitrate, so you can't ignore encoding format when you need quality. Older codecs didn't have the CPU to play with that more modern ones have, and so had to use more bits per quality than a more modern codec.