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Oct
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answered Sandra reports my CPU as “Engineering Sample”, how can I be sure this is correct?
Oct
1
comment Is little-endian still faster on Intel processors or it does not matter if I parse big-endian on intel?
@chrisapotek - If you are doing stuff in-memory, then you'll use the processor's native representation, because you want to work with the data. If you are implementing standard protocols, you again don't get to choose - the standard defines things. If you are designing your own communications protocols, then you can do what you want (and mirroring the architecture of most of the involved systems is probably a good idea).
Oct
1
revised Is little-endian still faster on Intel processors or it does not matter if I parse big-endian on intel?
mentioned network stuff
Oct
1
comment Is little-endian still faster on Intel processors or it does not matter if I parse big-endian on intel?
Before someone asks: The TI TMS34020 Graphics System Processor could in fact be run in either little or big endian mode. The only problem was that the compilers I had at the time generated bad code in big-endian mode, so we ended up using it in little endian anyway.
Oct
1
answered Is little-endian still faster on Intel processors or it does not matter if I parse big-endian on intel?
Sep
10
comment PS/2 vs USB keyboards: performance and energy consumption
@MisterSmith - USB to PS/2 is NOT a simple wiring adapter in the general case. There are some devices (including a lot of gaming keyboards) that support both interfaces on the same connector (via simple wiring adapter), but in the general case this is NOT true. As to #2, the amount of power/cycles used to poll the USB keyboard vs respond to PS/2 interrupts is so small as to be irrelevant.
Jul
24
answered compile command executed inside script gives error, executed outside is fine…might be gcc
Jul
15
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Jul
10
awarded  Caucus
Jul
9
comment Disappearing Hard Disk
SMART tools are recommended here: superuser.com/questions/14803/…
Jun
29
comment New build won't boot: some fans turning, no beep or video
As a side note I recently had this symptom start up on a previously working computer. In my case, it was caused by failures of capacitors on the motherboard. I kinda thought that the supply chains had worked the bad caps out many moons ago, but apparently not.
Jun
25
comment How do I fix repeated error 0x8007f0f4 during install of KB2686509
@slhck - Since the question is about that exact update that the way in which it fails (a failure which is VERY specific to the update in question), I'd say it should be tagged with the update.
Jun
25
awarded  Notable Question
Jun
5
comment Shut Out of XP - No Admin Password or CDR
@ashes999 - the domain admins should be able to change the privilege levels of any user for any system. They should be able to give you local admin privs on the system, for instance.
May
29
comment Wireless router disconnects when one computer on the network hibernates
@tghw - oh well, it was worth a shot. I also avoid such things, but some folks find them handy.
May
29
answered Wireless router disconnects when one computer on the network hibernates
May
21
comment Remap pause/break key
The question is tagged windows vista
May
21
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May
13
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
13
answered How do I fix repeated error 0x8007f0f4 during install of KB2686509