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May
1
comment Does Dropbox sync when computer is asleep or locked?
@CorySimmons - The only question is the definition of lock and sleep - They should be pretty universal terms, but I find that when I make too many assumptions, the universe tends to smack me in the head.
Apr
30
comment Disable (unbind) default Win+Arrows hotkeys to make them usable in other applications
The only thing you could do with this 'solution' is to remap the keyboard to not have a windows key, replacing it with some other scan code, then map that key. NOT a good solution, as anything that tries to use the Win key for anything would be unusable.
Apr
4
comment Why can this one user not print to a printer that someone else in the same office can print to?
@AaronHardy - I just added 'check the firewall' config to my answer. Might be worth your time to compare the two.
Apr
4
comment Why can this one user not print to a printer that someone else in the same office can print to?
@AaronHardy - I'm just thinking that the relay box adding a variable into the mix that may be the root of the issue. Routing around the relay box reduces the number of variables in play, and therefore the likelyhood of success.
Feb
11
comment Media file can be played after deleted?
@Dave - see my revision - Windows has a way that (well behaved) programs can cause this to work correctly.
Feb
1
comment How to extract bytes from the middle of a file?
You'll want to quote the ~ characters - depending on shell, a lone ~ may get expanded into something.
Jan
29
comment Google Drive inside TrueCrypt folder
@user13664 - have you considered whole disk encryption? It might actually be easier to use than what you're working toward.
Jan
29
comment Google Drive inside TrueCrypt folder
If it's going to work at all, you need to make sure the truecrypt volume is mounted and accessible at all times while google drive is running. So, mount the volume, start google drive, sign in and use advanced setting to put folder on the truecrypt volume. Stop google drive, then unmount truecrypt volume. Only start google drive with the truecrypt volume mounted.
Jan
15
comment Handling MS office documents on Linux without root access
Oy. They don't even have the standard build tools on there? That means they probably don't have the compilers or anything else. See edits.
Jan
14
comment Google Drive inside TrueCrypt folder
Trying to put your GDrive folder onto a truecrypt volume only encrypts your GDrive data ON YOUR MACHINE. If you manage to do that, you'll still have it be only protected by Google's good graces on their servers. The point of putting an encrypted volume on the drive is that YOU are the only one with the decrypted data.
Dec
28
comment How to protect laptop if my outlet isn't grounded?
@DanielRHicks - UPS often try to detect ground faults because if you have certain types of ground fault, AND the UPS starts providing power, it could create a situation where the user might die.
Dec
18
comment Disconnect from samba share
Also note that cases where you've done something like open a file on that share can leave an application with a directory open, which will also prevent the share from completely going away.
Oct
18
comment Sandra reports my CPU as “Engineering Sample”, how can I be sure this is correct?
@Ramhound - do you mean that the pad is just a pre-formed blob of paste, or is it one of the polymer pads (I know 3M makes some materials that can work in this situation). The advantage to the pads is that you don't need to worry about them when re-applying the cooler, they should squish right back down and keep working, if I'm not mistaken.
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
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.
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
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
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.