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Apr
21
comment
Allquixotic is also one of our most active Meta users. He's made many good contributions to the site.
Apr
21
comment Is it possible to install a Windows XP driver on Windows 98?
@ElliottFrisch even with a print server you'd still need some kind of driver. It's a tricky situation.
Apr
14
comment RAM decision for laptop
Also I'm confused - why not keep the 1 stick of 4GB RAM and get a second 2GB stick?
Apr
14
comment RAM decision for laptop
@user315388 you can't find any 4GB sticks at 800 MHz?
Mar
21
comment Windows installer seems to be failing. Cannot install windows updates
@magicandre1981 oops ;)
Mar
21
comment Windows installer seems to be failing. Cannot install windows updates
@MichałPółrolniczak I converted your answer to a comment because it's more asking for clarification than providing a solution. Now that you have 50 reputation points you can comment on any post.
Mar
15
comment Is there any 'sudo' command for Windows?
@barlop the whole point of UAC is that you can't run elevated without getting the user's permission. If you could just type elevate whatever.exe and have it run elevated, then it would be trivial for an attacker to run elevate nasty-virus.exe. It's an inherent requirement of UAC that confirmation occur somehow. It can't ask for confirmation in the command window, because the confirmation must run on an isolated secure desktop to prevent other software from injecting keystrokes.
Mar
15
comment Is there any 'sudo' command for Windows?
@barlop of course not. That would defeat the purpose of UAC.
Mar
10
comment Does the length of Cat5e cable affect the network speed?
The best way to verify if the cable company is delivering the speed they promise is to connect directly to the modem with an ethernet cable and do a speed test. If that's good, then any slower speeds on your network are the fault of some component in your internal network setup. The cable company isn't responsible for what happens after the internet reaches your modem.
Mar
7
comment Force Close Processes at Shutdown
@David many programs will ask "are you sure you want to quit?" when you issue a shutdown or logout, and that interrupts the logout process by design. It's a valid question, and is not the result of any misconfigured program. It's expected but potentially undesirable behavior.
Mar
7
comment Force Close Processes at Shutdown
@Ramhound I just verified on Windows 8.1 that with a Notepad window with unsaved content in it, Windows will not force a restart. It'll just sit there waiting for you to do something. SnakeDoc is right, and this is a valid question.
Mar
6
comment Why are USB connectors different from RJ45/Ethernet connectors?
@Ramhound I agree that they have different purposes, but power over ethernet has been around for ages.
Feb
19
comment Paranoid Parent: “WiFi safe for baby?”
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Feb
9
comment What should I look for in a UPS to protect my system from outages and surges?
thanks for being flexible and responding to the feedback! It's hard to know all these details as a new user, so no worries. It looks like there's a pre-existing question that covers this topic in pretty good detail, so take a look and see if that will meet your needs.
Feb
9
comment What should I look for in a UPS to protect my system from outages and surges?
@techie007 I found a question that I think better fits here: superuser.com/questions/9946/…
Feb
9
comment What should I look for in a UPS to protect my system from outages and surges?
Shopping questions are considered off-topic here, but if you edit your question to the form of "what is the process to choose the right UPS for a given system" (without specifying the system specs) then it becomes a more generally useful question that helps everybody, and would be reopened. See this Stack Exchange blog post for more details.
Feb
8
comment RAM not usable?
@Synetech and harrymc, I think it would be good if you both took a less aggressive approach to each other. Synetech, anybody is free to post answers, and the community is free to vote on them as they see fit. Harry, while you're free to answer as you like, sarcastic comment replies are not productive either. Thank you!
Jan
24
comment What is a SAS disk and what cable does it use?
@Ramhound it says "SAS" not "SATA". They're different.
Jan
22
comment Cannot launch application on Wifi Connection
In the task scheduler, it should show if the event ran successfully, exited with an error, or didn't exit at all. Connect to the network and check to see if anything shows up for the latest run in the task scheduler. Hard to tell if it isn't triggering or if the program you're running has an error.
Jan
22
comment Windows 7 - display date using small icons
@harrymc why not just make this an edit on the answer that originally suggested TClock?