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Oct
4
comment windows 8.1 windows key not working
I had a similar experience with an Acer keyboard with no obvious switches. It does have an Fn key which enables the secondary functions on many of the F keys such as snooze, search, email, browse, volume controls, and media player. Apparently the combination of Fn+Windows toggles whether the Windows key is recognized. Since the two keys are side by side, this is easy to do by accident. Now I'm curious what it turns the Windows key into, or if it just disables it completely.
Sep
7
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Aug
3
comment Must TCP use IP?
@barlop Here's at least one user group that claims to have done the stunt, with logs, detailed accounts from multiple parties, and photos of the actual birds involved. Of course it was a stunt, and not in the least bit practical. But it is the kind of stunt that appeals to the same kind of people that would write the IFC as a joke so I always found it plausible that someone could have gone and done it.
Jul
15
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May
26
comment Is “curl -u username:password http://example.com” secure?
@Pete command lines of executing programs (whether started from a script or at a terminal) are typically visible to all users through the ps command and the /proc file system. If the command finishes quickly, the risk is reduced, but it is still there.
Dec
24
comment Recover Data from Card that cannnot be read
@i486 If the card is indeed a microSD card, there really isn't any "inside" as much as there is an epoxy coating around bare chips and a thin interposer layer with interconnect and the gold pads. Washing the epoxy off is not something easy to do in a way that will leave the chips functional, even given all the right tools and chemicals.
Sep
8
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
We've tried media from a variety of sources, and recently replaced the DVD writer. Reading is still hit and miss across our office, even when attempting to read back with the same drive that wrote the platter.
Sep
8
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
A workable Plasticback would have to include redundancy and resiliency against being transported on a hot dashboard. And I'm not sure what safe for home or office technology could be used to read it out non-destructively. I like the chutzpah of paperback, but it is still a lot of paper per equivalent DVD platter.
Jul
23
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
At least DVD is optical, so it is still playing in the same sandbox as paper, just at a much higher resolution. And there are the M-Disc folks, claiming media that is etched and having a 1000 year lifetime. (Take that claim with a saltshaker, but note that normal media is in the sub 10-year lifetime ballpark.) But my problem right now isn't longevity. It is getting files back at all.
Jul
23
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
@ChrisInEdmonton The discs are stored in a normal office environment both before and after writing, and both onsite and offsite. The images were written with verification on, and the software believes the images are intact. We have not investigated PAR2 or the like. Our experience is that we either can read the file, in which case it is complete and correct, or the entire file is unreadable. I believe there is some amount of ECC at work at the block level producing that result.
Jul
23
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
@DanielB the most recent test was a freshly written disc, not yet stored for years.
Jul
23
comment Sudden doubts about DVD+R reliability
@DanielRHicks PaperBack is clever. But the back of the envelope says that 1 mostly filled DVD platter is on the order of 15 reams of letter paper... not necessarily the most practical of solutions. ;-)
Jul
23
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May
5
comment What is this thing on the cord of my IBM model F keyboard?
Before cutting any of the cable open, use an ohm-meter to check for continuity. Each pin on the connector will almost certainly connect to exactly one pin on the other end of the cable. I don't know if the ground strap is connected to any of the pins, but it will likely be connected to the shell of the round DIN connector that plugs in to the PC. You can probably find the official wiring diagram of this cable as well, it was made at a time when IBM published full schematics of everything.
Mar
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Mar
8
accepted Should I worry that registry key HKCR\Installer\Assemblies refers to a disk drive that doesn't exist?
Mar
7
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Feb
26
comment What's the logic behind the “W” in Control+W to close a Tab in IE?
As a long time user of an emacs-clone (lugaru epsilon, since version 3 or so) on DOS then Windows, the sudden introduction of that shortcut is annoying. On a traditional emacs binding, Ctrl+W is bound to kill-region, which is the most common command I use to cut selected text to the clipboard. When typing in a another context (like this comment right here) typing Ctrl+W has a very different and rather more catastrophic effect. Switching among several editor key bindings on the same machine is always a pain, but this one is relatively new compared to my history with epsilon.
Jan
30
comment Why the heck does NTFS allow invisible executables?
@NathanOsman The good news is that Windows Defender is defending you even from code that probably cannot be run at all on a 64-bit platform. :-)