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Frisbee geek, python fan.

Sep
3
comment How do I permanently disable scroll lock in Windows XP?
Added Scancode Map regedit key with this value: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 46 00 00 00 00 00 - problem solved.
Aug
16
comment How do I permanently disable scroll lock in Windows XP?
Might try my own registry fix rather than downloading the app to do it for me (following an article linked from that one)..
Apr
20
comment Why is ccmexec thrashing my disk?
WmiPrvSE was eating 350MB of RAM on my system.. The logs fingered ccmexec. Stop-reset-start and it's looking better now.
Jan
11
comment Is this MacBook Pro battery dangerous?
Hmm, you may be half-right. It's from a 17". This link seems relevant: wwco.com/~wls/blog/2007/07/18/… Looks like I'm not alone; I should have googled the model number from the battery case.
Nov
13
comment What does the command CD do?
Well, if that's the case, then it doesn't work! If I type, e.g., CD /, it just does nothing.
Sep
9
comment What's the advantage of using RAR's?
I remember the good old days, when some people would use ZIP, and some people would use LZH, and some people would use ARC, and some people would use ZOO...
Aug
31
comment What could I do with a spare computer?
+1 – if you've never looked inside a computer before, then pulling it apart would be a great idea. And then see if you can reassemble it so that it still works :-)
Aug
27
comment What makes glass monitors different from matte or glossy?
Newer iMacs have glass in front of the screen. I have one at home :-)
Aug
26
comment Are my 5.25" floppies dead?
If you read the question, he said he still has the original computer, but the (external) floppy drive has fallen apart.
Aug
22
comment Best way to backup important files onto a usb drive?
Can you specify your operating system?
Aug
22
comment How do I find out what service is using a certain port?
+1 for the builtin solution. "Use sysinternals" seems to be the answer to every Windows question here, but it's good to know how to solve problems without 3rd party software.
Aug
21
comment Is there any point in using a strong password on a laptop if the HDD is not encrypted?
Do you log in as admin every time you start up your laptop?
Aug
21
comment Is there any point in using a strong password on a laptop if the HDD is not encrypted?
I dunno, there's no ¤ key on my keyboard..
Aug
21
comment Is there any point in using a strong password on a laptop if the HDD is not encrypted?
But is tying your bike up with an inch-thick chain better than a half-centimetre chain? I've always figured if a thief is going to carry about bolt cutters, they'll carry around big ones.
Aug
20
comment Is it good practice to create directories in the root of your C: drive?
So, My Documents is a bad idea in the situation where (a) it's in the default place on C:, (b) you manage to completely destroy your C: partition, (c) your D: parttion is still fine and dandy, and (d) you have no backups.
Aug
18
comment “Broken” directory in OSX - what can I do?
I followed the instructions on that Apple page. When I tried to open the .sparseimage, OSX said it was damaged and opening it might break my system :-/ so I made a copy (65GB over the network.. ugh.) and then opened it. No trouble. Disk repair fixed some issues. I had some trouble resetting the permissions (changing the ownership of my home directory back to my username wouldn't "stick", until I tried setting to my username, then back to admin, then back to my username again), but all seems well now, and the directory is working again. Thanks.
Aug
18
comment Why do my speakers save me power?
@retracile: Same as when they're turned off. @IPX Ares: This is when the mac is asleep, so I wouldn't think the internal speakers are doing anything.
Aug
18
comment How to remove keyboard grease?
See this answer, perhaps: superuser.com/questions/15609/…
Aug
17
comment “Broken” directory in OSX - what can I do?
I will have a go with Disk Utility later today (I need to use the computer right now). What does hdiutil attach do?
Aug
17
comment “Broken” directory in OSX - what can I do?
See my post edit.