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I do Technical Support for two businesses; a small ISP and a large University. On the side I run a Minecraft server, fiddle in various Linux distros, and program (mostly Ruby).


Mar
20
comment Would upgrading memory from 4GB to 8GB on my laptop solve swapping issues?
It's not quite a recommendation for 8GiB. More accurately, he's saying that you can disable the swap, and the more RAM you have the less restrictive you will find this. When the Swapfile is disabled, you will run out of memory sooner. With only 4GB, it's not that hard to run out, but that depends on your workload. With 8GB it is much less likely to happen. You could certainly try disabling the swap with 4GB, just be aware of the possible consequences.
Mar
20
comment How can I explain the difference between programs and documents?
While your recommendation of recovering his license key and re-installing using alternate media is excellent, I believe your discussion of documents vs programs to be highly theoretical to the average user. If someone needs to have the difference between Program and Document explained to them, they are obviously not the type of person who will be writing their own software... the pre-requisite for your A > B > C example of document as program.
Mar
20
comment How can I explain the difference between programs and documents?
It is very easy to miss a piece of malware; as soon as you miss one, they may re-introduce themselves to the computer. When it's your own computer, or one you work with daily, it's not that bad of an idea to clean it and try again. But for a computer that will be leaving and returning to an inaccessible user, the uncertainty of 'did I really find everything' makes it preferable to reformat and migrate documents. The pain, to the user, of 'oh god, the malware came back' and having to get you the computer again is just too great to risk.
Mar
20
answered How can I explain the difference between programs and documents?
Mar
15
comment Get hostname of a RDP client computer
Obviously, few people can dictate how a business uses IT resources, but may I suggest that multiple people using the same login is extremely poor security practice? If you are in the position to improve this system, I would recommend it.
Mar
13
asked When doing an e-mail merge in Office 2010, Outlook forces me to approve EVERY email sent
Mar
12
comment How can I get a better image?
I didn't recommend Gimp because, to be honest, it's a pain to learn initially. Like Photoshop, the many floating windows and innumerable tools adds a lot of complexity beyond what someone wants when drawing a simple vector graphic.
Mar
12
comment How can I get a better image?
Very nice, I hadn't heard about Inkscape. Thank you @Breakthrough
Mar
12
comment Search predictions broken in Chrome - reinstall didn't solve the problem
how will this help him? He has stated that after he syncs, predictions are lost. This will still sync his search method, which will break prediction again.
Mar
12
answered How can I get a better image?
Mar
12
awarded  Benefactor
Mar
12
comment In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?
However, that answer explicitly switches to the non-metro IE. The question was about the IE10 Metro application.
Mar
12
comment When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
If the dependency tracking is wrong, autoremove might eliminate a library or other dependancy that was needed, even though it's not supposed to. If you have a couple applications that are installed manually, they may have dependancies that are untracked. These situations are more likely to occur than situations where the space taken up by an unused dependancy causes a problem, or where a security hole in an unused dependancy causes a problem. Thus, cleaning unused dependancies is more likely to cause problems than not. It's not a bad thing; it's just good to be aware of the possible issues.
Mar
9
comment When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
Actually, that is not absolutely correct; I had some incorrect syntax in my answer (as @cooper pointed out). I have corrected this in the answer above. apt-get autoremove is a separate command from apt-get remove Package, I apologize for the initial misinformation.
Mar
9
revised When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
Typo
Mar
9
comment When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
I can see that unused libraries can be an attack vector, but it seems to be a very minor issue to me, relative to the significant pain of improper removal (which I've seen happen more than once). Thank you for the info about usage however... I have actually been describing autoremove improperly (I don't use it myself, so didn't realize), thank you for the correction.
Mar
9
revised When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
Added an example paragraph and summary.
Mar
9
comment When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
That is absolutely correct @PeanutsMonkey. Autoremove will also remove other packages that the named package depended on, if they are no longer required by anything and were not installed separately on purpose.
Mar
9
answered When would you use apt-get remove over apt-get autoremove?
Mar
9
comment In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?
So Metro IE operates on a 'always remember the previously opened tabs' paradigm?