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Mar
27
comment Windows 7 RAM says only 16 GB of 24 GB of RAM is available
Drive caching. The system automatically uses RAM as a drive cache when it's not being used by applications. 20GB of caching is pretty damn nice when you're looking at installed game footprints of 10-15GB. The game will not need to wait for drive access more than once for any particular file.
Mar
24
comment Use DropBox Cloud storage from Linux file system
Drop box requires X to install. On a headless embedded device, your solution is better. Next time you should be mire clear about what makes your needs unique to improve the quality of your answers.
Mar
21
comment What is emacs? What makes it so popular?
The fact that emacs is so amazingly customizable makes it very personal. It's not just a software product; it is a personal workshop that every user built themselves. Out of the box it is useful, but it encourages users to make it their own, to personalize it, to improve it in ways that fits their needs. This means users don't just use their tool... they love their tool, because it is uniquely theirs.
Mar
21
comment How can I explain the difference between programs and documents?
Except that some software is unrecoverable; depending on the state of the computer it is completely within reason to believe that (for example) the registry is corrupted beyond repair and that is where the application stored the product key. Even when things are not that drastic, recovering files requires less expertise and domain knowledge than recovering software licenses; not everyone has a vast computer recovery skillset to draw on.
Mar
21
comment Use DropBox Cloud storage from Linux file system
That is nice, but just so you know, it's completely unnecessary. Dropbox does not mount; it syncs. Install the Linux client for Dropbox and tell it what folder you want to sync, and changes made locally are synced remotely. This is done asynchronously and automatically, with absolutely no user intervention required as long as the client is active.
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
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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?
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