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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).


Jul
28
comment How can I clear the current line of the Windows command prompt?
@FutuToad the clear command will do what you ask.
Oct
23
comment Why does the windows 8 task manager seem to freeze?
It cannot be pausing when resources are being hogged... if that were so, then every time I noticed it being paused, Memory or CPU would be capped because it paused during the bad time. But it's often indicating very low usage (no problems) which is confusing when I glance at it to see why my computer is behaving poorly now.
Oct
22
comment How can I clear the current line of the Windows command prompt?
Which would be relevant if the question wasn't specifically targeted at the Windows 7 command prompt. :-) Also, I believe this is shell specific, as I am reasonably certain some shells have the same behavior as Windows when pressing Ctrl+C.
Oct
22
comment Overwrite text in Windows Notepad
I started to contradict you, until I realized I had replaced notepad.exe with textpad.exe. :S
Sep
6
comment How can I end an appointment series in Outlook which was started with No end date?
Confirmed to still exist as a problem in Outlook 2010.
Jun
15
comment In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?
It's nice to see they fixed that in later RCs. In the original, the Metro version did not use the homepage option from the Desktop version.
Jun
14
comment Second monitor not detected
Edit the comment to remove that portion from the issue then (everything after One important thing...)
Jun
14
comment Second monitor not detected
Thought I am not convinced this is the issue, did you try temporarily unplugging something nonessential (such as a DVD drive) and powering up the second set of pins?
Apr
17
comment How do I get Windows 7 to detect the G13 joystick as an analog Joystick?
Finally hit on the right Google search to get my answer. Hopefully this will save someone else time when they search.
Apr
16
comment Alt Gr + 4 resizes windows when using remote desktop
By 'resized', do you mean that your current window gets maximized? minimized? restored? Snapped to an edge? And by 'the window', do you mean the active window in the remote session, or the remote desktop window itself?
Apr
13
comment A photoshop png file all the same size generating dilemma
While it may be possible to do what you're asking with a script or plugin, I can't help but think there is a better workflow completely than the one you are doing. Regardless, I suspect some example images describing your process visually would aid in getting useful answers.
Apr
4
comment Can I always exclude specific recipient from Reply All?
There is no rule I'm aware of that will edit the To or CC field of an outgoing message to clear a particular address. This answer does not appear to address the question.
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.