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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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Mar
7
comment Changing the queue priority in bittorrent
Cool, I didn't know that. Thank you, sorry for the error.
Mar
5
comment Changing the queue priority in bittorrent
I'm actually pretty sure that they are not identical, not even close. There is a great variation in Bittorrent client features. But I could be wrong, I have not used the default Bittorrent client in several years; perhaps they aimed for feature parity with uTorrent.
Mar
5
comment Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?
Microsoft stated very clearly that Microsoft guarantees a minimum resolution for Metro apps. They won't run below that resolution because they simply can't; they aren't designed for it. If there is a workaround, I would not be surprised if many/most Metro apps break.
Feb
28
comment How do I access the separate Internet Options for IE64 and IE32?
Thank you very much, this worked perfectly. I still think there must be a way to open a particular 'Internet Options' dialog, but this workaround was quite sufficient for to help the customer.
Feb
21
comment How to differentiate SSD hard disk and a SATA hard disk based on physical appearance?
I would suspect that you can guesstimate based on weight, but I haven't handled any 2.5" non-SSD drives in a long time, so I'm not sure.
Feb
17
comment How can I permanently append an entry into the system's PATH variable, via command line?
@lszi, you should answer your own question. A good answer to a good question are both valuable, even when you answer it yourself.
Feb
16
comment How can I permanently append an entry into the system's PATH variable, via command line?
I'm not quite sure I understand though; fetching a file (such as setx) can be done via the command line. Wouldn't that be a viable solution? Ahh, I see, you can't guarantee Internet access. But you're sending them a script... why can't you send them setx as well?
Feb
16
comment How can I permanently append an entry into the system's PATH variable, via command line?
@lszi Being able to do it remotely, were it possible, would get around the limitation of "Using only tools which would be available on a bare install of Windows XP SP3".
Dec
21
comment Install Linux on this Computer
I guess I'm a bit confused; the obvious first choice would be to download and burn a LiveCD of whatever distribution you prefer. Can you identify why this is not an alternative?
Dec
12
comment Logoff and then sleep in Windows 7
I am not aware of a way to log off and sleep. Like @Jay recommends, you can set a normal Sleep timer (such as 15 minutes) and just Log Off, trusting the timer to put the computer to sleep a little bit later.