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Jun
13
comment How can I tell which laptop touch-screens work well with a stylus (for drawing/taking notes)?
@DaveRook according to meta.superuser.com/a/5545/23668 this sort of question is on-topic: "However, a question that allows for a learning opportunity and that can be applied to various situations, of the form "how can I determine [for myself] which foo can do bar" has potential to be valuable."
Jun
13
comment How can I tell which laptop touch-screens work well with a stylus (for drawing/taking notes)?
I'm not sure why the close-vote; if you read past the first sentence, you'll see this isn't a shopping recommendation, it's about the different types of touch-screens
Jan
1
comment How can I view HD videos without stuttering on PS3 Media server?
Nowadays "Video quality" has been renamed "transcoder quality," and is a dropdown. There's an option for "Wireless," but unfortunately that doesn't work for me - I need to set it to "Low quality (Slow CPU)" to get no stuttering on wireless for some videos (my CPU is blazing fast, the only issue is the connection). Despite the name, though, it doesn't actually look that bad.
Dec
20
comment How to jump previous or next position in Sublime Text 2?
Supposedly this feature is built-in to Sublime 3
Dec
18
comment How can I enter Unicode characters (e.g. ♥♦♣♠) when logging into Windows?
FYI alt-codes enter characters from your current codepage, not unicode. You need to set a flag in the registry to use unicode alt-codes.
Nov
26
comment What stops an internet router from sniffing my traffic?
@FrankThomas: The US government uses one-time pads for its most secure transmissions. They transfer truck-loads of tapes with large random keys on them by armed-guard, or so the story goes.
Nov
14
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
"I never assumed the message can be turned off and I don't see how that could be considered a benefit." - Because this message pops up often when playing video games, pulling me out of the game (which sometimes isn't paused) just to disable this message once again. I don't care that my system is using all its GPU ram (in fact, that's a good thing). I don't care if Windows Aero runs slow while I'm in my game, as long as the game continues to run fine - which it always does. I just want this message to not disrupt my gaming.
Oct
15
comment Does the BIOS have some sort of generic 'drivers'
It's my understanding that interrupt calls are still used by the kernel and kernel-level services. Is that not true?
Sep
18
comment What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs?
possible duplicate of Will unplugging a USB key without safely removing it cause problems?. And see also Is There A Need To Safely Remove Device If “Quick Removal” Is Enabled?
Sep
17
comment Why is hibernation still used?
@DanielRHicks: Perhaps you should try using a computer with an SSD sometime, because the time to load a program is drastically faster.
Sep
16
comment Why is hibernation still used?
@DanielRHicks Do you have an SSD? It used to take my Windows 7 PC 5 minutes to boot, but since I upgraded from a fast HDD to a fast SSD it boots in literally 15 seconds (most of which is from the BIOS). Saluto tells me there's another 45 seconds of startup programs loading after that (so a total of 1 minute to fully "boot"), but as soon as Windows loads I can immediately start using all my programs (which didn't used to be true), so it is effectively a 15-second boot.
Sep
14
comment Why is hibernation still used?
@KonradRudolph: We seem to be saying the same thing? I'm saying that hibernating, which actually shuts down your computer, saves about $164 a year for me over leaving my computer on 24/7 as moses is advocating. (Though, I actually do shut my computer down and not hibernate, because I've had issues with hibernating in the past, and with my fast SSD my computer literally boots in 15 seconds and programs start in under 1)
Sep
13
comment Why is hibernation still used?
@moses: My computer costs about $0.03 an hour to run when idle. Assuming I'm away from my computer for at least 15 hours a day, that's $164 a year I save just by turning my computer off when I'm not using it.
Aug
14
comment How do identify whether my Linux computer was hacked?
Er, why were all comments (even the highly highly relevant ones that discovered that the script attempted to open a cmd window) deleted!?
Aug
12
comment Why do some old games run much too quickly on modern hardware?
See also CPU or framerate limiting on older games
Aug
6
comment When you start multiple threads on a multi core processor, are they guaranteed to be processed by different cores?
@Ramhound: Your understanding is close, but flawed. Even if the computer has two cores, the OS won't necessarily schedule both threads to separate cores (eg. it might currently be using one of the cores for something much higher priority). In that case, both threads would be scheduled to the same core, and the usual context-switching would occur (which would have to occur anyways; a normal PC has dozens of processes running at once!). Also, it's not called 'thrashing' - that is something completely different.
Aug
6
comment When you start multiple threads on a multi core processor, are they guaranteed to be processed by different cores?
@Ramhound "You can guarantee something will exists on two seperate cores by using async threads" - that is false. The async keyword (which is what I assume you are talking about, as "async threads" is redundant) is just syntactical sugar for using a BackgroundWorker thread, which is like any other .Net thread - you can't guarantee whether it will run on a separate core or not.
Jul
17
comment Why does my W7x64 laptop show 4091Mb of RAM instead of 4096Mb?
Source? According to this post the BIOS does not access anything over the 1MB mark.
Jul
9
comment Why do some downloading files not know their own size?
@ruda.almeida: You have to wait until the question is at least two days old, then the "start a bounty" button will become visible just below the question
Jun
13
comment Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?
Well, memory optimizers are supposed to take up lots of memory; they release it when it's actually needed. But that hasn't actually been helpful since Windows 98. Windows 7 definitely does a better job of using/organizing memory than that utility will, so definitely get rid of it.