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visits member for 5 years, 4 months
seen Aug 13 at 19:57
Software developer, raconteur.

Mar
30
comment Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?
Not thinking of melting solder, just expanding it a little to reach over a microscopic crack in a joint and close a connection.
Mar
30
comment Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?
Are you replying to me? My suggestion stands.
Mar
30
comment Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?
Can you safely open the device? $10 says there's a temperature-intermittent connection/solder joint.
Mar
22
comment How to find out the total number of virtual core your CPU has
@Computernerd, hold down the Windows key, and press the Break key. If you have one, not all keyboards do. It'll be at upper right, and may also have a "Pause" label.
Jan
8
comment If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing?
You can do that in this reality. Try doing that in the Star Trek universe. Just stand back before, because of all the sparks and smoke.
Aug
11
comment Windows 7 Transfer
Your school might have more detail on the reset process. You might have to dig.
Apr
25
comment Hot key combo to submit simultaneous Tab plus Enter
It's not clear what you're asking, here. Maybe you could tell us why you need this. In what context is this useful to you?
Nov
12
comment Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?
Best I can find, @Primosz: telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9364766/…. And again - I've personally verified this, basically every day, on every PC and on every version of Windows I've used for the past ten years.
Nov
12
comment Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?
Source: the Windows 8 machine I'm sitting in front of right now. And the fact that this is what Windows has done in every version that has supported sleep and hibernation. But let me see what I can find.
Nov
12
comment Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?
@Primosz: "spins down" means "turns off" (no longer spinning).
Nov
12
comment Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?
Joao, no, it does not.
Nov
12
comment Windows 8- sleep mode is drive ON?
That is incorrect. Windows 8, while in S3 (sleep), spins down the hard drive. The difference between sleep and hibernate, essentially, is that hibernation removes power to RAM, and so resume will have to read saved state from the hard drive.
Aug
6
comment Where does a program install on linux?
Duplicate of how does a program install on Linux?. Please don't double-post.
Apr
25
comment Does Windows 7 Ultimate Lite support Visual Studio 2008 & 2010?
I think Windows 7 Ultimate Lite is a hacked, unauthorized version of Ultimate, with a bunch of "unnecessary" pieces stripped out. Or that's what Google's implying.
Oct
4
comment How do i use a web browser to FTP with a user/pass where the pass has a @ in it?
@Justin: If that password is correct, maybe the ftp server just can't handle a password encoded like that.
Sep
21
comment Errors while installing SQL Server SSIS 2005
Please avoid ranting all over SO.
Jul
21
comment Noise Cancelling
Are you looking to write a program to do this, or are you looking for existing tools?
May
22
comment Check which files a program uses
@Geo - see my edit - you could use handle programmatically, if you wished.
May
22
comment Check which files a program uses
@Geo: no, they can't. Is that what you're looking for?
Mar
21
comment How to check for duplicate files?
Do you want to write a program to do this, or use existing tools?