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Programming
“Hobby programmer” for a while, with lots of languages. Some graphics and game programming, but more of a “support programmer” (libraries, tools, utilities, and smaller specific-use programs).

Hardware
Into hardware and electronics, but I prefer software because it’s cheaper to experiment with and fix. I’ve designed and built a couple of pieces of hardware (computer peripheral “toys”) and written drivers and software for them.

Security
Very into programming and software security. Regularly reading texts on secure programming and always researching the latest threats and learning ways to really harden computers.

Repair
I like fixing computers (especially software), but I don’t like taking the lazy, easy way (no re-installs!) I prefer to dig in and find a way to fix the problem. I actually repair broken things, I don’t just replace them.

Teaching
I’m fairly good at figuring out what people are trying to ask, even if they don’t communicate well (why I’ve been teaching since eighth grade). I try to read the whole question or comment before responding, but I’m a painfully slow reader, so occasionally I may only read part of a post and end up embarrassed. (I once posted an agreement to a comment, only to realize that the original comment was my own—could’ve been worse; I could’ve disagreed with it!)

SE
My accept-rate is a bit low because I don’t ask questions I can fix myself. If I absolutely can’t, then I resort to asking others, but the questions I tend to ask are such that others usually have not seen/heard of/thought of/or even considered. As such, there usually are no answers to my questions at the time I ask them.

Images
As a visual-learner myself, I often add images to my posts to make them more effective. Sometimes I take photos, sometimes I create them with software, and sometimes I find them through Google Images or WikiPedia.

Avatar
My avatar is a logo I created based on an emoticon I saw and liked years ago on a now defunct game-server site. The original icon rotated and was tiny and low-res, so I made a larger, vecotrized, static version and have been using it since at least Nov.14.2002.

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no do mod? get you POWR!. I’ve considered it, but I simply have too much to do already, so I (currently) can’t take on that kind of commitment when I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as I would demand. (I couldn’t be a mod anyway because I don’t agree with all of SE’s policies and would not be able to pretend I do and “shut up and do the job” and tow the company line.)


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comment Backing up Google Chrome
@yurkennis, the problem isn’t Chrome crashing or not copying those files, it’s that the won’t work at all. Like I explained in the other question, you cannot rely on them working at all even if they are present. It is much safer to just use a proper session-management extension.
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comment Backing up Google Chrome
I believe ​{Last|Current} {Session|Tabs} … are definitely self-sufficient to save the session if the user keeps many tabs open for "read-later" or "useful reference" scenarios; not sure the same effect can be achieved by Local State alone. @yurkennis, Local State only saves info about the browser (position, size, etc.) not open tabs. “Useful references” should be saved with bookmarks. And relying on tab/session files, is a bad idea; they only provide rudimentary session support support… when they work (they always fail when you need them most).
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comment Backing up Google Chrome
@yurkennis, I’m not sure what you’re saying, but yes, the first profile will be Default while subsequent profiles will be in other directories in the same parent as Default. The first (should) be Profile1, then Profile2, and so on. (In my case, the second profile was Profile8 for some reason.)
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comment Configuring per-item Windows Updates
Unfortunately it looks like we will indeed have to rely on third-party tools like this and a few others. I was hoping that Microsoft had enough sense to provide a built-in option, but of course that is just wishful thinking.
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comment What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?
@FrankThomas, I suspect that with Windows, the priority is performance, so they just make an effort to be quick as opposed to careful. I, for one, prefer ImgBurn.
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comment What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?
@ShadowCreeper, ejecting the drive takes care of the cache, but I see what you mean about the drive-bias. Worse, if that were the case, then it would apply to everything you burn with it, so if it were a mis-aligned drive, then one could burn many discs before discovering the error. :-(
Apr
16
comment How can I access a shared folder from VMware workstation?
Maybe if you know the UNC path.
Apr
16
comment The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
(I suppose I could create a delayed auto-run command to stop the DHCP service after the firewall has started, but frankly why should I have to‽)
Apr
16
answered The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
Apr
16
asked The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
Apr
16
answered What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?
Apr
16
revised Configuring Background Tasks to Autorun as Administrator
Added some more information and notes.
Apr
16
answered There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
Apr
16
revised There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
Added more information and clarified mystery.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@and31415, What's the output of the wmic … command? As expected; it lists the regular limited account, the admin account, and the guest account (which is not enabled or used). Which registry keys are there in HKLM\…\ProfileList There’s the usual ones: systemprofile, LocalService, NetworkService, my account, Administrator; as well as another admin one (I think it was a temp admin account I had created to test living with a limited account, but I deleted it… obviously Windows leaves traces of old accounts), and the most recent TEMP account. I’ll try those steps the next time I can reboot.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
I do have three programs that run on startup which require admin privileges. I tried using the task-scheduler to auto-run them, setting them to run under the existing admin account as well as under the regular account. In either case, it should not be using a temp account; either it should use the existing admin account or prompt me for its password.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
At first it was only TEMP, the last time I booted, the two new ones were created. Presumably the next one would be TEMP.<computername>.001.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@Ramhound Intel laptop. (How would the GPU affect user accounts?)