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Sadly, I’ve become soured by the SE network. It started great, but went downhill. Some mods are too aggressive/bias, policies are arbitrarily/capriciously/selectively applied, and some users treat the sites as MMOGs, “rep-whoring”, copying others’ work, and posting random guesses to game the system by abusing and exploiting auto-bounty assignment.

I care(d) about the integrity of the site, so I feel anywhere that allows such disreputable behavior isn’t somewhere worth staying. My OCD not withstanding, I won’t be contributing much here anymore and will find somewhere else to help people. I apologize to all of the people I would have helped here in the future.






Press the chemise key to continue… 😈

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

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no b mod? get u POWR! impr0ve site. I had considered it and was even tempted to run a few times, but I just have too much to do already, so I can’t take on that kind of commitment when I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as I’d demand. Besides, as the behavior of the other mods became more and more apparent, I realized that it would be pointless.


Jun
17
comment Prevent Windows 7 from enabling power saving on USB 3.0 hub
when I manually edit the register, the value of the checkbox in the Device Manager doesn't change, it has to be cached somewhere. Yes, in memory. It reads it once during boot-up while it is initializing hardware, and perhaps again whenever the device is disabled then re-enabled. Otherwise, it treats the registry value as write-only during normal operation (it does not expect it to change, manually, only using the official interface).
Jun
16
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
15
awarded  Revival
Jun
15
awarded  Revival
Jun
14
answered Prevent Windows 7 from enabling power saving on USB 3.0 hub
Jun
14
answered What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
Jun
14
comment What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
I'm fairly sure the 'theme' its talking about relate back to Windows XP's Luna interface Actually, it refers to the Windows 7 theme (either Aero or Basic depending on what’s being used). Windows 7 doesn’t use Luna. Classic on Windows 8 ugh :-) Agreed. The Classic theme in Windows 7 is just fine (assuming you set the taskbar to small), but in Windows 8, it is indeed ugly and doesn’t look right at all.
Jun
14
answered Optical data discs recognized writeable/empty all the time
Jun
9
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
The ONT post has a comment which links to a question about Chrome’s version of this and the linked page explains it by examining the Chrome source-code. The explanation (for that at least) isn’t exactly a simple algorithm.
Jun
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
He already explained that it is not a simple/basic average. Run the Chrome icon through the code and you’ll see that for yourself.
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
An average colour value from the entire icon, otherwise you would get brown all the time. That doesn’t make sense. For example, how would the Skype, command-prompt, or µTorrent icons average out to brown? ಠ_ఠ (The last time I reverse-engineered one of Windows’ color-calculation algorithms, it took several years of on and off attention and a lot of different kinds of work to finally figure it out. It looks like I may end up hacking this one at some point.)
Jun
2
comment Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks
PacMani is correct, 7TT has no effect on this issue. The closest it comes to fixing it is to offer an option to have right-clicks bring up the system context menu instead of the jump-list, which in effect is like holding Shift while right-clicking; so at most it only provides a slight shortcut.
Jun
1
awarded  Notable Question
May
31
comment Is 1GB RAM so little?
(I have saved my old systems to “someday” play my old DOS games that I never had a chance to play yet.)
May
31
answered Is 1GB RAM so little?
May
31
revised Is it normal for the laptop charger to spark when plugging in?
Re-uploaded images. Buckets now exist!
May
31
comment Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit
That’s probably overkill.
May
30
revised Is it normal for the laptop charger to spark when plugging in?
Imgur seems to be broken. I’ll try re-uploading the images later.
May
30
answered Is it normal for the laptop charger to spark when plugging in?