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Once I was only one vote away from a rare badge for this answer. Sadly I didn’t get it, so now I need a few. Doh! So close. ◔̯◔

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.)


Jun
12
revised Networking DOS within Windows 7 XP Mode, with a Windows XP/7 Networked Share
edited tags
Jun
12
revised Is it possible to make consoles full screen?
Added more information and references.
Jun
12
comment Networking DOS within Windows 7 XP Mode, with a Windows XP/7 Networked Share
> ...Corel Paradox 4.0 (it used to be the biggest database system in the DOS days, until Microsoft released Access in the early 90's) And Lotus 1-2-3 used to be the biggest spreadsheet program in the DOS days, until Microsoft released Excel in the mid 80's. :-|
Jun
12
comment Preventing applications from stealing focus
@harrymc, I never have to resort to killing one of the apps. I just run my window-manipulating program (WinSpy++ does the trick just great) and hide the window in front, then I can dismiss the stuck-back dialog, then re-show the hidden window. It's not convenient, but it's better than killing either of the processes.
Jun
12
comment Automatically wiping a lost or stolen hard-drive?
@Scott, exactly, there was a lot of concern over what it could be used for, but little, if any of it actually seems to have happened. I'm pretty sure it was also meant to help reduce the ability of running unwanted/unauthorized software because the TPM consortium used the reduce-viruses tagline to explain that while the foil-hat consortium used the only-their-own/paid-programs-run tagline.
Jun
12
revised Is there a way to adjust colors of a specific window?
Added a use-case scenario.
Jun
12
comment Is there a way to adjust colors of a specific window?
@tumchaaditya, it would not be up to the monitor, it would be up to the software. It is trivial enough to adjust the brightness, gamma, contrast, and individual colors for the whole screen at the software level. I can't imagine it would be impossible to force a specific window to use a different set of colors.
Jun
12
comment Preventing applications from stealing focus
"if this window is blocked then you would never understand why the copy never terminates" That's not true. The correct behavior is to notify the user with a blinking task bar icon... There have been times when I clicked a button or something in a running program that causes a new modal dialog to be created (e.g., open file), but then I switch to another program before the dialog is created. As a result, the dialog is hidden and the other program can not be switched to and the dialog cannot be dismissed. Neither its taskbar button nor Alt-Tab works; only forcing the dialog to the front.
Jun
12
comment Automatically wiping a lost or stolen hard-drive?
@drweb86, I recall reading about them over a decade ago and how they are the worst thing since sliced bread. They are supposedly meant to prevent viruses and such (*cough*DEP/NX-bit*cough*) and unauthorized data access (relevant here), but most people complained that they would instead prevent users from using their computers freely (or worse), like video-game console lock-down on PCs. I have yet to see them really do anything significant one way or another (at least in actual computers; they may currently be used/useful in things like phones).
Jun
12
comment OS and BIOS do not recognize memory correctly
@AndrewM., I don't think that's correct. According to the [timeline], the original question said 2x6GB and then it was migrated 1:23 later. I'm not too familiar with how dual-/triple-channel works, but if it is works such that one of a pair in a channel kills the whole channel, then your idea would be right. If it simply forces the motherboard to revert to single-channel, then there may be something else wrong with the board or RAM sticks.
Jun
11
answered Automatically wiping a lost or stolen hard-drive?
Jun
11
revised Automatically wiping a lost or stolen hard-drive?
Rewrote for clarity and grammar (the right way).
Jun
11
answered Windows 7 laptop's volume with headphones way too loud
Jun
11
answered Windows 7 Audio Too Loud
Jun
10
comment How can I protect Chrome user interface?
It’s also helpful to think of the profiles as different setups for the same person. For example, you may have a couple of aliases, or have a work profile and personal one, etc. In that case, security from other people isn’t even expected.
Jun
9
comment OS and BIOS do not recognize memory correctly
@AndrewM., the question says 6x2GB, not 3x4GB. But you are on the right track with the channel testing.
Jun
9
awarded  Proofreader
Jun
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on ms-dos tag wiki
Jun
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on ms-dos tag wiki excerpt
Jun
9
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can I turn off Google Chrome's new prerendering?