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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.






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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
13
comment Installing MS-DOS
> I could never envision, this would actually be ever of interest to anybody. Don't be so pessimistic. Years ago I created a similar boot disk that had about a dozen different configurations to let me boot into DOS with CD and/or NET and/or EMS and/or sound and/or etc. Crafting the boot menu was almost as much fun as using it to boot into the perfect DOS environment for whatever I happened to need it for at that moment. I still have hopes of playing some of my old DOS games in pure DOS some day.
Jun
13
comment Installing MS-DOS
> Does it have to 6.2(2)? If you are only playing around (and even if you are not), then you may as well install MS-DOS 7.1. I agree. The DOS 7.1 release is based on the version that came with Windows ME (though in ME, it was buried down deep to prevent you from normally booting into it). So it is the latest possible version of the Microsoft DOS, but comes with numerous third-party enhancements. I have a copy of this installed on my Windows XP drive. (I used to boot into DOS regularly to make backups with PQ DriveImage. Not so much now... I miss DOS.)
Jun
13
comment Installing MS-DOS
Can it be used to update the CMD in Windows Vista or 7 @yihang, they are not the same at all. Other than both of them being command-line-interfaces and having some of the same commands, they are worlds apart. Besides, the command-interpreter in even Windows 2000 is much newer than even MS-DOS 7, let alone DOS 6.22; so it would not be an "update", it would be a "down-date".
Jun
13
comment Installing MS-DOS
Some people just need to play Gorilla Basic @music2myear, I prefer Nibbles.
Jun
13
comment Installing MS-DOS
I do that monthly. (I prefer installing Windows though) @grawity, when I was in first year of uni, I would wipe my system and reinstall Windows (95) ever now and then just for the sake of having a nice, crisp system. In fact, there were at least one or two times when I did it because I was bored and had nothing else to do at the moment. I guess I must have been young and had no data because the last time I installed Windows was in 2003. I've been using (and patching/fixing) the same installation for nine years because having to re-set all the options and migrate all my data is a nightmare.
Jun
13
comment best way of moving files to a DOS machine?
Check local classifieds like Kijiji or eBay classifieds and you are almost guaranteed to find someone selling old CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drives for next to nothing (<=$5), maybe even for free. In fact, post an ad yourself asking for one; unless you live in a small hamlet, you should have one in no time. And a pack of CD+RW discs can be had for cheap as well (again, try the classifieds). As for the driers, make/download a DOS boot disk/Bart's PE floppy, or use a Windows 95/98/ME CD. (Of course, this is inconvenient if you want to transfer files back and forth frequently, but for one-off's, it's fine.
Jun
13
comment Adding hard drive capacity to a certain partition
Ah, yes. Spanned volumes are not fault-tolerant; if one of the disks go, then the whole volume could be lost (technically, you can still get the data from the other drive(s); it just won't be easy and will require a bit of work and time). Unfortunately if you want fault-tolerance AND spanning, then you have no choice but to go RAID 0+1/1+0. If the hardware support is what you are concerned about, perhaps software RAID would work. You can implement a "virtual RAID" system using software.
Jun
13
comment Adding hard drive capacity to a certain partition
Strange, it should not erase anything. Converting a basic disk to dynamic should be non-destructive (going back is destructive), and creating a spanned volume should be likewise non-destructive since all it does is to create a virtual volume and assign the free space from the existing dynamic disks to it. Where did you see a warning about losing the data?
Jun
13
comment Cancelling Window 7 shutdown disables power button
Yes, but why? Is it configurable?
Jun
12
comment Why is c++ process much slower than on other machine with same hardware/software?
Those are good? o.O And I thought my P4 running at 56-60‌°C was uncomfortably high.
Jun
12
comment Computer loads BIOS, but won't load OS
What is almost certainly happening is that the PSU is able to provide the CPU with what it needs for the basic POST/BIOS functions, but once you start trying to actually boot an OS, the CPU is either running too hard and trying to draw more power than the PSU can supply, or is doing some sort of initialization routine that fails when it does not get supplementary power from the extra 4-pins. That certainly fits the description you gave about the system going out and the video signal shutting off.
Jun
12
comment Computer loads BIOS, but won't load OS
ChimneyImp and horatio are correct. Just because you got lucky with the previous motherboard and CPU and were able to run it with only a 20-pin PSU instead of a 24-pin PSU that the board was designed for, does not mean that this one will work. You will need to use a PSU with a 24-pin motherboard connector.
Jun
12
comment Why is c++ process much slower than on other machine with same hardware/software?
The CPU may be getting throttled. Is the problem machine running hotter?
Jun
12
comment Why is c++ process much slower than on other machine with same hardware/software?
So if you view the CPU graph for the program on both systems, they both look about the same (i.e., their heights), except that one is ~4x longer?
Jun
12
comment Why is c++ process much slower than on other machine with same hardware/software?
What exactly do you mean by they both use one core?
Jun
12
answered Why is c++ process much slower than on other machine with same hardware/software?
Jun
12
answered Downloading a RAR file from Mediafire using WGET
Jun
12
comment Cancelling Window 7 shutdown disables power button
I wonder if there is a setting that affects this, like WaitToKillAppTimeout on XP (I cannot find conclusive evidence of whether or not this one actually works in Windows 7. If not, then maybe it's because it is hard-coded or stored elsewhere in relation to KB2719667; which then would beg the question why yours differs from the KB article).
Jun
12
answered Adding hard drive capacity to a certain partition
Jun
12
comment Cancelling Window 7 shutdown disables power button
Hmm, the KB article that Mark linked to indicates the timeout is 60 seconds, not 90.