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Feb
11
comment How can I find a light sensor to adapt my monitor's brightness to the room?
Nope. I don’t have one of the sensors. The problem is that new-fangled peripherals like ambient-light-sensors and other fancy toys that new versions of Windows support (like multi-touch screens on desktops) just aren’t that common yet, so you’ll really have to put time, money, and effort into find something that works. :-(
Feb
10
comment Webcam as Ambient Light Sensor in Windows 7
There’s plenty on eBay for <$10, but most of them are for Apple laptops (though they can probably be adapted for general use).
Feb
10
comment How can I find a light sensor to adapt my monitor's brightness to the room?
There’s plenty of them on eBay, but most of them are for Apple laptops (though they can likely be adapted for general use).
Feb
10
answered strange *.tmp files generated on my computer
Feb
10
comment strange *.tmp files generated on my computer
> Virus... hmmm... What's your anti-virus said? Antivirus programs don’t generally bother to detect source code anymore.
Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
@David, well yes, technically it does free something up if you count the memory it allocated itself. I don’t because it does not free anything up overall. Memory equals physical plus virtual memory, so while it “frees” physical memory, it does so by un-freeing (as it were) virtual memory. It simply pushes already-allocated memory around. I agree with your comment about how using a memory-hungry app is itself a RAM “optimizer”. Hehe! :-D
Feb
10
answered Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
It’s not the freed memory that needs to be paged. What happens is that the program needed so much memory, that the OS had to page out other programs. When the app was closed, the OS then has to page everything else back in.
Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
@David, like other “RAM optimizers”, it doesn’t actually free anything up. It simply allocates lots of memory (up to the amount installed in the system) for itself, which causes the OS to push everything else (that is possible) out to the pagefile (virtual memory). Then it frees the memory, leaving the physical RAM free, but because all the other memory already allocated to other programs is now on disk, it all has to start getting copied back to physical RAM. This means a lot more disk thrashing. I’m pretty sure this would not really help the OP, and probably make it take even longer.
Feb
10
revised Show USB speed for all devices in Windows 7
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Feb
10
answered Show USB speed for all devices in Windows 7
Feb
10
comment Overcoming the 1024 character limit with setx
Oh and editing an env.var. actually causes problems if you don’t reboot because any environment variables that contain other variables will stop being expanded. For example, I just broadcast it and now this is my path and I get an error because the path is now “broken”/empty. None of the vars will expand properly again until I reboot. Unfortunately this is “normal”. :-|
Feb
10
comment Overcoming the 1024 character limit with setx
I suppose, but like I said, it won’t help. It has the same effects that setx and the Env-Var dialog do. It notifies the system that the vars. have changed, but they don’t actually take effect until you restart them. In other words, you have to exit and re-run every program that you want to know about the change. Is there a reason you can’t reboot? Can the longer path wait until you can?
Feb
10
comment Swapped hard drive into new laptop - how do I remove old system files?
Um, okay. o.O I never said it didn’t or wans’t.
Feb
10
comment Swapped hard drive into new laptop - how do I remove old system files?
Problem nothing; I purposely don’t bother to uninstall all the old, no-longer-present hardware from Device Manager. It is a nice log of the parts I used to have. ;-) (The actual files, services, filters, etc. on the other hand… not likely to be a problem unless they are actually loaded and using up memory and CPU.)
Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
I’d recommend looking at the CPU usage more than the RAM usage. Yes, the hard-drive is likely thrashing while the pagefile is swapped, but if the mouse cursor is that frozen, it is more likely the CPU is overloaded. Look a TaskManager and watch it for a while. When you exit heavy-duty apps on a system that can barely handle them, it may take (quite) a while for it to finish cleaning up and start idling. As for RAMRush, it looks like a typical RAM “optimizer” that simply allocates all system memory and then frees it. It may help in this case, but will probably just make it take longer.
Feb
10
comment Port forwarding on D-link DIR-615 router
Also, which version of the DIR-615 do you have? They differ quite a bit in some parts.
Feb
10
comment how do you turn icmp on in a dlink dir 600 router?
@Smurf64, caution; “look around for…” answers often evoke down-votes.
Feb
10
answered how do you turn icmp on in a dlink dir 600 router?
Feb
10
comment Port forwarding on D-link DIR-615 router
Which port? Are you sure there is a service/program listening on the port? No, the external IP does not matter. What matters is that the router is correctly set to detect traffic and route it to the correct local system. If you only have one computer, you could configure “virtual server” instead of using port-forwarding (ie triggering).