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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.)


Apr
5
comment Encrypting a VM and folder
Actually, this seems to meet your needs. Your primary concern is that the VM does not run on unauthorized hosts. By encrypting the .vhdx file, you ensure that it will only be readable if the appropriate key is available to decrypt it. This has the advantage of not needing to mess with keys or VM-specific attributes, so it should work on any system with TrueCrypt installed (of course your not limited to TrueCrypt, so you could even use BitLocker or any other encryption system).
Apr
5
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Maybe they changed it in a version after I first noticed it re-creating them. Or maybe they exist on your system now. Just don’t go to chrome://about or it will almost certainly re-create them (even if GoogleUpdate.exe can’t run).
Apr
5
comment (When) is CONHOST.EXE actually necessary?
That sounds brilliant. None of those pages mention conhost, but the connection seems fairly clear. I will do some tests to see what kind of effects it has.
Apr
4
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
2
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
2. Disable all Google Update scheduled tasks and services… I should point out that you must only disable the Google Update tasks, do not delete them because Chrome will simply re-create them the next time you run it; it will not re-enable them if they already exist but are disabled. (At least that’s true of versions up to at least 28; I can’t vouch for newer versions which may indeed re-enable the tasks if they are disabled.)
Apr
2
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Hardly; using a (slightly) older version as temporary workaround is no more a security risk than using XP or outdated virus-defs or anything else. With even a modicum of good sense, you can be quite safe. There are plenty of articles about living perfectly securely without any kind of anti-virus running in the background. By avoiding risky behavior and using a few simply tricks like a router with a built-in firewall, you can easily continue to use this an older version and be perfectly safe for a few months until you can figure out a long-term solution like switching to another browser.
Apr
2
comment How can I generate thumbnail previews for FLV files in Windows 7?
(Incidentally, I just installed the latest version which includes an option to detect if the automatically selected thumbnail is too black and thus no good, in which case it will automatically jump forward a bit until it finds a good one. This sort of continued development and improvement makes me really back it as a solution.)
Apr
2
comment What is the reason for 7-zip / WinRAR to first unzip files to “temp” and then move them to destination?
They probably had a good reason for that, and it may have been due to some kind of limitation of systems and/or DDE on which it was based, when they first designed OLE, back in the days of Windows 3; a limitation which may or may not apply today.
Apr
2
comment Can I replace Ctrl+Alt+Del with another shortcut?
The question is clear enough. The only thing that is unclear is whether they meant log in as opposed to out.
Apr
2
comment Temporarily Changing Console Properties in Windows 7
I’ve always preferred a hotkey (Win+P) to a shortcut; that is analogous to Run→cmd, which is why I learned about the registry entry way back then. (Unfortunately Microsoft frustrated my hotkey choice by trying to horde the Win key in Vista+.)
Apr
2
accepted Permission problems with a mounted NTFS VM volume
Apr
1
comment Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista
When is “shortly”?
Mar
31
comment Temporarily Changing Console Properties in Windows 7
The most annoying part is that they have two separate menu items: Properties and Defaults that do the same thing. I’ve tried filing bug-reports for Windows before but they make it hard and ignore them anyway. :-(
Mar
31
comment Temporarily Changing Console Properties in Windows 7
Obviously you missed the obvious step of running start cmd again because the second window does take on the properties you just set; which makes sense because HKCU\Console\%SystemRoot%_system32_cmd.exe is modified when you do what you suggested, so in fact, all default consoles launched take on the new properties. The reason it didn’t affect your other shortcuts is because those are shortcuts so making a change only affects the shortcut file. If you Runcmd for example, the console will be modified.
Mar
30
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Well I spent a few minutes checking and unfortunately I couldn’t come up with a definitive answer yet. You’d have to try downloading the latest version of each and check to see if they still support user stylessheets (I’m in the process of migrating to Firefox). For what it’s worth, I did see some mention of Torch in one of the complaint threads about Chrome dropping user stylesheets, so hopefully that is a lead.
Mar
30
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
The obvious solution is to switch to another browser. It’s a horrible, annoying, inconvenient solution, but unfortunately it’s the only one we’re left with since the Google devs obdurately and arrogantly refuse to listen to user feedback. Your best bet is to switch to a Chromium-based browser so that there is as little change as possible and even have a good chance of taking all of your data with you. I’ll see if any of them have decided to continue supporting user stylesheets.
Mar
30
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
@RamRachum, also, I just noticed that the flashbang bug (and consequently your problem as well now that user stylesheet support has been abandoned—despite their support and use in every single other browser since the beginning of time) has actually been a bug in Chrome since, quite literally, the very first version ever released. I can’t help but wonder what business those people have making a browser at all; they clearly don’t have the requisite skills if they have so much trouble and struggle so hard doing and getting even basic things right that other browser could forever. ¬_¬
Mar
30
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Having to compile Chrome myself would be a dealbreaker. @RamRachum, I know what you mean, especially if you want to be able to incorporate future enhancements. Sadly as much as I loved Chrome when it first came out, I am left with no choice but to abandon it now because I cannot in good consciences (or good health for that matter) continue to justify its continued use. One possible bright side would be to try some of the Chromium-based alternatives like Iron, Comodo, Torch, and the the like. They are specifically meant to be Chrome the way that users actually want.
Mar
30
answered Permission problems with a mounted NTFS VM volume
Mar
28
comment (Relatively) safe and reliable, eternally reserved/unused drive areas?
(I’m currently reading this document which seems promising.)