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Jul
29
comment Increase maximal thumbnail size in Windows Explorer
The largest thumbnails supported in Windows Explorer are 256x256 pixels. How? Where? Why? It is hard-coded somewhere in explorer.exe? Maybe there's a way to hack it bigger. I really don't see why there should be any technical reason for it to not be possible to be bigger, the re-sizing algorithm should work just fine for bigger thumbnails, it's just a matter of hacking Explorer. Damn, now I have yet another project to add to my list. ಠ_ಠ
Jul
25
comment How can I disable HTML5 content in popular browsers like Firefox and Chrome?
“HTML5” is a buzzword. Please specify what you want to disable. It’s pretty clear (if you actually bothered to read the question, especially the second and last lines) what he wanted/wants to disable: HTML5 video and audio elements.
Jul
17
comment How can I search for all files that have their archive bit set in Windows 7?
Wow, you just gotta love how “user-friendly” the new (at that time) Windows Explorer search function is. Learning about bit-fields and doing bitwise math is so much easier for novice users than simply checking check-boxes or using text strings. ◔_◔ (Also, this makes it very difficult to search for a single attribute regardless of others. For example, to search for hidden objects, you have to search for H, H+A, H+R, H+S, H+R+A, H+R+S, H+R+A+S, let alone …+I…, …+E…, etc. So many permutations.)
Jul
6
comment How do I connect a 5 1/4" floppy drive to a modern PC?
I guess the reason that there are no formal, official, branded USB 5.25" floppy drives is because there is not enough demand to justify the manufacturing costs. Even official USB 3.5" drives will get phased out as demand peters off. Seems like a good time to get an electronics kit (breadboard, PSU, wires, etc.) and an Rπ/Arduino to “roll your own”.
Jul
3
comment svchost.exe high memory usage - wuauserv
you can always reset wuauserv with the following BAT script For the record, it's either (.)BAT file or batch script (or batch file), not BAT script which sounds more like a script for The Bat!.
Jul
3
comment What is the lastest working version of VMWare Player on Windows 7 32 bits?
(I’m upgrading VM Player 4 to 6; hopefully the horrible “jealous child” bug has been fixed since VMP4.)
Jun
19
comment Tooltips shadow stuck on desktop
This worked perfectly. Changing resolution or toggling shadows did nothing.
Mar
13
comment What is the “Date” column in Windows 7 explorer? It matches no date column from Windows XP explorer
Also, the Date column always puts folders before files unlike the other date columns which put them before or after depending on the direction of the sort.
Mar
13
comment Windows 7 Explorer Columns: meaning of “Date” in relation to “Date Modified”/“Date Created”?
Also, the Date column always puts folders before files unlike the other date columns which put them before or after depending on the direction of the sort.
Feb
2
comment Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)
It happened again recently; another card had the USBC corruption. I had specifically gone out of my way to avoid modifying the card because I had accidentally deleted some files and wanted to avoid overwriting anything on it. Yet somehow, the card suddenly became corrupted (fortunately I had cloned it first). The write-protect switch was useless because the reader I was using was another cheap Chinese reader from eBay which seemed good (certainly much better than the previously used rubbish one), but it did the same thing. Cheap Chinese card-readers are trash and should be avoided!!!
Jan
27
comment Remap laptop brightness keys to Fn + Arrow keys
No, the Fn key is specially handled in the keyboard controller (i.e., hardware) rather than through the OS (software), so on almost all laptops, it is not possible to modify its use.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Well I let TestDisk rewrite the partition table, and now it is not giving those errors. I will try plugging the drive into the computer tomorrow morning and hopefully it will get past the BIOS like it used to. I’ll update then…
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
I tired fixboot, but it did nothing (testdisk still gives the same error).
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
Except that I cannot boot into Windows on the drive in question. I can boot into another instance of Windows with the problem-drive attached as a USB drive. I don’t think bootrec can affect the MBR of another drive. And I’d prefer to avoid live-cds and such if at all possible; I’m sure it doesn’t have to come to that, there should be a way to do it in Windows.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@sawdust, well yes, technically third, but in that context, I was referring to the partitions of use (the 100MB boot-partition is actually hidden and inaccessible in Windows, so I wasn’t counting it when I was describing the user-partitions). That partition is the primary anyway, the others are in the extended partition, so in a way, the third one is indeed the secondary partition.
Jan
4
comment Rewriting partition table to be BIOS/DOS compatible
@psusi, I didn’t have the system on hand when I posted the question, but I got the information. TestDisk says number of heads/cylinder mismatches 224 (NTFS) != 255 (HD) … number of sectors per track mismatches 19 (NTFS) != 63 (HD) and it says bad relative sectors under each of the two partitions (boot-partition and main full-drive partition—the other one is indeed gone and merged into the main one).
Dec
13
comment Recursive download of subfolder with wget - --no-parent apparently not working
it only download the index.html file That was because you were using l 2. Since you did not change the accepted answer, I guess you never increased the recursion level to realize this is the best answer for the question as it had been asked.
Dec
13
comment wget recursively with -np option still ascends to parent directory
I was just having this problem (ascending to parent even with -np). I did a quick search, landed here, saw my old answer, added the trailing slash, and bam! it worked. ☺
Nov
19
comment Windows FAT/NTFS Low-Level Disk Viewer (Norton DiskEdit alternative)
The problem was (and still is) that most of those just open the disk/image in a simple hex-editor; they don’t actually interpret the bytes as disk structures like boot-records, FATs, and directory entries.
Nov
18
comment Is CRT degaussing really dangerous for nearby laptops?
I saved a copy of those old computer photos for nostalgia purposes. ☺ Ah, good times.