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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.






Press the chemise key to continue… 😈

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As a visual-learner, I often add images to my posts to make them more effective. Sometimes I take photos, sometimes I create them with software, sometimes I find them through Google Images or WikiPedia.

Mod
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.


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.
Nov
18
comment USB memory stick discovery is slow
Do you recall if this also occurred with other, non-storage USB devices such as input devices?
Jul
22
comment How to access Windows Registry from actual real MS-DOS
That’s just nitpicking. ◔_◔ DOS was discontinued when they stopped making new standalone versions and switched their focus to Windows only. Yes, it continued to exist even through Windows ME (even though they prevented booting directly into it like with previous Win9x versions), but once Windows 95 came out, they stopped caring about DOS and certainly did not bother to implement a way to access or edit the registry from DOS mode.
Jul
22
comment How to refresh bookmark favicons in chrome
You can try setting a bookmark while having Chrome Sync enabled and set to sync bookmarks. In my experience, it automatically touches every single bookmark, causing them all to float to the top of the history, and ostensibly, also refreshing their icons. I posted a bug-report about this behavior a while back, so they may or may not have fixed it.
Jul
21
comment Map “fn” + “home” to screen brightness using AutoHotKey?
Except that it almost certainly won’t work because in pretty much every system made in the past decade or two, the Fn key is a special case handled internally in the keyboard controller hardware and does not go through software. Therefore, it cannot be intercepted or remapped.
Jun
17
comment What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
What I said is supposed to be the case. If you’re not seeing an effect, then it could be something specific to the program(s) you applying them to. You said it doesn't work with some applications, which implies that it does work for some. What happens when you use that setting for the ones it does work for? Ostensibly it does exactly what I described. In that case, your question isn’t what does that option do? but rather, why doesn’t that option do anything for some specific program? That is a different question and you’ll need to provide more information (program names) for an answer.
Jun
17
comment Prevent Windows 7 from enabling power saving on USB 3.0 hub
when I manually edit the register, the value of the checkbox in the Device Manager doesn't change, it has to be cached somewhere. Yes, in memory. It reads it once during boot-up while it is initializing hardware, and perhaps again whenever the device is disabled then re-enabled. Otherwise, it treats the registry value as write-only during normal operation (it does not expect it to change, manually, only using the official interface).
Jun
14
comment What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
I'm fairly sure the 'theme' its talking about relate back to Windows XP's Luna interface Actually, it refers to the Windows 7 theme (either Aero or Basic depending on what’s being used). Windows 7 doesn’t use Luna. Classic on Windows 8 ugh :-) Agreed. The Classic theme in Windows 7 is just fine (assuming you set the taskbar to small), but in Windows 8, it is indeed ugly and doesn’t look right at all.
Jun
9
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
The ONT post has a comment which links to a question about Chrome’s version of this and the linked page explains it by examining the Chrome source-code. The explanation (for that at least) isn’t exactly a simple algorithm.
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
He already explained that it is not a simple/basic average. Run the Chrome icon through the code and you’ll see that for yourself.
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
An average colour value from the entire icon, otherwise you would get brown all the time. That doesn’t make sense. For example, how would the Skype, command-prompt, or µTorrent icons average out to brown? ಠ_ఠ (The last time I reverse-engineered one of Windows’ color-calculation algorithms, it took several years of on and off attention and a lot of different kinds of work to finally figure it out. It looks like I may end up hacking this one at some point.)
Jun
2
comment Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks
PacMani is correct, 7TT has no effect on this issue. The closest it comes to fixing it is to offer an option to have right-clicks bring up the system context menu instead of the jump-list, which in effect is like holding Shift while right-clicking; so at most it only provides a slight shortcut.
May
31
comment Is 1GB RAM so little?
(I have saved my old systems to “someday” play my old DOS games that I never had a chance to play yet.)
May
31
comment Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit
That’s probably overkill.
May
30
comment The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
Did you read the answer I already? I had already figured it out, explained the reason for the problem, and posted it in case other people have the same issue.
May
30
comment Remember each folder's view settings in Windows 7?
Doesn't Win7 allow you to check the option to 'Remember each folder's view settings check box under the Advanced settings menu on the View tab of Folder Options in Control Panel'? @shub, no, that option is present in XP, but not Windows 7.
May
30
comment Is there a way to use Windows 3.11 in Virtual box with more than 256 colors?
You’d have to request the VM devs to provide compatible virtual adapters and drivers. Unfortunately, they just don’t support the older OSes that well. For example, I had to try numerous combinations of VM software and Windows versions to find one that would let me play my old copy of DarkSeed 2 with full color and sound. The only combination that ended up working was Windows ME in VirtualBox. Every other combination I tried had some sort of problem. ಠ_ಠ