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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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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.


Feb
11
comment Software to back up application settings in Windows (including XP)
Yes, that would certainly be sweet. In fact, a long time ago (10+ years) I had the idea of just writing my own backup program that can be easily extended to support any program. Unfortunately I never had enough time to do much work on it.
Feb
11
comment XP Activation - Am I Legal?
If it were not okay, the system would have let you know (in a friendly, non-accusatory, up-selling, marketing kind of way) because pirated keys are blacklisted and won’t activate.
Feb
11
comment Clear Firefox cookie without restarting?
Don’t bother. This guy doesn’t provide any information and expects people to magically read his mind about what the problem is. Worse, he’ll blame you if your best guess doesn’t work.
Feb
11
comment DVD protection/encryption
Yeah, that’s it. It’s not you at all, it’s everybody else. Good luck with that.
Feb
11
comment DVD protection/encryption
I was not confused about anything; you said they always come out with distorted video and audio which sounds exactly like CSS. > ripit4me/dvd decrypter doesn't let you work on vobs How should I know what they do or do not let you do? You have not provided enough info on what steps you took or what results you get. I told you what should work based on what you gave in the question. Feel free to edit it with more info. Like I said, the problems you describe are exactly what happens when you read an encrypted DVD so you need to decrypt it. If it didn’t work, makes sure you used it correctly.
Feb
11
comment DVD protection/encryption
Well then you should not have said “I play the vobs”. > The point is that the DVD works, the ripping does. I assume that is a typo?
Feb
11
comment strange *.tmp files generated on my computer
So what was it?
Feb
11
comment DVD protection/encryption
> Again, the video plays fine in vlc. I've tried ripping with vlc but it doesn't even start. “Again”? You never said that. Are you playing the DVD with VLC or the VOB files?
Feb
11
comment Software to back up application settings in Windows (including XP)
Sadly, settings are scattered throughout the system in numerous formats and places. Some are stored in the registry, some in files, some in this folder, others in a different one. Some in binary files, while yet others in plain-text ones. Unfortunately there is no single repository of setting-locations or backup program that can do-it-all. You best bet is to search for a backup program that supports third-party apps and/or look for application-specific information.
Feb
11
comment Software to back up application settings in Windows (including XP)
The problem is with the definition of “settings”. There are countless “settings” in Windows both system-wide and user-specific. And that’s just with Windows itself, let alone settings related to third-party programs. Unfortunately you really will need to be more specific as to your needs.
Feb
11
comment How to fix 7z.tmp file created in Windows xp?
Did you try simply renaming the file (ie remove the .tmp)?
Feb
11
comment Why is incorrect associated icon showing for .MP3 files?
> Unfortunately, it does not give the option to associate itself with sound files, such as .MP3. Feel free to request they add an option.
Feb
11
comment Why is incorrect associated icon showing for .MP3 files?
“By design” What does that even mean? Why would they purposely make it not work? It did not update because the icons are cached. You can fix it by clearing the cache.
Feb
11
comment Show USB speed for all devices in Windows 7
@surfasb, soandos, you’re both close. Windows does indeed complain/warn when connecting a higher-speed device to a lower-speed USB port. And in my experience other devices do seem to get throttled to the USB spec of the device with the lowest support on the same hub, not the whole controller. As such, it will warn about a USB 2.0 device connected to a USB 2.0 port if there is a USB 1.1 device on the same hub (with a misleading message about the port being low-speed).
Feb
11
comment Why is TCP port 563 opened?
Are you using a newsreader or other Usenet type program like Newzbin (perhaps for downloading files)?
Feb
11
comment Hard drive spins down after installing/updating .NET Framework
Maybe. Check the System Failure section of the Startup and Recovery dialog. Make sure that (1) Write an event to the system log is checked, (2) that either Kernel or Complete dump is selected, (3) that the dump file is a valid location and has enough space, and (4) that your pagefile settings include at least a 200MB pagefile on the system drive (eg C:).
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
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.