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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.

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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.


Apr
21
comment Disable the Security Essentials End-of-Life Warning on Windows XP
They may as well disable GPO and passwords, and when they are ready to discontinue Vista, turn off UAC…
Apr
21
comment Disable the Security Essentials End-of-Life Warning on Windows XP
@and31415, that’s my point; even without new definitions, the real-time protection can still help defend against existing threats. Not all threats are new, current ones can come up at any time, so turning it off altogether is absurd. I guess their “reasoning” is that they figure by turning it off, they force the user to get another product and/or upgrade to Windows 8.1, but of course, neither of those is likely to be true in most cases.
Apr
20
comment Mark Deleted Files as Undeleted
You could always try doing it manually if there’s only a few files, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. After several minutes of research and checking, I managed to mark a file as not-deleted in the $MFT, but the problem is that is not enough, you also have to mark the used clusters as in-use in the $BITMAP file which proved too difficult and too much work to find and do.
Apr
20
comment Testdisk on SD card heads/cylinder mismatch
You told me that your card had no problems, but then accepted harry's answer on the assumption that the card is bad. So what happened? Was the card bad or not? Did you fix the problem? If so, how?
Apr
20
comment Mark Deleted Files as Undeleted
You could try requesting the devs of some data-recovery tools add this option. Here’s the feedback forums for a couple of the most popular: Recuva, Photorec
Apr
20
comment Change “Show Desktop” to “Minimize All”
Are you sure this isn't simply because the desktop is a window that gets brought to front? It sounds like he’s referring to Aero Peek, in which case it would indeed be a new (temporary) window.
Apr
20
comment Google search field missing
This article from last year describes the problem http://www.seroundtable.com/google-search-box-16418.html You should be able to simply edit the custom-search engine and remove the parameter (&espv=101) from the URL. That said, I tried the sample URL with it, but it did not remove the search box.
Apr
20
comment Google search field missing
@D.Iankov, The setting is missing. Because (the first half of) harry’s answer only applies to an extremely outdated version (the second half is irrelevant to your question). Managed to fix it by adding goodle as a custom search engine - and setting the new one as default. Then post that as the answer and accept it so that anyone else who isn’t using an extremely outdated version will know what to do.
Apr
20
comment Backing up Google Chrome
Like I said, read the explanation I gave.
Apr
20
comment Backing up Google Chrome
@yurkennis, the problem isn’t Chrome crashing or not copying those files, it’s that the won’t work at all. Like I explained in the other question, you cannot rely on them working at all even if they are present. It is much safer to just use a proper session-management extension.
Apr
18
comment Backing up Google Chrome
I believe ​{Last|Current} {Session|Tabs} … are definitely self-sufficient to save the session if the user keeps many tabs open for "read-later" or "useful reference" scenarios; not sure the same effect can be achieved by Local State alone. @yurkennis, Local State only saves info about the browser (position, size, etc.) not open tabs. “Useful references” should be saved with bookmarks. And relying on tab/session files, is a bad idea; they only provide rudimentary session support support… when they work (they always fail when you need them most).
Apr
17
comment Backing up Google Chrome
@yurkennis, I’m not sure what you’re saying, but yes, the first profile will be Default while subsequent profiles will be in other directories in the same parent as Default. The first (should) be Profile1, then Profile2, and so on. (In my case, the second profile was Profile8 for some reason.)
Apr
17
comment Configuring per-item Windows Updates
Unfortunately it looks like we will indeed have to rely on third-party tools like this and a few others. I was hoping that Microsoft had enough sense to provide a built-in option, but of course that is just wishful thinking.
Apr
17
comment What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?
@FrankThomas, I suspect that with Windows, the priority is performance, so they just make an effort to be quick as opposed to careful. I, for one, prefer ImgBurn.
Apr
17
comment What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?
@ShadowCreeper, ejecting the drive takes care of the cache, but I see what you mean about the drive-bias. Worse, if that were the case, then it would apply to everything you burn with it, so if it were a mis-aligned drive, then one could burn many discs before discovering the error. :-(
Apr
16
comment How can I access a shared folder from VMware workstation?
Maybe if you know the UNC path.
Apr
16
comment The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
(I suppose I could create a delayed auto-run command to stop the DHCP service after the firewall has started, but frankly why should I have to‽)
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@and31415, What's the output of the wmic … command? As expected; it lists the regular limited account, the admin account, and the guest account (which is not enabled or used). Which registry keys are there in HKLM\…\ProfileList There’s the usual ones: systemprofile, LocalService, NetworkService, my account, Administrator; as well as another admin one (I think it was a temp admin account I had created to test living with a limited account, but I deleted it… obviously Windows leaves traces of old accounts), and the most recent TEMP account. I’ll try those steps the next time I can reboot.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
I do have three programs that run on startup which require admin privileges. I tried using the task-scheduler to auto-run them, setting them to run under the existing admin account as well as under the regular account. In either case, it should not be using a temp account; either it should use the existing admin account or prompt me for its password.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
At first it was only TEMP, the last time I booted, the two new ones were created. Presumably the next one would be TEMP.<computername>.001.