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Sadly, I’ve become soured by the SE network. It started great, but went downhill. The mods are often aggressive/bias, the policies arbitrary and capriciously applied, and some users treat the sites as MMOGs, “rep-whoring”, copying others’ work, and posting random guesses to abuse bounty assignments. 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’ll likely be reducing my contributions here and find somewhere else to help people.






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Programming
“Hobby programmer” for a while, in lots of languages. Some graphics and game programming, but more of a “support programmer” (libraries, tools, utilities, and small single-use programs).

Hardware
Into hardware and electronics, but prefer software because it’s cheaper to experiment with and fix. Designed and built some 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 harden computers.

Repair
Enjoy fixing computers (especially software), but don’t like taking the easy/lazy way (no re-installs!) Prefer to dig in and find a way to fix the problem and repair broken things, not just replace them.

Teaching
Fairly good at figuring out what people are trying to ask, even if they don’t communicate well (teaching since eighth grade). I try to read the whole question or comment before responding, but a painfully slow reader, so occasionally may only read part of a post and end up embarrassed. (Once posted an agreement to a comment, only to notice that the original comment was mine—could’ve been worse; 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, I resort to asking others, but my questions tend to be such that others usually have not seen/heard of/thought of/or even considered. As such, there’re usually no answers to my questions at the time.

Images
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.

Avatar
My avatar is a logo I created based on an emoticon I liked years ago on a now defunct game-server site. The original icon rotated and was tiny and low-res, so I made a better version and have been using it since at least Nov.14.2002.

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no b mod? get u POWR! impr0ve site. I’d considered it, 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.


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
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
28
comment (Relatively) safe and reliable, eternally reserved/unused drive areas?
(I’m currently reading this document which seems promising.)
Mar
28
comment how to disable tap-on-click (touchpad) on windows
You can check out Meta for opinions on multi-part questions. (Generally they are frowned upon and the consensus is that they should be broken in to separate, single-purpose questions.)
Mar
28
comment how to disable tap-on-click (touchpad) on windows
That’s why I suggested making a separate question about drivers. Many people find themselves in your situation; they have a problem, then while trying to solve it, they discover a different problem that causes the initial one. They create a new question to address the underlying problem and link to the original question to give additional background (as well as any information that people left for the initial problem that lead to the realization of the underlying problem).
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
Not to mention that they specifically said it has to be built-in (to Windows) as well.
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
Like they said: can’t install/run any third-party software; only built into Windows
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
I suspect whether it overflows or not may depend on whether the CPU is 32-bit or 64-bit. Either way, I don’t see how that would take up much CPU cycles. I just performed several factorials and the highest I could go was 3248!, but none of them made even a blip on Task Manager’s CPU graph, and why should it? Factorials are a very easy, very cheap mathematical operation.
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
Same thing
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
HyperPi (GUI to run SuperPi on multiple cores) can be run without installing just copy it to the server and run it from any location. That’s a technicality and a nitpick. When someone says “cannot install anything”, that doesn’t necessarily mean actually installing, they may not be able to run anything new. For example, there may be a system policy that blocks all programs except for those on a white-list. That would prevent even “portable” apps from running, so saying that you don’t have to install it doesn’t work.
Mar
28
comment How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?
As for your want for it to be a native piece of software - windows doesn't really come with the tools to do such a thing But that’s the requirement of the question. The tools you suggested don’t fit that and so should be comments, not an answer. except for maybe the above batch file, which is going to be a mess to handle if it goes haywire. (Infinite loops can be messy Hardly. Windows includes several programming options which could easily be made to consume CPU cycles while still providing control.
Mar
28
comment how to disable tap-on-click (touchpad) on windows
That’s what the [edit] function is for, to update the question as needed, e.g., as more information becomes available.