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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.


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.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@Ramhound Intel laptop. (How would the GPU affect user accounts?)
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@David, yes that’s what I said, but like I already said, there should not be a reason to create a temporary account because whenever an elevated task is run, it uses the existing admin-level account.
Apr
15
comment There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account
@Ramhound, yes, it is part of the Users group and the admin account is part of the Administrators group. This is a local system.
Apr
15
comment Tabbed file explorer for Windows 8
I think Google treated it like drugs; they gave us a free taste of something pleasurable, then once we were hooked, they ruined it and made it as bad as they like knowing that we are stuck. I for one am continuing to use an older version of Chrome/Chromium for the time being until I can migrate away altogether. As a close alternative, I am considering some of the Chromium-based projects like Comodo, Iron, and Torch. They use Chromium as the base and add on (or put back) the things that users actually want but Google obstinately refuses.
Apr
15
comment Is it possible to conduct a POST on a server without rebooting it
Who told you that you can POST a system without a reboot? Why didn’t you ask them about the details?
Apr
14
comment Tabbed file explorer for Windows 8
Yes, I know what you mean. I tried Firefox years ago but was disappointed with how bogged down it got when you add a few extensions. Unfortunately the Chrome devs are trying to strip Chrome down to nothing and offset all functionality to extensions (while at the same time, limiting what extensions can do), so now you have to have dozens and dozens of active extensions for it to do anything. Plus, since they changed it so that absolutely everything gets its own process, there is a lot of extra CPU and memory overhead, making Chrome a fat, bloated, gas-bag. Google is finished.
Apr
13
comment Tabbed file explorer for Windows 8
Actually, I gave up because the Google devs became horrible, tyrannical fascists who ignore user feedback and do whatever they want, including ruining the browser. The problem is that they are doing those things to the Chromium code, so anything based on it will inherit the negative changes (or else require a lot of work to undo). I’m still using (an old version of) Chrome for now, but will likely eventually switch to Firefox (I intend to keep all of my data, so it’s a lot of work to migrate it all).
Apr
13
comment Shortcut keys of Clover do not work,why?
Sometimes the keys stop working because the window has lost keyboard focus. Simply clicking the window should fix that. If other keys are working and/or clicking the window/tab-bar doesn’t fix it, then it may be a bug. See if the latest version works.
Apr
13
comment Tabbed file explorer for Windows 8
Clover is great. It’s a little unstable, flicker, and doesn’t have too many features, but it’s pretty wonderful. Being based on Chromium, it shares all the features that made me like Chrome at the beginning. Sadly, I have given up on Chrome, so I don’t know if I can hold out hope for Clover’s future.
Apr
13
comment Strange transparent overlay Windows 7
@Denees, so what was it?