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

Hardware
Into hardware and electronics, but I prefer software because it’s cheaper to experiment with and fix. I’ve designed and built a couple of pieces of 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 really harden computers.

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

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

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

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

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no do mod? get you POWR!. I’ve considered it, but I simply have too much to do already, so I (currently) can’t take on that kind of commitment when I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as I would demand. (I couldn’t be a mod anyway because I don’t agree with all of SE’s policies and would not be able to pretend I do and “shut up and do the job” and tow the company line.)


Mar
27
comment Detecting touch screen presses in AutoHotkey in Windows 8
The problem is that when you touch the screen, it registers a click at the current cursor position instead of at the location you tapped. Check your pointer-device drivers to find a setting that controls what mode it uses for taps. Look for something along the lines of “tap to click”, “absolute/relative position”, “mouse/screen mode”, etc. You can test the different modes to make sure you have the right one by opening MSPaint, setting it to the fattest brush size, then tapping different places to see if it dots wherever you touched or just the same spot, like clicking the mouse without moving.
Mar
27
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
No worries; I’m not arguing either, I’m just explaining to clear up the confusion. In any case, Folder Size doesn’t answer this question. If you like Folder Size and want to suggest it, feel free to mention it in some of the many existing questions to which it does apply.
Mar
26
comment Hide admin account from (Windows 7) login screen *without disabling* it
@SampoSarrala, good tip thanks. Unfortunately I probably won’t want to use it for my mother’s system because I want to keep her system pure (no system modifications). Sadly, her system is exactly the one I want to protect by having her use a limited account, but not have an admin account cluttering up the login screen. This is precisely the problem: there’s no way to protect novice users that is clean, safe, easy, and convenient. :-(
Mar
26
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
I do not think you are right. That shell extension installs a service that constantly updates its information on every file operation - an IO hook which is an overkill for such information IMHO. Yes it does so to keep up to date with the occasional write, but it does not have a detrimental impact on most systems because of its cache. The FREE version [has most of] the things you need for a good disk cleanup. Except for a tree-map view which is the most useful piece of information for disk cleanup.
Mar
26
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
It damages my drives by performing extra operations If your drive is too old or sick, any drive activity would be risky. I prefer the solution that I provide as it add a "Scan with Folder Size" context menu inside Explorer that I use whenever I need it. Sure, and a lot of people are happy with that, but it’s not the same as having the size right there in Explorer itself. Folder Size has a PRO version, but most of the important features are available in the FREE version True, but 60% of your posts promote Mind Gems, so it seems like marketing.
Mar
26
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
There is no such information Yes, sadly that is indeed the answer which I already said. This information is not available in the file system and should be collected every time Yes, that too is already well known. It adds extra load to your storage. Huh? That is why I hated the shell extension that you proposed. It makes my system veeery slow Then you shouldn’t have added the column to every folder/root directory. The column is not enabled by default, so it has ZERO impact until you actually enable it, and even then, it uses a cache to reduce impact.
Mar
26
comment Hide admin account from (Windows 7) login screen *without disabling* it
This is an important question because if we are expected to use limited accounts for day-to-day activity instead of an admin account, then we need an easy way to elevate now and then without having to jump through hoops by logging into a separate account. That is exactly what the UAC dialogs are for. But to get that to work, we have to enable the default admin account and give it a password. However this also adds the admin account to the login screen which is usually undesirable. :-|
Mar
26
comment Hide admin account from (Windows 7) login screen *without disabling* it
I read something last night that led me to believe that perhaps it didn’t disable it in Vista (I’ll try to find the page), but it most certainly does in 7. I tested it today and as soon as I added the admin account to it, the password field (and [Yes] button) of the UAC dialog became disabled. Removing (or renaming) the registry entry re-enabled the ability to enter a password in the UAC dialog. As for values, it looks like the mere existence of the value is enough to disable an account; the actual value is irrelevant. :-(
Mar
26
comment Hiding non-user accounts in Windows 7
Be aware that this method disables the account, so you will not be able to “runas” the user.
Mar
26
comment Hide admin account from (Windows 7) login screen *without disabling* it
That does disable the account.
Mar
26
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
Also, Folder Size is a commercial product which may have led them to reject your edit—especially since you mentioned Mind Gems in 60% of your posts. (Plus, it doesn’t have a tree-map view like the others I mentioned.) Regardless, your reasoning for its use is welcome, though since it’s not actually an answer, it should be a comment, but you don’t have enough rep to post comments yet, so you—or someone else—will need to flag it to have a moderator convert it. For the record, the original FolderSize now includes a “kludgey” workaround to support Vista and up.
Mar
26
comment Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?
I ignored nothing; your edit was reviewed and rejected by other users for being too minor. Your new post is better, but not actually an answer to the question that was asked. I did not ask “how can I see folder sizes in Windows 8”? That’s already a well documented question with many answers (including the one you suggested). The question I actually asked was whether Windows 8 had a built-in folder-size column or if it re-enabled the IColumnProvider interface that FolderSize used. I only mentioned the others as non-ideal workarounds.
Mar
26
comment How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows 7?
Yup; sadly, the list of wonderful programs (and services) that I loved at first but which got really bad and ruined because of terrible developer support and refusal to listen to user feedback grows just keeps getting longer. :-(
Mar
25
comment How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows 7?
It’s not the same at all. For one thing, it is now a mass system-management for admins program as opposed to a personal system-optimization program. Also, it is now a commercial product (“free” for three systems). Shame, because it was pretty neat when it first came out. I for one no longer use it.
Mar
25
comment chrome status bar disappeared
@SonicSoul, like Devid said, there is no way to fix it for now. You can try complaining to the devs to fix it, but Google is notorious for ignoring user feedback. what i am looking for is a way to revert to a version of chrome that doesn't have this bug. You can get an old version from FileHippo, but you have to make sure to disable automatic-updates (which Google makes difficult). Regardless, I don’t see why you gave harry the bounty even though Devid had already said it was a bug over a month earlier.
Mar
25
comment How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows 7?
This answer is obsolete. Unfortunately, Soluto discontinued the desktop application and only provides a web-service as a commercial system-admin product. [1] [2] [3]
Mar
25
comment Create homegroup between Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines
@Mr_Green, that’s very responsible of you, but unfortunately the automatic bounty-assignment may mislead future readers. ¬_¬
Mar
25
comment Permission problems with a mounted NTFS VM volume
(I can likely work around this specific issue by creating a temporary admin user account in the VM, granting it permissions to the “Bob” account, logging out of “Bob”, into the temp admin, copying the files, logging out of the temp, back into “Bob”, and deleting the temp. It’s lots of time-consuming, unnecessary work, but it should work for this. However, it doesn’t help if you need to access system files like the registry hives in c:\windows\system32\config because those also need permissions, but you can’t use the temp-user trick. That would require even more time and work to deal with.)
Mar
25
comment How do I set a custom zoom in Chrome?
@hit-and-run-down-voter, got a problem? My best guess (and it has to be a guess since you didn’t bother to leave a comment), is that either this isn’t as easy as you’d like, in which case you should complain to Google for not providing an easier method instead of taking it out on me, or else, this method no longer applies, in which case, you should just leave instead of taking it out on me because this answer was perfectly good at the time of the question and expecting people to keep up to date throughout eternity is absurd. …or you’re a jerk Google dev upset that your poor work is criticized.
Mar
22
comment Shrinking NTFS drives (in virtual machines)
@Ramhound, you’ve missed the point, I can already defrag the drive and all, the problem is that NTFS volumes stick some metadata files in the middle of the volume which divides the free space into two sections, so the drive-image on the host cannot be reduce to encompass only the actual data and exclude the free space because there is a metadata file in the middle which causes the drive-image file to include a large chunk of free space. I hope that makes it clear enough.