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Oct
13
comment How can I properly interpret M4's $# variable without starting comment syntax in emacs?
I'm not very experienced with emacs lisp, but can you do look-behind matching? Regular expressions can do things like this /(?<!\$)#/ to match instances of # without a $ preceding it.
Jul
25
comment Hidden Windows 8 taskbar button?
My guess is that you have a notification icon there but for whatever reason it didn't load the image, so it is transparent or one pixel wide. Don't think it's a hidden function. I don't see that happen for me.
Feb
28
comment How to change Windows Start Screen background
Unfortunately that's the only one I know of. It's not something I've specifically looked for. If there's something else out there, I'm sure you can find it through some web searching.
Nov
26
comment Trackpad/Touchpad as drawing board
@MilindR I have no idea how good the hardware would be for this. Since touchpads are designed more for detecting direction and speed, it might not have a good enough resolution to pick up absolute coordinates. Also they tend to be tiny, as it is. You can go ahead and give it a shot, though!
Nov
5
comment Can the Windows 7 Bootloader detect Windows 8?
I did this in the preview. I am not sure if it's doable with the retail version, but it's worth a shot: superuser.com/questions/492327/…
Oct
24
comment How does limiting a laptop battery's full charge to less than 100% extend its battery life?
This is really good information, especially on the 80% and 50% settings. Thanks!
Aug
14
comment Turning DisplayPort monitor off disables monitor completely
This isn't an NVIDIA-only thing. It's a monitor hardware thing. Displayport, I believe, has a HPD pin ("hot plug detect"). I believe that what happens is that when the monitor turns off, it brings that pin low, which then causes Windows to detect the display as disconnected, and then disables it. I don't know why this doesn't occur with DVI (or maybe it can). I experience the same thing on Windows 8, AMD Radeon HD graphics, with Samsung SyncMaster950D displays, but only when connected via Displayport.
Aug
9
comment Why do random characters appear in terminals in Windows?
@Windows I am updating the answer with more info.
Aug
7
comment Computer randomly restarting: motherboard or processor?
Since you said you have a nearly identical computer, if this doesn't yield any info, I'd start swapping components one-by-one between the two until the second computer starts rebooting randomly. This should identify what's at fault through process of elimination.
Jul
23
comment Batch file to ZIP only files in directory or sub directory
@PaulJavier You should be able to do it that way too. It just might require some shell script cleverness, depending on what you're using for your zip program. Just experiment! The FOR command will get you where you need to go, though.
Jun
25
comment How to show a warning message when entering a folder?
Ah, this is a cool alternative method to what I used in my answer! I didn't notice that you added a bash and csh method as well.
May
26
comment Do vim users type vim to start the command?
Use whatever you feel like. I don't think anyone really cares.
May
23
comment Are there any alternatives to adding to the PATH environment variable in Windows?
Any variables you set in a Windows .bat file will remain after it quits. You can modify this behavior if you don't want it to occur with setlocal and endlocal, though.
May
13
comment Good encryption software(preferably free) that doesn't require data reallocation?
I'm not sure what you're meaning. TrueCrypt supports encrypted volumes and containers that can be stored on unencrypted volumes. To store encrypted files on them (or gain access to them unencrypted), it mounts these volumes/files to a drive letter in Windows, and the encryption/decryption occurs transparently.
May
12
comment Why can a SD card be faster on an external USB reader rather than on a builtin SD reader?
I'd note that (in my experience) internal card readers connect over USB anyway. So there will be a USB hub between the rest of the computer and your card reader, no matter if it's internal or external.
May
10
comment How can I navigate in command prompt to a remote folder which has been shared among users?
@grawity Good point. And I'd say "compatibility with DOS" to that, except they already ditched any decent DOS compatibility with Vista. So, I suppose it really is bizarre.
May
10
comment How can I navigate in command prompt to a remote folder which has been shared among users?
I suppose it makes sense because you can't just simply traverse into it. It has to mount the location to the filesystem first, and pushd can do so temporarily, pretty easily.
May
10
comment Extracting specific line of text with grep for use in conky
@kine Good point, though for many tasks it would be a negligible difference in efficiency.
May
9
comment Extracting specific line of text with grep for use in conky
@tink Putting it in multiple stages makes the regular expressions you have to write simpler, because you're breaking the problem down into simpler parts. You can rewrite it with a single regex, but that can easily make it very unwieldy. I've done both, and I prefer piping.
May
9
comment Extracting specific line of text with grep for use in conky
This is a more elegant solution, but while regular expressions can easily break (they aren't too user-friendly), you can parse directories effectively with them.