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♦ Community moderator on Electrical Engineering.

I'm a student of Electrical and Computer Engineering at GVSU, with minors in Math and Computer Science

I can usually be found in the Electrical Engineering Ask-a-mod chatroom, ping me if I'm not there.


Aug
17
comment Self-hosted, cross-platform repository for large files
Is Subversion out of the question? You can access/modify files off-line, but you can't commit changes without connecting.
Aug
17
comment Use Linux ping in Cygwin
@me_and - I would definitely release it if I succeed. However, while the first few files compiled just fine by simply changing #include <linux/filename.h> to #include <cygwin/filename.h> and the like, I later found that the Cygwin socket drivers are also lacking features needed by iputils. It's not just a matter of building iputils for Cygwin, it's also a matter of building Cygwin to work with iputils. I'll give it a go later if I have some spare time.
Aug
16
comment Use Linux ping in Cygwin
By the way, iputils hasn't released a tagged in almost two years, but there's been some development for support of IPv6 in their git repository, which was a little hard to find but is located at ` git://git.linux-ipv6.org/gitroot/iputils.git`. Hope that helps someone. I'll post the patch to when I'm done with this, there's a fair bit of work to be done but it doesn't seem insurmountable.
Aug
16
comment Use Linux ping in Cygwin
Thanks, it looks like the first option is going to work better for me as one of the desired requirements is that it have the syntax of the iputils version, so trying yet another ping implementation won't help. That said, I doubt that I'm the first to have run into this so I'll wait in case someone's already tried it.
May
11
comment Is there a modern browser that runs on Windows 3.1?
The controller is almost certainly a real-time application. This means that it needs to run for, say, ms every 100 ms or so. In an emulator, this is not guaranteed. If you start up an application (like the browser) in another window, it will take CPU time from the VM or emulator. There are real-time versions of Linux, but the VM would require custom programming to make this work.
May
1
comment Keyboard driver corrupted, cannot login. How do I fix without a reinstall?
You mention that you can even download shared files over the network - Do your network security settings allow you to edit or delete files over the network? Specifically, can you access and edit \Windows\system32\drivers (the drivers) and \Windows\system32\config (the registry)?
Mar
30
comment Dual Boot Windows 7 - Second (SSD) drive not showing as disk in Install
You're not an idiot, I've spent way too much time debugging similar problems (Did you know USB drives fit in Ethernet ports?) Thanks for coming back and answering your own question! This is considered good practice per Can I answer my own questions; hopefully this will be helpful to others in the future.
Mar
13
comment Can I make Windows 7 and the Nvidia Control Panel “forget” external display resolutions?
Thanks for the tip, this was enough to help me find the settings on Windows XP Embedded, where my settings were in Control\Current\VIDEO\{hash}\0000\<named settings>. There were no subkeys with DELA in them.
Feb
14
comment How could I identify the usable Cat-5 pairs in this mess of torn-out wiring?
Superuser might be a better fit that Electrical Engineering; I've asked about this in their chat room. DIY might also be an option. However, remember that not every question has a home on Stack Exchange.
Dec
20
comment Why is chrome slashing my HTTPS?
This is a good point, and I'll agree that this isn't a very discoverable UI element, but this approach isn't very useful as an answer. What does it tell you?
Nov
22
comment How do I disable USB ports while running from a USB stick?
What are you actually trying to do here? You say for security reasons, but having a USB stick already plugged in isn't exactly secure. Do you want to disable multiple volumes on the boot drive? Internal USB devices like a webcam, USB keyboards and mice, SATA/eSATA/IDE hard drive interfaces, Ethernet/wireless interfaces, PCI/PCIe USB cards, Serial IO, Printer ports, etc. etc. etc.? I fear that you're going about this in the wrong way.
Oct
28
comment How to monitor internet traffic on a Linksys E3000 router
In general, if your question asks "Is there something that I can install" then it's OT for Stack Overflow. If you wanted to write some code that would do this task, then you'd be in the right place, but that sentence makes it sound like you don't want that. I've flagged this for migration to Super User, where questions like this are on-topic.
Oct
25
comment Mean Time to Failure (MTTF): When disk manufacturers post this, how should you interpret their numbers?
-1: Statistical analysis is used to determine MTBF numbers, and it's known to a certain statistic - they're not just using "various tricks". You'll need some significant sources to back up your assertions that enterprise drives are just higher numbers, that HDD manufacturers have their drives fail after warranty is over, and that Seagate implements any kind of 'programmed death' in their drives.
Aug
9
comment Fill sparse rows in Excel
Related: superuser.com/questions/151057/…
Jun
29
comment How to recycle/reuse/continue Time Machine for a new Mac?
I have tried it on 10.6, and it works.
May
17
comment The Flight I am taking has USB ports for power… how can I use it to charge my laptop?
Since RedGrittyBrick pointed out so quickly that power requirements make this impossible (though you don't really need that much power), this question is probably over-and-done, but I want to clarify: Finding a transformer is not a good question for Electronics. We'd welcome questions about the design of a DC-DC converter, but we're just as adamant (if not more adamant) about prohibiting bad shopping questions as Superuser.
Apr
4
comment Converting accelerometer reading from Hex to Decimal
@Dilip - Those are shell tools for manipulating text files. They're available on Linux and Mac machines, or through Cygwin. If you want to integrate this process into Matlab, I suggest using the textscan function. However, you could probably do this in a text editor if you wanted to!
Apr
4
comment Converting accelerometer reading from Hex to Decimal
You want to remove every other line and remove the first, third, and fifth space in the remaining lines? That's a job for sed, awk, cut, or your favorite scripting language, not a question for an electrical designer. It might be on-topic if you wanted to modify the firmware of your device to generate that information, but that will probably involve just modifying the formatting of a snprintf() statement.
Apr
4
comment Getting Lithium Polymer Battery to forget past?
@Dean - Erm, no, that's not what I was saying, but I suppose that would probably work. Check the capacity ratings (with System Profiler) before and after to see that you were successful. I assumed you were human and had to sleep occasionally, so 5 hours of downtime wouldn't matter. My bad! If you're a robot or cyborg, just run it off a socket until you do have some downtime. Not sure what to do if you're running a server or something from your laptop, though.
Apr
3
comment Getting Lithium Polymer Battery to forget past?
It still works when it's plugged in. It even works on wall power when the battery is removed entirely! You shouldn't have downtime unless it's impossible to access an outlet where you need to work.