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Jul
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Jul
9
comment Lost files on my external hard drive
The user's first commandment: Thou shalt make backups! All sorts of things can go wrong with computers and people (user malfunctions). Make frequent, multiple, backups and store some of them off site. Then, all you lose is the work done since the last valid backup. With all sorts of backup systems available for every OS - many of them free or very inexpensive, it's just about the discipline to run them on a regular basis. If you're always connected to a lan, another external disk drive, or the Internet, you can even schedule them to run automatically.
Jul
9
comment Can AVI files contain a virus?
In addition to everything else here, make good, multiple, and frequent backups of whatever data you care about. That way no matter what goes wrong, you greatly increase your chances of having a reasonable recovery path. Given the amazing inventiveness of malware creators, there are bound to be new ways of mucking things up that can't (or at least, won't) be anticipated. Then, the trick is to see how many backups ago the infection occurred so you don't restore an infected backup.
Jul
5
comment Can computer components go bad when not in use?
@Vorac I stand corrected. It was a cool concept ...
Jul
4
comment How to jump to a particular flag in a Unix manpage?
@dotancohen - Never mind - I looked up kioslaves on wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIO
Jul
4
comment How to jump to a particular flag in a Unix manpage?
@dotancohen -I just tried it in dolphin and it also works, but displays the man pages as directories and files and launches your default browser when you click on a file. I don't iunderstand the part about KIOSLAVE. I tried man://kioslave and it was the same as man://.
Jul
4
comment How to jump to a particular flag in a Unix manpage?
@dotancohen - Cool. Didn't know about that.
Jul
3
comment Text folding in OpenOffice Writer
If you're good at writing macros, maybe you could implement at least a very atomic/primitive version of this at the paragraph level by using hidden paragraphs and maybe integrating that with paragraph styles that you could modify on the fly. help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Hidden_Paragraphs
Jul
3
comment Text folding in OpenOffice Writer
That would be a cool feature. I found a post about a feature request for it, but I don't see that it has been done. I think the closest thing it has is the navigator which helps you find and move parts of documents, but won't collapse levels.
Jul
3
answered How to jump to a particular flag in a Unix manpage?
Jul
3
answered Can computer components go bad when not in use?
Jul
1
comment How Can I determine the page count from a postscript file (generated by Opera)?
Thanks. I'll change the code back to using "showpage" (once it fails to find a %%Pages). I know it's not guaranteed to work, but it often does. Eventually, I'll add a switch to optionally do it the right way for files that don't work.
Jun
29
comment How Can I determine the page count from a postscript file (generated by Opera)?
This appears to work, but "rather slow" is an understatement. On my I3 notebook, a three page document runs in just over two minutes. At best, I can add a switch (option) to my system to use this method as a last resort. In the mean time, I altered my code to count "HiResBoundingBox" instead of "showpage".
Jun
29
comment How Can I determine the page count from a postscript file (generated by Opera)?
Finally! I'll check it out and come back here. Thank you.
Jun
18
comment What's an elegant way to copy the creation and modification dates of a file to another file?
@Fran I wasn't aware of how ctime works. I found a good explanation of it here. http://www.unix.com/tips-tutorials/20526-mtime-ctime-atime.html
Jun
5
answered Is it better to turn off computer or power continuously to keep ancient 1990 harddrive alive (MSDOS 6.22 )
May
27
answered Undo tar file extraction mess
May
10
comment Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?
@Lèsemajesté Good point, but you "should" set this up (instead of "can") because when the UPS runs out, you have all the same problems that the UPS was designed to prevent (or at least forestall.)
May
3
comment Is there keyboard shortcut to move input focus to the Google Search box?
@JimmChen Sorry, I just know of Autohotkey. I use AutoKey on Linux. It rocks, but won't help you.
Apr
30
comment Blu-Ray writer cancels writing when buffer is underrun
Probably just stating the obvious: BD requires more processing and i/o speed than dvd/cd. Is your system fast enough? Providing a few other details of your hardware might help someone to answer you. Are all your drivers at the latest versions? Does your system device manager show any errors?