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Sep
24
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Mar
28
comment Which archive file formats provide recovery protection against file corruption?
I know at least one of the programs I use for file synchronization supports multithreaded copying, which I believe mitigates some of the slowness of copying lots of small files; also, though I would have to test to be sure, I have a suspicion that creating an archive of lots of small files would also take longer than creating an archive for several large files, even if no compression is used. I don't remember if this is a Windows-only issue or not, though; iirc, there are some software solutions available for Linux that can handle lots of small files in blocks, but I can't recall the details.
Mar
6
comment Hard Drives and types — What makes them so different?
(Which also avoids the drive as a whole being marked as bad by the controller, assuming the drive as a whole is still functional.)
Mar
6
comment Hard Drives and types — What makes them so different?
@Damon I'm pretty sure you have the TLER bit mixed up a little. Without TLER, most modern drives will attempt to reread the bad sector until successful and then write the data to the remapped sector. This causes the user-noticeable delay you mention, but for non-redundant discs there's not much else you can do if recovering the data is desirable. For RAID setups, which can usually reconstruct the data for the bad sector, TLER is useful because it will stop the attempted rereads after a short period of time and report the read failure for the RAID controller to handle.
Feb
26
comment What's the logic behind the “W” in Control+W to close a Tab in IE?
Alt+F4 is still the standard keyboard shortcut for closing a window on Windows (or rather, closing [the window of] the focused application), being associated with the "Close" item in the window menu common to most/all windowed applications on Windows (the one you get by left-clicking the far left region of the title bar, right-clicking anywhere in the title bar, or pressing Alt+Space). And even if the Windows console did have non-mouse copy-paste functionality, the bindings would be nonstandard as Ctrl+C already has historic meaning.
Feb
5
comment Possible to “snap” top/bottom instead of just left/right in Windows 7?
Oh, just discovered that double-clicking the top edge of the title bar (i.e. when the vertical double-ended arrow is displayed) also does screen height snap.
Feb
5
comment Possible to “snap” top/bottom instead of just left/right in Windows 7?
Neat, I was trying to figure out how to keep the vertical position fixed but allow horizontal movement without using left/right screen snap and having to readjust window width, and full screen height snap does exactly what I wanted.
Jul
25
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Jul
25
comment How is a program that's not in my path being run?
I'd assume the reason things like Java, etc. don't utilize the App Paths subkey is because the .NET Framework is much more closely associated with the Windows API, so it's a lot easier to take advantage of the registry; meanwhile, on the Java/etc. side, not using App Paths requires less changes to standard libraries in order to enable portability (as *nix systems usually also have (some equivalent to) the PATH environment variable). A holdover from simpler days, I suppose?
Jul
11
comment Fastest way to reproduce a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)?
@MaxMackie: Your own question states "Any version post XP". Not "Any version XP or later". You might want to fix that if your solution has to be applicable to XP as well, just in case.
Jul
6
comment What are the desktop.ini files for?
Why is it called "Desktop.ini" when "Folder.ini" would make much more sense, considering it's not limited to the desktop?
Jun
15
comment What do the parentheses and number after a Unix command or C function mean?
Well that's interesting.
Jun
15
comment What do the parentheses and number after a Unix command or C function mean?
Out of curiosity, why isn't it man mount(8) or man ftok(2)?
May
27
comment D-Link's rounding - Is this actually rouding?
Floating-point imprecision, perhaps?
May
26
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May
26
comment Put browser bookmarks into version control system
Updated my answer due to just noticing another possibility.
May
26
revised Put browser bookmarks into version control system
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May
25
answered Put browser bookmarks into version control system
May
25
comment How to resize a window so it is larger than the physical screen?
I thought that would be the answer as well, but when I tried it myself on an XP machine the tested window (an Explorer window) would not resize larger than what I assume is my monitor resolution.
Aug
4
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