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Sep
12
comment Should I disable swap file if I have lots of RAM or should I move it to a virtual RAM drive?
I agree that disabling swap can be a good idea. Anyone who's used Linux and had Evolution email run away with 3.5 GB of RAM would rather have Evo die than sit and wait for the laptop to stop swapping.
Sep
12
comment What's the difference between mobile and desktop processors?
@MattH: Having some well chosen extra instructions can help a lot. But NOT just "the instruction set is larger." After all, almost half the ISA in a modern Intel x86 chip isn't even used! Old compatibility instructions in 16 bit. Segment registers. An initial power-on sequence straight out of 1980.
Jul
24
comment File sizes in Windows not making sense
@FabricioAraujo: Traditionally we measured things in ounces, pounds, troy ounces, slugs, tons, stones, pinches, etc. And you had to know what you were measuring to know how big the unit was. Gold used different ounces from flour. Tradition is not a reason to do things the wrong way.
Jul
24
comment File sizes in Windows not making sense
@phyrfox: Mega is 1 million no matter what unit it applies to. This is the only thing that makes sense.
Jul
24
answered Suddenly a large set of applications seems to have memory leaks, allocating more and more memory nonestop
Jul
24
comment File sizes in Windows not making sense
@phyrfox: 1 MHz of CPU is 1 million cycles, not 1,073,741,824 cycles. 1 Mbps of network traffic is also 1 million bits.
Jul
5
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Apr
28
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
28
comment Why do SSDs have weird sizes?
What is really weird is that non-SSD drives have been non-standard sizes since forever. What is advertised as an 80GB drive might vary from exactly 80GB by many megabytes. Anyone who runs RAID arrays knows this.
Apr
28
comment Why do SSDs have weird sizes?
Except that some SSDs now use TLC (tri-level) states and actually need MORE reserved space than previous drives because of the higher error rates. The Magician software for my Samsung EVO drive recommended reserving more space when I did the setup. So instead of a terabyte its only 920 GB.
Apr
23
comment Historical: why is the first GUI terminal in linux Ctrl-Alt-F7?
GUI was added later. Init system sets up the terminals first so they get 1-6. Then X starts up on 7.
Apr
15
comment Windows 8.1 comes with SQL Server and Visual C++?
MS SQL Compact is a little bit like SQLite. Or maybe a better comparison is the old JET database engine.
Apr
13
answered Apparent IP doesn't take me to website
Mar
1
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Mar
1
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Mar
1
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Jan
31
comment What is the danger of inserting and browsing an untrusted USB drive?
Yes they do. Almost all of them have small resettable fuses. I found this electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/66507/… to be kind of interesting.
Jan
31
comment What is the danger of inserting and browsing an untrusted USB drive?
@sylvainulg: I meant about the filesystem types. While Windows only mounts three or four FS types, Linux will try whatever it has available, which can be a lot of filesystems.
Jan
31
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Jan
31
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