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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.
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.
Aug
22
comment OCZ SSD drive reviews are very polarized, whereas Corsair and Sandisk reviews are mostly great - What's up with OCZ?
I don't believe the OCZ reviews are all fake. For example, I have used three OCZ drives and I have liked all of them. My current Vertex is running great.
Jul
3
comment Can my Windows 8 computer turn on by itself?
If the operating system wanted to, it could set a timer for every 15 minutes, wake up just a little bit to check on things like reading email for example and then sleep again. Just like a cell phone does.
Jul
3
comment Can my Windows 8 computer turn on by itself?
Windows can set those BIOS timers you mention. It is used for scheduled tasks.
Jun
26
comment Tired of waiting for www.google-analytics.com — can a browser setting “opt me out”?
0.0.0.0 is a valid IP address. At least, software had better NOT be special casing it. The default route is 0.0.0.0/0. Very different from 0.0.0.0/32.
Apr
22
comment Why is a .ISO called a .ISO?
Wanted to point out that some programs used different extensions such as CDR or IMG. But ISO seemed to become the standard eventually.
Mar
12
comment I want to run an rsync command at midnight but make it stop at 8am. How can i schedule the start AND END of a command?
@RandyHoward: ulimit -t will limit the CPU time used, but rsync generally uses very little CPU, being limited by I/O.
Feb
5
comment Why are my mapped drives so slow?
Please include what operating systems, network connections and hardware are being used.
Feb
4
comment Why are my mapped drives so slow?
Edited to add: Do this on the server.
Dec
20
comment Why are SSDs so fast compared to raw NAND?
You mean parallelized I believe.
Oct
26
comment Will HDD's permission settings work when plugged on another computer/OS?
@PJC: With the right software, or a dev environment, you can read files without taking ownership by using impersonation.
Oct
26
comment Looking at the screen in Windows 8 hurts my eyes
Big agreement. I run my desktop monitor (inside, fluorescent lighting, no outside windows) at 20% after doing calibration and contrast adjustments.
Sep
3
comment Can a Windows PC do anything while it is sleeping?
It doesn't require special hardware support, unless you mean keeping the power lights off. Windows or Linux could do it by only waking the CPU and RAM, then running a special process instead of resuming the complete system where it left off. Hard drives and displays can already sleep independently of the CPU, so just leave them turned off.
May
14
comment Why does IPv6 use 128 bit addressing?
@MarkRansom: In 50 years everything in your house could be made out of computronium.
May
14
comment Does disabling IPv6 decrease my surface area of attack and increase performance?
@EightBitTony: I believe Microsoft uses Teredo to get IPv6 over UDP when there is no working IPv6 route.