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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
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.
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.