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Jan
17
comment Setting up a solar-powered ad-hoc network?
the only problem might be that Wifi do take a lot of power, not sure if a small solar panel will provide sufficient power for continuous Wifi usage.
Jan
1
answered Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM?
Dec
28
comment Do different motherboards have different USB speeds?
not that I can see, but people reading this might not notice the difference in the capitalization.
Dec
28
comment Do different motherboards have different USB speeds?
Even the latest eSATA III is just 6 Gbps, just slightly above USB 3's 5 Gbps, and both are faster than most drives read/write speed; IMO at that point, compatibility and convenience trumps whatever advantage eSATA would offer.
Dec
28
comment Do different motherboards have different USB speeds?
watch out that MBps is not the same as Mbps.
Dec
24
answered Can it cause any kind of REAL problems to resize a partition after having an OS installed on it - or is it just an urban legend?
Dec
19
comment Why don't you see binary code when you open a binary file with text editor?
@Xenocross: because the raw 0/1 sequence is useless, it's too unwieldy for manual decoding because they takes a huge amount of screen space; hex display is generally more superior for manual decoding. And with some training, you can translate hex to binary and vice versa quickly and easily.
Dec
18
comment What does 4 beeps mean when you boot up your laptop?
POST codes are computer specific, or more precisely, each motherboard manufacturers had their own POST code. The reason dell doesn't list the 4 beep code in the page you're referring to is because there is no 4 beep code in that particular model.
Dec
11
comment Does a computer use fewer resources when programs are minimized?
@LarsTruijens: I think that's the whole point of the discussion, does a minimized program are given lower priority for staying in RAM. It is not possible for an outside entity (e.g. Windows, the OS) to be able to safely reduce the memory usage of a program (except by terminating the program altogether); only the program itself can safely release memory.
Dec
11
comment Does a computer use fewer resources when programs are minimized?
certain assumptions are irrelevant, therefore useless, even if made clear. If the program are written in such a way that minimization would terminate the program, that would obviously make the computer uses much fewer resources; that assumption is totally useless for the discussion.
Dec
6
comment Does a computer use fewer resources when programs are minimized?
-1, for irrelevancies. For any comparisons you always had to assume Ceteris paribus
Dec
6
comment Why are USB ports oriented differently on different devices?
I think it was a standard convention that when plugging a standard USB plug on a horizontal port, the USB logo should be displayed on the upside. This has the side effect that on circuit boards, the empty space would be on the down-side, since most circuit boards are installed such that the majority of the components are on the up side.
Dec
3
comment Why is “Everything is a file” unique to the Unix operating systems?
this shouldn't be the highest voted answer, it does not answer the question, it just begs people to ask another question: "Why is 'Everything is a File' in Multics?"
Sep
29
awarded  Yearling
Sep
25
suggested suggested edit on How can I specify command line arguments using pipes in Linux?
Sep
24
comment What should I look for in an antivirus program?
IMO, the best antivirus is Common Sense Antivirus 2012, it's free, it takes no memory or CPU resources, and it never need to be updated, and it is the only antivirus that can catch any zero-day viruses.
Sep
11
comment My laptop stays on only with the help of… hair dryer
@Nikolai: if clearing the dusts doesn't help, it's probably time for a new laptop; newer laptops are often better on these, some might run fine on passive cooling when on low power mode (which means much lesser dust buildup over time, and better airflow).
Sep
11
comment My laptop stays on only with the help of… hair dryer
@Nikolai: I used to have a laptop on which the original fan has stopped working at all, a cooling stands that has three fans are sufficient to keep it almost at room temperature.
Sep
10
comment Gantt chart drawing tool
use normal chart tool, then use GIMP to delete the units?
Sep
10
answered My laptop stays on only with the help of… hair dryer