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Dec
1
comment Does full Volume encryption put an SSD into a fully used state?
@JamesRyan No, it's not possible to kill them quickly with a heavy write load. Do the math, or point me to a site that has done the math showing this.
Oct
31
comment Can a laptop run on a different brand charger?
The voltage has to match, that's the one that causes problems if it doesn't. The current is just a maximum rating, using a higher rated current wont hurt anything, it simply means the adapter is capable of supplying more power than the laptop needs.
Aug
15
comment Why do I only get 300-400 Mbit/s on my 1000 Mbit/s network?
Thanks for the info, please update your answer if you find any settings which affect the speed on windows
Mar
19
comment Windows Taskbar - Prevent some applications from grouping?
Haven't tried it yet, but looks like it does exactly this. Thanks!
Mar
1
comment Recursively resize images from one directory tree to another?
This looks like it'll do the trick. Sadly it doesn't have any option to run the conversions in parallel, meaning it'll take approximately 4x as long as if it took advantage of my quadcore. But I can just run it overnight or something.
Mar
1
comment Recursively resize images from one directory tree to another?
@Shinrai I have 52GB of high resolution image files. They're already stored on a RAID-1 drive, as well as a separate external storage. Downsizing the 3 megapixels is more than enough quality for viewing or event printing at 300 DPI (considered photo quality) at 5"x7". I almost never print anything larger. Uploading 50 GB over a home internet connection would take ages, and the online storage while cheap, is not free. The online backup is the worst-case scenario backup, such that it would cover 98% of my needs, and the images would not be lost.
Feb
28
comment Recursively resize images from one directory tree to another?
Why I want to do this: I want to backup my collection of digital photos online, but storing the full resolution would take too much space & time to upload. I want to be able to do it all in one go, and then use something simple to upload the files all at once as well.
Feb
13
comment Downmix surround to Dolby Pro-Logic at the OS/driver level in Windows 7?
I doubt you need a license, it's a very simple matrix encoding, from like 20+ years ago. It's right there in wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_Pro-Logic#Dolby_encoding_matrices . I've done it before with mplayer on linux, it could downmix 5.1 audio from DVD, or mkv files or whatever. It's likely what I want to do is not possible, but that's why I'm asking, because not sure if it is. Finally -- what about when I play video games? Obviously DVD player codecs wont solve the problem there, which is why I was looking for a lower level solution.
Feb
6
comment Are there any 5.1 surround audio switches on the market?
Wouldn't a stereo receiver imply that it's 2 channel audio? I think you need a surround receiver for 5.1.
Jan
6
comment Does one get built-in RAID for a 2.5" HDD?
Sorry, I accidentally a whole word from that sentence.
Jan
3
comment Should I get integrated graphics if I already have a dedicated GPU?
Integrated graphics outperforms a $40 graphics card? Stop the presses! Anyway it doesn't apply in this particular user's case, since the GTX460 is roughly 7 times as powerful as the HD 5450 (Just based off a random benchmark list videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php)
Dec
23
comment Does the advanced format tool bundled by manufacturers actually do anything which mkntfs doesn't?
Yes, it doesn't matter how you format it (ext, ntfs, fat, etc), all that matters is that the partition itself was created on a 4KB boundary. Sector size is something else, and 4KB should probably be the minimum sector size, but bigger might be better for performance reasons -- You'd have to do more research, I'd probably just use whatever the defaults are.
Dec
22
comment Letters seem to be rendered incorrectly in Firefox
It's really really hard to compare sub-pixel rendering with a highly compressed JPEG :/
Dec
18
comment Basic video editor for AVCHD Lite files?
Good idea. Do you know a program that can remux? Only downside is that VirtualDub is not a very good editor...it's a huge hassle to cut clips, move them around, transition, etc.
Dec
14
comment Import folders from Thunderbird to gmail?
Thanks for the tip! For future reference, please don't put a signature in your answers. Any unrelated info you want to advertise, you're supposed to put in your profile.
Nov
22
comment Stop Firefox from opening Add-ons dialog after every update?
This doesn't answer this question. It answers another question I asked that mysteriously disappeared though.
Nov
22
comment Stop Firefox from opening Add-ons dialog after every update?
Something strange happened...I asked two separate questions. The other one disappeared, but Psychoholic answers that other question, not this one. Maybe some moderator didn't read carefully enough and merged them?
Nov
19
comment Need a third party software that can open .mdi files
Pretty sure it's included in Office 2003 as well, not 2007 only
Nov
19
comment 16GB RAM. Is it OK to turn off virtual memory?
If data in your RAM is degrading, your entire machine will be unstable, and you need new RAM. In normal use, RAM should be as reliable or more reliable than a hard disk. (I've had more HDD failures than RAM failures personally).
Sep
18
comment How can I monitor internet usage in my network?
@John T: EtherApe is one of those unfortunate names like expertsExchange or penIsland