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Professional .NET developer. Working at Baylor Healthcare.
University of Texas at Dallas Computer Science graduate. Microsoft Certified Professional.
Experience in all major fields of IT: helpdesk, networking, and software engineering.

The opinions expressed are my own and never those of my employer.


May
27
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
@music2myear - The UPS I recommend provides real time voltage monitoring, brownout logging and other logging as well. How can you say this information is not useful in the OP's situation?
May
26
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
In my experience Memtest usually fails during the first run with bad Mem. He said he doesn't go over 70 degrees C, that shouldn't be enough to trip the heat failsafe (but it is high for an intel, mine runs about 40 on load). He did check the voltage settings. A poorly installed CPU fan would probably go over 70 degrees and I doubt the machine could run more than ~20 minutes.
May
26
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
@Michael - I would get a UPS of sufficient VA rating to exclude any power issues. Especially considering you have already thoroughly tested for common problems and still experience intermittent issues. Also, plugin just the PSU and dont do any heavy load stuff (games, video editing etc) and let it run for a while. Dont plugin the monitor and stuff on the UPS. If the problem is gone then you have a power problem.
May
26
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
@Michael Are you connected to a known good UPS?
May
26
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
@barlop - I think that would depend on how much contact the case has with the motherboard. It could be that a very slight shift in the case (possibly caused by a change in temperature) causes enough contact to short circuit the board at times.
May
26
comment Built a computer and it shuts itself down - not heat, not PSU
My UPS has a real time voltage display. Buying one of these would help the OP with the brown out testing: officemax.com/catalog/…^freeText~ups^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^param~return_skus^retu‌​rn_skus~Y
May
26
comment What is the best way to send SMS or place voice calls via mobile 3g modem in Linux?
For SMS, you dont need a modem to do this. Assuming you have internet on the computer you can send SMS via email. The carrier address formats are readily available on google. For example ATT [10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
May
25
answered Firefox 4 Status Bar UI Element “Waiting for domain.com…” — How do I pin this down to a specific location?
May
20
comment What can I do with a spare computer with no hope of salvage?
+1 Good suggestion. Something I never thought of
May
20
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asked What can I do with a spare computer with no hope of salvage?
May
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revised Task scheduler with triggers for OS events/monitoring for Windows?
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May
12
answered Task scheduler with triggers for OS events/monitoring for Windows?
May
9
comment Is there a router that does not break after 6 - 12 months?
How is this subjective and argumentative? I specifically stated my own experiences using several products and the results I experienced. So, what is subjective about my results? I asked for people to tell me if they had any router whatsoever that was not broken after 180 days time. This is subjective? Plesae explain HOW this is subjective? Plesae don't just scan a question and make assumptions when you havent taken the time to read and comprehend.
May
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asked Is there a router that does not break after 6 - 12 months?
May
2
comment Port blocking workaround
They do block SMTP and just about every other standard port on the planet.
May
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answered Port blocking workaround
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May
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comment Ubuntu - Full screen mode not changing resolution
on 2/2/2011 I got a notification from Ubuntu saying that I could update my OS. I updated the OS and the problem is gone.