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Professional .NET developer.
University of Texas at Dallas Computer Science graduate. Microsoft Certified Professional.
Experienced in: hardware, networking and software engineering.


Jun
2
comment How to (legally) get Windows virtual machine on linux via VirtualBox without buying Windows
@Ramhound - 180 days is for the server editions. Only Win 7 Enterprise is available in the Win 7 client editions as a 90 day trial. You cannot re-install after the 90 day trial; that is also a violation of the terms of use. You also must meet eligibility requirements as explained technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388361
Jun
2
answered How to (legally) get Windows virtual machine on linux via VirtualBox without buying Windows
Jun
1
comment Mac can't ping PC, PC can't ping mac
Since the MAC was able to ping, but then it can't...that suggests a network congestion issue or signal loss. Do you have a light to indicate network activity that is blinking heavily? Have you tried turning off each machine one at a time and performing pings back and forth between the 2 remaining machines? This will tell you if one of the machines is creating heavy traffic.
Jun
1
comment Modify the size of popup windows in IE9?
You can set the size of a popup window with JavaScript. window.open has a height and width property. You may need to go in and modify this code.
Jun
1
comment Internet Explorer will not open
@KCotreau - Have you tried clearing cookies, browsing history, etc? These are user specific items. Not sure why they would cause a launch fail, but worth a shot. You may need to navigate manually to tempory internet files folder to do it.
May
31
comment How to straighten out images in a PDF file?
This should work, but the OP seems to be looking for an automated solution rather than a manual process.
May
31
accepted Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?
May
31
comment Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?
+1 Nice info! This is what I was looking for.
May
31
comment Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?
@barryj - oh ok. So then the answer is no, or in Mythbuster speak: Plausible.
May
31
comment Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?
@Nifle - amperage - whatever. I'm not an audio tech. @soandos I mean provide a replacement - in lieu of a receiver.
May
31
comment How to straighten out images in a PDF file?
Considering how PDF works at a programmatic level I say you are better off buying better hardware. There is no such thing as a line in PDF. Everything works off of coordinates. At best a programmatic solution would work in most cases, but not all.
May
31
asked Can a computer act as a home theater receiver?
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?