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A software engineer, programmer, project manager, Gnu+Linux user, and a dad.


Jun
16
comment Backup windows 7 boot loader
I would use a Gnu+Linux live CD, then copy it with dd. Best to ask on Ubuntu or Unix forum to get how to do this safely.
Jun
12
suggested suggested edit on Processor upgrade on a laptop vs. Ram upgrade. Also does ram always matter?
Jun
12
comment Processor upgrade on a laptop vs. Ram upgrade. Also does ram always matter?
@cfinley I have 32bit OS and 8GB
Jan
17
comment Why must a computer have a BIOS?
@Daniel I have re-written to make in clearer, thanks.
Jan
17
revised Why must a computer have a BIOS?
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Jan
15
comment Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
I installed the kde desktop, because it makes configuration easier. Unity has the policy of if you can not configure much, then it will be easier. If you want to stick with unity, then I suggest moving the question to Ask Ubuntu
Jan
15
comment Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
Can you clarify Scott's interpretation. If it is correct would you like to have the two screens, but be able to maximise on your screen of choice.
Jan
15
revised Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
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Jan
15
revised Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
clarify: according to comments.
Jan
14
answered Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
Jan
14
suggested suggested edit on Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
Jan
14
comment Disabling laptop monitor when external HDMI monitor is plugged in
clarification: are you asking “How do I disable the built in monitor and enable the external hdmi tv?” ?
Jan
14
comment GParted reports bad blocks on a new drive?
triage: Can you paste the output of gparted, badblocks, chkdsk, smart and also fsck, so someone can look at it.
Jan
14
comment How can I provide wi-fi access from my home's wi-fi router to a guest house?
Have you considered a cable?
Jan
14
comment Add unnalocated space to partition C with Paragon
Here is a CD image that you can use to resize the partitions gparted.org/features.php
Jan
9
awarded  Yearling
Jan
8
comment Why don't we have 33-bit CPUs?
@Daniel Not 2^n × 8, it is just 2^n, as 8 is already 2^n. You could have 4, 2 or 1 bit. Also the “sacredness” is that sometimes you need to store a bit number. If a register is not of size 2^n, then the bit number will not fit comfortably into a sub-register. E.G if you have a 12bit register then the bits are 0…11, needing 4bits of storage, leaving the possibility of asking for bits 12…15 the CPU designer would have to define what should happen in these cases. This has happened in x86-64, the sub-registers are defined for upto 64bit addresses, and the current invalid values throw an exception.
Jan
8
comment Why don't we have 33-bit CPUs?
The x86-64 does not have a 64 bit address space. I think it depends on the model. This entry form my machine `address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual'. Therefore the most ram + memory mapped input/output this cpu could have is 64GB (though I know the max ram is 8GB for the system). Each "64bit" process can have a memory space of 48 bits, and each 32 bit process a memory space of (you guessed it) 32bit.
Jan
8
comment changing the current set locale on a Linux(Ubuntu)
What terminal are you using? most of the X11 terminal emulators support utf-8, and utf-8 is the new unix standard.
Jan
5
comment KeePass: use a key file or a regular password?
Actually, hacking brains is usually how it is done. I can guess your password, because it is obvious.