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comment If I enter an IP for a website rather than the string form, does my local DNS server understand this and will I bypass the DNS process?
Note that the hostname isn't only sent to DNS for translation, but also to the webserver itself. This means that a webserver which serves multiple websites can't know which of those sites you want. This of course is an IPv4 problem; with IPv6 every website can have its own IP address.
Apr
12
comment Batch file opens Default Browser instead of Firefox
@Boldewyn: start indeed knows what to do with URLs, and that's to open them in the default browser.
Apr
11
comment Cannot remove files on Windows
@Patrick: Are you an administrator and did you take ownership?
Apr
8
comment Did Windows ever support any hardware architectures other than x86?
Windows Phone is a marketing name. Up to WP7 it was part of the CE line, WP8 is an NT derivative. Similarly Windows 10 IOT is also a tailored NT kernel, as are the 3 generation of XBoxen.
Apr
5
comment Linux raid questions: How to boot if one drive fails?
Booting actually isn't that important. You can always re-download Linux. The locations to protect are directories like /home, /var and /etc - those should be on the RAID because those contain your work.
Mar
28
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Mar
24
comment Creating an Ubuntu VM to distribute
@mckenzm: No, you don't have to include an offer. It's one option, but another option is to straight away include the source. If you do this, you do not have enduring obligations.
Mar
24
comment Creating an Ubuntu VM to distribute
VBox Guest Additions are not redistributable !
Mar
23
answered My virtual machine (or host system) cannot use RAM correctly
Mar
21
comment Do web browsers use different outgoing ports for different tabs?
@ExUmbris: That may be a sensible and simple strategy, but TCP connections are identified by the quad { local IP, local port, remote IP, remote port}. Local port isn't necessary for uniqueness, which is a good thing: the webserver cannot use its local port at all for uniqueness. And from the webserver's perspective, remote IP isn't unique either as multiple users may be located behind a single gateway/proxy.
Feb
15
comment Should I use a SSD or HDD for “swap” on an old computer
The worst SSD's are now better than the worst SSD's used to be. The opposite also happened. Some early SSD's were overengineered instead, and they last. Remember, SLC was the initial design, and it's far more robust than MLC and TLC.
Feb
2
comment Why do later versions of Windows continue to use shortcut files instead of symbolic links?
Or start http://superuser.com which picks the default browser, like a true shortcut to a URL would do. That said, you could make .LNK files point to URL's. In the end, they're "serialized COM monikers", and the COM system can be expanded with new moniker types.
Jan
20
comment What do different types of LAN IP addresses mean?
Misleading, as class B historically meant a /16 such as 192.168.0.0/16 and class C meant a /24. There was no class for a /12 such as 172.16.0.0/12,
Jan
20
comment What do different types of LAN IP addresses mean?
There is such a thing as a LAN address, and that is any address reachable without going through a gateway. But you can't derive this from just an IP address, you also need your own address and your address mask.
Jan
13
comment Limit Excel CPU Usage
@SlithyToves: That really shouldn't matter. Priority determines which program gets the CPU, if there are multiple candidates. Setting Excel to very low means it only gets a CPU slice when all other programs are done. However, when Excel does get a CPU slice, it won't give up that slice. It will just lose the competition for the next CPU time slice.
Jan
12
comment Find Alt-code for any character
@JosefZ: Don't read too much in that. Microsoft is know to implement Unicode string comparison incorrectly, with ä being unequal to ä depending on the representation. It shouldn't have been a binary comparison.
Jan
11
comment Find Alt-code for any character
@JosefZ: As an engineer, I consider 3 micrometer = 3 micron = 3 mu. And Unicode apparently agrees with me, U+00B5 is a compatibility character. They couldn't move µ to U+03BC without breaking the Latin-1 block. (U+0080-U+00FF is identical to 8859-1 0x80-oxFF) so they copied it.
Nov
29
comment What happens when a PC is turning off?
Network connections are closed, but that's mostly a side effect of shutting down applications and services. E.g. shared network drives are managed by the "Workstation" service; when it shuts down the network drive letters disappear.
Nov
11
comment Windows Unable to Delete ._. File
@jpmc26: It can bypass some length limits. Basically, an expanded path has a length limit of 32K. But most paths like C:\Windows or .. aren't expanded, and those have a length limit of only 260. That 260 limit is enforced in many places; unfortunately quite a few of those places incorrectly apply that limit also to `\\?` paths.
Nov
10
comment What happens when we change Subnet mask of Private IP address
Do you understand that you can sub-subnet a subnet? A range withing a range is a range itself.