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comment Why are they putting “processors” on hard drives?
"Dual processor speed" on the WD drive sounds like marketing-speak to me. It doesn't provide any clarification in the spec sheet.
Sep
18
comment What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs?
@supercat - That doesn't change what I said, however - if the drive lost power during the erase, the queue would not be modified and the block would just be erased later. If power is lost while rewriting the queue, yeah, that could cause issues, but as you noted in your answer, the write is significantly faster (so less likely to be interrupted). Still not impossible, just not something you probably need to put any significant worry into.
Sep
18
comment What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs?
Anything at this level should be transactional - the block would not be removed from the "to be deleted" queue until it was actually deleted. Its state would not be undefined - if the system didn't complete the erase, it should just pick up (from the beginning of the block) next time.
Jul
9
comment Why do some downloading files not know their own size?
@Alfo - it only needs to be finished being created before the last packet is sent to the client.
May
10
comment How many memory addresses can we get with a 32-bit processor and 1gb ram?
"Now think about this: if you have one bit, you can save two values on it: 0 or 1.", etc. throughout the paragraph.
Mar
25
comment How to get car model from vin number
The reason that they're subscription based, and expensive, is that it's volatile data that isn't standardized across manufacturers so it's not simple or cheap for them to maintain.
Mar
25
comment Cannot actually use VPN while it's connected?
The server is also on your local network?
Mar
8
comment Map Drive Username and Password required
You want the users to be required to enter a username/password when they connect? Not sure I follow the question...
Mar
7
comment Working with dates in Excel older than 1900
If you enter 1/1/1899, 1/1/1900, 1/1/1901 in Excel and then sort "oldest to newest", it puts the 1899 date last.
Mar
7
comment Working with dates in Excel older than 1900
@BrianDaniels Are you using a newer version of Excel and/or dates since 1900? Excel dates are an (unsigned) offset from 1/1/1900. (Hint: try sorting them...)
Mar
7
comment Windows XP - hidden Recycle Bin folders issue
Do you have other user accounts on your machine?
Mar
7
comment Windows XP - hidden Recycle Bin folders issue
Do they appear in the Recycle Bin properties? (right-click on the recycle bin icon or folder)
Mar
7
comment Windows XP - hidden Recycle Bin folders issue
Are these internal, or external drives?
Mar
7
comment Adding eSATA and USB 3.0 to my laptop - How much will this increase my laptop speed?
This really depends on a number of factors regarding your existing system, the new SSD/HDD, your usage patterns, etc. It's not possible to give a concrete "Your system will be X % faster".
Mar
6
comment What does the errorFORBIDDEN popup mean on a https server while sending an ajax post to the server?
Is the user using some kind of rewriting proxy or other tool (GreaseMonkey or similar) that would insert something like this? Or some kind of flawed cross-site scripting detection?
Mar
5
comment How safe is port forwarding in general?
And it's important to also keep in mind, this is only a potential exploit. It doesn't mean that your machine is actually vulnerable to anything, just by enabling port forwarding. The specific context - what application is servicing that port - matters.
Mar
5
comment How safe is port forwarding in general?
If the application is exploitable and runs in the context of a high-access user, possibly. However, this level of exploit is relatively rare and is usually patched quickly. In this context, you wouldn't normally run D2 as an administrator, which reduces the potential attack surface.
Mar
5
comment How safe is port forwarding in general?
I would add - forwarding a port to an internal computer doesn't expose a "folder" (as one of the other answers/comments suggested) but exposes whatever process is configured to listen on that port. If that process is properly configured and implemented, it shouldn't expose anything beyond its own public "interface" (services, etc.) but it is possible that specific applications are vulnerable to attack vectors such as buffer overruns. A vulnerable application may be exploited to provide access to far more than its own folder - anything within the security context of the user it runs as.
Feb
25
comment How to schedule a task to be run in the morning but only once a day?
To clarify, you need one to run on startup and the other to run 30 minutes later, regardless of when startup occurs? (I.e. if you rebooted at some point during the day, you'd need the same thing to happen?)
Feb
19
comment What does it mean if a “Unknown Device Installed” message appears?
You could try looking in Device Manager (Control Panel, or right-click on "Computer" and hit "Manage").