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Dec
15
comment Laptop with internal serial port in 2009 (and 2010)
If you have a good quality buffered USB to serial adapter, they will work in many (but not all) cases that the cheapies fail. Lack of real hardware serial ports on new machines forces me to keep laptops in service that I'd prefer to retire. :-(
Dec
15
comment Power Supply Too Big?
OK, +1 because it is possible. That said, it's horribly unlikely. I've run VERY low current devices off of PC power supplies on a bench and never hit the minimum load requirement on any of them. :-)
Dec
15
comment Other than disabling IPv6, is there a fix for slow utorrent web gui hosted on win7?
I'm curious to know the root cause. Disabling IPv6 is treating the symptom rather than fixing the real problem. Do you (did you) have any form of IPv6 connectivity setup? If not, did you try setting it up? IPv6 tunnels are readily available and a no-brainer to setup.
Dec
15
answered why does IE eat my Memory?
Dec
15
comment Need a diagnosis : Machine not booting up
Inspect the graphics card for burst capacitors. We've been having an epidemic over here of older Nvidia graphics cards bursting the capacitors and causing all kinds of bootup and/or display issues.
Dec
14
comment 16-bit DOS on Windows Vista+
LPT might be in the current version. I heard some discussion about it. If it didn't make this version, expect it soon (very active project, new versions come out pretty quick).
Dec
10
answered One headset to rule them all?
Dec
9
comment Is it necessary to switch off Wi-Fi after use?
At the low power levels that Wi-Fi runs, SWR is pretty much a non-factor. Even the cheapest finals can handle a large percentage of reflected power.
Dec
8
comment Remote desktop connection without locking the remote computer
As much as I'd like to recommend RealVNC (or any VNC for that matter), I can't (despite having been a very early user of it). RD connections feel much more responsive, especially over bandwidth constrained links.
Dec
8
answered Which desktop replacement laptop is better?
Dec
7
answered Using a 20V power block on a 19V notebook
Dec
7
comment Can viruses be spread via VGA cables?
Seems farfetched, but at one time viruses spreading via e-mail was a big joke amongst IT professionals since it was "impossible". Look at us now...
Dec
3
comment XP Restart After Power Failure
@Systech - Sounds like he wants to do like I have mine setup. I shutdown at night, then flip the power strip off that it's plugged into (to cut all the parasitic draw). Then I walk in the next morning, flip the power strip switch back on and everything autostarts.
Dec
2
comment strange problem with my motherboard
I'm not so sure. I've had a couple CPU's (coughAMDcough) over the years that heated up so fast that you'd barely see the POST start before it would freeze when used without a heatsink/fan.
Dec
2
comment Mac Friendly NAS
Is NTFS acceptable, or you only considering HFS at this time?
Dec
2
comment Hook two computers to one speaker?
See @DougN's comment to my answer. You can make a mixer device. An off the shelf Y-splitter won't cut it.
Dec
1
comment Hook two computers to one speaker?
@Jonno_FTW I think the point that you missed is that each soundcards output is attempting to drive the other's output. The splitter doesn't "know" which way we'd like the signal to travel. All the devices are linked.
Dec
1
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Dec
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revised Hook two computers to one speaker?
grammar pwnz me
Dec
1
comment Terminal programs to replace desktop programs
I don't see why there's a Vi/Emacs holy war. I use both. Vi is great for editing config files and Emacs is great for writing code.