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Jan
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comment Computer silently stops activity at random intervals to wait for any user activity
@Matt Well, I never did fix it in any sort of proper way. I ended up taping a mouse to a rotating tabletop fan, in order to complete a large data transfer (moving any relevant data away from the thing). After that I moved on to another computer. And if I have any say in it, I'll stay at a good distance from any others like it too... Weirdest thing I've ever encountered, and very comforting to hear I'm not the only one - proves I'm not going crazy. :)
Nov
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comment How do I send SMSes from my computer through an Android phone?
Should this be migrated to android.stackexchange.com ?
Nov
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Oct
24
comment Registering a program to show in the “Open With” list
It did help someone else, thanks. :)
Sep
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asked Weird connectivity problem with home Wi-Fi, affecting only two devices but differently - how to debug?
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Aug
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comment Computer silently stops activity at random intervals to wait for any user activity
@TFM However, taping the mouse to a moving object does work since automated mouse movements subverts the issue, while music would have no effect... unless, maybe, if the music had a loud enough bass to move the mouse. :)
Aug
1
comment Computer silently stops activity at random intervals to wait for any user activity
1) It could be some sort of sleep thing, but the computer certainly isn't doing any sort of standard sleep/standby. Those I can trigger from the OS, and they don't behave like this weird issue. E.g. on sleep the screen and power shut down, which doesn't happen when this happens. Yes, the screen really does remain active, and the sudden halt of activity is completely transparent to me, unless I have the computer doing something which suddenly stops proceeding. That's why I only noticed it with this file transfer issue. 2) The system doesn't use encryption, but an interesting thought.
Aug
1
comment Computer silently stops activity at random intervals to wait for any user activity
Attaching the mouse to a moving object is a valid outside-the-box hack to try to solve my actual problem - especially using scripted CD-tray activity is a rather clever idea, I think! But the weirdness of it should definately be noted in the answer in a "If all else fails..." -fashion. I'm saying this because (ahem) I in fact did end up duct-taping the mouse to a rotating table fan for the remainder of the file transfer. (Oh, and it was surprisingly easy to set it up as reliable by making the mouse only rock a bit.) But I of course do not consider this an actual fix for the issue! :)
Jul
15
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Jul
15
revised How can I update gcc to the latest version in Ubuntu 10.04?
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15
comment How can I update gcc to the latest version in Ubuntu 10.04?
Btw, Ubuntu specific questions can also be asked at Ask Ubuntu StackExchange site.
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15
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