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answered Windows 8 date format dd/mm/yyyy
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comment Why do StackOverflow code blocks look awful in Chrome 37?
Apparently they switched from using a strongly-typed language to a weakly-typed one.
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comment why does the circeling arrow on the file tab turn black and circle backwards?
It means you don't have an operating system.
Aug
25
comment Why were some early computer displays circular?
Yep, in the olden days there were a number of CRT displays that literally "drew" the characters.
Aug
24
comment Mouse pointer disappearing, can be fixed by closing laptop lid
I see this problem on occasions when a virtual machine app has "captured" the mouse. What apps are you running when you see the problem?
Aug
23
comment My PC won't detect any wifi
Yep, it's likely that your WiFi adapter has gotten turned off. There may be a physical switch, a keyboard combo, or a setting of some sort.
Aug
23
comment Why is my CPU heavily loaded?
Yeah, I had essentially the same problem.
Aug
23
comment Why is my CPU heavily loaded?
I had a problem where my Sony Vista (dual CPU) would go to 50% and stay there. Finally traced it to the WiFi adapter which, when turned off, would produce a steady CPU interrupt, totally tying up one processor. The time would be "charged" to random programs or to none at all. Simply leaving the WiFi adapter turned on fixed the problem.
Aug
22
comment Why does Windows 7 only lock the computer upon stopping the screensaver?
I've observed this too, on my personal boxes (Vista and 7 -- moreso on 7). When one has been gone long enough for the lock to kick in, when you move the mouse to clear the screensaver for an instant you can often see the desktop before it's hidden by the login screen. I assume that the box is indeed "locked", but the login screen has simply not been displayed. It is a theoretical security hazard, but pretty far down on the list.
Aug
22
comment Can't burn 8.1G iso onto 8.4GB DVD - “Media does not have enough free space”
Stupid question: Are you trying to save the ISO image file to the disk, or write the ISO image? If you're saving the file it likely takes more space than if you write the image.
Aug
21
comment Why were some early computer displays circular?
While a rectangular arrangement is obviously better for text, for graphics use (radar images, oscilloscopes, display of graphs, et al) the round shape was often better, and at the very least not objectionable.
Aug
21
comment Why were some early computer displays circular?
Televisions, prior to about 1955, often had circular picture tubes. The tradition of specifying picture tube size via the diagonal measurement comes from the round tubes.
Aug
21
comment Automatic Maintenance Significantly Slows Down Computer
Fairly normal, in my experience. Best thing is to schedule the maintenance for 3AM.
Aug
20
comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@OllieFord - But it's a relevant detail that there's no equivalent of the transmission in a computer -- nothing that can make a slow-but-high-torque CPU turn a "driveshaft" faster.
Aug
20
comment Why are they putting “processors” on hard drives?
All that "Von Neumann architecture" means is that the processor is "programmable", and the program memory is shared with the data memory. (As opposed to a "Harvard machine", where the program memory is separate from the data memory.)
Aug
20
comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@OllieFord - But you can always just use a larger engine, and gear it up more.
Aug
20
answered Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
Aug
20
comment Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?
@OllieFord -- A car engine is attached to a transmission, so engine RPM is essentially irrelevant.
Aug
20
comment Why are they putting “processors” on hard drives?
HDDs have not always had recognizable "processors", but they've certainly been common for 15-20 years.
Aug
20
comment Computer took much longer than normal to boot, and now windows open and close slow
It may be that you have a "floating" interrupt or some such. If you use a hardwired Internet cable rather than WiFi, make sure your WiFi adapter is still turned ON. Plug something (eg, a memory stick) into each USB port and remove it (with appropriate removal protocol). For "occupied" ports, remove and reinstall the device. Then "sleep" your unit for a minute or so, to reset interrupts.