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May
20
comment Why do compilers have to be “smarter” for RISC instruction set architecture
@Pacerier - As my profile says -- older than dirt.
May
7
comment What happens to TCP connections when I remove the ethernet cable?
Did you look in the bit bucket for your missing packets?
May
2
comment Why do PCs still require a CMOS battery?
The CMOS battery is needed to power the clock in case the steam generator runs out of fuel.
Apr
30
comment Do recommended battery charging practices for a laptop apply to an ultrabook (with non-removable battery)?
Yes, leaving the battery in is recommended for most laptops. For best battery life the laptop should be set to only charge the battery to 60-80%, if such a setting is available. Otherwise, alternate having the battery on/off charge (but avoid running it flat).
Apr
30
comment Do recommended battery charging practices for a laptop apply to an ultrabook (with non-removable battery)?
Who said that? With most laptops you should leave the battery in the device. If the device has a setting to limit charging to 60-80%, use that, and leave it plugged in all the time. Otherwise use it with charger and without, alternating.
Apr
29
comment Does storage capacity affect hard drive performance?
At the fundamental limits, the answer is "yes". The larger the drive, for a given technology, the larger the cylinders must be, the heavier the access arm will be, etc, and hence access will be slower. (The same generalization is true for RAM.) But the effect is not usually very significant, since a given line of hard drives will tend to be designed starting with the largest, then scaling down without significant performance tuning.
Apr
17
comment What is the difference between these 2 twisted pairs?
You're sure the terminations are correct??
Apr
14
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Apr
10
comment How to… Internet without ISP?
All it takes is money.
Mar
24
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Mar
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Mar
14
comment How to fix my laser printer failing to print certain areas?
Three possibilities: 1) The toner is low. 2) The ionization gizmo is dirty. 3) The "drum" (which is generally a belt of sorts) is worn out. See if you can't find the manual online and check instructions for cleaning the ionization gizmo.
Mar
10
comment How can Windows dump the complete RAM in the hibernation file so fast?
The space for hibernation on the disk is contiguous, so the data can be written in large blocks, with very few "seeks". Most of the time spent in normal disk operations is doing the "seeks".
Mar
3
comment Is there any way to save a search in Xcode or OS X?
Click on the little arrow thingie by the search box and you can select from the last several search arguments.
Feb
19
answered Certain text looks bitty on PC
Feb
17
comment Certain text looks bitty on PC
It's kinda looking like ClearType was disabled by the fix.
Feb
17
comment Certain text looks bitty on PC
OK, just looked -- it appears that ClearType is already enabled for Vista.
Feb
17
comment Certain text looks bitty on PC
Does anyone know if using "ClearType" will help -- See microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/tune.aspx and winhelp.us/change-font-smoothing-in-windows.html
Feb
16
comment Certain text looks bitty on PC
Did you install the latest Microsoft fix before this problem appeared? If so, it's probably this problem: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/286196/…
Feb
12
comment Are CPU clock ticks strictly periodic?
@Luaan - The interesting point, back when they were first being invented, was that the computer ran exactly as fast/slow as it needed to to perform the computation. But more elaborate clocking schemes basically accomplished the same thing, sorta.