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I'm a geek with a fairly heavy background in end-user supoort, and some experience in system administration.


Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Aug
27
comment How can I install a keyboard layout on a locked-down workstation?
As use of a Dvorak keyboard has benefits in reducing RSI, you might be able to approach it as a "medical accommodation" and get the security policies overruled, particularly if all that has to be installed is a keymap file. (No actual security risk, just the time it takes the IT department to deploy it to your PC). I know under US law employers have to provide "reasonable accommodations" for medical conditions and disabilities, I imagine other countries have similar laws. Worth a shot anyway.
Aug
27
comment Asus motherboard / FreeBSD memory issue
Shouldn't it just downclock the ram to the lower speeds? I've never seen a problem with higher speed ram than the system requires, it just always ran underclocked.
Aug
27
answered How do I go about increasing defrag speed?
Aug
26
comment How do I go about increasing defrag speed?
Side note: A SSD should NEVER be defragmented, regardless of how "fragmented" it may become, because it essentially has 0 "seek time" (therefore nothing saved by defragging), exists in a permanent state of fragementation anyway (wear leveling), and it has a finite number of write cycles.
Aug
26
answered Stick to 1-6-11 channels or use others?
Aug
26
comment Is there a conprehensive guide on how to take a LED display apart? (ant stuck inside)
Maybe. But the only comprehensive guides would be model-specific ones, so for example if you had an "Acme View-All-The-Things 9000" monitor, going to google and searching for Acme View-All-The-Things 9000 teardown" should help find any guide that exists.
Aug
22
revised My numeric keypad has somehow got into a “mouse emulation” mode
fixed all caps, added tags
Aug
22
comment My numeric keypad has somehow got into a “mouse emulation” mode
edited with instructions on how to change the setting from control panel.
Aug
22
revised My numeric keypad has somehow got into a “mouse emulation” mode
explain how to do this from control panel
Aug
22
suggested suggested edit on My numeric keypad has somehow got into a “mouse emulation” mode
Aug
22
answered My numeric keypad has somehow got into a “mouse emulation” mode
Aug
22
comment How to safely connect a Windows machine that CAN'T have anti-virus (due to real time demands) to the internet via a Windows machine that is protected?
I would add a bit stronger warning to the above answer, absolutely no blanket allow rules. Deny all, and allow traffic one IP+port+protocol combination at a time. No taking shortcuts with wildcards.
Aug
22
comment mount fstab partition with public access
unix.stackexchange.com/questions/66222/… superuser.com/questions/589763/… u/g/o - so 777 would be the desired permissions, and since umask subtracts, umask=000 would cause the correct permission to apply for all users to have access.
Aug
3
comment What does the removal of NPAPI plugin support mean to an end user?
There's no concreteness, but the developers have clearly indicated that's the direction Firefox is eventually going, and that only HTML5 has a future. When they can implement even something as complex as the Unreal Engine entirely in JavaScript, I'm inclined to agree. Between the evolution of browser technologies and the emergence of mobiles as the dominant platform, plugins are dead.
Jun
15
awarded  Yearling
May
28
answered Downgrade GCC to older versions with apt-get
May
27
comment Downgrade GCC to older versions with apt-get
I think there are going to be issues of ABI compatibility and "de4pendency hell" that are going to make it all but impossible, that is, it will be far easier to update software to build on a modern version of gcc than it will be to get a version of gcc 2.x to install and produce usable binaries on a modern distribution. The issue is that you don't just need gcc 2.x here, you need all the dependencies it requires, and all the dependences the application you want to build requires, and these things haven't been maintained at all in more than 9 years.
May
27
comment Downgrade GCC to older versions with apt-get
Researching this a little more, and the 2.x series might not be usable at all in modern distributions. It hasn't been supported for a long time in the kernel (lwn.net/Articles/163881) and whatever you are trying to compile with it probably has dependencies which won't be able to be satisfied either. IF the software you need to compile can't be updated to compile on a newer gcc and with newer libraries, then your best option might be to compile it statically in a chroot of whatever distribution last supported gcc 2.x
May
27
comment Downgrade GCC to older versions with apt-get
This is going to be specific to the version of the distribution you are on due to library dependencies. As an aside, it's also best that you install older versions of gcc in parallel rather than actually downgrading, and use environment settings to force whatever you need gcc to compile to use the older gcc. Given the length of time gcc 2.x has been out of support for, this is going to be a challenge, and even if you succeed in getting it installed, replacing the system gcc will break other things.