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Sep
8
comment Does every OS need RAM?
While external cases with IDE interface are rare today, one can easily purchase an IDE+SATA PCI-based controller.
Aug
27
comment Linux: Getting date & time of system startup
Interestingly, this disagrees with who -b by a minute or two on my 210-days-uptime system. Looks like who -b reports a time stamp, while this counting is somehow affected by clock drifts, even if these are periodically corrected by a running ntpd.
Aug
8
comment Windows 7 “home” sub-directory relocation
No it won't work. Shortcuts only work within Windows Shell. If any application tries to access c:\users\%USERNAME% via CreateFile or any other file-based API, it'll not find the entry with .lnk after %USERNAME%.
Aug
5
comment Doesn't metadata occupy any size?
There's no need to change OS to use a hex-viewer on a hard drive directly. Just use a decent hex viewer. (It seems even hiew can do it, but I'm not sure since I was on windows long ago).
Jul
24
comment File sizes in Windows not making sense
@ZanLynx Mega is not 1 million, it's adapted "great" from Greek. Also, as they are, SI prefixes only make sense with physical units. But bytes and bits aren't physical units. Moreover, as SI prefixes are standardized, there's also a standard for memory sizes, which defines meaning of kilo, mega and giga as 1024, 1048576 and 1073741824 respectively.
Jul
13
comment How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?
So, not only controllers are backward compatible, but the drives too?
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
But it does allow making them via e.g. notepad. Just select "All files" in save dialog file type filter and enter the name like .testfile.
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
Windows does really like them, it's just that some of default apps don't understand them. Such names are incompatible with Win32 subsystem of NTFS, but they are easily created and manipulated via POSIX subsystem.
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
Would never think that it's the whole name understood as a name extension :)
Jul
8
comment Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work
Linux will overcommit memory even with no swap enabled. It just will OOMK processes when too much memory is actually used. So second point of the answer is wrong.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
If the motherboard is screwed into the case, it does connect its ground to the case — even if you keep PSU outside the case. That's what the soldered lands around the motherboard holes do.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
@kinokijuf first case I checked has two fans: photo.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
Sounds strange. There should be much more air accessible around when no case is present, why would any devices become hotter?
Jun
17
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Jun
17
revised Linux Shell: Copy output into clipboard w/o using the Mouse?
Add kbd tags for remaining keys
Jun
11
comment How to check if two DVDs are exactly the same?
O_O Never thought that CDs use a usual MBR. Just checked this on kubuntu iso image, and fdisk -l indeed appeared to print some sensible data. Looking with xxd at first 512 bytes also gave very similar structure to that of HDD MBR. +1 for enlightening :)
Jun
10
comment How do I “persuade” programs open an actual .lnk file in Windows 7?
Well, it has never been hard to edit, at least in Windows XP. It was in fact harder to convince a program to treat it similarly to a symlink. Running any console app, e.g. edit, with the argument of path to shortcut will open the shortcut file. The programs who treat the shortcut similarly to a symlink do parse it themselves (maybe via shell functions). Has Windows resorted to using symlinks looking like shortcuts after XP?
May
31
comment How do I Connect a 30yr-old Tandy 1400LT laptop to the internet?
Indeed, ELKS and Minix are examples of multitasking OSes which this machine can run.
May
23
comment Why do some file/folder names on Windows have a dot in front of them?
Hmm.. the file listing, naming and dir command resemble DOS too much... with some differences, of course.
May
23
comment Why do some file/folder names on Windows have a dot in front of them?
lazy programmers started dropping files into everyone's home directory — what was the convention for user-specific program data/settings at that time if not using this, now common, way?