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Jul
28
comment Why does 1366x768 resolution exist?
The integer ratio that you're fixated on isn't significant in any way. Expressed as a decimal, it's 1.77777... versus 1.77864583.... -- less than a millimeter difference on any desktop panel.
Jun
22
awarded  Autobiographer
Dec
17
comment Opened up a USB stick and it looks a bit odd
Had data ever been read back from it, or only saved to it? Some unscrupulous vendors sell fake USB drives that appear to save, but don't do anything.
Nov
9
comment How do web-servers “listen” to IP addresses, interrupt or polling?
+1 for clear delineation of the kernel vs. the webserver process.
Jul
30
comment Figuring out how many megabytes go into gigabytes?
What Floris said. It turns out that for most purposes, 1024 == 1000.
Jul
30
revised How computers display raw, low-level text and graphics
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Jul
30
revised How computers display raw, low-level text and graphics
added 24 characters in body
Jun
30
comment Mah Jonng game on Archive.org from 1991 will not run
@Kos - for purposes of DOS machines and older people, there's no other kind of Mahjong than solitaire.
Oct
15
awarded  Commentator
Oct
15
comment Does the BIOS have some sort of generic 'drivers'
Related: superuser.com/questions/357328/…
Aug
27
comment If RAM is cheap, why don't we load everything to RAM and run it from there?
@symcbean - That's somewhat nitpicking; bear in mind that getting RAM in large denominations (as you'd want in order to replace a disk or SSD) costs more like $25/GB.
Jul
8
awarded  Yearling
Jul
8
answered Why have CPU manufacturers stopped increasing the clock speeds of their processors?
Jul
8
comment Why have CPU manufacturers stopped increasing the clock speeds of their processors?
Compilers do have options to target different instruction sets, and/or special "intrinsic functions" that map closely to CPU-specific instructions. It's possible for a single executable to check what family of CPU it's running on, and select a different code path based on that.
Jan
24
comment What exactly is VGA, and what is the difference between it and a video card?
For a little historical context, check out my answer to a related question: superuser.com/questions/357328/…
Sep
14
comment How can I copy nytimes.com slideshow images to the clipboard?
That is some tasty looking chicken.
Jul
26
revised Why upgrade to solid state hard drive on desktop computer
Corrected spelling etc
Jul
26
suggested approved edit on Why upgrade to solid state hard drive on desktop computer
Jul
1
awarded  Yearling
Jan
14
comment Software bass boost
FIR filters (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_impulse_response) don't have Q factors.