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Sep
28
comment Enabling super speed on USB 3 ports
@Jeeva Cheap drive, no doubt, but the device manager lists the usb hubs as "high speed", not superspeed, even when no usb devices are plugged in, so I assume there is an issue with the USB ports as well.
Sep
28
comment Enabling super speed on USB 3 ports
@Sathya: Yeah, I was under the impression that all USB3 devices were born equal. I am starting to get the idea that this isn't quite accurate. The handy drive isn't much of an issue, it's just a cheap thumb drive, but the USB ports performance of the laptop on the other end are a let down. Is there nothing that can be done?
Aug
16
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie: But all this comes under the heading of properly setting up your computer. Let's not delude ourselves into thinking that it makes a meaningful difference in terms of costs saving, which is what the OP is talking about.
Aug
11
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie: Write a small app to record the time it is on and active (not in sleep mode) and you might be surprised by the result. I am also a major laptop user (I even sleep with the bloody thing next to my bed). Anyway, I have no intention to challenge your usage. It is what it is, but still doesn't look like a significant expense item.
Aug
11
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie Ryan: By default, reasonably savvy people adjust brightness to a comfortable level. You might like it darker than I do, but that's not the point. Going below that comfortable threshold causes trouble, whatever the threshold is for the individual. Lowering CPU speed = lowering both consumption and performance. If you didn't need the performance, it's no problem. If you do however... Using a smaller laptop also reduces usability and performance. Dual VGA card, cool. There goes another $3 per year. SSD of a decent size. Oups, all the cents you saved for the next 50 years are gone.
Aug
11
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie Ryan: 12 hours a day, 365 days a year? You are most likely overestimating badly the case, but even in this extreme situation, you are talking about $66 of electricity per year total your main work tool (same for me), and a potential saving of $21 per year on the laptop, less than $2 per month.
Aug
11
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Soren: I downvoted it because it is a terrible advice to the OP. Seriously, would you recommend to turn the brightness down to save about $1.50/year? Will this benefit the asker? Potentially hurting his eyes and causing headaches for $1.50? Terrible advices should be downvoted, even if they are technically correct. Another example: SSD. Seriously? The guy is trying to save money and you are going to suggest SSD? The difference between a regular hard disk and a SSD is more than the consumption of the device over 10 years! No external keyboard/mouse? $0.10 per year.
Jul
23
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Benedikt: of course, my comment was tongue in cheek, but the point remains. I have updated my answer to give you some realistic figures to think with. Tell me if you think it's really worth your time.
Jul
22
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Benedikt: Well, have fun with that but as far as your electricity bill is concerned, you wouldn't notice the difference if you were to stop using your laptop completely. It looks like your concern is money. If that's the case, you should consider that spending hours of your time to save 15cts of electricity per year is possibly not the best way to improve your financial situation.
Jul
22
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
Upvoted because it's a great tip, but saving energy on laptop while plugged in is a fool's errant.
Jul
22
comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
I am downvoting this because, while everything you say is perfectly correct, the end result is a major hassle and it saves almost NO energy at all. The saving is insignificant. Doing what you recommend is like hunting down text files below 50kb on your computer and deleting them to "save space". In absolute terms, yes, you reduce the energy consumption. In practical terms, you are wasting your time and making life harder for yourself with no upside at all. If you were to turn off completely your laptop, I bet you wouldn't be able to spot the difference on your electricity bill.
May
25
comment Exporting Excel file to csv generate twice as many lines
@Hidden: No blank lines in the file. The original is very redundant, so I am unable to spot duplicate content without spending some serious time on it.
May
25
comment Exporting Excel file to csv generate twice as many lines
@James: It doesn't look like no space character to me.
May
25
comment Exporting Excel file to csv generate twice as many lines
@Chris: I wish, but I have no clue either, it's in Latvian so it's pretty hard to figure out. All I know is that the first line and the last line of the file are identical in both the excel file and the text file. I can't post the content of the file because of the confidentiality agreement.
Sep
24
comment Keyboard sends “tab” characters after each key
Good idea. I will do that as soon as I get back home. It looks like a hardware issue: I have a dual boot with Linux. When the problem came back a few hours later, I tried on Linux and got the same problem.
Aug
4
comment Prevent Windows 7 from installing a “critical” updates that crashes the system
Thanks. unfortunately, I don't have any option to do that. I just realized that my problem was that Windows already considered the update to be installed and so there is no option to prevent the update from being installed (too late for that). On the other end, I was able to uninstall it and the changes will take effect next time I restart. I am too busy right now to restart and potentially deal with more problems, but I will try tonight and close the question if that solves the issue.
Oct
6
comment Ms Office “Not genuine” anymore, after motherboard replacement
I am a long term user of OOo, and I like it, but it doesn't replace Ms Office (I use a rather intricate set of macros which I can't port to OOo - several thousand lines of code. Don't ask ;-). Anyway, I have paid for Ms Office, there should be a way for me to use it without a nag screen.
Oct
6
comment Ms Office “Not genuine” anymore, after motherboard replacement
The software is already activated. I can't reactivate it as it says it is properly activated.
Oct
6
comment Ms Office “Not genuine” anymore, after motherboard replacement
I have read the EULA for my retail version and clause 15 clearly specifies that I am allowed to transfer the license to a different piece of hardware, providing I remove it from the previous one. Thanks for the contact page, though. I sent them a message, and we will see, I guess.