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Been on the Internet since before there was an Internet. Remember UUCP, news feeds, and Gopher?


Mar
17
comment Battery Charge Suddenly Drops from 54 % to 7 %
You have a weak cell. Pony up and buy a new quality manufactured pack. Magic doesn't work on batteries, nothing else to suggest even if you don't want to hear it.
Mar
12
comment Why don't all applications look alright on the Retina display?
@karan knows what he's talking about.
Mar
12
comment Why don't all applications look alright on the Retina display?
Photoshop 101 - Images scaled to a larger size than their native ppi look ugly. If you don't have the ppi in the original, you need phenomenal processing to make the blow up look good and often that isn't good enough.
Mar
9
comment Can touching any hardware inside a running PC be dangerous for you?
@Zach - Yeah, if someone was asking this over in Server Fault, I'd be worried.
Mar
8
comment What is Root Buffer Overflow?
root buffer overflow = buffer overflow that can be exploited to gain privilege escalation to run as root. lpr had some nasty ones back when.
Mar
4
revised Is there any program to printscreen a webpage?
added 49 characters in body
Mar
4
answered Is there any program to printscreen a webpage?
Mar
3
comment Tape backups on audio-cassette tape?
Eeew! just eeew! Shades O' Radio Shack TRS-80. Low quality, unreliable storage for a negligible amount of data, not worth even considering in this day and age. Yes, I've been there, no need to revisit it except for historical interest. There's a reason we moved to floppy disks and QIC tapes. Let's resurrect the old analog phone modem where you dropped the handset into the cradle. 300 baud anyone?
Feb
27
comment Is USB 3 backward compatiable?
See @OCDtech answer below. It's more insidious than just cost. You might sacrifice al that USB 3.0 speedy goodness by inserting a USB 2.0 device into the 3.0 hub causing the hub to renegotiate lower speed data transfer to keep all the devices happy. Plug USB 2.0 peripherals into 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 peripherals into 3.0 ports only if you have a choice, otherwise pull the 2.0 device off the 3.0 hub when you want maximum speed.
Feb
23
comment Is USB 3 backward compatiable?
+1 for the explanation on bandwidth reduction. You would want to keep USB 2.0 peripherals on the 2.0 hubs and USB 3.0 peripherals on the 3.0 hub to avoid this. Often, motherboards nowdays have 3 or 4 root hubs, 3.0 being newer and more expensive will probably only have 1 representative. Don't waste its extra speed capabilities by plugging a 2.0 device into it.
Feb
23
answered Gif image EXIF tags
Feb
22
revised Is USB 3 backward compatiable?
3.0 drive speed
Feb
22
answered Is USB 3 backward compatiable?
Feb
21
comment Resuming Windows 7 from Hibernate after a RAM change?
@gronostaj - it's about loading a memory snapshot into a changed memory environment, so the original statement still holds true. Bring the system down for a hard reboot. So shutting everything down, yada yada, yada
Feb
19
comment Resuming Windows 7 from Hibernate after a RAM change?
Why would I bother, I've got better things to do with my time. And understanding what happens during a hibernate save, trying it is like sticking a hairpin in a power outlet, from experience of similar situations, we already know the results. The hibernate snapshot is not being restored to the same memory configuration, the OS dumps it and starts from scratch.
Feb
18
comment Resuming Windows 7 from Hibernate after a RAM change?
Shutting everything down is A Very Good Idea<sup>TM</sup> It's not one of those hotplug changes.
Feb
17
comment Is it possible to recover a bricked computer?
@MDMoore313 - Try connecting and pay to regain the use of That's a standard ransomeware scareline. Not such a good idea, the connecting of said object to a live system you care about...
Feb
12
comment Is it possible to get any virus with (javascript, flash, iframes) disabled?
The worst invasions of self-replicating malware that have passed through the internet have used none of the above. So, the answer would be Yes. And Firefox wasn't the answer for preventing any of the infection vectors. Security is multi-layered and involves more than a single software solution.
Feb
11
comment Cropping image accident in Photoshop CS5
Open the history window and go back in the steps to before the event occured. Otherwise go back to a previous version of the file. Barring that, often the second recreation is better than the first version. You've got a good idea of the steps used and can often be quicker at recreating than trying to find what's not there anymore. After 18 years of doing this, backups are king...
Feb
10
comment What happens when Gigabit switches are connected over an old CAT5 cable?
Ah, I probably overreacted. And along the same lines, many times has a humble cable chewed up much time and effort by being out of spec and given the equipment attached to it a technological tummy ache. Spec it right for the equipment and install it right and most never appear.