Member since: July 2011

Areas of Interest: Hardware


  • There is debate on this topic, especially in game console repair. I think the conventional wisdom is that leaded solder is more pliable than lead free solder, therefore it is less likely to crack during repeated cycles of thermal expansion and contraction (or physical stress from dropping).

    3 weeks 6 days ago

  • I’m not so sure this is necessary either, but it is easy so what the heck. 1. Plug in to AC and fully charge the battery. Let it “rest” in a fully charged state for 2-3 hours.  2. Unplug your MacBook and use it until the battery gets low and your MacBook automatically goes into sleep mode. 

    3 weeks 6 days ago

  • You might want to take a look at the Cloud Harmony website. They have a large database of performance and network benchmarks for many cloud providers on their CloudScores page.

    5 weeks 1 day ago

  • Generally it is a back-end issue where a gateway or proxy server doesn’t get a response from the upstream server, usually because the upstream server is down. After waiting a while, the gateway server will return a “504 gateway time-out” error.

    7 weeks 2 days ago

  • I know that the new Tor’s Bleep online chat service does, but that is in invitation only alpha at the moment. Here is the link where you can submit your email address to be put on the invitation waiting list.   

    7 weeks 2 days ago

  • You basically just have to share the document on which you want to collaborate. Open the document that you want to share and click on the blue rectangle on the top right of the screen. You can enter the email addresses or names of people that are in your Google “circles” that you want to share with.

    8 weeks 5 days ago

  • Yes, you can install Windows 8.1 using Boot Camp. It’s not going to cause any more issues that it would installed on a Windows desktop or laptop without a touch screen. In other words, it’s still going to be “meh” but work fine.

    8 weeks 5 days ago

  • 1. Open a command prompt window. Run as administrator. 2. Enter this command: fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify 3. If you get DisableDeleteNotify=1, TRIM is not working. If you get DisableDeleteNotify=0, TRIM is running.

    9 weeks 4 days ago

  • You need your serial number. You can get this by going to the Apple Menu, then selecting “About this Mac.” Once you have the About this Mac window open, click on the part where it has the Version X.X and your MacBook’s serial number should replace the version number.

    10 weeks 6 days ago

  • That's a surprisingly complex question to answer. If you want a thorough understanding, I’d suggest that you start with this video from Microsoft Learning Experiences. It’s about 45 minutes long, and there are 3 more (I think) in this series if you want to go even more in depth.

    13 weeks 3 days ago

  • Ars Technica has a three page article on Swift that you might also want to take a look at.

    15 weeks 2 days ago

  • It might be failing, but there is a known issue on some Crucial M4s called the 5200 hour bug. It sounds like your SSD might be old enough to have the problem. There is a firmware patch that might fix your problem.

    18 weeks 4 days ago

  • According to PrismSteel on Reddit:   United States US East (Virginia) US West (California) US North Central (Illinois) US South Central (Texas)   Europe Europe North (Ireland) Europe West (Netherlands)  

    18 weeks 6 days ago

  • I think the problem may be that “account activity” only shows when you have logged into your account, not individual products such as Gmail or YouTube. So, for example, when your phone syncs with Gmail to check for new messages, that’s not going to show up in your account activity.

    19 weeks 1 day ago

  • Basically, the higher the number, the greater the level of redundancy and compartmentalization. There is a nice, plain English summary at   Tier 1 - Non-redundant capacity components (single uplink and servers). Tier 2 - Tier 1 + Redundant capacity components.

    19 weeks 1 day ago

  • Number one, contact your congressman or congresswoman and both senators immediately. You can get the address and telephone number for all of them by going to:  

    19 weeks 3 days ago

  • “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are hollow.” - Linus Torvalds

    20 weeks 5 days ago

  • Check with the manufacturer of whatever capture device you are connecting to with that Cat5 cable. Some video over USB products utilize isochronous USB data transfer and need a non-Cat5 USB extender.

    21 weeks 5 days ago

  • You still have time, but you better hurry. Registration opened yesterday, April 15, and ends April 18 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time. Cost is $900 per person and you have to use Google+ and Google Wallet to sign up, which is probably not an issue if you are interested in Google I/O.  

    22 weeks 5 days ago

  • Beamforming is becoming more and more common with 802.11ac equipment, and has some measurable benefits. Some 802.11n routers implemented a version of beamforming called implicit beamforming, with mixed results.

    23 weeks 5 days ago

  • You friend should be able to participate using UberConference, which has added Google Hangouts integration. Of course, this means he will need to set up an UberConference account, so if he also doesn’t trust them, he may just have to start writing you all letters.

    24 weeks 4 days ago

  • You can read documents without the subscription, but to edit them you are going to have to pony up for Office 365. Seems a little expensive, but at least you have the option of Office on the iPad now.

    25 weeks 18 min ago

  • The hardest part will be getting to it, and whether you fix it or replace it you are going to have to do some disassembly. The two main possibilities are (1) some debris is stuck in the fan, or (2) the bearings are shot. I guess you could just give it a blast with canned air and hope it blows out some debris, but it probably won’t do the trick.

    25 weeks 49 min ago

  • It’s been a while since I’ve used Dreamweaver, so maybe it has changed, but while Dreamweaver can convert AP Divs to tables and vice versa it did not work very well and I don’t recommend it. If you want to try it, the option should be under the MODIFY>CONVERT menu.

    25 weeks 3 days ago

  • I actually saw this data in an article on readwrite about HTML5 recently - you can read it HERE. iOS still has a significant advantage over Android in terms of developer revenue per app.

    27 weeks 4 days ago

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