Member since: December 2012

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile & Wireless, Networking, Software, Virtualization


  • It shouldn’t, although battery life might not be as long as if you had used it with normal partial discharge cycles. Modern chargers don’t overcharge, they shut off or reduce charging to a trickle. usually just short of a full charge.

    16 hours 26 min ago

  • I was looking at an error log on a Windows 7 PC, and one of the notes was that “video memory resources are overutilized, thrashing happening as a result.” What does thrashing mean in this context?

    1 day 16 hours ago

  • I would go with 22MHz, 16-bit stereo, which is comparable to FM radio quality audio. 8KHz, 8-bit mono is comparable to telephone quality audio, which might get the job done but people will most likely notice the low fidelity.

    1 week 6 days ago

  • After my wife’s Galaxy S4 was updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, at least a third of her apps are missing. Her phone is not rooted, Is there any way to recover these other than reinstalling them all individually from Play?

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • It’s pretty rare to have two video ports on a laptop, which is what would make it easiest to connect two external monitors (I’m not sure about your laptop specifically). There are cables available that split the signal from one port to two monitors, so you might want to see if you can use one of those with your laptop.

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • The top three things I would do would be: 1. Make sure that you have installed all of the updates/patches that Microsoft has released before May 13. 2. Remove any unused software and make sure to update anything that is left. Leave your antivirus software in place and make sure that it is updated. 

    2 weeks 6 days ago

  • I checked my Google account activity using the link at the bottom right of Gmail (saw this on an ITworld question last week, incidentally), and under “access type” there are a number of times that “Atom feed” accessed my account. I was freaked out for a second, but then I noticed the IP address for Atom feed was the same as mine.

    3 weeks 6 days ago

  • Here is more information from Google about wiping a Chrome device:  

    3 weeks 6 days ago

  • There have been complaints about it. Ars Technica did a comparison on battery life with iOS 7 vs. iOS 7.1. The results were mixed - some devices showed slightly better battery life, some showed slightly worse.

    4 weeks 6 days ago

  • It used to be a truism that iOS apps generated developers more income than the same app would on other platforms. Is this still true, or has Android caught up to the point that it is equally lucrative to develop Android apps? What about Windows Phone?

    6 weeks 7 hours ago

  • It’s a pain. The only way I know how to do it is go through manually and remove the duplicates, at least for Outlook 2007. Not so sure about Outlook 2010.

    7 weeks 5 days ago

  • I suggest a third choice that you didn’t mention - a USB connection. It’s going to about as fast as WiFi, and it is also going to keep your phone from discharging while being used as a hotspot. On the other hand, if you are on an unplugged laptop, it is going to be charging your phone from your laptop battery.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • There actually is a reason behind the “wait 30 seconds” thing, and that reason is capacitors. Capacitors hold an electric charge, and it takes a bit for them to discharge. Ever notice LEDs on your computer staying on for a few seconds after you power it down? That’s the residual charge from capacitors.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • There is an article here on IT World about this attack that you might like to check out.  

    9 weeks 6 days ago

  • You can do it through the “General” settings in “PC Settings” in Windows 8. There is a three minute YouTube video that walks you through the process. Once you have added another language, you can toggle between them by hitting the windows key + space bar.    Here’s the link to the video:

    10 weeks 4 days ago

  • I think many people think of virtualization as something that only has benefits for large companies, but that’s not really the case. Virtualization can save small businesses money, and help you do more without the need to expend a lot of capital.

    10 weeks 4 days ago

  • What method should be used to determine how much thermal paste to use on a CPU?

    12 weeks 6 days ago

  • It’s most likely a power issue. Try a different USB port . Sometimes that is enough to work. Sometimes not. If not, you may have to try a different hub that has an external AC adapter. You might want to double-check and see if this hub is meant to be external powered and is missing the power supply.

    13 weeks 4 days ago

  • At any given time, I have 10-20 tabs open in my browser while I’m at work. When autoplay video or music suddenly starts it can be quite jarring in a quiet office and it can take me a while to find the culprit. It just happened to me in fact, and it is annoying.

    16 weeks 5 days ago

  • Has anyone measured how much power a PC uses when it is in standby mode? I know it's going to vary by machine, but looking for a general idea.

    17 weeks 6 days ago

  •  Well, I would say possible but not very likely. It costs a lot of money, and unless the current ISPs are facing a direct threat in your town from Google Fiber, they really have very little incentive.

    18 weeks 4 days ago

  • Sure it is ok, but you are probably going to be looked at less favorably than someone with demonstrated Hadoop experience. Also, there are a range of Hadoop positions, and the requirements for a data architect are going to be quite different than those for a software developer.

    22 weeks 6 days ago

  • They should work fine together. In fact, iOS 7’s has some improvements specifically designed for Smartwatch/Fitness Band users, including better Bluetooth support. On the Pebble side, they just released more APIs that should expand its capabilities, including Javascript, persistent storage, accelerometer and data logging.

    23 weeks 5 days ago

  • First of all, keep in mind that any advice from strangers on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt. We may be from different locations, and judging from your reference to your earlier education, you are not from the US.

    24 weeks 1 day ago

  • Generally, a new OS means additional demands are placed on hardware. Older devices often just limp along, if they are even able to be upgraded at all. Android 4.4 is supposed to actually work better on lower spec devices than earlier versions of Android. What did Google do to make this possible (assuming it is true)?

    24 weeks 1 day ago

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