Member since: December 2012

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


  •  I don’t think a specific date can be identified by anyone outside of Cupertino, and perhaps not even there. I feel pretty confident saying that your idea for a Christmas present will work out though, I simply cannot imagine Apple would miss the holiday buying season unless something went really wrong.

    28 weeks 3 days ago

  • Well, if the PC turns on, it’s probably working. Sorry….I’m sure that you are much more interested in when it WON’T power up.  Assuming that you don’t have a working power supply that you can switch out, there are two common ways: a multimeter or a power supply tester.

    28 weeks 3 days ago

  • Google is making QuickOffice, an app that allows users to edit Microsoft Office docs, available for free. I’ve been using Google Docs for a couple of years to edit Office Docs. So what’s the difference between the two applications?

    30 weeks 3 days ago

  • I don’t know if there is a magic number, but it would sure as heck be more than 2 weeks. I’d say 30 days minimum. I think this is really a scum-bag move on Nirvanix part. Clearly they knew they were at least likely to cease operation before this announcement, and kept quiet to continue to milk their customers up to the last moment.

    30 weeks 3 days ago

  • I’ve read that the added support for TRIM should keep new Android 4.3 devices from slowing down over time. That’s great, but what does TRIM actually do?

    34 weeks 2 days ago

  • I have an LG Optimus, and after changing my WiFi settings to keep it on even when the phone sleeps as a colleague suggested, my battery life has improved noticeably. This seems counterintuitive to me, but the results are obvious. Why would leaving WiFi on improve rather than degrade battery life?

    36 weeks 3 days ago

  • It’s going to be painfully slow, but it might be just enough for very simple tasks. You will probably see 70Kbps download speeds at best, so think of doing work over a dial-up modem and plan accordingly. 

    36 weeks 6 days ago

  • A lot of software companies make their software region specific, or “geo-locked” so that a copy of the same software that works in the US may not work in Australia. It seems to me that the main reason for this is to charge different amounts in different markets so that they can maximize profits, but is there a legitimate reason for this?

    37 weeks 6 days ago

  • The first thing I would do is to enable MAC address filtering on your router, assuming that you already have WPA/WPA2 enabled (if you don't, you certainly should). You will have to get the MAC address for each device you want to allow, and enter it into the config screen for your router.

    39 weeks 2 days ago

  • I’ve heard about White Space internet that uses unused TV spectrum to provide internet connectivity to places that don’t have existing infrastructure, as well as free public access. Sounds great, but will this White Space internet be accessible with existing hardware, or will it require different radios in laptops, mobile devices, et at?

    40 weeks 2 days ago

  • My eyes have really began bothering me when I am at my desk working on a PC for any length of time. After a couple of hours I get a headache and my eyes feel terrible. It doesn’t happen when I do similar things for the same period, such as read a book or watch video/read on a tablet or phone.

    41 weeks 2 days ago

  • They only last so long, and they don’t have the same memory issues vis a vis partial charges/discharges that older ni-cad batteries did, so it may simply be time for a new battery. You can try a “full recharge” by discharging the battery 100%; Leave your laptop on until it shuts off, then power it back up and wait for it to shut off again.

    44 weeks 6 days ago

  • If you are in sales and have a 50% sucess ratio, I'd say you have pretty much nailed it. Without a doubt that is far, far above average. Talk to someone who is a financial advisor, and ask them how often their sales calls end with a new client. I'd be very surprised if they said 20%.

    45 weeks 3 days ago

  •  There are a few things you can do. As you mentioned, defragmenting is not only a relic of the past, it is actually harmful to SSDs, so certainly do go down that road.

    45 weeks 3 days ago

  • I’ve used a variety of photo/image-editing programs over the years, so I do feel a little silly asking this question, but I can’t seem to figure out how to crop an image in Adobe Illustrator. How is it done?

    46 weeks 2 days ago

  • A guy I work with said that there was a way to download entire streaming albums from iTunes, but he didn't know how to do it. Is this actually possible, or was he mistaken?

    46 weeks 5 days ago

  • Try benchmarking the DNS servers with something like Domain Name Speed Benchmark. Or just try Google Public DNS.  

    49 weeks 4 days ago

  • I don't see this as being functionally all that different from existing Chromebooks. A different OS (but not THAT different) and perhaps a very slightly lower price point, but that's about it. Remember you can get a bare bones Chromebook for $199 today, but I haven't see very many of those floating around.

    50 weeks 5 days ago

  • Let me preface this by saving that I am not familiar with your specific model of laptop. So this is more an educated guess than certainty. That said, I don't see any reason why you can't, as long as it will physically fit and connect. The performance should be better (higher read/write speeds) with the hybrid drive.

    50 weeks 6 days ago

  • Turns out all we had to do was wait for it to get to the US Senate. Unless it is something to keep them from waiting in line at the airport due to delays caused by the laws THEY passed, the odds are against a bill even being able to get an up or down vote.

    51 weeks 2 days ago

  • It looks like this is an evolutionary release, and Canonical says they emphasized a reduced memory footprint and "significantly faster response times".  I don't think there are many UI changes.  

    51 weeks 2 days ago

  • Is there an easy way to use photoshop to colorize an old B&W image? I have some old family photos and want to do it for a relative of mine (don't worry, the source material will stay unaltered). I'd like to make it look pretty good, but I can't spend days getting it right and my photoshop skills are only servicable.

    51 weeks 4 days ago

  • If you recall all the problems that Boeing has had with lithium ion batteries catching fire on the new Dreamliners, that may provide a clue to part of the reason. One of the places I order batteries from has an explanation on their website that pretty well sums it up:

    1 year 4 days ago

  • Go into the registry editor (regedit), then go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

    1 year 1 week ago

  • You can actually get by pretty well if you live where there is good WiFi coverage. Once your contract is up you can use it as a WiFi only device.  You mentioned you have an Android, and I've used a spare Android phone without contract for a couple of years as spare phone. To be able to text, IM, voice call, etc.

    1 year 3 weeks ago

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