Personally, I am very strongly against this idea. Sites that offer reviews should never be partnered with companies that produce the products under review. For obvious reasons this is likely to lead to at worst false reviewing and at best a pressure towards a favorable review that blog authors will have to fight against.
One of my favorite points about SU ...
How much power the system is REALLY consuming?
I suspect that my ATX case's power unit from China provides FAR LESS power than it's supposed to. Is there a way to see (in real time) how much power the whole system is trying to consume and how much is it really getting? Maybe, not in watts, but the voltage is not enough, say, 4.5V instead of 5V. What I ...
This just has to be nominated: Tiny copper waffle squares inside computer
The reason I like this question because it's innocent (in the way we describe unknown objects), it's concisely well written, not terribly complicated, and something I think a wide audience of blog readers would be interested in.
What are some options for transfering large files without using the Internet?
My employer's Internet connection is extremely slow. It's a $6,000 a month, 9 Mb, bonded T1, shared by over 150 users. It's not untypical to see regular file transfer speeds of 20-100 KBps. [...]
When I need to download a large file (which is frequently), I drive 40 ...
How to find and remove "spicy" media files from my PC
I think that this is worthy of question of the week:
It is probably a question a lot of people have.
It has sparked a lot of interesting conversation about cleaning out files from hard drives (especially if you don't know what they're called and you can't just format the whole thing).
I think it could ...
@slhck provided valuable suggestions and proof-read most of this. Thanks Werner!
Customizing Your Bash Command Prompt
When you're working on your Linux or Mac OS X system's command line, the prompt is the text to the left of the commands you enter. The default prompt varies for every system, but it usually gives you an indication of your username, your ...
5 Tips for Getting the Most out of Windows 8
Today the newest iteration of Microsoft's flagship product, Windows 8, arrives on store shelves. As was the case with Windows 7, this version of Windows has been available for testing (free of charge) for the last few months. Because of this, a very large number of users have already had the opportunity to ...
Well it's been a good run, and I wish we could keep it up, but with the blog no longer receiving official SE support I think it's time to finally set it to rest.
Migrating to a new platform not officially supported requires new challenges that I don't think are worth going through for something that is already dead for now; namely user authentication.
Here's a draft I received from sblair, who sadly at the moment could not post it himself.
Building a NAS Server
After reading a review of the Drobo FS, I became obsessed with network attached storage (NAS). I realised that a NAS device would neatly solve a couple of long-standing problems I hadn't got around to fixing: data backup and data organisation.
How to store and preserve lots of data?
I have many DVDs with movies and games, they are getting old and dusty, some of them are damaged. And I have more than 300 GB of general files in my PC. I want to store and preserve all of my data and keep them for a long long time.
Why does Windows Progress Bar always give such horrible estimates?
I realized this "bug" a long time ago, since Windows 95/98, but it still continues until today, on Windows Seven... The displayed remainder time was on 60 minutes, but the real time was less than 2 minutes.
I say we bring back our steady friend...
The Question of the Week
It was a great way to include the community and see some new and interesting questions. We can alternate the assignment of the QOTW to different bloggers each week, and they'd be in charge of selecting the question and blogging about it. That way, no one person is tied to the QOTW each ...
Those who found out about this from the blog, and started 7 days late, will certainly be disadvantaged. But they'll still be disadvantaged if the contest is extended, since those who started on time will also have the extra week.
I say end the contest on time, and apologize for being human. There's no way to accurately determine who was disadvantaged, so ...
Check out the information on the How to Contribute to the Blog page:
Read the About page
Write a post on something you find interesting or think the
community would enjoy – use your creativity, just about anything
interesting and related to computers is probably fine
Submit your post to an editor. We have several categories, as
explained on ...
A Super User's Toolbox
For the last 10 years I have been fortunate enough to experience many perspectives on IT support. From the early days cutting my tech teeth on my own first computer running Windows 98 and then Windows 2000 and being too poor to pay somebody else to upgrade the system or repair it for me when my own (or my brother's) stupidity or ...
Why are hex editors called binary editors?
Hex and binary are two different bases. Hex, in my understanding, is
simply an easier to use and more convenient version of binary.
However, I often hear that hex editors are binary editors. If you
search for "binary editor" on Google, you get hex editors.
I had always wondered the difference between a ...
Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM?
My motherboard (HP Pavilion s3000y) only supports 2GB of RAM max. Which means that I can only allocate 1GB for running VMs, and applications that use a lot of RAM are slow (such as games and Visual Studio).
Is it possible to use a storage disk such as a USB drive as RAM?
I'm going to have to say, I don't like the idea.
On the one hand, people would appreciate honest reviews of products, but I don't think that's really what we had in mind when we envisioned the scope of the blog. While it's one thing to write about a gadget you happened to purchase and like, it's another to actively solicit or entertain solicitations from ...
This seems like more of a candidate for a blog post -- perhaps on http://blog.superuser.com -- than a Q&A pair on a Stack Exchange site.
One man's "every editor must have this!" is another man's "meh".
5 Ways of Finding the Right Power Supply
Selecting the right power supply is often the last thing people think about when building a computer. However, it is something that deserves substantial consideration. Although spending more on a quality power supply won't increase your computer's performance, it would be one of your best investments, because a ...
I like this one, because it's a good learning opportunity for people and applies to a broad audience. I'd also be interested in learning more about how this law applies to website owners outside of the EU.
Why are websites suddenly asking me about cookies?
(The answer relates to a new law in the EU regarding privacy and tracking)
I found that quite interesting:
How do I hit the CTRL key without straining my pinky?
When I'm using Chrome, Powerpoint, Notepad++, etc. I take a lot of
advantage of the keyboard shortcuts in those programs. However, this
gets a bit tedious and straining, having my pinky stretch down to the
CTRL key every time I need to save, for example. [...]
Why does an 8 GB and 16 GB USB drive have the same physical size but a different amount of storage?
This question has turned up some interesting stuff about how memory chips are manufactured. Might make for a good blog post.
What is the purpose of the holes marked "Do Not Cover" on hard drives?
On many hard drives, there's a text warning to "not cover this hole", sometimes adding that doing so will void the warranty.
What is the purpose of this hole and why would it cause damage or increase the likelihood of drive failure?
Why are websites suddenly asking me about cookies?
I have for a long time known that websites give me cookies so that small pieces of information can be remembered about my habits, passwords etc. I accept this, but all of a sudden they are asking for my permission to do so.
Why has this changed? What sparked this?
DISCLAIMER: I'd LOVE to review stuff, and as such, I think this is an AWESOME idea.
I think the blog and main site serve different purposes - we've already had articles on ssds, laptops and keyboards. None of these would have worked well as a question on the site proper.
People do reviews all the time and they arn't commercial sellouts. A good review ...
I'll write some more thoughts later, but on first glance, this seems like a good solution to the "should we seek out partnerships" discussion. I think a lot of people were put off by the phrase partnership, as it implied some sort of corporate relationship that might give outside companies an unfair influence on the site. I think we can all agree, that's not ...
I found this one quite interesting:
Why is there so much hype about Virtualization these days?
Virtual machine, Virtual server, Virtual disk, etc......
It doesn't make much sense to me why someone would want to make their things "virtual" when basically that adds another layer to everything (which in most cases will make it run more slow).