27

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 ...


13

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.


12

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 ...


12

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. ...


10

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 ...


9

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 ...


7

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 ...


7

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 ...


6

How much information can websites get about your browser/PC? Does anyone know of any other sites that will be able to get more information from the user passively like this? I'm not talking about port-sniffing or any kind of interaction from the user, just the info that a server can get from a 'dumb' visit.


6

Try out windows-8 without affecting your current setup. Following these simple (if a bit long) steps you will be able to test out Windows 8, either the RTM ISO file, or the full version of Windows 8 on a DVD on your windows PC, using a virtual machine. The advantage of this is that it will leave your existing installation of windows alone. For this blog I'...


6

TL;DR: If you can come up with a question that'd normally "survive" on the main site, you can post it as a question and formulate your own answer. If it's too broad, it might be better blogging material. For example, if you have something that involves a lot of background info, explanations, a step by step guide, images, etc., then do post it to our blog ...


6

I like Zoredaches idea of keeping it simple, short and to the point. Get the most important points across quickly. With that in mind, I threw together this quick list of hints: Summary Summarize your whole problem in one sentence. This will be the title of your question. Don't put any OS names in front of the question or stuff like that, leave those ...


6

Cool ways to customize the Start Screen Customize the Windows Store tile Navigate to C:\Windows\WinStore and make a backup of the images folder. Take ownership of the images folder. Open the images folder. To customize the normal tile, edit the logo.png and logo.scale-x.png files and to customize the wide tile, edit the tilewide.png and tilewide.scale-x....


6

Keys all switched on keyboard My friend/enemy switched the keys on my keyboard as an April fool's joke. When I press Y, Z appears on the screen. Some keys work like b, x, g, i, d, and a few more. Also, when I press ctrl, it returns Enter. Even the function keys are switched!! I called a technician and even he wasn't able to detect the issue and told me ...


5

Probably not a top contender, but I want to recognize Where is the Longest String - an excel function question asked by Gary's Student who has an Excel silver badge here and more than one excel-related gold badges on stackoverflow. The answer was posted by Scott Craner who has an Excel silver badge and multiple bronzes on stackoverflow. Gary shows the idea ...


5

How does Windows detect battery issues? I have a laptop that's a little over 5 years old, and I've never changed the battery, so I believe Windows 7 when it tells me "there is a problem with your battery", and to consider replacing it. My question is: how does it detect a dodgy battery? Does the battery not have the same voltage that it used to? I ...


5

From last week via @Sathya: How much information can websites get about your browser/PC? Does anyone know of any other sites that will be able to get more information from the user passively like this? I'm not talking about port-sniffing or any kind of interaction from the user, just the info that a server can get from a 'dumb' visit.


5

Yeah, there's no reason why why can't use the answer to supplement your post.


4

This topic has been done to death via the ask page, and the many other blog articles, meta.stackoverflow.com questions, and other similar meta posts on other sites. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to cover the issue again, but keep in mind that the people that need the the information in the post the most probably won't really read it before posting. So the ...


4

Questions dealing with the camera alone may be better fit on Photos Stack Exchange. If your issue involves docking or connecting with the computer then it should be okay here on Super User as well.


3

I believe that a lot of people were confused and scared (understandably) by my use of the term "partnership". After discussing this in length I've come up with a more understandable proposal/solution: Expanding our product reviews for the blog *Note, I don't normally ask a similar question like this, however in this case, an edit to my current question ...


3

What is File History? It’s a feature introduced in Windows 8 that offers a new way to protect files for users. File History is a backup application that continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favourites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files ...


2

Self-answer your question on Stack Exchange site when: you don't mind being a digital sharecropper and donating your content to the community, you're interested in what other solutions people have to the same problem you're addressing, the topic isn't something that fits the theme of your blog but you want to scratch the itch anyway, you know Stack ...


2

I've thought about doing a Review/How-To-Use of Hyper-V in Windows 8. I asked & answered this question: How do I install and use Windows Virtual PC in Windows 8? And found/answered this one as well: Windows 8 Hyper-V - how to give VM internet access? There are a few other features that I can go into detail like: Overview of Snapshots Requirements ...


2

Always provide LOTS of details when asking a question. No detail is irrelevant. Far too often I see questions with not enough detail to get a good answer, but never have I seen a question that includes too many details. (Example of "no detail is irrelevant": I heard about a video-processing system that would intermittently fail while in development. ...


2

Is Windows 8 more than just shiny? We all know by now that Windows 8 comes with a new Modern UI which gives you a very good live overview of your new Modern UI applications and feels very welcoming; as well as a new lock screen, login screen and a somewhat incompletely revised Control Panel. As well as Windows Explorer getting a Ribbon overhaul, an ...


2

What is fast startup & how to disable it? Fast startup (also called Hybrid Boot) is a new feature introduced in Windows 8 that allows your PC to boot up to 30%-70% faster. Whenever you shut down your PC, Windows 8 creates a file called hiberfile.sys that contains the Windows 8 kernel. When you start your PC again, it just reads that file from the drive ...


2

TOUCHSCREENS AND WINDOWS 8 Using windows 8 touch features without having a touch screen Windows 8 touch features have it's definite charm as windows 8 has made it possible to control not only your tablet but also you personal computers using touch input. Windows 8 Operating system is the perfect intersection of PC and tablet interface, but most of the ...


2

Windows 8 Default Browser: To Metro or not to Metro, that is the question How to set the Google Chrome tile on your start menu to launch the desktop version instead of the metro version If you install Chrome and set it as the default browser for Windows 8, an unfortunate side-effect occurs: when you launch Chrome from the Start screen, the Metro version of ...


1

Experiences upgrading Windows 7 to 8 on an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop Having had a laptop preinstalled with Windows 7 for 2 years now, I decided to try to upgrade to Windows 8, especially since my university allows me to download Windows 8 free off DreamSpark. There are some obstacles to overcome, but the most difficult part was because I was on an HP laptop, ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible