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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 week, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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)


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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?


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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My current favourite is this one. It's new, but it's a good question with some great answers that teach you a bit about how processors, or rather programmers, handle operations that don't fit inside a registers width. How can a computer calculate exponential maths without overflow error? I find the "fit inside a register" to be an important part because ...


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PowerShell, in the sense of how to answer all of the questions that fit in the following categories: List of music files with a certain bitrate/artist/album Find all files meeting a non-trivial condition Repeat some command for all files found above Expand a bit on the Where clause of Get-ChildItem Some very basic syntax Explain how PowerShell is different ...


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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....


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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'...


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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 ...


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


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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.


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I used to really like the categories we had before. Perhaps it's time to revive a few? Interviews WTF Friday Productive Thursdays. It's been a long time, I think I wrote the last WTF Friday a LONG time ago... Anyone interested? I'm will to spearhead one of these, perhaps the Friday one.


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Doing some performance tuning on a machine, things like: Removing startup programs Stopping services Defragmenting (does this even really do anything anymore, even on Windows) CCleaner and its ilk (not sure these ever did anything) Finding the bottleneck during common task (is the slowest component the hard disk drive, RAM, processor, etc., so you can find ...


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Is the Windows Experience Index calculation the same on Windows 7 and 8 Is the Windows Experience Index score calculated the same way on Windows 7 and 8?


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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How to know if your computer is hit by a dnschanger virus? Perhaps could append how the computer got infected as well. Pro: Get to understand how a virus affects your computer. Preparing people for when a future attempt occurs. Con: Servers took down, might no longer be relevant / valuable. Might be more Security.SE material.


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Further to Simon's answer I'm wondering if there are any other categories we would have... just some completely random ideas. Manic Mondays? Similar to WTFriday... Polls, would it be good to involve the greater community and solicit opinions on topics, either for future posts or general computing topics? Tweakers Tuesday Water cooled Wednesday, maybe an ...


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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.


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