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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 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".
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)
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).
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 ...
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 ...
This has been fixed.
When the blog was moved over from it's previous separate install to be part of the Blog Overflow network install of community blogs, the settings for the site stats were not transferred over.
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.
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:
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 ...
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 ...
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'...
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....
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 ...
I used to really like the categories we had before. Perhaps it's time to revive a few?
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.
Doing some performance tuning on a machine, things like:
Removing startup programs
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 ...
What's the use of windows hard disk write cache when the hard drive already has more than 8 megabytes of cache?
Doesn't a hard drive use its cache with high utilization? I see up to 20MB/s difference on file writes when I disable windows disk write cache. Does anybody know why cache size matters this much?