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  1. I agree entirely - the charity "would not know...

    I agree entirely - the charity "would not know where the PC has been", so must treat the hard drive as potentially infected - however honest-looking was the donor!

    What's to say the charity's...
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    No - I observed that the list was almost entirely...

    No - I observed that the list was almost entirely US-centric. As usual...
    (And no, we don't have Frys in the UK either!)

    For cables, it would be nice
    If quality went with price -
    But it...
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    Not wildly helpful - before you buy one, how do...

    Not wildly helpful - before you buy one, how do you know that the cable is properly wired and of adequate quality?

    Clearly the Google engineer didn't!
  4. I think you'll find the latest sub-version is...

    I think you'll find the latest sub-version is 17.3...
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    Lucky Argos don't use Yodel as their courier,...

    Lucky Argos don't use Yodel as their courier, otherwise someone seven doors down the street would have found it in their recycling box a week later...
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    Why did it take you so long?! :) How...

    Why did it take you so long?! :)

    How different was that from going into the Argos store and buying it there?
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    I wouldn't really agree with this - the DVD drive...

    I wouldn't really agree with this - the DVD drive just gets the next drive letter available - which would be D: if you have only the one hard disk partition. It would be E: if you had two, and so...
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    We routinely bought shed-loads* of 15000 rpm SCSI...

    We routinely bought shed-loads* of 15000 rpm SCSI disks which (unsurprisingly) were extremely fast, and cost a diplomat's ransom. I seem to remember we used RAID-5 with 20-32 disks in a rack. In...
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    [SOLVED] I rather like the truism that the chances of a...

    I rather like the truism that the chances of a person winning the lottery are only minimally greater if they had actually bought a ticket than if they hadn't.
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    [SOLVED] In fact, let me attach the Robocopy XP010...

    In fact, let me attach the Robocopy XP010 documentation PDF!
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    [SOLVED] The following is from the XP010 (yes, XP!)...

    The following is from the XP010 (yes, XP!) documentation for Robocopy...

    For each directory processed RoboCopy constructs a list of files matching the Include Filespecs, in both the source and...
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    [SOLVED] You are saying, obliquely, that it is relevant...

    You are saying, obliquely, that it is relevant only to the United States, perhaps? :(
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    Well, yes and no. If you were to use a program...

    Well, yes and no.
    If you were to use a program which supports Volume Shadow Services (VSS) (example: SyncBack) then you could copy open files.
  14. Thread: HWMonitor!

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    About the best answer I can point you to is this...

    About the best answer I can point you to is this one.
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    All our 60-odd Windows 7 Pro PCs at work are...

    All our 60-odd Windows 7 Pro PCs at work are 32-bit - almost all have a mere 2 GB of RAM. They are quite old.
  16. I've done some more playing with START "" /MIN...

    I've done some more playing with START "" /MIN <batchfile> but I'm getting an "out of memory" error message when terminating this child process. I'll need to do some more work on it...
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    Purely nit-picking, but the (default) NTFS...

    Purely nit-picking, but the (default) NTFS allocation unit is 4K bytes, so any small file, even of 1 byte, will actually occupy a minimum of 4 KB of disk space. Thus 14,000 files each with of 4 KB...
  18. There's the basis of a simple solution in this...

    There's the basis of a simple solution in this BATch file, without the start and stop times


    @echo off
    :loop
    echo %time%
    REM V the character after ECHO need to be hex 07, the bell...
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    There is (was?) a problem/bug/feature when, for...

    There is (was?) a problem/bug/feature when, for example, you are copying user profiles, which contain junctions. The output folders can become an almost endless repeat of the same folder (AppData,...
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    Could it be something to do with Microsoft's...

    Could it be something to do with Microsoft's fatal dalliance with the folder name "My Documents", where nobody is ever sure whether it or "Documents" is the correct terminology?

    BTW I have never...
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    [SOLVED] Your question is answered in the second-last...

    Your question is answered in the second-last paragraph of the equivalent The Register article.
  22. Thread: Red Star OS

    by BATcher
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    It is an all-too-serious Operating System! ...

    It is an all-too-serious Operating System! However, it will not satisfy the licensing requirements of Linux/Fedora where the source code of modifications must be freely available.

    You may want...
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    Err... There ain't any Hosannas in the Rosary!

    Err... There ain't any Hosannas in the Rosary!
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    Rick: you will be aware that Nir Sofer updates...

    Rick: you will be aware that Nir Sofer updates one or more of his utilities on an almost daily basis! Just look at the bottom of http://nirsoft.net/.
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    I won a copy of "WordPerfect for OS/2" at a...

    I won a copy of "WordPerfect for OS/2" at a computer conference presentation.
    I have no idea what happened to it...
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