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In Topic: Cleaning a laptop/desktop - What are your experiences?

10 December 2013 - 12:18 PM

When blowing it, it seems that it's not only gas, but I assume that it's part of the product, is this safe? tongue.png


Liquid should not be coming out - make sure you keep the can upright and don't hold the button down, use short bursts. I don't think the liquid should cause any significant problems beyond making the dust a bit harder to remove, just don't get it on you - it's extremely cold and may give you a burn. It's not a very good idea to cool down your expensive electronics in this way, though it can be useful to detect overheating components when designing your own electronic circuits. In such cases the can is designed to let the liquid out.


It hopefully goes without saying that you shouldn't breathe the gas in, either!

In Topic: Hello

02 June 2013 - 03:42 AM

Yes it does. If you choose to dynamically link against their C++ runtime, then you have to also redistribute their approved C++-runtime-installer (you can't redistribute the contents of their installer yourself).

This used to be the case but I believe that was changed with Visual Studio 2010:

To deploy Visual C++ redistributable files, you can use the Visual C++ Redistributable Package (VCRedist_x86.exe, VCRedist_x64.exe, or VCRedist_ia64.exe) that is included in Visual Studio, or use Redistributable Merge Modules, or you can directly install specific Visual C++ DLLs to the application local folder. An application local folder is a folder that contains an executable application file. DLLs must be deployed to the application local folder.

I'm not sure what Goof Prog is referring to specifically by saying "Visual C++ does not legally let me distribute the executable" - I seem to remember there are some EULA restrictions if using an educational version of Visual Studio, but you are allowed to distribute software developed in the Express Editions, even commercially (they used to spell this out clearly in their FAQ, but the FAQ seems to have been removed).

In Topic: How do you pronounce your image formats

27 May 2013 - 08:06 AM

The term I use depends on whether I'm referring to the format or extension (for example - I saved the image as a jay-peg as file dot jay pee gee). GIF is slightly problematic as even though the format is pronounced "jif" I pronounce the extension "gif" as .jif is an accepted three-letter version of the .jfif (JPEG) extension.

actually, another pattern I have noticed sometimes (regarding language) is that occasionally I use both American and British spellings of some words, as different words. for example, the American spelling might be used in a technical sense "dialog box" or "analog transceiver" but, OTOH, I might also write "engage in dialogue" or "this is an analogue of that".

It is usual in British English to use the American English spelling when referring to computer terms - another example is computer program v television programme. Windows 8 introduces a British English language setting for the first time, but unfortunately they misspelt dialog box as "dialogue box".

In Topic: Laptop or PC for development?

20 May 2013 - 11:13 AM

I've never really got on with laptops - they're not really small or light enough to be practically portable (unless you lug them around in a large bag) but they are still small enough to suffer lousy ergonomics (dodgy keyboard and mouse). That's why I prefer to have a desktop as my work machine and use a tablet (effectively throwing away the dead weight of an awful keyboard and mouse) when I need to be mobile.

In Topic: Goodbye Start button?

25 March 2013 - 04:43 AM

What about Win2k?  I liked it.

That's a different branch of the family tree wink.png
...NT4 -> 2k...
Technically, 2k is actually more of a real predecessor of XP than ME is. The 98/Me branch and the NT/2k branch had serious compatability issues with each other. 2k made a lot of progress in becoming compatable with the 98/ME branch, and then win XP finished the job. XP is actually a continuation of the NT branch... but if I drew my timeline that way, then my pattern wouldn't work tongue.png

I don't think the pattern really works in any case, despite its constant parroting - 95 was decent but 98 was awful (98SE made it somewhat usable) and XP wasn't much good until it had a couple of service packs under its belt. Vista was fine as long as your hardware manufacturers had sorted their drivers out, which they had by the time 7 came out which is probably 7 has a better reputation than Vista despite it removing or breaking a lot of good features. Sadly those have been continued into Windows 8, but at least Windows 8 adds a lot of other good stuff to help you forget (and you can install 3rd party software like 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to fix some of the more annoying changes).