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I've been fighting with a SanDisk Cruzer 32Gb for awhile now. After trying multiple partitions on it I seemed to screw something up on it. I could format it, forcibly partition it, copy and use data on it but in windows it acted a bit strange. Windows refused to do much with it except copy files to and from it.
I wanted to use the win7 usb tool to make a bootable Win7 DVD on it. That tool failed time after time no matter what I tried.
I couldn't edit partitions or format the drive except on my Linux box with the command line. And it would come up with weird partition structures any time windows touched it.
USB Stick Formatter is on my Linux box so I tried it. A few seconds and it was done.
Now everything works just fine!
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+Josh Frye The last time it acted normal was when I created two partitions on it and tried to make the 4GB part bootable. It was successful except Win7 didn't work using unetbootin. Win10 preview did just fine. After some fiddling I finally succeeded in really confusing the hell out of the pen drive.
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Someone keeps posting that 'home made glowstick" prank on Facebook. I've seen this several times. Mountain Dew, Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide, cap it real tight and shake.
My hypothesis was that the bottle would explode from the gas released.
My test:
I mixed it but did not cap it.
Sure enough, it released a large volume of gas.
Someone is going to get their hand sliced up for sure with this. :-(
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Design news posted an article about drones that collect CO2 during the day ?? and release it to plants during the night ?!? Huh? WTF? Don't go out at night the air will be unbreathable. http://goo.gl/gYLK8F
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
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Just got a message that claims to be from Google Users support (sic). They didn't even try to mask their email address at bongfaschist dot de . No, really?. Is your name really fickschlitten? Sound terribly offensive.
Hmm turns out I was right, if I divide after the first four characters into two words it is offensive.
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Ok. Sometimes I just have to play with the antiques. Here you see: Windows for Workgroups 3.11, with packet drivers (what a messed up pain) and Trumpet Winsock (their error messages are so descriptive). But now, I have TCP/IP working under WIndows for Workgroups in VirtualBox Under Linux! If that's not an absurdity, I don't know what is ;)
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Mosaic was created by Marc Andreeson and other students at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications, not by a private company. Although Andreeson did later found the for-profit Netscape, Microsoft licensed NCSA Mosaic for Internet Explorer. 
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Ran into an interesting one today I thought for sure was a hardware failure. A Dell Inspiron 15R laptop. Actually a nice laptop. Got the call that wireless wasn't working.  I arrived at the customer's house (I schedule these trips for when I'm already going to be nearby) and the computer is acting for all the world like dead hardware in all networking. After checking for loose internals (nothing) I examined the device manager. The error for each failed device is Corrupted Registry Information. Bluetooth, ethernet, wireless, and a bunch of network things that normally don't appear in device manager.
Have never seen a hardware failure attributed to corrupt registry actually called out by windows (7 in this case). I guess the error detection is getting better.
Anyway, restoring back a few days eliminated the issue completely and all was good.
I'd recently ran checks for malware on this machine (they have me come around about once or twice a year just to check, they're decent customers) and all was well then, I cannot understand what may have caused this except for the fact it happened just after windows update yesterday.
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Had a couple of students come in with Windows 8 laptop that had failed during the updates and was trying to roll back. Of course they had shut off their laptops during the process. So we could only tell them to plug the laptop in and let Windows finish what it was doing.
I like the fact we can't work on students laptop like a computer shop, as with 200,000 students statewide it would be a pain in the ass. As there are less than 100 IT folks statewide.
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Wow, A cop I can truly respect from the bottom of my heart.
 
Nashville's chief of police got an angry letter from a citizen about why he had been so kind to protesters -- serving coffee and hot chocolate instead of threatening to arrest them. The chief wrote back and published his letter, and I highly recommend it, as a thoughtful short essay about civil society, the relationship of citizens, government, and police, and about how people form their social perceptions. 

Via +God Emperor Lionel Lauer.
When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his "frustration and outrage" at the city's peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: "The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people."
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I've gotten a few calls on my cell phone that I missed answering. I wouldn't have answered anyways as they came from Arizona and I don't know who would call me from there. Now I've gotten an email from "secretlist.io" that whois.net says is in Arizona. Anyone ever heard of them? They claim secret codes for discounts on the latest electroncs gadgets yet there appears to be nothing about them on Google.
Anyone heard of them? I'm automatically assuming they are a scam but I find it hard to believe there is no info on them good or bad.
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Ahh gotcha. Yeah, that's a possibility. I would probably just delete it. We've been getting several mysterious emails here lately. Luckily it's all worked out ok.
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I have a problem. I have an old customer, somewhat handicapped, has had several strokes etc. Her computer had 2 500G hard drives that were getting intolerably sluggish yet no errors showing up yet. Took about 20 minutes for XP to boot up. She has a consumer version of XP, owns a copy of windows 7 but refuses to use it as she doesn't feel comfortable with it at all. Changes upset her. Her machine is a quad core AMD gigabyte motherboard without UEFI and has 4 Gigabytes of DDR 2 ram in it. Each drive has 3 partitions, one primary two extended.
Bought her a new hard drive, a western digital 2T drive (not over the 2T limit at all). Cloned the 'C:' drive over, as well as manually copied all the other partitions (she had a total of 6, which she refuses to have any other way (her claim to want it all the same, she's about 70+yrs old).
It refuses to boot by itself. However, if I boot Hiren's boot cd and choose "boot from first hard disk" it boots just fine.
So I downloaded the Acronis truimage free copy from Western Digital's  website and cloned the C drive again. Still will not boot. All diagnostics I have run find absolutely nothing wrong with the old or the new drives. The first old drive takes forever to clone (they are also WD drives) and I've done this about 5 times now.
Recently I had removed a fairly nasty trojan package from the machine that was attached to Ad Aware and had used system privileges to block most popular anti virus programs from running. I scanned with the F-secure boot CD and it didn't find it at first but after a few checks of the OS and registry editing (removing security blocks that malwarebytes couldn't seem to clear though it appeared to run fine) and fsecure discovered the trojans (perhaps it's virus database had caught up with the trojans on the drive).
Anyways, it still will not boot and nothing sees anything wrong. Replacing the MBR doesn't help and comparing all the boot settings with an instance of XP running on my machine shows no differences. I'm wondering what I'm not seeing here. The new hard drive is formatted with one primary and 5 logical drives (in an extended partition).
This motherboard has 4 USB on the back, and 4 headers for 8 more ports not that that makes much difference but she's using an extra 5 port USB card since most of the ports are usb 1.1.
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+Mince Walsh But Just once, I'd like to see a diagnostic utility say: "Your boot sector is screwed dude!"

-> http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step#NTFS_Boot_sector_recovery

You don't want to know how often copying the backup boot sector over the primary one saved my ass...
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Wow, I'd kinda forgotten just how much OS2 really sucks
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+Mince Walsh I probably did but have since forgotten. I have the memory of a goldfish. :P
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