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answered How to create self-updating WPF Kiosk mode application
Mar
18
comment Range or Row and Column Indices in VBA
It's worth checking to see if there's a performance hit for just referring to cell(s) instead of using a range too.
Mar
15
comment Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?
@CharlesE.Grant - Once you've executed code to start doing things like enumerating peripherals and then you have an operating system even if a simple one and it's no longer 'bare'...
Mar
15
comment Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?
The BIOS is a program supplied/stored on an EPROM (or EEPROM to be more exact). It is not a hardware device and therefore cannot enumerate a thing...
Mar
15
comment Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?
They do exactly that in some systems but not in the x86 from what I recall. I've not done bare metal x86 in quite some time though.
Mar
15
answered Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?
Mar
15
comment How do operating systems… run… without having an OS to run in?
@martiert - Hardware doesn't do initially do anything with the disk. In fact - tt doesn't even know there are disks until some software is loaded and run from the EPROM to tell it to start up the various peripherals and chipsets.
Mar
15
comment Do bare computer systems (without OS installed) use (executable) files?
downvoted: a harddrive is a peripheral and would require some kind of operating system to enumerate it before any attempt to access even raw bits/bytes on it.
Mar
14
comment Working on Free Software
I'm just asking you to share your evidence to back up your assertion "...that free software is developed by part-time hobbyists is today mostly a myth."
Mar
14
comment Working on Free Software
Do you have a source for numbers of paid developers working on free software? Last I heard the kinds of projects listed (linux kernel etc.) are very much exceptions and that the bulk of FOSS development is still predominantly the domain of students and hobbyists.
Mar
11
comment How the desktop identify the correct time when power on the system
I've flagged this to request it be migrated to superuser.com so that other people can find it more easily. It's a good question, just doesn't quite fit here.
Mar
9
reviewed Reject The dream of declarative programming
Mar
9
reviewed Reject Can a Java Boolean be used for ternary (3-state) logic?
Mar
8
reviewed Approve When should I subclass an exception in Python?
Mar
8
reviewed Reject Can I use GPL libraries temporarily for prototyping and make the future code closed source?
Mar
8
reviewed Approve Can I use GPL libraries temporarily for prototyping and make the future code closed source?
Mar
5
comment Team member questioning moving from VBA to C#
@Taemyr - because (from experience) working in vba AND vb.net at the same time is a world of pain!
Mar
5
comment Team member questioning moving from VBA to C#
@recurvate - while the premier level customers (think big banks, governments etc) are still tied to business processes built in VBA it's not going anywhere. What they did say (IIRC) is that they were thinking about not adding new features to VBA.
Mar
5
comment Linux deployment environment including local and AD users
Unfortunately I'm the wrong person to give guidance on where it should be - my experience with Linux has consistently been that if a box has Linux on it then the best thing to do is wipe it and put just about anything else on instead if at all possible. YMMV of course. :)
Mar
5
comment Linux deployment environment including local and AD users
I was rather hoping a moderator with experience in the field might have picked up my flag and migrated it for you - best thing to do is leave it open here rather than reposting.