Computer advice thread ("What's the best way to do this?")


Oooh. Fascinating.


That’s… been there from day one. It ain’t even a new feature.


The ability to make share links that don’t require a google account are useless to me when my dad is calling me up from CT asking how to send a 50+mb Outlook .pst file to my mom at work.


Firefox Send has end-to-end encryption. That’s pretty cool.


Given the “quality” of Firefox I’m very suspect of any encryption implementation.


What “quality”? Firefox is an excellent browser.

Do you use Firefox? You already trust their crypto implementation on every TLS site you visit.


Testing problems with a co-workers pc that seemed to have some crashes complaining about either memory or pagefile issues. Eventually we just turned off the pagefile, and it may be working (not long enough or involved enough of a test). I’m inclined to assume then that the issue is the old SSD inside it is the point of failure. Agree/Disagree? Second question after that is what’s “the good way” to clone a drive over? For my personal stuff anything relevant is on my external with backups, so I always just clean format and reinstall my main machine, so I havn’t used acronis or anything like that in years.


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If turning off file paging solves the problem, the problem is almost definitely IO on the disk(s) that had the page file(s). Turn paging back on on a different disk if you really want to test it.

As for cloning, I would never clone a disk again under any circumstances. Any corrupt data will be transferred to the clone. You can’t know until you try to access a file. If it’s an SSD that’s having IO issues, there are definitely already corrupted files somewhere. Never worth the risk.

At home, I disabled page files entirely for a while. I turned them back on because I only have 32GB of RAM and I never want to even consider dealing with an out-of-memory problem. But, if and when I upgrade to 64GB…


FWIW, that last time I had an SSD start to exhibit IO issues, the following things were broken in Windows if you tried to use them (but there were no other symptoms).

  • Windows Media Player
  • Calculator
  • Civ V
  • Windows Display Settings

Like, literally, these four applications would fail to launch with strange errors, and everything else was fine. A couple months later the drive just died entirely and wouldn’t boot.


Failing SSDs definitely do some weird stuff, my first one had a memory bank go weird and anything in those 8GB would just fail to read sometimes.

I spend like 30% of my work day cloning disks and almost never do it with my personal stuff. The Microsoft .wim format is good for imaging Windows machines but I haven’t used it much since switching to Windows 10 because the clean install time is so fast.


On the subject of hard drives, will a hard drive go into a low power mode or something if it’s not being used? Ever since I added a second SSD, the first time I use my mass storage spinning disk after the computer starts or wakes up it takes several seconds for it to get going.


Yes, that is exactly what happens. You can change the settings if you want. Otherwise the defaults on most PCs are to turn off the motors if the disk hasn’t been used in awhile.


One of the uses of cache like intel’s optane is that situation, the cache can potentially make that initial spin up less noticeable.


Okay good to know. I never really had it happen before because I was using that disk more often before I got the second SSD, so it never really spun down. Since it is mass storage only now its noticeable.




I saw this also. I do have a ThinkPad to upgrade. I think it’s an X201. The thing is, I don’t use the one I have. Why should I pay so much money to upgrade mine when I probably wouldn’t use it?


Now that Photoshop has gone to the subscription model, what’s the best way for small-time hobbyists to use it? In the past I’ve sailed the high seas, but that was for CS2 and earlier. Does it still work that way, or is there another solution? I don’t use it more than a few times a year, and even then it’s just to poke around at something, so it wouldn’t make sense to buy into it. Is the Gimp still a thing that people use?


Pay for it or use something else.

If you only need Photoshop and Lightroom it’s only $10 a month. I think there are still student discounts available also.

If you want a free alternative you can just Google for your options. GIMP has improved, but it’s still the GIMP. Still poop, just not as smelly as it used to be. None of them are as good as real Photoshop.

You can also just pirate a super old Photoshop. Still works, right?


Photoshop Elements is also around. I haven’t used it since I got a Photoshop subscription a couple years back, but it was pretty good as a “Photoshop Light.” I wouldn’t be surprised if its current functionality isn’t all the different from CS2 when you used it.