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bio website bongart.us
location New England
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I repair desktops and laptops. I'm not just talking about re-installing Windows. I'm talking about taking a Weller 40P with a customized split tip and replacing blown capacitors, power adapter ports, etc. I'm the guy the other technicians call to fix the stuff they can't or won't. There was this one stretch of repairing a local school system's aging Dell Optiplex GX270's when Dell stopped replacing motherboards suffering from the capacitor plague... I almost swore off using my soldering iron after that... almost.

I'm a hardware geek, as anyone who reads the majority of my answers will pick up on. I've got more running computers in my home than I should (heat generation, electricity usage, promoted laziness for all the occupants, etc). Essentially, there's no computer in the bathroom (yet), but every other room has at least one that is used daily. No, it's not that I go out and buy BUY BUY ... I recycle machines for customers that upgrade, and I'm always on the lookout for something to put back into service... and I have a use for all of them.

I have to remember that people here ask questions and seek answers. I, on the other hand, solve problems. This means that there will be time where solving the problem doesn't answer the question, and I'm not being asked to solve the problem. I do this in real space, every day. People ask questions, and it is my job to be able to determine when I need to answer, and when I need to overlook and solve the underlying problems. I have to remember that here, on the net, it is only my place to answer. It kills me sometimes to let people continue with their problems, just for the sake of giving them an answer that is technically within guidelines, but that's MY problem.


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comment Does Outlook.Com scan compressed attachments (or ANY attachments)?
Actually, it appears that Outlook.com offers protection in that it blocks suspected content via a reputation-based system, but that it does not take the time to scan anything. This is how you could download an infected attachment from a trusted source. I'd agree with @RogerDodger in that it should concern Outlook.com users, since there are other free mail providers that will specifically scan attachments. Gmail and Yahoo both scan attachments (and can thus be used as a virus scanner, if you send yourself suspect files as attachments).
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answered Open a case on eBay after more than 45 days
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comment Is there a service like skyscanner for trains? One which includes all train companies' timetables.
raileurope.co.uk doesn't help?
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answered Does watching videos have the same bandwidth consumption as downloading a video?
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answered Where are all the not-free chrome extensions?
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comment Is there anyway to put a Microsoft Word 2003 file online where folks can comment on it (like with Google Docs)?
That would be why I asked for clarification as to exactly what kind of comments you were talking about, in the initial sentence of my answer.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered Is there anyway to put a Microsoft Word 2003 file online where folks can comment on it (like with Google Docs)?
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comment What happens to a Facebook account when it is reported as compromised?
Yeah, Facebook doesn't delete the account if it has been reported as compromised. They will, at the very least, attempt to work to restore it to it's rightful owner... providing that the rightful owner is the one who reported it compromised, AND attempts to get it back. I suppose if an account is reported as compromised, and nothing is done at that point by anyone... facebook might delete it at some point... but I doubt it would even be right away.
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answered What happens to a Facebook account when it is reported as compromised?
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revised Is there a way to put 3D user-rotatable AutoCAD drawings on my website?
Just correcting the spelling and grammar of the title to clear it up.
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suggested suggested edit on Is there a way to put 3D user-rotatable AutoCAD drawings on my website?
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comment Is there a way to put 3D user-rotatable AutoCAD drawings on my website?
Then, you are indeed looking at a customized solution like a flash construct, if you need "universally" accessibility. There are multiple plugins and 3d viewers available, but none are included by default with any of the browsers one can expect on a public terminal... due to how rare these things are.
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