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EmmaJ.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7155 on: March 25, 2013, 11:14:53 AM »
Thanks for the iRecommendations - I got it working  :)  (Physically plugging in the iPad did the trick and brought up the whole "sync" button thing I was missing before - then I knew what to look for to get the iPod set up!)  Took a while to get all my high-school-era CDs into iTunes, but I have them now.

Then another hour or two later I realized high-school-aged me had terrible taste in music and I may or may not actually listen to most of these again  :o
Isn't that always the way? I listened to an album I had absolutely driven my freshman roommate up a wall with a few years ago (and we're only talking 12-13 years separation between school and the time I listened to the thing) and nearly blushed myself to death, after the way I'd talked it up to my DD. It was AWFUL stuff!

Ok, spill it  :) I must know which album!

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« Reply #7156 on: March 25, 2013, 11:33:05 AM »
that_one_girl wrote:

"2. Why does the ice from the ice-maker inside my freezer freeze all together in the catch-tray? Can this be prevented?  It is a pain in the butt and I have actually broken catch-trays trying to dislodge enough ice to put in my water bottle."

Agitate it on occasion and it'll stop being so blocky.  Also, if you find you don't use it up as fast as your freezer makes it, empty it on occasion to get rid of older ice.  Ice will sublime, which means it'll evaporate directly from solid state over time.  If you fill an ice tray and put it in your freezer for six months, the tray will be just about empty due to this.  Old ice will give up a lot of dissolved air this way and so it'll shrink, deform, glue itself together and start to taste funny if you let it sit.

"4. When I tell my husband to keep the door shut so the flies won’t get in in the summer, he responds with "flies come from fruit".  Is this accurate?  (I am talking about the bigger flies with the red eyes which I believe are called "Blowflies" and not the little ones which I think are called "Drosophila/Fruit flies"."

Flies come from other flies, not fruit.  Unless you buy your fruit with bugs or eggs already on board, flies won't spontaneously come into being from fruit.  I thought this one got put to bed a century ago.

"5. Similarly, I was chewed out by my FIL for having a stack of old cereal boxes and pizza boxes stacked in the corner of the kitchen waiting for hubby to take them to the recycling center. FIL says that cockroaches come from having cardboard boxes around.  Is this accurate?  I worked fast food for years. There were never roaches around either the inside storage areas (freezer/refrigerator/dry-storage) where the food was stored in cardboard boxes or the dumpster where we disposed of said boxes whenever they were empty."

Cockroaches come from other cockroaches, not cardboard.  That said, if you have conditions that draw cockroaches, they will take up residence in stacks of cardboard, so don't let it sit for too long and keep the food areas of your house clean so they don't show up to begin with.

"6. Why do I like to use a fork to put my dressing/dip on my salad/chips?  I've had more weird looks for dipping my fork in my dressing before stabbing my salad than for using chopsticks to eat said salad.   Am I just crazy?"

Not crazy, just unusual.

"7. Would it damage a child to encourage them to be ambidextrous?  Not trying to spark a flame war here, just wondering if I had children and encouraged them saying things like, "Ok, can you write that letter with your other hand too?" if it would scar them for life."

This would no more scar a child than telling them to practice piano, but if the child doesn't take to it then forcing said child to do something they hate to do isn't going to be very productive.  As long as the child shows an interest in ambidexterity, I can't see where encouraging it would be a problem.  The controversy sprung from the old practice of forcing left handed children to write with their right hand and the problems with writing that such a practice caused.  Getting a child to write with both hands, for example, doesn't interfere with normal writing.

"8. Is it possible to become ambidextrous as an adult?  Ever since I injured my hand in high school, I've wondered if it would be a waste of time for me to try to train myself to write with both hands."

Insofar as it's possible for an adult to train themselves to do anything with motor function, it's possible.  Of course, it's really up to you whether you feel it's worth the effort to learn to write with your other hand as opposed to other means of writing (like typing, for example).  It's not an easy task but not harder than learning a dexterity sport or learning to play an instrument.

As a side note to writing with both hands, it's very likely that you already can write with your off hand, with the proviso that it won't be writing like you're accustomed to.  To demonstrate, pick up a pen in each hand, and then write a normal sentence with your dominant hand, while writing the exact same sentence backwards with your off hand, working your hands toward or away from your body center at the same speed.  Many people will find that the sentence written with the off hand will very closely resemble the dominant sentence when viewed in a mirror.  Take note that you'll have to overcome that to learn to write normally with your off hand, and when you're done it's likely that your off hand handwriting will not match your dominant hand, to the point where you'll always have to sign your signature with your dominant hand or it won't match other samples.

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« Reply #7157 on: March 25, 2013, 11:55:53 AM »
Thanks for the iRecommendations - I got it working  :)  (Physically plugging in the iPad did the trick and brought up the whole "sync" button thing I was missing before - then I knew what to look for to get the iPod set up!)  Took a while to get all my high-school-era CDs into iTunes, but I have them now.

Then another hour or two later I realized high-school-aged me had terrible taste in music and I may or may not actually listen to most of these again  :o
Isn't that always the way? I listened to an album I had absolutely driven my freshman roommate up a wall with a few years ago (and we're only talking 12-13 years separation between school and the time I listened to the thing) and nearly blushed myself to death, after the way I'd talked it up to my DD. It was AWFUL stuff!

Ok, spill it  :) I must know which album!

You've never heard of it. Some local (to my hometown) Goth vampire rockers, called "Alucarda" - self produced (I remember something about a 'fountain of blood' being used as a prominent lyrical motif in a song that sounded like it'd been recorded while someone took a shower.....). My 18 year old self thought it was edgy and cool.... my 30+ self was mortified that I'd ever listened to such trash!

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« Reply #7158 on: March 25, 2013, 04:29:52 PM »
OK, this is a silly question, but what the hey...

If I have significant issues with dysgraphia with my dominant hand, am I likely to have the same issues with my non-dominant hand?

Gwywnnydd

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« Reply #7159 on: March 25, 2013, 04:31:33 PM »
OK, and one I remembered from yesterday:

With Passover coming upon us, what do ultra-Orthodox practitioners do about their cars, given that ethanol is in all the gasoline?

Or am I over-thinking this?

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« Reply #7160 on: March 25, 2013, 04:40:58 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

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« Reply #7161 on: March 25, 2013, 04:49:28 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

No.

What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer.

If all of your "programs" on your desk top are really short-cuts to a program that is stored on your hard drive, you should be fine.


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« Reply #7162 on: March 25, 2013, 04:55:32 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

No.

What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer.

If all of your "programs" on your desk top are really short-cuts to a program that is stored on your hard drive, you should be fine.

Except that the more that the GPU has to draw, the slower the graphics processor will run.
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« Reply #7163 on: March 25, 2013, 05:07:56 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

No.

What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer.

If all of your "programs" on your desk top are really short-cuts to a program that is stored on your hard drive, you should be fine.

Except that the more that the GPU has to draw, the slower the graphics processor will run.

You're talking about only during start-up, right? True, but the time to initially draw folder icons is minimal, hardly noticeable if you only have 24 desktop icons. If you have 100s of desktop icons I can see that you would be able to see a difference in start-up time.


Or am I way off base on my thinking?

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« Reply #7164 on: March 25, 2013, 05:26:32 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

No.

What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer.

If all of your "programs" on your desk top are really short-cuts to a program that is stored on your hard drive, you should be fine.

Except that the more that the GPU has to draw, the slower the graphics processor will run.

You're talking about only during start-up, right? True, but the time to initially draw folder icons is minimal, hardly noticeable if you only have 24 desktop icons. If you have 100s of desktop icons I can see that you would be able to see a difference in start-up time.


Or am I way off base on my thinking?

The GPU has to draw the screen (and everything on it) every single time the computer refreshes, and this generally occurs every 1/60th of a second for most computers.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7165 on: March 25, 2013, 06:06:01 PM »
OK, this is a silly question, but what the hey...

If I have significant issues with dysgraphia with my dominant hand, am I likely to have the same issues with my non-dominant hand?
Are you sure your dominant hand is your dominant hand? Until I was in 3rd grade I was amidexerious. I would write with my left hand till the middle of the paper and switch to my right hand. In 3rd grade my teacher, against my parents specific instructions, made me write with my left hand only. My parents thought it was natural - most of the amidexerous women in Mom's side favor their left a bit more.

According to the docs, had the teacher not forced the issue my dysgraphia issues would be much less.
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« Reply #7166 on: March 25, 2013, 06:37:30 PM »
OK, this is a silly question, but what the hey...

If I have significant issues with dysgraphia with my dominant hand, am I likely to have the same issues with my non-dominant hand?
Are you sure your dominant hand is your dominant hand?

As sure as I can be. Neither of my parents ever mentioned thinking I was anything other than a rightie, and everything I do that is -handed I do right-handed.

I just can't operate a pen/pencil/paintbrush in a way that looks like I'm older than about 5...

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« Reply #7167 on: March 25, 2013, 06:49:14 PM »
Another computer question that I can't find answered online:

I have only 24 icons on my desktop, many of them being folders with up to 25 programs in them because I hate a messy desktop.

Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?

I can consolidate even more if it will help.

I always close down the games and tabs I have open before I shut down for the night.

No.

What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer.

If all of your "programs" on your desk top are really short-cuts to a program that is stored on your hard drive, you should be fine.

Except that the more that the GPU has to draw, the slower the graphics processor will run.

You're talking about only during start-up, right? True, but the time to initially draw folder icons is minimal, hardly noticeable if you only have 24 desktop icons. If you have 100s of desktop icons I can see that you would be able to see a difference in start-up time.


Or am I way off base on my thinking?

The GPU has to draw the screen (and everything on it) every single time the computer refreshes, and this generally occurs every 1/60th of a second for most computers.

Ah-ha! I do mean most are shortcuts neatly filed. I keep a calculator and my sticky notes on the desktop, so I guess those might be programs. The computer repair guy sort of yelled at me for having so many programs there, so I kind of panicked. He also was firm with me for having so many programs running and didn't think that the battery's running down and my cord dying at the same time was an excuse, even though I have been doing this for 4 years. Silly man.

The good news was that it was the cord that died, not my computer that got fried, so I don't need a new computer yet - at least until the jury is in on Windows 8 - I'm actually thinking about going Mac if it so hated, but those are so expensive. I got a sturdier cord because I put the whole thing away every night.

Thanks.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7168 on: March 25, 2013, 09:17:05 PM »
OK, this is a silly question, but what the hey...

If I have significant issues with dysgraphia with my dominant hand, am I likely to have the same issues with my non-dominant hand?
Are you sure your dominant hand is your dominant hand?

As sure as I can be. Neither of my parents ever mentioned thinking I was anything other than a rightie, and everything I do that is -handed I do right-handed.

I just can't operate a pen/pencil/paintbrush in a way that looks like I'm older than about 5...

It's still possible.  I write and eat right handed only because my K teacher forced me to.  I was naturally a leftie.  I still do most things left handed, with eating and writing being the major exception.  The few times my right hand has been injured I had very little problems switching to the left.  Even though my situation is known, I do remember that one of the ways my teacher forced the issue was by making me feel out-of-place and somehow ashamed that I wrote with a different hand than the rest of the class.  Is it possible that when you were really little, you saw your parents and everybody around you using one hand, so you used that hand in spite of the fact that the other one felt better?
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« Reply #7169 on: March 25, 2013, 11:22:45 PM »
Diane AKA Traska wrote:

"The GPU has to draw the screen (and everything on it) every single time the computer refreshes, and this generally occurs every 1/60th of a second for most computers."

The load on the GPU for drawing static images on the desktop is miniscule, and more importantly it takes exactly as much processor to draw a blank spot as it does to draw an icon because the GPU only cares about the image and pixels take the same compute power to display on refresh no matter what color they are.  It's the CPU that works a bit harder because it has to pull the icons off the drive and load them into memory so they're available for the GPU, and that also takes only a miniscule amount of processing power.  All told, it's virtually impossible to tax a computer by loading the screen with icons unless it's very old because you'd need thousands of icons to appreciably slow down the boot load time.

jpcher wrote:

"What matters is the amount of information (total size of all your files) that are on your desktop. If you have 2gb worth of information on your desk top, not only will it slow down the start up but it will slow down the general operation of your computer."

The amount of information on the desktop versus anywhere else on the drive won't make any difference at all, since the desktop is just another location in the filesystem.  There's no system out there, for example, that would load all of a program's data into memory just because it's located on the desktop, it'll just draw an icon to show that it's present in that location and will load it only if you open/run it.  The total number and size of the files on your hard drive will affect processing to the extent that filesystem reads/writes take time, but unless your drive is full or you have nearing millions of files performance won't be hit very hard. 

Luci45 wrote:

"Does the number of icons slow down the booting up of the computer, so I does it help that I have folders?"

Unless your computer is more than ten years old it won't make any difference at all.  Organize your icons to suit your use of the machine.

"Ah-ha! I do mean most are shortcuts neatly filed. I keep a calculator and my sticky notes on the desktop, so I guess those might be programs. The computer repair guy sort of yelled at me for having so many programs there, so I kind of panicked. He also was firm with me for having so many programs running and didn't think that the battery's running down and my cord dying at the same time was an excuse, even though I have been doing this for 4 years. Silly man."

The thing that will strongly affect performance is how many programs/files/etc you have open and running at once, which is what he was talking about, not the number of static icons on the desktop.  If you watch what you run and close programs that you don't need (for example, open the calculator when you need it and then close it when you don't, unless you're using it constantly), you'll see much better performance overall.  I'm not sure what the battery running down would have to do with performance, other than the obvious issue that the computer will power down if it runs the battery dry and it's not plugged in.  It's not like some kid's toy that will begin to run slower as the battery depletes, it'll run at full tilt until the battery can't deliver the juice any more and then it'll shut itself down to keep from running off the end of the charge and dropping dead.

Virg