I work at a national retail store full-time, and the majority of the time when I'm not working the register it's all very simple stuff like straightening and folding clothes. It only takes maybe 15%* of my focus. I need suggestions for things to think about, mental games, and methods of mental improvement to take up the other 85%. [more inside]
What's the difference between all these types of laptop memory anyway? [more inside]
Is this "chrono shift" - your memories shuffle chronological order? Does this happen to other people, is there a medical term? (Drinking involved) [more inside]
Laptop memory filter: Can I add just one module to my Toshiba A30 series laptop? [more inside]
I have a new PC (huzzah!). Thanks, Pop. Now what? [more inside]
What's wrong with my temporary memory? How can I fix it? [more inside]
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using 2Rank DIMMS as opposed to standard DIMMs? [more inside]
What *information* do you keep on your USB memory stick? Other questions ask about applications - I'm more interested in the data that you find it useful to carry everywhere. todo lists? contact information? Bank account numbers?
How to best teach children memory techniques to remember long numbers? I'm talking of mnemo techniques where you associate pictures to numbers. Like a wheel represents 0, a candle represents 1, a swan represents 2, etc. I know how to learn these as an adult, but are there any strategies adapted to children?
iTunes and Mozilla. Slow? or fast? [more inside]
How can I backup my USB memory stick automatically? [more inside]
ok so my girlfriend's laptop was rediculously slow and infested with spyware, viruses, and who knows what else. I couldn't even work on it it was so slow. .. Checked the memory .. it was only 256.. got 1024 from crucial.com in two 512 sticks. Should have no problem wiping the spyware .. problem is with the memory!! [more inside]
I’m studying for an exam and would like some tips on polishing my memorization skills. How do actors remember their lines? I know repetition helps, but what else can I do to retain the questions/answers I’m studying. Any tips, tricks or websites of interest would be appreciated.
Computer geeks: is ECC memory worth it? [more inside]
A simple one for people unlike me with a decent memory. What's the name of the song that plays when you go to http://donacion.organos.ua.es/ont, and who played it originally?
My camera recently ate a month's worth of intense picture-taking! About 90% were salvaged by imgsave, but of course the remaining 10% are the best or most important. Each of those broken images completely draws as a thumbnail, but only partially renders when opened. There is no apparent consistency to how much is drawn or which pictures were eaten. [more inside]
I just bought a Sony Ericsson K750i Mobile Phone, and I love it. But I have some questions in regards to the Memory Stick and the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor that comes with the phone. [more inside]
PossiblyExtremelyObscureBookFilter: I'm trying to locate the title and author of a paperback book I read in the late '60's. [more inside]
Is there a mathematical formula relating time and memory? [more inside]
I have a campus job delivering newspapers, and must keep track of how many were left over from last week as well. The problem has two facets: one, I sometimes forget how many I just picked up less than 5 seconds after picking it up. I normally do not have a problem with this, except with names. Two, I lose the sheets where I record the numbers about one out of every two weeks. [more inside]
I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
A conversation w/ a friend has left me curious about adults and mnemonic devices. What mnemonics, perhaps learned or created as a student, do AskMefi-ites still 'consult'?
Help me figure out how to manage large amounts of data on a laptop. Music, Tivo downloads, photos... I'm running out of room! [more inside]
What's the best and easiest way to back-up the memory on my computer. [more inside]
What do you retain and gain from casual reading? I was just looking over my mostly non-fiction bookshelf and a few questions came over me. Of all the hours I have spent reading all of this, how much have I really retained? I look back on books I have read and can remember the premise and theme, but as far as recalling all or even some of the many arguments, anecdotes, etc. included within the book, I don't have a clue. Do I have a incredibly bad 'reading' memory or is this a common occurence. And what am I really gaining from all of these hours spent reading if I have a scant recollection of it all? Am I being entertained in the moment? Becoming subconsiously wiser? Most of what I have read about intelligent reading seems too rigourous for a lazy sunday afternoon in the hammock. How can I remember what I read and extract the most value?
How is it that a song can trigger memories about a time in your life? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a book that I read when I was in grade school, sometime during the mid to late 80's. The basic plot involved a girl scaring her impressionable young step(?) brother by pretending to go into trances and make predictions. IIRC, she was somewhat of an outcast at school, but had recently been cast in the school play as a colonial witch (Tituba perhaps?). I think there may have also been some references in the book to the Sybills of ancient Greece (hence the trances). Is this ringing any bells? [more inside]
My SD card has died (or has it?) - filled with pictures. Is it possible to get the pictures back, if Windows won't even "see" the card? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the titles of a couple of book series I read as a kid. The first featured some kid detectives, and the other some kind of crazy family. [more inside]
Is it possible to add more VRAM to a Mac Mini?
Is there any disadvantage in terms of long-term retention of information when studying off of a computer display, as opposed to studying from notes on paper? [more inside]
Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book.
Help me find this out-of-print book, The Ponderous Pseudonumer [ISBN 82-994200-4-0], by Dr. Allan Krill, or help me find an equivalent book. [more inside]
Okay, so I have a java program that's supposed to run in the background all the time. The problem is that the JVM allocates all the memory it can use, and then just sits there taking up a half-gig of ram. Is there any way I can get the thing to GC aggressively and release memory back to the system when it's done? [more inside]
How can I recode low-level brain functions? [more inside]
Is there a way to disassociate a memory with a smell? My house burned down in a forest fire when I was a child and now every time I smell smoke from a forest fire, I have an anxiety reaction. [more inside]
I'm researching the pros/cons of brute memorization as it applies to the classroom. [more inside]
Which is a better memory configuration on a Power Mac G5: 4x1GB or 8x512? What's the advantage/disadvantage of either configuration (besides the price)? [more inside]
Is there any way to retrieve data from a Sony Memory Stick that has inexplicably become unreadable? [more inside]
Failing memory filter: My memory, never good, is noticeably deteriorating and I'm almost resigned to that. Anything that would slow this process would be welcome but I'm really looking for effective strategies to compensate - in particular, would a PDA help (for to-do lists) or are there other tools I should be using? [more inside]
memory-filter: Why or how does the body seem to remember learned physical action sequences before you can mentally recall what they are? [more inside]
Are mental blanks normal? [more inside]
I build websites. One of them runs very, very slowly, but only on the client's server. I'm pretty sure it's because their server needs more memory. But I'm a mediocre sysadmin, and I want to be absolutely certain I know what I'm talking about before I blame the hardware for what could be a problem with my software. Help reassure me that I'm not insane. [more inside]
I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
Just got a notebook (first one, woohoo!) and have $60 to invest further. What do you suggest? [more inside]
For some research I'm doing (in order to help actors), I'd like to know what science exists about moving data from (human) temporary memory to (human) permanent memory. [more inside]
If I see something I'd rather not remember (like a spoiler for a movie I plan on seeing, or an unsettling image), are there any tricks I can use to prevent myself from remembering it? And once I've remembered it, is there anything I can do to deliberately forget it, short of visiting Lacuna, Inc?
Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
I am taking a difficult test Monday morning and it is very important that I pass. I'm pretty much prepared, and I'll be cramming all weekend, but I'd like to know if any of you kind souls have had any tangible good results in memory enhancing supplements such as Ginseng, Ginkgo biloba, or Gotu kola. If so what seemed to bring the best results? Also are there any types of foods or eating habits that have a positive effect on memory and testing performance? Will anything help on such a short notice?
I'm only 30, yet I find that my memory, concentration, and ability to focus ("tunnel vision") aren't near as sharp as they were five or ten years ago. What do you do to retain or improve your mental abilities as you get older? [more inside]
Richard Feynman described thinking as basically just talking to yourself. Then a friend told him to picture a part of a car and then asked him how he explained to himself what the part looked like. He then realized that you can see when you think as well. Then later on he tried counting up to 60 and seeing how accurate his perception of time was. He usually counted to around 48 by the time 60 seconds had gone by. Then he figured that he could count pretty much all of the time and not get distracted, but he couldn't talk and count at the same time. (+) [more inside]