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Is it possible to use the IE10 App without making Internet Explorer the default browser?

Windows 8 comes with two versions of Internet Explorer: the normal desktop version, which looks just like IE9, and the Modern UI version, which is a full-screen tablet-style app. By default, links ...
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How can I make chown work recursively?

I've got a directory called pdfs that contains a bunch of sub- and sub-sub-directories. I want to change ownership on all PDF files in all of the subfolders. I just tried this: chown -R ...
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How do I boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode?

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64. It's installed a virtual machine. After trying to update VMWare's guest extension it black screened. After resetting it, now the virtual machine won't boot. It just ...
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Google Chrome Extension to submit POST/GET requests?

As a developer I sometimes need to be able to make GET/POST requests without having a form on the page. Are there any plug-ins that allow me to submit GET/POST requests to a specified page and then ...
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After update to Windows 8.1 brightness isn't working (changing)

I just updated my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 by Windows Store and I have some problems. My notebook is an Acer Aspire Timelinex 3820TG and I know it's little old for Windows 8 but I installed it anyway ...
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Linux - Mount device with specific user rights

How can I mount a device with specific user rights on start up? I still have some problems figuring it out. I would like to mount the divide with uid=1000 and gid=1000. My current entry to the ...
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Commuting with a laptop that is powered on

How safe is it to leave my laptop running a build or other time-consuming task when I am traveling? I mostly travel on a two-wheeler, with my laptop in a backpack, strapped vertically to my back (left ...
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How do I convert a .vhd disk image to work with VMWare Fusion 2?

I’ve just installed VMWare Fusion 2 on my Mac. Microsoft makes available some Virtual PC disk images containing different versions of IE, so that us humble web developers can test our code on them: ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt?

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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How to install java enviroment on Windows 8?

I want to try the newest Windows 8 64-bit. I installed it successfully. I tried to install one trading application called Interactive Brokers Trading Station which requires at least jre-1.4. I went ...
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sftp: upload all files, directories and sub-directories contained in a folder

On machine A I have the folder /home/a/ On machine B I have the folder /home/b/ I wish transfer all files, directories and sub-directories of /home/a in /home/b with sftp On machine A I tried ...
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Can I run iOS apps on my Mac?

I've seen a number of neat iPhone apps recently that I'd like to use. In particular, there are a number of neat musical apps (metronome, tuner, etc.) that seem highly rated, and have no real Mac ...
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How do I uninstall and remove a .kext on Mac OS X?

I bought a X-in-1 media card reader and had to install a driver in order to be able to read SD-HC cards. Now sometimes when I unplug the reader from the USB port I get a kernel panic. So now I'd like ...
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How to prevent Microsoft Lync adding startup entry in Windows?

Microsoft lync makes my laptop boot very slowly and if I disable it from startup, the laptop boots fine and quick. However the issue is, if I start lync again, it puts an entry to startup. So I end up ...
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How to open a large file with an .tar.xz extension?

I got a 1GB file with an .tar.xz extension. Apparently, inside this single file is PDF files and ebooks. How do I open this type of file and read these files? Does ExtractNow work? Any simple ...
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Bash script to delete files older than x days with subdirectories

I'm trying to delete a ton of files older than x days. Now I have a script to do that find /path/to/files* -mtime +10 -exec rm {} \; But this will also delete the subdirectories. There are a ton ...
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Can I safely use a PSU with an ATX 12v 4-pin for a board that has a EPS 12v 8-pin?

There's many similar questions to this, and because the answers vary depending on the setup, I want to ask for my friend's specific setup. He recently upgraded to a Core i5 gaming build, so he has ...
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What is the difference between 2.4G and 5G wireless?

I just got a new "dual band" wireless router. The sales rep didn't really understand the difference between the "2.4G" and "5G" wireless networks that the router supports. Can anyone please explain ...
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Is there an Xcode 4.2 for Snow Leopard?

I was looking for Xcode 4.2 for Snow Leopard. I had heard that the official release for iOS 5 was also going to be Snow Leopard enabled. I could not find Xcode 4.2 + iOS5 for Snow Leopard on Apple's ...
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Disable Charm bar's Touchpad gesture shortcut

I'm using an Acer AO722 laptop. Everytime I slide my finger from the right edge of the touchpad (where the slider is) toward the center (mostly accidentally), the charmbar pops up and stays on the ...
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What is the RuntimeBroker.exe process in Windows 8?

I was looking through my Task Manager today and saw something called Runtime Broker running: I've never seen this in previous versions of Windows. What is it? What does it do?
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How to kill tasks in Windows 7 when even Task Manager won't open or respond?

Occasionally one of my computers will get so bogged down that everything locks up, Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't work, Task Manager won't open, or they work, but are opening so slowly that it will take hours ...
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Where can I find the boot.ini file on Windows 7?

Where is the boot.ini file in Windows 7? Supposedly it's in the C: drive - I enabled hidden files and disabled Hide system files in the Folder Options but I still can't find it. Does anyone know ...
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How do I run control panel administrator?

I have the following problem on my Windows 7 computer: I am a member of Administrators, but do not have full Superuser privileges. I have been told that this is by design, and that I need to ...
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How do I escape spaces in command line in Windows without using quotation marks?

For example what is the alternative to this command without quotation marks: CD "c:\Documents and Settings" The full reason I don't want to use quotation marks is that this command DOES work: ...
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Why is it bad to map network drives in Windows?

There has been some spirited discussion within our IT department about mapping network drives. In particular, it has been said that mapping network drives is A Bad Thing and that adding DFS paths or ...
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Upgrading PHP 5.3.3 to 5.4.4 in CentOS 6.4

I'm using CentOS 6.4 (centos-release-6-4.el6.centos.10.x86_64). I'm trying to upgrade the php version from 5.3.3 to 5.4.4 by using: yum upgrade php-mysql php-devel php-gd php-pecl-memcache php-pspell ...
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Can I configure a TP Link TL-WR740N as a repeater?

my ISP provided with a new modem, that is already an router with Wifi and some ports. I would like to use my Tp Link TL-WR740N as a wireless repeater, putting it in another room and conect to my ISP ...
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Will initializing disk make data unrecoverable?

I'm trying to access files from a friend's external hard disk which had stopped showing up in 'My Computer' on his XP machine. I removed the drive (500Gb Seagate SATA drive) and installed it in my ...
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Can I upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Professional or Ultimate?

There are finally Windows 7 Netbooks available, but they come with Windows 7 "Starter". Can I upgrade "Starter" to Windows 7 Ultimate using a normal retail DVD (and its new licence key)? What about ...
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How to disable HP client security setup autostart?

Every time I start my new HP ProBook 420g0 laptop the HP client security setup application pops up asking me to set up a password, "SpareKey", fingerprints etc (see the screenshot below). But I don't ...
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How to convert Kindle books into PDF format?

I'm new to digital books and I use the Kindle app for Windows to read the books I bought but I hate how I can't read the bottom paragraph of a book in the Kindle app in the centre of the monitor; I ...
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If I know the PID number of a process, how can I get its name?

If I have the PID number for a process (on a UNIX machine), how can I find out the name of its associated process? What do I have to do?
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How to read ext4 partitions on Windows?

Is there a way to read ext4 partitions from Windows? If so, what can I do?
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How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...
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How do I uninstall Java6 from Mac OS X

With the end of public updates for Java 1.6 in February, and the long list of security updates on the later 1.7, I am inclined to remove Java 1.6 and the JDK permanently from my Mac, if only I knew ...
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Does RAID 0 (striping) with two SSD hard disk make any sense?

I have a notebook (Dell M6500, 16GB Ram, I7-940M) with RAID controller (hardware raid controller). At the moment I have two SATA HDDs in RAID 0 (stripe) for best performance. I want to buy SSDs ...
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How to send POST with body data, headers, and HTTP params over the cURL command line?

I found a lot of examples on how to use simple POST commands in cURL, but I didn't find examples on how to send full HTTP POST commands, which contain: Headers (Basic Authentication) HTTP Params ...
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How do I concatenate strings in a bash script?

How can I concatenate strings and variables in a shell script? stringOne = "foo" stringTwo = "anythingButBar" stringThree = "? and ?" I want to output "foo and anythingButBar"
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Where can I download Windows 8 Release Preview?

I have check the page http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview. But it redirect to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet with no link to the free preview version. ...
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How do I FTP multiple files from the command line?

I would like to FTP the contents of a directory, but can't seem to find the right way to use a wildcard. Seems like this would be a common thing to do, is my whole approach wrong? The command is ftp ...
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Tools to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Win7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. Is there a tool to do that? Maybe I wrong: but it seems like GParted can only do ...
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Windows 8.1 powering off USB Drives

Since upgrading to 8.1, Windows will shut down my hard drive bay connected by USB after about 10 minutes. I didn't have this issue in Windows 8 as I just went in and changed the hard drive sleep time ...
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How to find Windows 8 product key?

Does anyone know of a tool for Windows 8 that works and gets the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? Bonus points for an updated algorithm to extract the product key from the registry ...
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How to add “date modified” as a permanent option for sorting files in Windows?

I would like the "date modified" option to be permanently shown on every folder in Windows Explorer when I right click and choose "sort" and also on the bar above the content of the folder. Right now ...
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Installing USB driver for Nexus 4 (with KitKat) on Windows 8 64-bit - “no compatible software driver”

I have a question regarding the setup of an Android Development Environment. I asked already on Stackoverflow, but it seems that setting up an Development Environment is no Stackoverflow question :( ...
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Why does my wireless network card need to be reset everytime I start or wake my machine?

Every time I start my notebook, it fails to connect to any wireless access points. I can still view available wireless networks and attempt to connect to them - but it always fails. The only thing ...
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Replace Carriage Return and Line Feed in Notepad++

I have a file with a mix of CRLF and LF, and wish to remove the LF. I am new to Notepad++ and just downloaded V6.23. I'm using the search/replace dialogue box in extended mode. It will find and ...
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IE11 Disable Tabbed Browsing

Until now I could properly get rid of tabbed browsing. Now, with the release of IE11, it appears the Disable Tabbed Browsing option has gone AWOL. Is it actually gone or is there a registry tweak ...
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My computer is loud: How do I tell which fan is the issue?

On my new computer, my fan(s) is/are plain LOUD! Using SpeedFan, I find that my temps are all under 32 degrees C under my normal use (IDK how accurate that is but the CPU itself says 27 C). The fan ...