File comparison is the process of comparing the contents of files, finding their common contents and their differences, usually using an automated tool

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Have Total Commander notice file changes when using FTP

I'm using Total Commander to copy compiled files to a server with FTP, but Total Commander often misses changed files during comparing if the file sizes haven't changed. Since I'm using FTP I can't ...
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Would Windows XP provide better performance than Windows 7 on Intel Atom Z520?

I've bought a netbook Asus Eee 1101HA with Intel Atom Z520 1,33GHz and Windows 7. Even though it is used for basic things (web browsing and simple photo edition in Picasa), its performance is ...
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Software to compare music file quality

Is there some software (ideally free and for MS Windows) which can compare the quality of two (or more) files containing the same song? It should be able to take into account the quality loss due to ...
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Alternative to WinMerge in windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is a good text comparison tool for Windows? What program to use to compare big files under Windows? Anyone know any good ones? I'm looking for a particuar one, ...
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What is the difference between a “Professional 2D” and a “Mid-range 3D” graphics card?

I am looking at purchasing a workstation from Dell and am a little confused by the graphic card options. They are mostly Quadros, which I have no experience with. One grouping is a "Professional 2D" ...
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Is there any way to find similar files (not duplicates)?

My final goal is refactoring code written by my coworkers. So, is there a tool which can find files differing in only few words? (Edit: this is for a Mac, but others might like non-Mac answers too.)
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Red Hat vs. Fedora

I am confused between the 2 Linux Distros, (i) Red-Hat and (ii) Fedora . I had a belief that Red-Hat has been reduxed to make Fedora. However seems that is not the scenario. Further, when I tried to ...
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How do you compare multiple folders with same files to find all different versions of the same file?

I've got 700+ folders with the same set of 200+ classic asp files (basically text files) in each folder. Over the years various people have made minor changes inside these asp files. I need an utility ...
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How is the processing capacity of modern devices compared with that used decades ago?

I saw on t.v. a description of the computer used in the first travel to the moon. I wonder if modern devices such as an smarthphone have already that same capacity? Does anyone have a link where ...
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Subversion: How to compare differences between incoming changes?

I would like to see the changes that my co-workers have made before I accept the incoming changes. So I start by getting the status svn st -u ...which tells me that I've got an incoming change ...
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Is this Cross-browser Test mean that IE 9.0 is the best?

Is the results in this http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/ietestcenter mean that IE 9.0 will be the best of all browsers next years ?
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Advantages of Re-Compiling of Linux Kernels: Share your Ideas

can you give me some advantages of Recompilation of New Linux Kernel and Installations. make xconfig modules modules_install install this is what i`m talking on. can someone provide me the basic ...
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Text comparison utility

I know this has been asked before...but I have a spin as I have been trying out varying free software offerings. I want to rid out department of DiffDoc the problem is that I am having trouble ...
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vimdiff: Jump to next difference inside line?

vimdiff is very handy for comparing files. However, I often use it on files with long lines and relatively few differences inside the lines. vimdiff will correctly highlight differences inside a line ...
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Smarter “Confirm File Replace” dialog on Windows

In Windows (XP at least), when you drag a file to a folder that already has a file with the same name, you get a dialog like this: Does anyone know of a replacement for that dialog that adds a ...
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Is it possible to open a sqlite database from within microsoft sql management studio?

Is there a way to open a .db file (sqlite database file) from within microsoft sql management studio? Right now we have a process that will grab the data from a microsoft sql server database and put ...
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compare file timestamp in bash

How do I compare the timestamp of two files? I tried this but it doesn't work: file1time=`stat -c %Y fil1.txt` file2time=`stat -c %Y file2.txt` if[$file1time -gt $file2time]; then doSomething fi ...
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How do I assign a number value to a non-numerical value in Excel

I have some survey responses with values like "VU" for "Very Unlikely" and "S" for Sometimes. Each survey response occupies a cell. For each cell containing a survey response, I want to fill another ...
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How do LCD monitors compare to LED monitors?

I'd love to get this LCD monitor, but I'm wondering if I should hold out until more LED monitors are on the market. I really like the brightness of the 27" iMac monitor and the above monitor is only ...
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Core i7-620M vs Core i5-540M

I'm recommending a laptop to a colleague, and the specific laptop he has chosen has the above CPU chips as options. Both chips have 2-cores/4-threads. The i7-620M is a 2.66 GHz (4MB Cache) while the ...
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File history in Tortoise SVN

In SourceSafe I could simply see the history of all the changes for any given file. And then I could pick any two versions from that list and compare. How can I do it in Subversion via Tortoise?
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File compare on ftp-server and in a folder in Linux?

How to compare files on ftp-server and in a folder in Linux?
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Whats the difference between Acer Aspire AS7740-5691 and Acer Aspire AS7740-5142?

Acer Aspire AS7740-5142 Acer Aspire AS7740-5691 I'm scratching my head over the large ($150+) price difference that I'm finding between these two problems. The only thing I can see is that one ...
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How to verify if a clean windows 7 install was done or an upgrade over vista was what the tech did?

I'd like to know if the install was truly done as a clean Windows 7 or If the windows 7 was installed over the vista as an upgrade - 32 bit and ultimate verstion? I noticed hp game stuff (wild tanget ...
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Is there a nice GUI for CVS under Linux

I'm wondering if there is a nice modern GUI for CVS under Linux, something that will make files comparison visual and easy ...
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Translation comparison tools for PO format?

I am using POEdit to modify the localization file of some projects. Unfortunately it seems not able to do comparisons with different versions. Do you now if it does exists a comparison tool for ...
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Difference between IDE and SATA DVD writers

What is the difference between IDE and SATA type DVD writers? My motherboard supports both. Which one do you recommend?
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Up to date NVIDIA vs ATI list

It used to be simple... there were 4 NVIDIA cards and 4 other cards (long long ago :p) But today both NVIDIA and ATI have so many graphic cards at the same time it's near enough impossible to compare ...
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Compare between Excel worksheets

All my product's SKU and prices are in an Excel document in different columns (Sheet1). In the same spreadsheet, but on another worksheet (Sheet2), I have distributor data with product SKU and prices. ...
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how to hunt down why ie is being slow

i have certain pages where ie (even 7 or 8) seems to take a long time to render. What is the best way, tool to find out what is the bottleneck in ie (as firefox and chrome seem quick)
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Excel similar or comparison between two sheets and color row

I would like to compare two sheets (sheet1 and sheet2), and color a compleet row in sheet2 when for example 1 or more the same numbers are found in sheet1, I came this far but then everything gets ...
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Tool to compare FTP repository

I would like to know if there is a (free) tool to compare local files with a distant repository. Something with a good gui would be great.
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Compare two Microsoft Access databases

I have two Access databases that I need to compare but I don't know how I can do this. I'm trying to compare the differences between both the structure and content (possibly limiting the comparison ...
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DVD Image vs DVD Copy

Is making an image of a DVD disk faster than copying DVD on disk?
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Which e-reader for O'Reilly books?

Most of my programming books are from O'Reilly. Several of them need to be updated, and I'm thinking of going for an e-reader this time. O'Reilly sell their e-books as a multi-format bundle (PDF, EPUB ...
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What's a normal file-copying speed these days?

What is a normal speed for copying large files within the same hard-drive on a modern desktop PC (7,200RPM SATA single-drive, Quad-Core CPU, plenty of memory)? And how fast can you go if you really ...
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Folder comparions on Command line

I want to compare two folders on Windows (Vista, XP) which have large number of huge size files, which i need to compare. If I use Beyond Compare or such tool to compare the folders it is taking a lot ...
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Will the newer of these processors be faster?

Here is a comparison of the processor in our current laptop, and a new laptop I'm considering buying: http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=27231,42791, Although the newer one is 1.3 (as opposed to ...
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How do I compare contents of folder, files?

Is there a way to natively compare files and folders for content, perhaps in command prompt? If not, is there a good program for that? I've heard of WinMerge, is it any good?
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How can Powershell on Windows 7 diff two files?

Can Powershell on Windows 7 diff two files on the hard drive? Sometimes a text compare is helpful, but otherwise just telling whether a file is identical to another file is helpful. thanks. Update: ...
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How to detect similar videos

I have a directory full of media. I would like to search similar videos and hand-remove certain copies (those that are too short, too long, have watermarks, don't have watermarks, &c.). How can I ...
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Which Linux is the most efficient? [closed]

Simple question: There is a gazillion Linux distributions out there. Which one (distribution/incl. window manager) makes (technically) the most efficient use of my (aging) computer ? I have appx. 1 ...
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Have you used DiffVue? It is a diff utility but I don't know much about it

When I search download.com, I found this diffvue software, and it sounds quite promising with cheap price. But its size is huge comparing to other software. I tested only a basic things and I like ...
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What has really changed in Windows 7?

Well I was a user of Windows Vista and I was so bugged by it that I finally chose to "upgrade" to Windows XP again... The problems I faced with Vista was the same as my fellow comrades faced primarily ...
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How can I compare two system restore points?

I have a problem that did not exist at a previous system restore point. I want to find out the difference. Is there a built-in or third party program that can list the differences?
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What does Windows 7 Professional have that Home Premium doesn't?

The compare site lists XP mode, Join Domain and network backup. There must be other differences. If not, what are the real values in these features? I'm trying to decide which to get. I will be ...
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Compare huge directory trees

I am looking for a free tool to make a snapshot of the filesystem structure (listing of files and directories, their size & timestamps) and can compare it to another one made later. treecomp ...
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What features have been removed in Windows 7 and Windows Vista?

I am thinking of upgrading from XP, but I heard they removed lots of features. What have they removed?
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How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
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What's the difference between 8 MB and 16 MB Cache on a hard drive?

I'm looking to replace a dead hard drive in an older notebook. The current (bad) hard drive is a Toshiba 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD with 16 MB cache. It's very difficult to find replacement ATA-100 notebook ...