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Lightweight CSV viewer for Mac? [closed]

I need to view (large) CSV files on my Mac. I could use something like OpenOffice, but unfortunately it's pretty big and slow. I'm wondering if there's a Mac equivalent of some of the Windows tools ...
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What is “upstream”?

I always hear people saying it's better to "merge upstream" and stuff like that when it comes to designing software and the like. I have a feeling it's to do with mainstream linux kernel stuff but I'm ...
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Is it possible to set up a bare-metal hypervisor on my laptop?

Say I had a Core i7 Laptop with 16GB of RAM and a 750gb drive. Is there a mechanism where I can partition the HD into a Linux, Windows, OS X, Shared Data, Hypervisor setup where I boot a small ...
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Workstation for a software developer [closed]

I'm a software developer, planning to get a new desktop workstation. Partly because of company policies and partly because I've got other things to do than building hardware, the machine must be a ...
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Ideal desktop computer for productive software development [closed]

What is the ideal desktop computer for productive software development? I've been trying to do my due diligence, but admittedly it is hard to separate out what matters most. I would like to know the ...
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How to develop a Google chrome theme?

I have some design ideas for Google Chrome. I want to convert it into a theme. I searched a lot, but did not find a satisfactory explanation on how to go about doing that. Do you know what needs to ...
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Set windows `always below bottom-most`?

There is an "Always on topmost" menu option for windows. I'm not sure if it's related to compiz or metacity. I want to set the Totem player or Cheese the WebCAM player, always below the bottom-most, ...
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Enso Launcher: dead or lives on? where?

I just discovered Enso Launcher, and seems it's a tool I always dreamed about (even tried to made some part of its functionality myself). But it seems, it dead now, and community Enso is only fork of ...
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f12 and ctrl + f5 not working correctly

When I try to clear the cache and refresh the page via Ctrl+F5 (or just F5) I get the prompt Type the Internet address of a document, and Internet Explorer will open it for you with a drop down list ...
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Can I install mono alongside .NET?

I'm currently a .NET developer, and I want to test my applications with mono to make sure for cross-platform compatibility, but don't want to give up the offical .NET implementation. Can I install it ...
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What are the risks of giving developers admin rights to their own PCs? [closed]

I need to convince my internal IT department to give my new team of developers admin rights to our own PCs. They seem to think this will create some security risk to the network. Can anyone explain ...
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Best practices for setting up LAMP development environment

I'm having a nightmare setting up a decent environment for developing Wordpress on a local machine. I'm constantly manually tweaking file permissions every time I add a plugin. I can't install ...
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Retaining information learned in computer science classes [closed]

I'm a computer science student currently enrolled in a masters program. I've learned all kinds of interesting technical information this semester, and was wondering what is the best way to keep this ...
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How can I run the same Linux Installation on my hardware and in a virtual machine?

I've started some development that requires Linux (I'm currently on Ubuntu, but I may switch to Debian), but I still use Windows 7 for my day-to-day computing. I have already tried a dual-boot setup, ...
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How can I create a small handheld wireless device?

I've been wanting to play around with some low level hardware stuff and simple operating system development. I've got an idea for something that would be fun to work on, and useful, but I don't really ...
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How can we discover what programming language was used to make a software?

How can we discover what programming language a software was written in? For example: Office, Photoshop or any other application and their corresponding languages (C#, Java or ...). Does anyone know?
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Do you really need a license to develop Windows 8 metro apps?

Do you really need a license to develop Windows 8 metro apps? Even for third party ones not intended to be included in the Windows 8 store? I thought the Metro was the future, and I understand why ...
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How to create a Linux distribution?

Are there any tutorials or books which can help you get started creating a Linux distribution? I can't really find any on the Internet. The distribution doesn't need to have a GUI.
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software development under chromeOS?

Will I be able to do software development (scala, java, python, ruby, etc.) when I'm using the chromeOS? What are the development environments gonna be like? Currently I use vim, bash, and eclipse ...
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“Not all features were successfully changed” when trying to add application development features to Windows 7

I am using Windows 7 Professional x64. When trying to turn some features on the following error occurs, and I am unable to install the features: "An error has occurred. Not all of the features ...
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Running a Mac operating system on a Windows system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to run a Mac OS X installation on a virtual machine? Is there a way I could run a mac client within a MS Virtual machine or VM Ware? I know you can run windows ...
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Google Chrome extensions for the Mac?

Is it possible to use extensions on the developer build of Google Chrome for Mac? Ive seen tutorials for windows and linux.
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How to compare and filter files in the directory with filename in text file or excel sheet?

I have 100000 mp3 files in one directory, each file contain a random filename , and I have another excel sheet containing the mp3 file's name and to whom it maps to. Is there any way to develop a ...
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Best Approach For Automating Development Environment Installation and Configuration?

This is a problem that has been annoying me for some time now - finally wanted to write about it. Feel free to slap me on the wrist if this has already been discussed in another question on Superuser. ...
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What is the difference between Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional

Microsoft makes it so easy these days to pick the right software. I use a Mac but need Windows in a virtual machine for some of my specialized development tools. I am currently running XP and am ...
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Some guidance on Linux version for general use + interface development?

I'll try to keep this focussed, though by my journey's nature it will want to be everything but. I'm a front-end web developer, I've always developed on Windows with technologies like XHTML, CSS, ...
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Portable Ubuntu Development Environment

I'm looking for a solution that allows me to run Ubuntu off a USB stick and have git and few other programs installed that I use regularly for development (FTP, IDE, GIMP, maybe even XAMPP). This way ...
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What's the typical latency for key strokes using an ssh connection on a local wifi network?

I develop software on a Macbook Air 1.6 Ghz but find running Rails test suites and generators on this computer very slow. I'm thinking about buying a Linux tower to put on my local wireless network to ...
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Pros and Cons using Mapping an FTP Drive VS FTP Client (Filezilla)

I want to know why would you use the other method to the other. Why use FTP Client if there is Mapping of Drive or vise versa.
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Development environment clean installation

I'm about to install a new and clean development environment. To accomplish that, I would like a Windows operating system (possibly Windows 7) and a Ubuntu one (possibly the most recent, 10.04). To ...
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Virtual Machines Renaming/Backing up/Sharing

I've started using VMware virtual machines for all of my software development projects and have a few questions for others doing the same thing. First, how can you rename the virtual machine and the ...
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What Windows virtual machine (VM) software for a development environment? [closed]

I'd like to set up a virtual machine for my development so that I can keep the heavy weight of additional services and clunk separate from my "lighter" computing (browsing web, checking email, playing ...
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Blu-ray software options for Mac OS X?

Ok, so Apple has not official supported Blu-ray playback in Mac OS X yet. Has anyone developed any Blu-ray playback software for Mac OS X? I have seen Toast and a few others that are able to write ...
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Get multiple systems at once?

I heard that there are some programmes that allow to feel like you have 2 OS at once, that is to say, you can easily, without rebooting, switch between them. So I have the follwing question concerning ...
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Using minefield and Firefox on the same machine

I'm using the normal Firefox 3.5.3 right now, but sometimes I read about some features that work in the development version(nicknamed Minefield) and I would like to take a look at them. To that end, ...
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Zune HD use in UK

I'm considering getting a Zune HD imported from the US to the UK but before I do I want to find out if I will still be able to deploy XNA games to it from my PC. I'm able to do this with an old 1st ...
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What makes VIM such a powerful text editor? [closed]

I read around around the web and many people tend to praise emacs and VIM for their power and versatibility. But to keep things more specific I want to focus on VIM. What makes it so versatile? What ...
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Port forwarding to asp.net development server

I have configured my router so that I can access my local host from internet. But I can't manage to port forward it to asp.net development server. In the router's port forwarding I did the same ...
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Which service should I make mine dependant on?

I want to add a dependency to my service so that it only tries to start after most of the Windows services have started. Can anyone recommend such a service that is unlikely to have been disabled for ...
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Development stopped: Is truecrypt unsecure? [closed]

I was looking for truecrypt today and found this: http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/ The page layout changed and claims "truecrypt is unsecure". Futher: "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/...
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Share files between Ubuntu and OS X (in the same PC)

I think the question title explains itself, but I will give you some details... I have a MacBook Pro Late 2011 with Ubuntu 13.10 and OS X Mavericks sharing the same hard drive with OS X using most of ...
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How can I run the latest version of Chrome on Mac OS X?

In a bug post I sent to the Chrome developers, a developer sent me the message: We don't see this difference in the new builds of Chrome. Checked in 6.0.437.2 dev. Can you check and confirm ...
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What are the pros and cons of Apple Developer Connection

My father thinks I should subscribe to the equivalent of a journal for software development and such. I suppose for me, that's Apple Developer Connection amongst a bunch of magazines etc. What are ...
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How should i setup my PC partition?

I want to clear out my PC and setup the partitions. Right now i have it as XP, Win-7, Vista, XP/Test/Spare I notice my PC is pretty good at virtualization, at least virtualizing linux. I also rarely ...
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SSD lifetime when using in development [duplicate]

I just bought Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD to speed up my laptop. I moved all my virtual machines to SSD so they will boot very fast. The only thing that I was not aware before buying an SSD is that it has ...
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The Ubuntu package development environment

I've read a lot (e.g., http://developer.ubuntu.com/packaging/html/, http://developer.ubuntu.com/resources/) but still can't figure out the following questions. Is there cutting-edge Ubuntu package ...
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Using several IDEs .. Virtual machine or no VM

I'm using a bunch of debuggers, IDEs. They install a huge load of software on the PC and some of them also runs as service (I could write a batch file for this though). When I try to uninstall them, ...
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LibreOfficeDev5.3 on Ubuntu 16.04 does not save modified forms

I've installed LO dev 5.3, because I need direct SQL to work, which I read was fixed in this version, but now I'm facing the issue that I can't edit any forms anymore. I can create new forms using the ...
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How to script a web application served from ARM board (like Raspberry Pi)? [closed]

What would you suggest as a backend for web application served from a small ARM board like Raspberry Pi running linux? My idea is to control the ARM board via a web interface. This would involve ...
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Developing Windows Live v14 add ins

I've seen a few tutorials on how to enable add-ons on older versions of windows live, but is there any way to do this in v14? Or is there another way to implement add-ins I created?