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How can I kill / murder / fully disable StickyKeys?

I hate StickyKeys. Worst idea Microsoft has ever come up with. Is there any way to disable it permanently, system-wide?
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How can I create a non-login user?

I'd like to create a user and a group both called subversion on a RHEL 5 system. I looked at the man page for useradd and I guess the command would be just be... useradd subversion However, not ...
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How can I make it as difficult as possible to connect to the Internet from my “work computer”?

I can't work. I need to work. But I'm here and on dozens of other sites. I read Paul Graham's essay about "Disconnecting Distractions" and this is actually something I tried before - using my other ...
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Why does Notepad++ disable the HexEditor plugin

Notepad++ is a great editor... the Regular Expression facility is stunted, but I can live with that. It is ok for most find/replace situations, and for the occasional others I'll just hop across to ...
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How to disable automatic opening of PDF files in chrome [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stop PDFs from displaying inside Google Chrome Chrome is opening the PDF files automatically and don't give option to save the file. How can i change this behavior?
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Disable thumbnails in Windows XP?

Background I regularly use Windows Explorer to browse my drives and data, and I notice little freezes and hiccups at times. It's especially noticable when browsing local or network folders with lots ...
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Windows 7: Disable applications stealing focus

Is there any way to prevent specific programs from stealing window focus in Windows 7? Windows 7 doesn't have the option of using PowerToys' TweakUI, which has been suggested in the past for stopping ...
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How can I stop sites from being able to tell when they're visible? AKA How do I disable Page Visibility API?

So there's this relatively new facility provided by most browsers called the Page Visibility API, wherein pages can tell when they're actually visible. Lots of sites have taken advantage of this not ...
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Disable or sleep secondary hard drive in Macbook

I've done some quick Googling but didn't find an answer. I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS and most of my ...
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How to disable/enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line?

I would like to know how to disable and enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line. This is a common procedure on build machines in order to speed-up the build process.
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Disable Hyperthreading in the Windows 7 registry

Some bios's Do Not have the option to disable Hyperthreading of the CPU, it there a way to disable it in the Windows 7 Registry? Or a tool or software? I know about msconfig boot tab (advanced ...
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How do I disable animations in Preview in Lion?

For example, open up a pdf and set view to two pages and hit arrow key up/down. Is there a way to get rid of the animation? Preview feels really snappy and fast, and to have animations like that just ...
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Windows INSERT key anti-functionality accidentally triggers; how to stop it permanently?

We all use editing facilities to change a line of text as we are entering it. There are two principal editing modes within a line, a) "insert mode" which inserts non-editing characters at the point of ...
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How to disable Winamp agent in the taskbar?

I remember the days when I could right click on the Winamp icon in the Windows taskbar, and select "Disable Winamp Agent", and it would actually disable and not appear again. This no longer seems to ...
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How to disable kernel probing for drive?

I have samsung laptop with 30GB ExpressCache SanDisk SSD soldered on mainbord. SSD died (gives tons of errors when i try to access it somehow), but it is still probed on kernel boot, i see it's ...
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How can I disable the CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination completely on XP/Vista/7?

I have been googling extensively to figure this out, and nobody seems to be able to give a direct answer. Let me start by saying that I'm NOT talking about requiring CTRL-ALT-DEL to enter logon ...
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Linux command line to turn off proxy

Can you show me the command line to turn off proxy when I am using the command line terminal in Ubuntu?
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Disable Windows 8 On-Screen Keyboard

I have a laptop with Windows 8. When I touch a text area, the on-screen keyboard pops up. I have a laptop. It has a physical keyboard. I don't need that. It's annoying. I know which process to kill ...
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How to disable “back” button on my mouse?

I have bought Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. It's working just as I want it except that "back" button on the left side. I constantly hit it with the thumb and browser goes back. I am not ...
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Is it possible to disable the Libraries feature in Windows 7?

The new Libraries feature in Windows 7 creates what are essentially virtual folders β€” you can combine multiple document folders together into a single library that combines them all into a single ...
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How to disable sound of certain applications?

I hate it when games sometimes play music while being installed. Is there an easy way to ban selected applications from outputting sound on Windows 7?
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How can I disable javascript popups/alerts in Chrome?

Sorry if it's been asked. I've already found several solutions that aren't working. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I don't want to disable all javascript, only Javascript alert boxes. The ones that ...
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How do I disable my encrypted /home/?

I need to disable my encrypted home directory because it prevents me from logging in with my fingerprint scanner when I first boot up. I'm running kubuntu 9.10. How do I do this? Also, how would I ...
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Disable associations for Modern UI apps in Windows 8

Is there any way to completely remove associations set for Modern UI apps in Windows 8 (like opening webpages, files, etc.)?
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How can I write a cron job that will block my internet from 7pm to 7am? (So I can get some sleep)

I am using OSX 10.6 and it has cron built in. How can I write a cron job that will block my internet from 7pm to 7am every day? Im sure this must be simple but I could only find one example online ...
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Is there a program to enable/disable a computer's DVD-ROM drive with a mouse click?

Frequently I have a DVD-disk left in the DVD-ROM drive, which I am kind of reluctant to take out. I have Windows-7 OS which freezes constanly checking on that disk. I do not need that constant ...
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How can Win+P be disabled in Windows 7?

I have already disabled the Win-key hotkeys with NoWinKeys as well as the Win+Arrow keys in the DWM. However Win+P, the hotkey for the projector settings (which I don’t use anyway because I have a ...
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disable headphone jack in Vista

I have a Dell Studio XPS 1645 laptop, it has 1 microphone and 2 headphone jacks. Problem is, one of the headphone jacks has became faulty and Windows thinks it's constantly in use, thus I can only ...
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How can I disable these Windows-specific ports?

Let's see what ports are opened by which processes, taking those that are specific to Windows itself: C:\Windows\system32>netstat -anb Active Connections Proto Local Address Foreign ...
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Disable iPhone Yahoo contacts sync

Every time I plug in my iPhone, iTunes pops up a dialog asking for sync with Yahoo contacts. after I cancel, it pops up again, for 4-5 more times. But the 'Sync Yahoo!Address Book contacts' option is ...
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How can I disable the mouse scroll wheel in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista, I have tried to set the setting 'the following number of lines at a time' to zero. I assumed my scroll wheel would not scroll anymore. But it still works. I'm trying to disable the ...
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How to disable broadcast messages on my linux session?

I get every 10 min many broadcast messages (maybe by other user). How can I disable those broadcast messages, in order to not see them on my screen?
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“windows is searching for a solution” popup box

when a program crashes in windows 7 there is a popup box that happens: "Windows is searching for a solution to this problem" It never finds a solution and I have to waste a click closing it. As I am ...
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How to disable the laptop touchpad driver?

I want to disable the driver for my touchpad. It is called "PS/2 Compatible Mouse". If I go to properties the disable button is grayed out. There is also no option to disable in the context menu if I ...
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Disable pendrive blinking in Linux

I recently bought a 16GB Super Talent pen drive that seems to work well for running the Ubuntu Live "CD" in persistent mode (see this for how I installed it). One slightly annoying thing, however, is ...
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How to turn off the Acer Aspire 7738 Power Button LED light?

The Acer Aspire 7738 has a large blue light emitting power button, top left on the keyboard. Its light is rather distracting and I want to turn it off. How can I disable this light?
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Disable 302 Redirects in Firefox

I need to temporarily disable 302 redirects in Firefox. How can I do this? I tried going to tools>options>advanced>general>checkmark warn me when sites try to redirect or reload the page, but that ...
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Disable VPN for a given process/application

I'm using a constant VPN connection for privacy purposes. (I hate the laws, all the logging nowadays). But when it comes to gaming, I don't really need encryption/hiding at all. I'd like to disable ...
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Disabling keys from a T60 thinkpad laptop

I have two keys in the keyboard that are not useful for me (the page back and page forward by the arrow keys - I press them accidentally - which is NOT fun). Is there a way to disable these keys ?
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How do I remove Lenovo Veriface from the login screen?

I have a Lenovo laptop which came preloaded with Windows 7. Every time I start the computer and get to the Windows log-in screen (where you enter the user password) I get a message about Veriface ...
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Is there any way to reset the SMART data of hard disks?

I want to reset the "worst" case of the SMART's read error rate (currently at 100/max). The reason is simple: I don't want to be hassled by (1) the "press F1 to continue" for the error message at ...
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How to disable google updater, running in background as googleupdate.exe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stop the Google Update background tool? Hello, How to disable google updater, running in background as googleupdate.exe ? I tried Googling but none worked me ...
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Disable Win+1-9 Hotkeys

Just downloaded Dexpot (virtual desktop application), and would like to assign the desktop switch hotkeys to Win-#, but these are already being used the by the system. Is there an easy way to ...
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How to uninstall/turn off Microsoft Groove 2007

I'm a college student and purchased the Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 cd for $60. All I really wanted was word/powerpoint/excel/outlook, but it installs about a half dozen other office products in ...
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Remap Print Screen key under Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reassigning the AltGr key to the Windows Key in Windows 7 Is there a way to remap the Print Screen key under Windows 8 to some other key combination or to disable the ...
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Disabling a USB flash drive from being used to boot

Is there a way to make a USB flash drive not detected on a reboot, to avoid the PC trying to use it to boot from? Assuming you only have control over the flash drive and are not administering the PC. ...
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Can I disable USB Ports outside of the BIOS?

Is it possible to disable a computer's USB ports outside of the machine's BIOS if the BIOS does not offer the option to disable the USB ports? Could this possibly be accomplished via a terminal ...
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Disable Microsoft ehome IR Transceiver in Windows 7

I need to disable the IR receiver device on my Fujitsu Amilo xi3650 laptop. Its running Windows 7 Pro. Its picking up IR signals intended for a separate HTPC running Windows 7 HP. In device manager ...
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Stop sharing network shares without removing them?

I have several shares on my Win7 machine. I need them to disappear from the network (and stay gone across reboots), without my having to actually remove the shares (because they need to re-appear in ...
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How do I disable alert beeps

My HP pavilion laptop is getting pretty old and the speakers no longer work properly. So I've disabled all audio devices, including disabling the light-touch volume controls at boot-up. The one sound ...