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Allow anyone to book a meeting in my Google Calendar? [migrated]

In an emailing campaign, I want to provide a link to my personal calendar. People having this link could : see my availabilities not see the details of my calendar events and the main goal -> book ...
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How to quickly remove current page from my bookmarks in Safari

I've been using both Safari and Chrome a lot, and while using Chrome, if I opened a page that I've already bookmarked and I want to un-bookmark it, just need to press Command+D and click the remove ...
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Is there a way I can export productivity reports based on Outlook appointments?

I'm being asked to keep track of what tasks I'm working on for every hour of the day. The first thing I thought of was using a stopwatch application. Failed miserably. I then started filling out an ...
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What is the minimal lines of text needed for a desktop entry to autostart after GUI login?

Most desktop Linux distros allow you to autostart applications in a flexible manner as described in Freedesktop.org's Autostart spec. There are two steps: 1. mkdir -p $HOME/.config/autostart 2. create ...
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block time/date preferences in Mac

I use an app called SelfControl on Mac to block internet access in order to increase my productivity. But, I stumbled on a website that showed me how to stop SelfControl from running and that is by ...
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Direct shortcut for Windows Maximize/Minimize/Restore window?

Is there a direct shortcut for maximizing/minimizing/restoring current window in Windows (10)? I know I can press Alt+Space and then use the arrows to navigate and select, but I looking for a direct ...
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Windows 10 Virtual Desktops - Shortcut to “enable” / “activate” a program after desktop switch

I really like the new virtual desktop feature in windows 10. It really improves my work productivity. However I have one issue I cannot find to fix. I simplify my problem here a little bit: I have 2 ...
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Log time spent between switch a Windows on and off

I want to log the time I spend between switching my PC on and when I switch it off; like have a text file updated with records of each time I switch my PC in the morning and switch it off at the ...
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Are there any tool like Alfred on Windows? [closed]

I used Alfred on Mac ,it is an application launcher and a workflow composer, it improved my productivity. Are there any tool like that on windows? Finder is good at find file and app,but it has no ...
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Using Apptivate w iOS Simulator : Activating a program which doesn't have an .app folder

I'm using apptivate to tie between keyboard shortcuts and apps for easy access. Using Apptivate is simple, add a new program to the list from the file system, then add keyboard shortcuts for it. The ...
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How to achieve expanded abbreviations on Mac OS X?

On Windows, AutoHotKey enables you to write short scripts to recognize keystrokes and then expand them if they match a shortened abbreviation. For example, if I type 4111 and hit space I can expand ...
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Notepad++: centralize the screen at the text cursor?

Is there a shortcut to recentralize my vision to the line I am working on with Notepad++, just like emacs' C-l, or something equivalent?
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How to send drafts from Drafts 4 to Wunderlist?

I just bought Drafts 4, and I want to send my drafts to Wunderlist. How can I do that? Saw this URL scheme that I've repeatedly seen on other people's post. How does it work and how can I make use ...
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Directly open top three Google results from address bar in Chrome

Recently a friend of mine noticed that I often open the first few Google results in tabs without looking at them first. Now I'd like to directly open the best Google results from the address bar. I ...
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Execute command in terminal on click event

Recently I got to know a decent feature that exists in iTerm2, namely you can configure what command can be invoked while clicking on a text that refers a file. (e.g. you can open this file in text ...
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Is there a way to Pre install an OS plus third-party software?

Every time I re-install my Windows 8 laptop, it takes about 2 hours to re-install all the third-party software I use. Can I create my own bootable Windows disk where all the software I use ...
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How to only show explicitly created Tasks (not Calendar events) in Outlook's To-Do bar?

What I essentially want is a sidebar or panel which only displays Tasks I have explicitly created. I don't want all the Calendar events in there as it's just noise to me, I'd look at the Calendar if I ...
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ssh to production to www-data user

I build an automation for deploys, that we connect to our productions servers and then perform a git pull in the project. The project is owned by "www-data" so I need to to --> ssh ...
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Open a web page from anywhere with a single action

I'm using the same webapps over and over. I have the following things in place: shortcuts on my desktop --> I need to go back to the desktop and click. Then all is minimized. favorite in my browser ...
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Restricting access to iOS apps based on time of day

I'm looking to set up something on my iPhone and iPad that works like SelfControl on my Mac. I get distracted by Facebook, and would like to restrict my access to it except during certain times of ...
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How do I make Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse middle-click on single touch?

I've just got my Arc Touch Mouse. It has a touch panel instead of the wheel. By default you can scroll by swiping your finger on the touch panel. Tapping ends of the panel sends Page Up and Page Down ...
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Plugins for Firefox and Chrome for switching context?

I wuld like to have a plugin which would help me to change context I'm working with. Suppose I have two tasks I'm working on and I want to easily retain and restore groups of open tabs. Anyone knows ...
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Go back to last viewed page in pentadactyl

Is there a command/command set to go back to the last viewed page in Pentadactyl? I often close my browser and then decide that it was to early, so I want to turn it on again and to go the last viewed ...
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What is the best way to get a linux ecosystem on my phone?

I'm a programmer that uses the terminal for everything I do: VIM, git, pushing/getting files from the server and so on. Sometimes I'm on the street and for some reason I need to type a simple command ...
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Merge PDF to ePub

I have multiple PDF of my lecture notes and was hoping to convert these to ePub format where the name of the PDF forms an entry on the contents page. I want to do this because I think ePub will be a ...
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Possible to have super-high resolution monitor, and auto-focus eyeglasses? [closed]

I was thinking about if there was a super high resolution monitor - like 16 times more pixels than standard high def tv, would it be possible to set the font sizes really small on apps that run on the ...
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Workstation setup for a developer and gaming enthusiast

I found my optimal programming environment and productivity toolset on OS X. My workstation used to be a Macbook Pro that's attached to an external keyboard, mouse, and an external monitor. Now I ...
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How to fill username password in phraseexpress (Text expander)

I used to fill usernames/password combinations in Texter (Another Text expander) like: pragmaticprogrammer{TAB}Hello1 How to do the same in phraseexpress ?
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Website block on a time schedule

I would like to find a way to block the access to some websites from all the browsers of my laptop, but not just as Self-Control does for MacOS. I want to make kind of a time schedule, for example ...
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Quick copy text from image? [closed]

Is there a method for quickly selecting an area of a picture / image and copying it into the clipboard as text? For example, say someone lacking foresight sends me a screenshot of a console instead ...
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Cloning a google calendar? [closed]

Note: it doesn't have to be Google calendar. I am currently using Google calendar but I will be able to switch to ANY service that will allow me to do this functionality. Is there any way I can clone ...
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Can you repeat last command with flags in bash?

Is there a way to repeat your last command with additional flags? Example: Say I do this: rm myFavouriteDirectory I will get a reply: rm: myFavouriteDirectory/: is a directory Obviously what I ...
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Windows 8: docking/snapping windows to more than left or right [closed]

Anybody know of a program that'll allow me to dock windows (non-metro apps) to more than just the left or right of the desktop? I have a 27 inch 1440p monitor that I bought with the idea of being ...
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Tmux copy mode: stay in copy mode after selection

When using tmux, I often find a need to copy multiple items from one pane or window into another. When those items are located close to each other in a long scrollback buffer, my current workflow ...
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Solution to remember a window's size and position for laptop built-in monitor vs external monitor on Windows?

Some laptops, like mine, are so easy to dock/undock. So, I do that all the time. When docked, my screen is Full HD. When undocked, it's smaller. So, everytime I dock/undock my window arrangements get ...
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Quick-selecting files in Windows 7

In Vista, there was a feature by which, if you were in a Windows Explorer menu, you could type the first few letters of a file name, and it would automatically jump to that file. However, when I ...
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Paste using middle mouse button

Is there any application to paste the same text every time with middle button? I have seen tools to paste the clipboard text, But I am looking to paste the same text every time I click the middle ...
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Power Supply wattage selection. Why 80 plus Bronze, Gold, Platinum?

I'm looking at building a file server and looking at getting a quiet, reliable power supply that can power two processors on a single board and run pretty much constantly. How would I select a power ...
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Best SMPS wattage required for the below config? [closed]

We are planing to assemble a file server of the following configuration. Intel S2400SC2 Motherboard. Xeon 2407 Processor x 2 (Dual Processors) 8gb x 8 ECC DDR3 RAM One 2 TB Seagate HDD. 8 cabinet ...
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Autorename files with identical names when dropping in directory

On windows, how can I set up a mechanism so that when I move a file into a directory where a file with the same name already exists, the new file is renamed randomly (or to <>.ext)? Use case: I'm ...
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Is there a search addon for Firefox that allows to add GET/POST variables from current page?

What I am looking for is basically the Firefox equivalent to this Chrome extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/selection-search/gipnlpdeieaidmmeaichnddnmjmcakoe Now before everybody ...
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If you're back's supposed to be straight, why do you need a nice chair at the computer? [closed]

I read the article on Coding Horror (http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2008/07/investing-in-a-quality-programming-chair.html) about nice chairs, but it doesn't make sense to me. I've heard many times ...
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Shortcut/program to list the names of open windows on Windows 7+?

I'm looking for a program for Windows that does something similar to the tabs outliner extension for chrome. I prefer reading the titles of the open windows to a visual representation of them such as ...
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Locally redirecting domains (like with /etc/hosts) during certain hours of the day

folks. In the interest of upping my productivity, I'd like to selectively block or redirect certain websites in blocks of time during the day. I've already got some sites completely blocked in my ...
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Windows 8 Reader Switch Between Documents

Before Windows 8, opening multiple PDFs would result in a window for each one, and you could then alt+tab between open documents. In Windows 8, they all open to the Reader app, but only one instance ...
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Launching gnome-shell-timer in Unity?

I'd like to have a countdown timer in my taskbar on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine with Unity 2D. My use case is primarily time management, for example "countdown from 30 minutes, and I'll take a break when ...
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Is there a way to script setting up a space (mission control) in OSX?

It seems that Spaces was designed with assigning apps to a space in mind (see this KB article). Even apps like TotalSpaces are built with this model. This seems redundant to me as there is already ...
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In gnu screen, how do you reload .bashrc in all windows?

I typically use about 10 windows in gnu screen and am constantly customizing my .bashrc. I would like to be able to source .bashrc across screen windows with a one-liner. Can I broadcast a command ...
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Expanding Application Switching Paradigm Within Windows 7 to behave like RTS game?

Background: Within RTS games important buildings and units can often be grouped using a Ctrl+(0-9) combination. This combined with in-game hotkeys makes game 'productivity' (i.e. APM, EPM) extremely ...
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Disable unread count in the Skype taskbar icon

This is a Windows-equivalent question of this OSX question here on SuperUser: Disable unread count in the Skype dock icon. Rationale: sometimes I don't want to be disturbed by incoming Skype messages ...