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Browser plug-in to warn user when spending a long time on a site

Is there a browser plug-in that will warn the user ever X seconds with a popup and/or audio alarm when they are browsing predefined sites? Example: I go to Facebook and get sucked in and before I ...
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“Virtual mouse” using the keyboard

(For Windows.) I'm looking for a kind of program that I hope exists. If it doesn't I might try to create it. I passionately hate using the mouse. I've learned how to use the keyboard for 99% of the ...
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Finding matching columns in excel

I've never used excel before so I need the simplest solution available, and this is a work assignment due this week so I didn't have time read much of the documentation. Basically, I have two ...
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Do Gunnar glasses work for programmers? [closed]

(Is this the right forum)? This is a question about Gunnar optics (gunnars.com) I've seen some reviews, but I'm not quite convinced if they are for me. Some of the people reviewing are gamers, and ...
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Block all internet access during specific times

I'm looking for a way to block all internet access during specific times -- including websites, instant messaging, email programs. Features I'm looking for: Block internet access during specified ...
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Propagating changes to multiple Linux servers with one command

So, I have a dozen of CentOS Linux servers. By and large, their configuration is mostly the same. Sometimes I need to add extra cron job (separate crontab file in /etc/cron.d/), and/or copy over a ...
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Is there an app that can be used to automatically stamp Google Tasks entries with a date? [closed]

I use Google Tasks as my task manager app. I find that it's not ideal, but I like that it is very easy to access from anywhere. One concern I have is that a number of features (e.g. due date, ...
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Any keystroke-launcher alternative to Launchy and Executor on Windows?

does anybody know a good an actively developed alterantive to the keystroke-launcher Launchy or Executor? Launchy seems no longer to be under development. Executor also seems not to be developed ...
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Have start menu index applications in places other than program files?

I love the ability to type any phrase into the start menu, and Windows 7 will bring up relevant executables under Program Files. However, I have a separate folder of my own where I store several ...
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gnu screen - Copying text between windows

Is it possible to paste text copied in a paste buffer to a different window with some keybinding, without having to leave the current window? I.e., instead of going to the window and doing a Ctr-a + ...
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Toggle-able USB hub with more than one input and output?

I recently came across this product: http://ppa-usa.com/shared-network-hub-4-port-usb.html The only problem is, this is nearly opposite of what I need. Ideally, I'm looking for a USB hub-like device ...
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How to disable windows 7 keyboard shortcut for moving active window?

Before windows 7, I was using an autohotkey script to positioning windows. Now, windows 7 has Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for moving the active window. There are few reasons I want to disable the built-in ...
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Tell Chrome that this is local URL

Using ctrl+L shortcut I can tell Chrome browser that this is a query for the default search engine. Is there an similar shortcut for URLs? But entering mysite.dev which is a domain set up on my ...
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Should I learn Vim without mapping keys?

I have been using vim for a few months its been a love/hate relationship. I love the concept of modal editing and never having the need to move you hands from the keyboard. The problem is that a lot ...
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Configure Outlook to defer message delivery until a specific time

Is it possible to configure Outlook 2010 to defer the delivery of all messages until a specific time of day? I know that it's possible to create a rule for outbound messages that will defer delivery ...
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Tab key doesn't complete commands in Run dialog

I like to use the Tab key to complete or skip commands and links in shells and browsers when I am typing, but when I hit the Tab key in the Run dialog, it causes focus to leave the text box, so I'm ...
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Equivalent of bash !! that ignores first word

In bash, I frequently do touch whatever.py vim whatever.py I want something like touch whatever.py vim !! So how do I do that with a bash ! directive that eats the first word?
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Site to organize one's thoughts? [closed]

I can't remember the name of the wonderful webapp that helps one organize one's thought by typing in lists and then freely moving bullet points around. Searching for "organize thoughts" leads to many ...
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Check email at fixed interval

I'm trying to cut down the time I spend checking for new mails by having an app/tool that works like Gmail Notifier (I'm on a PC), except that it allows you to specify checks at a fixed interval or at ...
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Time tracking tool for monitoring application usage [closed]

I want to know how I'm really using my computer, and where the time goes (I have an English paper due, and I intend on getting it done, it's 2:30 PM... no wait, it's 8:30 PM...). Which software can ...
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Monitoring application usage on OS X

Is there an application that can track what the active application is, log the information and display the data? I'm trying to be more productive, so I've been looking at what applications are taking ...
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Pomodoro Software for OSX?

I have recently been using the Pomodoro Technique to help me accomplish tasks. I currently do it using timer on my phone. I was wondering if there is any software that runs on OSX Lion that can place ...
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3.5 mm headphone jack -> bluetooth? [closed]

Would like to connect something to my PCs audio out headphone jack that will broadcast the audio via Bluetooth. I found a few examples on amazon but not sure if there is a better product or way. Also, ...
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Software, which will make a sound when an application becomes responsive again

I am using several application, which are really slow. They will stay unresponsive for between 1 second and up to five minutes and I do not have any good way of predicting their response times. This ...
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Is there any alternative to Anti-Social application for Windows?

Anti-Social is a simple but useful application that disables access to popular Social services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and hence increase your productivity. It's a subset of Freedom. While Freedom ...
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Replacement text snippets in gmail

I'm frequently retyping the same URLs in gmail email messages. Is it possible to set up a list of words that are auto replaced with replacement text once typed? For example, whenever I type the word ...
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Is there a native OS X app like WorkRave? [closed]

I'd like a (preferably free) break reminder app that's native to OS X. Does anyone know of such a tool? There's WorkRave for Windows and Linux.
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Getting by with only one monitor

There is a lot of conventional wisdom, especially among programmers, about the benefits of having more monitor space in order to be more productive. Rather than throw out a pile of links, I'll put ...
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VS2010 Productivity power tools and messed up menus

In VS2010 I have the Productivity Power tools installed. Mostly they are great. However, recently, my menus are all appearing in the uppermost left corner of the screen, and my files appear blank! ...
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Automatically Send Print Job to Printer on Email Trigger

I'm looking for a way (on Mac OS) to automatically send print jobs to a printer when a certain email (sent to a fulfillment email address) is received. Kind of like a do-it-yourself print-on-demand.
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How can I block an application/game I own on my Mac?

ForĀ OS X, there is SelfControl which can make it so you cannot go specific websites (which you specify) for certain amount of time (which you also specify). The program's great for productivity... ...
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Pomodoro timer for linux that I can install without admin rights

What I need is a pomodoro timer (www.pomodorotechnique.com/) that I can use on a gnome linux (openSUSE) workstation that I use at work. It has to be able to show a popup notification so that I don't ...
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I would like to write a shell script/rc file that automates GNU Screen splits and starts programs within them

I would like to automate a scenario when I am working on a rails project, and I think screen is the perfect way to accomplish this without having to drag and drop multiple windows after every startup ...
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Make Finder window hover above all apps

I'm looking for a utility that will help me in keeping Finder windows hovering about all apps. Anyone heard of such?
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Outlook conversation view and categories

At work, I tend to receive a couple of hundred emails a day. To keep from being overwhelmed, I have been using categories to sort and prioritize my mail messages. I auto-assign categories, then group ...
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Which Text Editor supports multiple monitors? [closed]

I am using HIPPO Edit and Notepad++ as my text editors. Both of these doesn't provide support for multiple monitors. Is there any text editors which support Multiple monitors?
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Is there a way to search the windows application menus like OSX's CMD+SHIFT+/ command?

I've moved from an OSX to PC workflow, and I've duplicated just about everything except when I need to use a menu item that I can't find. On OSX, I'd often use the CMD+SHIFT+/ command which brings up ...
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software adding annotation and comments for screenshot

Is there a software that you can recommend that lets you doodle or add annotation in screenshot? I need to be productive to my web-developer if I'm doing some instruction or comment on his websites. ...
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Browser extension to zap images with keyboard shortcut

I'd like to find a browser extension or bookmarklet (Chrome and/or FF) that allows me to zap all images on a page with a single keystroke (CTRL+number for example) Any help much appreciated.
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“English autocompletion” program for Windows

I never experimented with software which gives you "English autocompletion", but it sounds like something I'd love to use and that could make typing much much more efficient. I mean, if I start typing ...
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Showing only one application in windows?

Sometimes I want to minimize distractions on the screen. It is easy for some applications, browsers and pdf readers usually have a fullscreen option. Is there a way/software to only show one ...
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What's the best Virtual Desktop Manager out there for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Virtual desktop(alt+ctrl+1,2,3,4,…) like linux on windows 7 Features that are important to me: Keyboard support Fast. Keyboard support Clean Keyboard ...
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Is there a todo-list /tasks widget that will sync with Google Tasks? [closed]

I'd like to be able to see an at-a-glance view of Google tasks on my desktop (XP). Has anyone found a Yahoo widget or Google gadget that will do this?
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Browser extension (or other software) to delay page load [closed]

The alt text to today's comic at xkcd.com (strip below) says: After years of trying, I broke this habit in a day by decoupling the action and the neurological reward. I set up a simple ...
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Remote desktop window shortcut

When I am logged into another machine, is there keyboard shortcut to switch to local machine and vice versa?
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How do I calculate the carbon footprint for my computer usage?

I'm looking to calculate the carbon footprint associated with my computer use. How do I go about doing that?
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vimwiki vs viki vs vim outliner etc [closed]

I've only tried vimwiki and TVO, but I'm interested to know the feature comparison. My daily logs are typically short (< 10 lines) and they're saved in different files with vimwiki, which is kinda ...
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I use windows7 and am looking for a tool to help me tag/organize my bookmarks as well as my thoughts and projects

I've got my bookmarks in Chrome currently, and am prone to just bookmarking something if it contains any info I may need for the project I'm currently working on. I had found a way to tag them with ...
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how do I make windows “show desktop” restore the same windows it minimized?

Oftentimes, I'll have my usual mess of programs open in windows 7, when at some point I need to open some file on my desktop. I'll hit the "show desktop" button, minimizing all the rest of my windows, ...
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SSD as OS drive or critical program drive

I have just bought a new PC and seperately bought a new SSD drive (crucial C300 real SSD 128GB) and wanted to know whether it was better to have the SSD as my primary OS drive with some critical apps ...