Questions about increasing your productivity and efficiency when working with a computer.

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Is it possible to sync Remember The Milk with emacs org-mode?

I have just started using Org-mode in emacs, and I am very impressed. However, I currently have all of my todo's in Remember the Milk The simplest solution would be to export RTM into an org-mode ...
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Is there a method or application that will enable me to track how long I actively interact with particular applications and/or files on OSX?

I'd like to track how much time I spend interacting with various applications and files on OS X. I found SLife in my search, but it is a web / subscription service. Is there any other OS X ...
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OSX Writeroom like focus mode for other apps?

I like the way WriteRoom let's you focus on writing. Screen black: only a prompt. Is there a OSX utility that makes the same focus mode available to other app. For instance when you are writing an ...
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Pomodoro timer for linux [closed]

Is there good Pomodoro desktop timer for Linux without a lot of dependencies. I know about pomodairo, but it's made with Adobe Air, which I don't want on my Linux (even if it exists for Linux).
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How to set default screen colours in putty/ssh

I use putty to ssh to linux box. By default I get black screen background with white foreground. To change colours, I go to change settings -> Window/colours and then I set background colours as ...
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Hide all application windows except a specified one on OS X

Is there a free and stable solution satisfying this kind of need and preferably having a menu bar to let the user to exclude a particular app?
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Is there a Linux desktop key logger application that can monitor how long I spend on websites and desktop applications?

I am looking for a key logger application monitoring application that can tell me: How long I have spent using a desktop application How long I have spent on each website I visit via my browsers ...
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To-do list and time-auditing software

Hey, I saw a couple other topics like this but i believe my requirements are a little different. NEED: I'm working on alot of odd jobs for several people and need to keep precise track of the time ...
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Program that can keep me on task?

Okay, so lately I've been getting really distracted by the computer and I often neglect to do some things that I should be doing every day, such as getting exercise and studying. What I would like is ...
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Is there a writing/note-taking tool that has these features…?

Looking for a new writing and note-taking tool. I plan to use it for creating material for Shadowrun, and misc. creative writing. I would like it to have the following features: Must-have features: ...
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Note taking softwares with fast searching?

I've been wowed by CintaNotes, the simplistic note taker which filters down your list of notes very fast with a "find as you type" searchbox. "Find as you type" searching means you can try many ...
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Virtual desktops with multiple monitors

Is anyone using virtual desktops combined with multiple monitors? I somehow never got into virtual desktops because my machine at a time wasn't fast enough to switch them seamlessly. Also, I always ...
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Quick Scroll for Firefox

Is there an equivalent to the Chrome Quick Scroll add-on for Firefox? https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/okanipcmceoeemlbjnmnbdibhgpbllgc This is a killer feature of the Chrome browsing ...
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Notepad++ Changebar

Notepad++ used to have a changebar (similar to the Microsoft code editor in Visual Studio) that would change color, if the line of text was changed. It was taken out some time ago, but I really liked ...
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Pasting into the command line [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I paste into the Windows CMD prompt by using only the keyboard? I'd like to be able to paste commands right into the command line prompt in windows. Sounds ...
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Software to restrict web browsing to allow for productivity?

I check my e-mails too much. And from time to time I find a webpage that I keep checking too much (a forum thread and the likes). What tools can I use to restrict my access to these pages? (I use ...
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How to do multiple and different copy paste in same document?

How to do multiple and different copy paste in same document? In same document I need to do some changes. All changes are different. Is there any way to do this quickly? I need to do this in 300+ ...
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Any software to keep track of my reading progress? [closed]

I'm looking for a software which can keep track of my reading progress, like BookMarker for iPhone does. It should be able to keep my everyday reading progress for each book I'm reading, and it will ...
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quick folder access on Linux (akin to Launchy)

Launchy is a great piece of software, I use it on Windows mainly for quickly accessing folders. I love its auto-indexing in the background, and hardly ever browse through folders manually these days, ...
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Question for Vim search and peck typists [closed]

I'm trying to write a Vim tutorial and I'd like to start by dismissing a few misconceptions, as well as giving some recommendations. I don't know if I should dismiss touch-typing as a misconception, ...
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Wacom tablet or Evoluvent Vertical Mouse

Having tried a number of mice that didn't help with wrist pain, I am contemplating buying a Wacom tablet or Evoluvent Vertical Mouse. I have heard great things about both of them. What do you ...
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What are your most useful textexpander (or similar) snippets? [closed]

TextExpander is a program that aims to save you time by auto-replacing snippets of text with the content of your choice, or to quote their Web site: "Save yourself time and effort by typing short ...
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Software for scheduling the work day, and writing conclusions at the end of the day

I work as a programmer, and at the day before I plan what I want to get done, and schedule it during the day according to some criteria. What finally happens is that I end doing some other stuff, and ...
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How to convert grop of sentences into html list using autohotkey

for example if 4 sentences like this then Sem ullamcorper amet, dictumst sollicitudin Erat duis vel, totam eu, amet justo. Sed corporis In mauris odio. Penatibus pede. Mollis in. Quis Id lacinia ...
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How to take full advantage of Dual monitor setup in terms of productivity?

What are useful, apps, tricks, techniques? for Windows XP 32 bit dual-monitor setup. Please provide portable and freeware only
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visio - select all similar shapes

How do I select all similar shapes in a diagram? For example, how do I select all arrows, or all rectangles... I have this diagram which I have to "standardize"... and right now, it looks like a big ...
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How can I easily identify all keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) on OS X and current running Applications and Services?

By default, the function keys on my MacBook Pro control various hardware features and native operating system applications like the brightness of the LCD, Expose, or iTunes. I like these buttons and ...
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How to make boxes with measurment in pixel for various things on design? [closed]

How to make boxes with measurement in pixel for various things on design ? transparent boxes on design with height and width. Like this. round corner is not necessary. but when i draw boxes then size ...
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PowerShell: history enhancements (readline)?

Some of the things I like in Bash and would love to know how to do in PowerShell: In Bash, I have history scrolling set up so that it only scrolls commands that begin with the same prefix as the ...
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How to get a list of recently closed applications in Windows Xp?

How to get a list of recently closed applications in Windows Xp? like firefox has recently closed tabs
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Is there any keyboard mouse macro recorder to save time time on any repeted task?

Is there any keyboard mouse macro recorder to save time time on any repeated task?
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OS X alternative to Filemaker

We're a small office (20 people) on OS X that needs to replace our old Appleworks databases with something that's a little more future-proof. We have the problem where something like Filemaker is a ...
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How to select any text and save that text directly in a .txt file in pre-specified folder?

How to select any text and save that text directly in a .txt file in specified folder(in script like D:/backup/) and file name (filename.txt) should be asked upon pressing keyboard shortcut.
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How does a geek use his ubuntu (or similar Linus OS)?

I'm a totally newbie in Linux (Now Ubuntu is my current OS), and most of my Windows habit is still strong, render me a little awkward on the new OS. I'm wondering how would a geek use his Linux to ...
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Which TiddlyWiki plugins do you use? [closed]

I recently started using TiddlyWiki and I think it's a great productivity tool. I was wondering what the most popular and most useful TiddlyWiki plugins are. I already checked out TiddlyVault and ...
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Good Digital Pen that Integrates with Microsoft OneNote

Does anyone know of a good digital pen product (like the Logitech IO2) that: Can cleanly integrate with Microsoft OneNote Works with regular paper (not expensive DPS paper) Works with Windows 7 - ...
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“Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste” in Windows

Is there any application to mimic the "Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste" behaviour in Windows? I was hoping to find an AutoHotkey script for this, but I couldn't. Maybe someone here could ...
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What can I do with a large Hard Drive?

So I'm looking into the world of external Hard Drives bigger than I can easily comprehend (1-2TB sort of sizes. A few years ago I thought 100GB was big. Blimey), and just wondering what possible uses ...
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time tracking application on Linux [closed]

what application do you guys use for time tracking in Linux. I am interested in an application that tracks what applications I use, similar to rescuetime but with will run on Linux since the Linux ...
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Hide/unhide applications on Mac OS X

How can I hide all applications but the current one on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard), and restore them again? Sometimes I want to concentrate on the application I'm working with currently, and make all ...
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How to use two keyboards simultaneously on a single computer w/windows?

I am working with a colleague on the same computer, but I would like the opportunity to work at the same time, I have two USB keyboards and two mouses and use Teamplayer to work with 2 mouses. but for ...
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Being as productive in Windows as in Linux [closed]

I'm contemplating moving from Linux to Windows. What worries me is being less productive. E.g.: In Linux, I can run applications fairly quickly if they are in the PATH (and most applications are ...
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Tool for dependency graphs

I am looking for a tool that will let me work on a dependency graph. (I want this for my personal tasks, like a to do list.) Like, let's say I have task 1, 2 and 3. Then maybe task 1 is needed for ...
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Ban from accessing websites

I tend to procrastinate a lot and hate myself for it. There are certain websites that I find myself losing the most time on, and doesn't even bring me that much entertainment anyway. How do I ban ...
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How do I add or setup the QuickLauch toolbar (previously available in XP and Vista) in WIndows7?

As a programmer working in Windows, I found the QuickLaunch area in the task bar to be a great boost to my productivity - all my most frequently used programs, right there, without having to open up ...
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Single line diff

Is there a diff tool I can run from the command line or maybe just an online webpage that will compare single lines? GitHub diffs do this but I'm don't want to publish things to GitHub just to read ...
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Programming productivity: How to hide cursor while typing

Whenever I click somewhere to type some code, by definition that's exactly where my mouse cursor is, which is obscuring what I'm trying to type. Often, if I forget to move the cursor away before ...
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What are healthy color settings for a terminal window? [closed]

What are good colors to use for a terminal window (text and background) to minimize eye strain/damage? I feel like someone, maybe a design or medical professional, must have done research on this ...
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Making gvim 'instance-only'

I want to make gvim be 'instance-only', i.e., know of an option or something that opens the file as a tab on my already-open gvim instance instead of opening a new one. Example to clarify: suppose I ...
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Productive Writing Software [closed]

What do you guys use to write a personal journal, notes, and reference information that you want to group and search through later? I'm not one of those crazy people who likes to share their journal ...