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

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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 ...
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fulltext search plugins for thunderbird?

i like to search my mails very fast. i tried xobni but i dislike outlook, i tried postbox (a tbird on stereoids) but i dislike the price. are there any other fulltext search engines for thunderbird? ...
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Is there an open source status reporting system?

Anyone know of an open-source system for sending out 'what tasks did you to today' type status report reminders in email, then collecting them in an internal website? I checked on freshmeat but ...
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Cross-platform shooting script (screenplay) software [closed]

My wife's company needs to do some video for client websites. Her consultants use both Mac OSX and Windows. I think she ought to start using industry-standard shooting script format. Anything out ...
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What are window-managers with good features for power-users? [closed]

Most window-managers copy the ideas of windows and MacOSX these days. But some have innovative ideas, that make the life much easier and the work faster done. I used long time Fluxbox - it was the ...
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keyboard shortcut to select file in windows explorer

I typically go to the windows explorer using windowskey+e. Then I use Alt-D to go the address bar to type the folder name. Is there keyboard shortcut to directly go the file list on the right side ...
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Google Chrome as alternative to Firefox

I have been using Firefox for long time. Recently i had switched to chrome to find that its much faster than Firefox, but addons like greasemonkey, adblock plus, tweeterfox etc. keeps me wanting to ...
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Can Launchy's Weby plugin work with Opera?

I want to use Opera as my default web browser because I really want to use the keyboard navigation feature. Using the keyboard (more) helps quell the tendinitis in my wrists. I use Launchy to launch ...
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Recommendation for an OS X (or iPhone) work timing application?

I've checked out this question, but it refers to something a little different. I would like an OS X app that is like a stopwatch with multiple timers. So if I have five different project and I start ...
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Making switching between Mac and PC each day easier

As I've started to use different operating systems at home and at work, I've found a few things that help. App Launching (Quicksilver and Launchy) Not having to mouse through folders or menus ...
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clipboard manager which has logging and sticky items?

I use ClipX as a clipboard manager but it crashes in some Office Applications and soemtimes doesn't show copied items in its list. I liked it because it has a logging feature and sticky items. I am ...
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Multi-monitor Usage [closed]

How many different applications do you use with a 2, 3, 4, 5 or more monitor setup? What's the most sophisticated multi-monitor setup you've seen? To be more specific, I would like to know exactly ...
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How to declutter and organize the cables on and under my desk? [closed]

Computer cables and external devices are a continuous source of frustration for everybody who likes a clean working environment. The more devices you add to your home office, the more disastrous the ...
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Integrated Help - Merged Help Indexes

If anyone has had more than a couple of Microsoft tools or products installed (or a local install of the MSDN library) side by side, you might have noticed that opening help (hitting F1) or opening, ...