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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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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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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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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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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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Laptop with 3 or more extended monitors

Hey there so i was thinking of a way to get more that 2 monitors on my system as i work more i see the need for monitor space more found this while was searching the net but the problem is that ...
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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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How to show desktop apps in Windows 8's Switcher?

The Switcher in Windows 8 is really convenient for managing running applications, but unfortunately all desktop apps are grouped into one position in the switcher... I like to kill background apps ...
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How OneNote 2013 stores data?

I know that Evernote stores data in sqlite database and it is easily viewable if someone will get access to your physical drive. But what about new OneNote 2013? How secure is it?
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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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Disable OS X Enter Full Screen animation

Most applications have a hotkey for entering full-screen in OS X with CmdCtrlF, for others I created a keyboard shortcut for Enter Full Screen and Exit Full Screen in system preferences. But the 3.0 ...
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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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“Quick Add Next” keyboard shortcut from Sublime Text in IntelliJ

I'm missing the keyboard shortcut "Quick Add Next" (Ctrl + D) from Sublime Text in IntelliJ. It searches for the current selection and selects the next occurrence of it (using multi selection). So if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 workflow typically ...
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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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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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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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Opening Chrome consoles makes it (brilliantly) disable every hotkey. How to avoid that?

Every time you open the Chrome Console with a hotkey, the browser automatically disables every other hotkey such as refresh until you click on the window. This is currently the only thing that makes ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Ditto (clipboard manager): can't set shortcut of Win+<num>. Get “Error Registering Position 1”

Somone made a Youtube video on Ditto, and that person uses Win+Num to paste items from the list. He put a screenshot of his settings on Google Plus: When I try to do the same, which is to put “1” ...
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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 ...