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

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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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24answers
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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5answers
763 views

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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4answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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6answers
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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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7answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
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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 ...
5
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2answers
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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?
5
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1answer
591 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...