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

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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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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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How can I block an application/game I own on my Mac?

For 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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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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Directly open top three Google results from address bar in Chrome

Recently a friend of mine noticed that I often open the first few Google results in tabs without looking at them first. Now I'd like to directly open the best Google results from the address bar. I ...
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ssh to production to www-data user

I build an automation for deploys, that we connect to our productions servers and then perform a git pull in the project. The project is owned by "www-data" so I need to to --> ssh ...
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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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How can I block Firefox from allowing me to create new profiles?

I'm very easily distracted so I use Leechblock with Firefox to help me focus while I'm at work. This works great (especially because I have it set to require a 64-character password in order to make ...
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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 Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse middle-click on single touch?

I've just got my Arc Touch Mouse. It has a touch panel instead of the wheel. By default you can scroll by swiping your finger on the touch panel. Tapping ends of the panel sends Page Up and Page Down ...
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detecting powering off in external monitor

I use an external monitor using HDMI port connected to my laptop. Is there any way I can detect when the external monitor gets switched off due to external power cut? I would like to move all my ...
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Execute command in terminal on click event

Recently I got to know a decent feature that exists in iTerm2, namely you can configure what command can be invoked while clicking on a text that refers a file. (e.g. you can open this file in text ...
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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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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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How to quickly remove current page from my bookmarks in Safari

I've been using both Safari and Chrome a lot, and while using Chrome, if I opened a page that I've already bookmarked and I want to un-bookmark it, just need to press Command+D and click the remove ...
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Is there a way I can export productivity reports based on Outlook appointments?

I'm being asked to keep track of what tasks I'm working on for every hour of the day. The first thing I thought of was using a stopwatch application. Failed miserably. I then started filling out an ...
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block time/date preferences in Mac

I use an app called SelfControl on Mac to block internet access in order to increase my productivity. But, I stumbled on a website that showed me how to stop SelfControl from running and that is by ...
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Windows 10 Virtual Desktops - Shortcut to “enable” / “activate” a program after desktop switch

I really like the new virtual desktop feature in windows 10. It really improves my work productivity. However I have one issue I cannot find to fix. I simplify my problem here a little bit: I have 2 ...
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Using Apptivate w iOS Simulator : Activating a program which doesn't have an .app folder

I'm using apptivate to tie between keyboard shortcuts and apps for easy access. Using Apptivate is simple, add a new program to the list from the file system, then add keyboard shortcuts for it. The ...
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Notepad++: centralize the screen at the text cursor?

Is there a shortcut to recentralize my vision to the line I am working on with Notepad++, just like emacs' C-l, or something equivalent?
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Expanding Application Switching Paradigm Within Windows 7 to behave like RTS game?

Background: Within RTS games important buildings and units can often be grouped using a Ctrl+(0-9) combination. This combined with in-game hotkeys makes game 'productivity' (i.e. APM, EPM) extremely ...